January 9, 2020
Richard Mathews Funeral Arrangements
Safe Environment Director
Funeral arrangements for Safe Environment Director Richard Mathews who passed Saturday, January 4, 2020 are as follows:
Monday, January 13, 2020
Visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington. A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Funeral Mass at 11 a. m. at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 1200 South Davis Drive, Arlington.
The Catholic Center will be closed on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 for Richard’s funeral.
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 .
Deacon Vocation Information Session
Sunday, January 12, 2020
The Office of Diaconate Formation will be holding a Deacon Vocation Information Session at Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 2601 Lansing Blvd Wichita Falls, TX 76309 on Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 3-5 PM. Men, ages 25 – 57, and their spouses, are invited to come learn about what the Diaconate is about and how the formation program works. For questions, please email Deacon Scott France at .
St. Junipero Serra Institute
Two new captivating courses start January 13, 2020!
The St. Junipero Serra Institute is offering two new courses: Biblical Foundation and Introduction to Doctrine II. Registration is open now! For more information about these and other courses offered by the institute, please visit fwdioc.org/st-junipero-serra-institute.
El instituto San Junípero Serra ofrecerá dos cursos nuevos: Fundamentos Bíblicos e Introducción a la Doctrina Cristiana I. La inscripción ya está abierta! Para más información sobre estos y otros cursos ofrecidos por el instituto por favor visite nuestra página web fwdioc.org/instituto-san-junipero-serra.
Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
Men's Retreat, January 16-19, 2020
Are you walking with God in the present? Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House on the shores of Lewisville Lake, in Lake Dallas, Texas offers a beautiful opportunity to deepen your relationship with the Lord. Join us for our next 3-day open retreat for women taking place from January 16th - January 19th. For more information, visit mjrh.org/men or call 940-321-6020.
Women's Men's Retreat, January 30 - February 2, 2020
Do you accept faith as a gift from God? Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House House on the shores of Lewisville Lake, in Lake Dallas, Texas offers a beautiful opportunity to deepen your relationship with the Lord. Join us for our next 3-day open retreat for women taking place from January 30th - February 2nd. For more information, visit mjrh.org/women or call 940-321-6020.
Diocesan Catholic Schools
Special Collection, January 25-26, 2020
Catholic Schools Week 2020 will kick off in the Diocese of Fort Worth with a second collection for the Catholic School Tuition Assistance Fund in ALL parishes Jan. 25-26. One hundred percent of the proceeds remain in the Diocese to increase available financial aid for qualifying families who desire a quality Catholic education for their children. For resources to promote this collection, please refer to the attached document.
Annual Diocesan Appeal
January Promotional Materials: Priest Care Fund
During January, promotional materials for the Annual Diocesan Appeal focus on its support of the retired and infirm priests of the Diocese of Fort Worth. 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 your parish/school.
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.
RCIA Formation Day
Saturday, February 1st, 2020
The Department of Catechesis warmly invites all those involved in RCIA and RCIA Adapted for Children to attend our annual RCIA Formation Day on Saturday, February 1st, at St. Andrew Catholic Church from 8:00am-3:00pm. Our central theme this year is The Period of Purification.
We are bringing in speakers from across the country who will offer various keynote talks and workshops in English and Spanish. These talks will cover a spectrum of issues related to the Period of Purification and Enlightenment while centering around the pivotal concept of proper disposition and readiness for the sacraments of initiation. Breakfast and lunch will be served and the cost for the day is $30. We look forward to seeing all RCIA leaders and catechists at this wonderful day of formation. Register today!.
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.
Gold/Silver Anniversary Mass
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.
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