October 11, 2018
Bishop Olson Pastoral Letter
In case you missed it, Bishop Olson’s Letter to the Priests, Deacons, Consecrated Religious, and the Baptized Faithful of the Diocese of Fort Worth in Solidarity with the Decisions of Texas Catholic Bishops to Release Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual conduct with Minors is attached.
Pastors, Bishop Olson has directed that the letter be printed or inserted into you next bulletin and placed on your web site.
Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth 50th Anniversary Book
The 50th anniversary book, “Beyond the Frontiers of Faith” by Jerry Circelli, has arrived in North Texas from the printers.
Editions de Signe, the book publisher, says the books are in the process of being be delivered to each diocesan parish which ordered books. A local freight company will make the deliver.
Safety on Diocesan Property
THIS INFORMATION IS FOR THE INTERNAL USE OF PARISHES AND SCHOOLS. PLEASE DO NOT PUBLISH IN BULLETINS OR OTHER PUBLICATIONS.
Sabbath Shield, the Diocese's security experts, provide parish and school staff clarification on the Diocese's no gun policy and what to do in the event someone does bring a gun onto your parish or school property. Please find below instructions on ways to help keep our parishes and schools safer.
Respect Life Month
October is Respect Life Month, and every year the USCCB offers a variety of resources for parishes. These resources include: homily helps, respect life images, intercessions, and bulletin inserts. They can be found at this link: USCCB Respect Life
White Mass 2018
Misa Blanca 2018
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:30 PM: The Diocese of Fort Worth and the UNTHSC Catholic Medical Association of Students would like to cordially invite all those in the healing profession of medicine, along with their family and friends, to the annual White Mass. Mass will be celebrated by Most Reverend Michael F. Olson at Saint Patrick Cathedral. A light reception will be held in the pastoral center immediately following the Mass.
Lunes 15 de octubre del 2018 a las 6:30 PM: La Diócesis de Fort Worth y la Asociación Médica Católica, estudiantes de UNTHS le invita a todos los de profesión médica, junto con su familia y amigos a la Misa anual Blanca. La Misa será celebrada por el Reverendísimo Michael F. Olson en la Catedral San Patricio. Después de misa una pequeña recepción se llevara a cabo en el centro pastoral.
World Mission Sunday Special Collection
Propagation of the Faith, October 20-21, 2018
World Mission Sunday joins all Catholics of the world into one community of faith and rejoices in our unity as children of God. On World Mission Sunday we have an opportunity to support the life-giving presence of the Church among the poor and marginalized in more than 1,111 mission dioceses. This collection ensures the work and service of the mission Church, as it supports priests, religious and lay leaders who offer the Lord’s mercy and concrete help to communities who are most vulnerable. For additional resources click here.
St. Andrew’s Breakfast
October 20, 2018
The next St. Andrew's Breakfast for the fall will be on Saturday morning October 20, 2018 at St. Patrick Cathedral at 8:00 AM. The day will begin with Mass at the Cathedral followed by breakfast in the Cathedral Annex Building. We encourage young men in high school and college to attend. RSVP by October 18th to the Vocations Office via email at or by calling 817-945-9321. Please find flyer attached.
Ministry with Gay/Lesbian Catholics
Ministerio para Gays/Lesbianas Catolicos
The Fort Worth Diocesan Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics, their families and friends will hold their monthly meeting of prayer and conversation on Thursday, October 25th, at 7 PM at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 2100 N Davis Drive, Arlington TX 76012 in Classroom #1. Fr. Bob Sieg, OFM, Coordinator of the ministry, encourages those interested to come join us for prayer and sharing. For additional information, contact Fr. Bob Sieg at 817-292-3274 or Ron and Rita Clegg at 817-795-9747.
