January 30, 2020
Bishop Olson's Pastoral Letter
Pastors and business managers are asked to include Bishop Olson’s pastoral letter regarding the recent discord that has occurred within the Diocese in your next parish bulletin.
Latin America Special Collection
February 1-2, 2020
The special collection for the Church in Latin America, to be held on Feb. 1-2, supports the work of pastoral projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. For many living in Latin America and the Caribbean, a rising secular culture, rural terrain and a shortage of priests make it difficult for people to practice their faith. When you support the Church in Latin America, you fund catechesis, marriage and family life programs, and seminarian and religious formation.
Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
Retiro Para Hombres, Mujeres y Parejas, 7 al 9 de febrero de 2020
¿Estás caminando con el Señor a diario? La casa de retiro jesuita de Montserrat, a orillas del lago Lewisville, en la ciudad de Lake Dallas, Texas, ofrece una hermosa oportunidad para profundizar su relación con el Señor. Únase a nosotros para nuestro próximo retiro abierto hispano de 2 días para hombres, mujeres y parejas, el 7 al 9 de febrero. Para obtener más información, favor de visitar mjrh.org/retiros or call 940-321-6020.
Bishop’s Celebration of Wedding Anniversaries
Marriage Anniversary Mass in a new way!
The Diocese of Fort Worth and Bishop Olson invite you to celebrate the joy of Christian marriage with a Mass. The Mass is especially intended for those celebrating 5 year milestone anniversaries. The Mass will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 16, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 5109 E. Lancaster Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76112.
Annual Diocesan Appeal
February Promotional Materials: Prison Ministry
During February, promotional materials for the Annual Diocesan Appeal focus on its support of ministry to those in our prisons and jails. For more information, refer to the documents linked below.
Click here to access parish promotional materials in English and Spanish.
Click here to donate to the 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal and help your parish meet its goal (or sign up for payroll deduction on ADP or text ADA to 91999).
Please contact at 817-945-9441, if you have other questions or need promotional resources for Prison Ministry.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
The Diocese’s program to building better marriage is coordinated by Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
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.
New SECURE Act
How it Affects Qualified Charitable Distributions
The SECURE Act that went into effect on January 1, 2020 changed some aspects of distributions individuals can take from their IRAs, but – for the most part – did not affect distributions made to a qualified charity.
Click here for full details
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Exciting News – Double Your Poverty-Ending Impact!
Catholic Charities Fort Worth is proud to be a Catalyst Partner with the Stand Together Foundation, chosen because we are a poverty-ending service provider making real change in the lives of our clients. In 2019 alone, we empowered over 200 families to lift themselves out of poverty for good, while serving thousands more! Help us create more stories of hope this year, by taking advantage of a chance to double your impact through the end of March.
Thanks to our meaningful work, the Stand Together Foundation is offering a special dollar-to-dollar match of donations to CCFW, up to $1,000 per individual donor, that has been extended through March 2020! Please donate online at CatholicCharitiesFortWorth.org/donate before March 31st so your gift can be matched. CCFW receives 100% of your donation, and there are no fees.
We are blessed by the time, treasure, and talent shared by so many in the Diocese with the families we serve. If you plan to share your treasure this year to help our struggling community members achieve self-sufficiency, please give to CCFW before the end of March using the online platform to double your impact to an already impactful agency. Thanks for your help in ending poverty, one family at a time!
Catholic Charities 110 Years
110 Years and Just Getting Started!
March 17th marks 110 years since a small group of women attended the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. They went with a common purpose — to petition Bishop Edward Dunne to allow them to begin a “work of mercy.” This became Catholic Charities Fort Worth.
The enterprising spirit of these women has remained the heartbeat of our organization for more than a century. Throughout our 110 years, we have remained in-tune with the needs of the community and with your support, have continually evolved to answer those needs.
Can you give $110 today?
If 500 people give $110 through the Stand Together match, we will meet our goal and be able to help so many more individuals and families rise above poverty and reach their bigger, brighter future.
Have your gift matched by donating at www.ccfwturns110.com.
Foster Parents Needed
As the new year begins, Catholic Charities Dallas Children’s Services, with the support of Catholic Charities Fort Worth, would like to extend a hearty invitation to open your hearts and homes by answering the call to become a foster parent.
Together, the two Catholic Charities invites you to learn more about becoming foster parents. You can make a huge difference in the lives of the youth entrusted to us by welcoming them into your family. The International Foster Care (IFC) program is looking for married couples to provide a safe and nurturing home for youth, ages 14 to 17. IFC provides long-term foster care and holistic wrap-around services for unaccompanied refugee and immigrant youth in both the Dallas and Fort Worth area and works collaboratively with Catholic Charities Fort Worth towards a life free from poverty for all youth. IFC serves vulnerable youth from all over the world, including the countries of Burma, Eritrea, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, along with others.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming an IFC foster family, please contact our foster home recruiter, Brittany Oliphant, at or .
For Parish and School Business Managers and Staffs
The third quarter issue of Crossroads, the newsletter for Parish and School Business Managers from the Advancement Foundation, is available below. Please print and distribute copies to those in your organization needing the information it contains regarding upcoming dates, the Annual Diocesan Appeal, Special Collections, increasing donations, and 2019 tax statements for donors.
Parish Stewardship Resources
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.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2019-2020 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
Deacon Candidates Daily Prayer List
Please keep our deacon candidates in your prayers this year. Attached find the 2019-2020 Deacon Candidates Daily Prayer List. For additional information about the diaconate formation process visit us at fwdioc.org/deacon-formation.
Special Collection Calendar
Throughout the year, parishes throughout 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. Please give generously when these collections are announced in your parish.
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 porfavor revise el archivo PDF abajo.
For any questions or concerns about the e-Bulletin please contact the
Director of Communications, or