January 25, 2024
Doing More with More
Funding Parish Ministries Through Increased Weekly Collections Live Webinar from Our Sunday Visitor January 30, 2:00 p.m.
Join our discussion and get actionable tips to boost Sunday offertory giving across diverse age groups, ensuring sustained financial growth for your ministry. Join our LIVE webinar on Jan. 30th at 2:00 PM EST for game-changing insights! Uncover strategies to boost offertory funding, tapping into the wealth transfer from Baby Boomers to younger generations. Learn how to strengthen relationships with your parishioners, fostering a culture of giving. With $125 trillion shifting between generations, seize this unprecedented opportunity to enhance Sunday offertory across all ages.
World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life
Resources for Parishes and Schools
World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life is Feb. 2, which is also the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. Those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. Celebration of this day is transferred to the following weekend, Feb. 3-4, to allow parishes to highlight the gift of religious life and pray for those discerning a religious vocation. This day recognizes the beauty and impact of a life dedicated to poverty, chastity and obedience.
This nationwide event is sponsored by the USA Council of Serra International. Please use the attached ideas for promoting World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life in your bulletin, website, Flocknote, Facebook page, newsletter, etc. If you need additional resources for promoting vocations in your parish, school or campus ministry, or if you want to start a vocations committee in your parish, please visit www.serrafortworth.org or contact , VP Vocations, Fort Worth Serra Club.
St. Andrew’s Breakfast
Saturday, February 10, 2024
The next St. Andrew Breakfast will be on Saturday morning February 10, 2024 at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1206 Throckmorton St, Fort Worth, TX 76102, at 8:00 AM. The day will begin with Mass followed by breakfast and fellowship. We encourage young men in high school and college of the Diocese of Fort Worth to attend. With limited space, please reserve your spot by February 8, 2024 to the or by calling 817-945-9321.
St. Andrew Desayuno
El próximo Desayuno de St. Andrew será el sábado 10 de febrero de 2024 a las 8:00 a.m. en St. Patrick Cathedral, 1206 Throckmorton St, FortWorth, TX 76102. El día comenzará con Misa seguida por el desayuno y camaradería. Invitamos a todos los jóvenes varones de la Diócesis de FortWorth que estén en la escuela secundaria o en la universidad en asistir al evento. Hay espacio limitado. Por favor reserven su lugar antes del 8 de febrero de 2024 por la o llamando al 817-945-9321.
Lent Workshop, February 24, 2024 at St. Maria Goretti in Arlington
Join us for a transformative workshop during LENT 2024 on navigating the temptations in our world today and finding the guidance to overcome them! Led by Fr. Paul Zirimenya, this workshop will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 9:30 am at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Arlington. Lunch is included, so please reserve your place by contacting or calling 817-591-0186.
Additionally, come together for a special Mass on Sunday, February 25th, at 11:00 am, celebrated with the parishioners of St. Maria Goretti.
Don't miss this opportunity for spiritual growth and community connection during the Lenten season!
Young Adult Lenten Retreat
February 24, 2024 held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denton
Young Adult Catholics in the Diocese of Fort Worth are invited to attend a one-day Lenten Retreat led by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The retreat, which is specially designed for those aged 18-35, will feature reflection on the Lenten homilies of St. Francis de Sales. The event will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denton, Texas on Saturday, February 24, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with other young adult Catholics and deepen your spiritual practice. RSVP by February 21 at the link provided.
Retiro de Cuaresma para Jóvenes Adultos
Los jóvenes adultos católicos de la Diócesis de Fort Worth están invitados a asistir a un retiro de Cuaresma de un día dirigido por las Siervas de los Corazones Traspasados de Jesús y María. El retiro, que está especialmente diseñado para personas de entre 18 y 35 años, incluirá una reflexión sobre las homilías de Cuaresma de San Francisco de Sales. El evento se llevará a cabo en la Iglesia Católica de la Inmaculada Concepción en Denton, Texas, el sábado 24 de febrero de 9:00 a. m. a 3:00 p. m. No pierdas esta oportunidad de conectarte con otros jóvenes adultos católicos y profundizar tu práctica espiritual. Confirme su asistencia antes del 21 de febrero en el enlace proporcionado.
Msgr. McGread Stewardship Conference
February 28-29, 2024 at the Diocese of Wichita’s Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, Kansas
This conference is for clergy and lay leaders and will provide a setting to better understand and implement stewardship as a way of life in your parish. Limited scholarships for conference fees for first time attendees are available by contacting , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178.
January – February – March Edition Now Available
The latest issue of the quarterly Crossroads newsletter for pastors, parish and school business managers and finance council members is now available: Crossroads newsletter. Please don’t miss this important issue with information such as March 2 Diocesan Day of Stewardship with Bishop Olson, 2023 tax statements, proper receipting, and upcoming deadlines such as Light of Christ nominations and parish grant application deadlines.
Refer back to this issue throughout the quarter for information or visit: www.advancementfoundation.org/parish-school-resources.
Advancing the Mission
Not sure how to talk to your parishioners about planned gifts, writing a will or stewardship? This month’s Advancing the Mission newsletter is a great start! Topics include:
- Charitable Gift Annuities: Highest Rates in 16 years
- Giving Generously to Your Parish
- And much more!
This and past issues can be found online at www.advancementfoundation.org/news-you-can-use
For your Bulletin: News you can use QR code
Vocations Lenten Weekly Meditations
Resources for Parishes Now Available
Below are Vocations Meditations for each week of Lent. Please use this as a bulletin insert at the beginning of Lent, or use the individual weekly meditations in your bulletin or social media. These English and Spanish vocations resources are provided by the three Serra Clubs of the Diocese of Fort Worth. Serrans support parishes and Catholic schools with resources to promote vocations throughout the year. Visit resources for vocations or contact , VP Vocations, Fort Worth Serra Club for more information.
Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
"Behold, I make all things new." (Rev. 21:5). Come on retreat to grow in relationship with God, the source of the renewed peace and joy we all desire. Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, on the shores of Lewisville Lake, in Lake Dallas, Texas wants to help you find the peace that surpasses understanding. Reserve a spot for one of our upcoming retreats today at www.montserratretreat.org! Spaces are limited due to COVID and are going fast!
|Feb. 1-4, 2024
|Feb. 3, 2024
|Saturday of Reflection
|Feb. 9-11, 2024
|Retiro para hombres, mujeres y parejas
|Feb. 14, 2024
|Ash Wednesday Day of Prayer & Reflection
|Feb. 16-18, 2024
|Young Adults Retreat
|Feb. 22-25, 2024
|March 1-3, 2024
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Uncover the secrets to a lasting, supportive, transformational marriage!
For more than 50 years, Worldwide Marriage Encounter has helped over 3.5 million couples in almost 100 countries unlock the power of their relationships with new ways to do the “I do.” The Marriage Encounter experience helps you listen, share, and connect more deeply. There’s no group discussion. It’s just about the two of you learning to be the best, most loving and thriving couple you can be.
Information from Worldwide Marriage Encounter coordinators is available for parishes to inform couples of upcoming Encounter events. Feel free to include this valuable information in your bulletins.
Young Adult Mass
Save the Date, March 2, 2024
All young adults, ages 18-35, of the Diocese of Fort Worth are invited to a special bilingual (Spanish & English) Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Olson on Saturday, March 2nd at 6:00 PM. This Mass will take place at St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth. Dinner will be offered in the St Patrick Pastoral Center, but an RSVP is required before February 28, 2024.
Misa de Jóvenes Adultos
Todos los jóvenes adultos, de 18 a 35 años, de la Diócesis de Fort Worth están invitados a una Misa especial celebrada por el Obispo Michael Olson el sábado 2 de marzo a las 6:00 p.m. Esta Misa será en la Catedral de San Patricio en Fort Worth. Se ofrecerá cena después de la Misa en el Centro Pastoral St Patrick, pero se requiere confirmar su asistencia antes del 28 de febrero de 2024.
Diocesan Day of Stewardship
Filled with His Grace… Stewardship as a way of life, March 2, 2024
Join us for a special Lenten opportunity to hear from vibrant and dynamic speakers who will set the groundwork for you to deepen your relationship with Christ throughout your Lenten journey during this half day retreat.
Opportunities for reflection and sharing with other participants will be included. All priests, deacons, ministry leaders, parish and school staff, leadership committees and councils, and all members of the laity are invited to attend. Event will be held at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 2100 N. Davis Drive, Arlington, TX 76012 from 8:30am to noon. Cost per person: $10, Breakfast and materials included.
Transitional Diaconate Ordination
Transitional Diaconate Ordination Save the Date for March 19, 2024
With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Diocese of Fort Worth joyfully announces and cordially invites you to the Transitional Diaconate Ordination of Isaac McCracken through the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by His Excellency, Bishop Michael Olson at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Arlington.
My Catholic Giving Guide
A Resource to Discern Your Giving Level as you begin the new year
The My Catholic Giving Guide is a tool to help parishioners give from their “first fruits” and plan their giving on an annual basis as they intentionally make Stewardship a Way of Life. My Catholic Giving Guides in English and Spanish were included in the Advancement Foundation Fall shipment to all parishes. For additional information, please visit: www.advancementfoundation.org/stewardship or contact at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2023-2024 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
Parish Stewardship Reflections
January – March 2024
Below please find General Intercessions and Bulletin/Website Announcements tied to the weekly readings in both English and Spanish. For additional Stewardship Resources for Parishes (including resources for prior quarters), please visit: fwdioc.app.box.com or contact at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178.
2024 Special Collection Calendar
2024 Revised September 13, 2023
Throughout the year, parishes in the Diocese of Fort Worth take up special collections to support the work of Christ in our Diocese, in the United States and throughout the world. If you have any questions about special collections, please contact , CFRE, Director of Annual Giving and Grants of the Advancement Foundation at 817-382-4939, or visit fwdioc.org/special-collections.
Special collections calendar (2024)
Colectas especiales (2024)
Diocesan Employment Opportunities
To better serve potential candidates for diocesan jobs, the e-Bulletin “Diocesan Employment Opportunities” has been streamlined into two categories with links. Click on a category to view all available jobs.
El Calendario de la Diócesis
The Diocesan Electronic Calendar is a listing of major events and activities at the Diocese as well as in parishes and schools. Parishes and schools may submit information that may be of interest to individuals outside of a parish or school for inclusion on the diocesan electronic calendar with a hotlink to details if appropriate.
El Calendario Electrónico de la Diócesis es una lista de los principales eventos y actividades en la Diócesis, así como en las parroquias y las escuelas. Las parroquias y las escuelas podrán presentar información que pueda ser de interés para las personas fuera de la parroquia o de la escuela para que se pueda incluir en el calendario electrónico de la Diócesis con un enlace directo a la información, si procede.
The following outlines what is needed when submitting events to be added to the Diocesan website calendar. For complete details, please review the PDF document below.
Requisitos para publicar eventos en el Sitio de Internet Diocesano. Para información más detallada por favor revise el archivo PDF abajo.
For any questions or concerns about the e-Bulletin please contact the
Director of Communications, or .