El Ministerio Diocesano de Fort Worth para Gays, Lesbianas, sus familias y amigos tendrán su reunión de oración y conversación el jueves, 25 de octubre a las 7 de la noche en la Iglesia Catolica Most Blessed Sacrament, 2100 N Davis Drive, Arlington TX 76012. Nos reuniremos en salon #1. El padre Bob Sieg, OFM, Coordinador del Ministerio, anima a los interesados a que vengan y se únan a nosotros ipara orar y compartir experiencias. Si necesita más información, póngase en contacto con el padre Bob Sieg en el 817-292-3274, Ron y Rita Clegg en el 817-795-9747.
Annual Special Needs Workshop
October 27, 2018
The Department of Catechesis through the Office of Faith Formation invites you to attend the Special Needs Workshop on Saturday, October 27, at the Catholic Center Diocese of Fort Worth in Conference Room A from 10 AM to 2 PM.
For this event we will be concentrating upon the USCCB document The Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities and there will be a presentation made by the Our Mother of Perpetual Help Educational Program. Moreover, we will be going over issues such as proper adaptive intake, visual schedules, and functional behavior assessment. While childcare will be unavailable, I would like to encourage you to bring your children if you so desire.
Lunch will be served! There is no cost. Please RSVP to Lucia Romo at by October 18th. When you do, please indicate how many children/family members will be coming with you so that we can ensure to have enough food and seating. Also, please inform Lucia of any dietary restrictions you and/or your family may require.
Introduction to Apologetics
Introducción a la apologética
October 29 thru December 12, 2018
Please join and encourage others to join a six week course on defending the faith. If you find yourself stumbling in general conversation about articulating your catholic faith, this course is suited for you. The instructor will dive into main theological contentions such as Solo Fide, Solo Scriputra, Veneration of Mary, Holy Orders and most importantly the True Presence in the Eucharist. Come strengthen your confidence in sharing the truth. Register today!
3 de noviembre hasta el 15 de diciembre de 2018
Únase y anime a otros a unirse a un curso de seis semanas sobre la defensa de la fe. Si se encuentra tropezando en una conversación general sobre cómo expresar su fe católica, este curso es adecuado para usted. El instructor se sumergirá en los principales argumentos como Solo Fide, Solo Scriputra, Veneración de María, Ordenes Sagradas y lo más importante, la Verdadera Presencia en la Eucaristía. Venga a fortalecer su confianza en compartir la verdad. ¡Regístrese hoy!
Sábado 3 de noviembre, Dublin, TX
Jornada Familiar es un retiro para parejas, cristiano en español. Por lo general, el retiro es todo un fin de semana, pero esta vez nos complace invitarlos a un Retiro de Un Día en la iglesia St. Mary en Dublín, TX el sábado 3 de noviembre de 8 a 6pm. El retiro ayuda a parejas a vivir el matrimonio en gran unidad, no solo como pareja, sino como toda la familia. Se enfoca en entender la misión del matrimonio y la unidad familiar. Habrá confesiones y el retiro concluirá con una Misa. La donación por pareja es solo $25.
Jornada Familiar is a Christian couples retreat in Spanish. Usually the retreat is a whole weekend but this time we are glad to invite you to a One Day Retreat at St. Mary Church in Dublin, TX on Saturday, November 3 from 8am to 6pm. The retreat help couples live the marriage in great unity not only as a couple but as a whole family. It focuses understanding the mission of marriage and family unity. Reconciliation will be available and retreat concludes with Mass. The donation for couples is only $25.
2019 March for Life Pilgrimage
Join your fellow young adults for the 19th Annual March for Life Pilgrimage January 16-20, 2019. The deadline to register is Friday, November 30. For more information and tentative schedule, view the printable flyer. To register, click here!
Rachel's Corner Quotes
Parishes: Please run these bulletin announcements in your bulletin.
Together we can help heal abortion’s aftermath and bring souls back to Christ. Please find below our October quotes for Sunday Bulletins and the quote for the month. If you have any questions or comments, or if you need any materials, please call or email. My new email address is My new office number is 817-289-2815, and my cell number is 817-505-5556.
Pray and Fast-40 Days for Life
Now thru November 4, 2018
With a focus on ending abortion through prayer, fasting and peaceful witness, the 40 Days for Life campaign has started off strong. As of October 9, 2018 there have been 106 babies saved due to your efforts. There is still time to participate! Please help turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life. Download and distribute the Prayer to God. Sign up below.
Vocations Weekend Retreat
Come and See St. Joseph Seminary College
The Fall retreat 2018 Come & See St. Joseph Seminary College will take place at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA. This vocations weekend retreat is scheduled for November 2-4, 2018 for young men 16 years and older.
Please invite young men to experience what life is like at St. Joseph’s Seminary with others who are discerning a call to the priesthood. Reserve your spot by October 24, 2018.
For more information contact: Father Maurice Moon at or by calling 214-562-0367 for registration details. Please find the attached flyer.
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.
Diocese of Fort Worth
Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) is the social justice arm and charity of the Catholic Church. CCFW encourages all to know, understand, and end poverty as our call to serve our fellow brothers and sisters with the face of Christ. It’s time to take action. Let’s change the conversation about poverty. Let’s inspire others to join our mission.
Parish bulletin and web site editors: Please include the attached Catholic Charities Fort Worth image and web link in your parish’s web site and weekly bulletin distribution.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019 Deacon Candidates Daily Prayer List. For additional information about the diaconate formation process visit us at fwdioc.org/deacon-formation.
October Annual Diocesan Appeal Theme
Bulletins, Website, Social Media
Feature Ministry: Correctional Ministry
General Intercession: That through the Annual Diocesan Appeal, we express our gratitude for God’s love in our lives by making a sacrifice to share what we have received with others, especially with those incarcerated in our prisons and jails.
Bulletin/Pulpit Announcement: Thank you to all the parishioners of PARISH NAME who have responded generously to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. For those families who have not yet made a donation, please help us reach 100 percent participation by using the forms available (PLEASE INDICATE LOCATION) or text ADA to 91999. The Eucharist Makes Us the Church, and your grateful response will make a difference to those who are incarcerated in jails and prisons in 28 counties.
Annual Diocesan Appeal Newsletter
Answers to Your Questions about the Annual Diocesan Appeal
The 2019 Annual Diocesan Appeal The Eucharist Makes Us the Church has now kicked off in parishes throughout the Diocese of Fort Worth. In this month’s issue of our Faith Hope Charity Newsletter, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the Appeal, including the ministries that benefit from the $4.2 million we will raise this year. Thank you for supporting the Annual Diocesan Appeal through your financial contributions and your prayers.
Advancing the Mission Newsletter
The Advancement Foundation is pleased to share the October edition of Advancing the Mission. In this issue we highlight several opportunities to give, introduce our new website and the renewal of the Bishop’s Guild into the St. John Paul II Shepherd’s Guild. This and so much more is included in the newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading it! If you have additional questions about these opportunities, please contact any member of the Advancement Foundation Team.
Bequest and Beneficiary Designation
Information for Parishes
Whether the gift is for a parish, a Catholic school, the Diocese of Fort Worth or one of its ministries, all charitable bequests and beneficiary designations are processed through The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Advancement Foundation and most of the information a donor or parish will need to know, including forms, Tax ID # and bequest language is available here. For questions you may contact or call 817-945-9441.
Special Collection Calendar
Revisions to 2018-2019
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.
Bulletin Inserts Links
Diocesan Firearms and Weapons Policy: Diocesan Firearms and Weapons Policy
Diocesan Employment Opportunities
To better serve potential candidates for diocesan jobs, the e-Bulletin “Diocesan Employment Opportunities” has been streamlined into categories with links to the diocesan website that features comprehensive information about each job and a link to an application. The employment opportunities are broken into three categories: Catholic Center, parishes and schools. Click on a category to go to the diocesan web site to view all available jobs.
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 de la Diócesis
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.
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