October 17, 2019
2020 Respect Life Mass
Parish/School Bulletins, Website, Social Media
Bishop Michael F. Olson is elevating the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth’s annual Respect Life Mass in 2020 by moving the celebration to April 28, the feast day of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, an Italian pediatric physician, wife and working mother who chose life for her unborn child over her own life. Afterwards, St. Gianna’s surviving child, Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, will speak.
Please place the attached news release on your website or place a link to the diocesan website: www.fwdioc.org/annual-respect-life-mass for the story. In addition, please publish the attached bulletin announcement so that the faithful have adequate advance notice about the special Respect Life Mass and Dr. Molla’s presentation.
Extraordinary Mission Month
World Mission Sunday Special Collection October 19-20, 2019
“Baptized and Sent”
Pope Francis has set October 2019 as an Extraordinary Missionary Month (EMM) to foster greater awareness of "missio ad gentes" (mission to all peoples) and to animate the missionary transformation of Church life and pastoral activity. World Mission Sunday (WMS) will be celebrated in this EMM on October 20.
“Bautizados y Enviados”
El Papa Francisco estableció el mes de octubre de 2019 como un Mes Misionero Extraordinario (MME) para fomentar una mayor conciencia de "missio ad gentes" (misión a todos los pueblos) y para animar la transformación misionera de la vida de la Iglesia y la actividad pastoral. El Domingo Mundial de las Misiones, conocido en ingles por sus siglas (WMS), se celebrará en este MME el 20 de octubre.
Extensive resources for promoting Extraordinary Missionary Month in English and Spanish, including graphics, background information, a letter from Pope Francis, catechetical materials and mission homilies for each Sunday in October are available at: www.missio.org/resources.aspx?localization=EN.
Catholic Charities of Fort Worth invite you to join us for a one-hour program and tour we call our KNOW Poverty Hour. These are at Catholic Charities of Ft Worth, 249 W Thornhill, Ft Worth, TX 76115. These sessions will allow you to see the work of Catholic Charities firsthand. During this time, you will meet one of the agency’s visionary leaders and some of the great staff. These sessions are NOT fundraisers. They are designed to increase awareness of poverty in our area and engage the community in our efforts to end it.
Here are some upcoming dates and times:
Tuesdays: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- December 17
Thursdays: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- October 24
- November 7
- November 14
You must RSVP to attend one of these at 817-289-0402 or .
St. Junipero Serra Institute
The St. Junipero Serra Institute is offering two new courses: Vatican II and Introduction to doctrine. 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 esta ofreciendo dos nuevos cursos: Vaticano II e Introducción a la doctrina cristiana. La inscripción ya esta abierta! Para más información sobre estos y otros cursos ofrecidos por el instituto por favor visite nuestra pagina web fwdioc.org/instituto-san-junipero-serra.
Respect Life Month
Respect Life Month 2019 is upon us! What is your parish doing in October to celebrate the gift of life and share about the Church’s teaching on the Sanctity and Dignity of ALL human life? The USCCB Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities has great resources each year for parishes to use, including homily helps, pro-life intercessions, bulletin inserts, and much more! Many of these can be downloaded for free. For more information, visit www.respectlife.org/october.
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.
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, please visit: fwdioc.app.box.com.
Promote in Your Parish or Catholic School This Fall!
The Advancement Foundation is ready to assist your donors with gifts to your parish or school through bequests, beneficiary designations, stocks, IRA rollovers and more. Please refer to the documents below to use in your bulletin, newsletter or website. Please contact at 817-945-9441 if you have other questions or need promotional resources for your parish/school.
Annual Diocesan Appeal
October Promotional Materials
Thank you for your outstanding response to the 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal. Please continue to provide commitment forms in your pews, brochure racks and newcomer packets to those families who have not yet made a commitment. Business managers: please be sure to return Annual Diocesan Appeal envelopes to the Advancement Foundation using the white Tyvek envelopes provided for this purpose.
During October, the Annual Diocesan Appeal will focus on its support of the permanent diaconate. For more information, refer to the attached document.
Click here to access parish promotional materials in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
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.
Cana Marriage Retreat
Saturday, November 2, 2019
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is excited to announce a new approved Apostolate for marriage enrichment. Cana Marriage Retreats has generously offered to host one-day Cana Commandments retreat in English that will allow you to discover how God’s gift of the Ten Commandments applies to your individual and marriage life. The retreat, held at Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, is designed for couples but pastors and parish/diocesan staff are invited to attend. Register now! Only $20 per couple or $10 per person.
Catholic Charities of Fort Worth
Creating Hope Luncheon, November 7, 2019
Please join Catholic Charities Fort Worth Northwest Campus for the 5th Annual Creating Hope for our Community Fundraising Luncheon. Enjoy a complimentary light lunch while you learn more about our legacy, witness first-hand the innovative work we do in this community, and discover how you can be a part of our goal to end poverty. Please join us at Our Lady Queen of Peace Family Life Center, 2601 Lansing Boulevard, Wichita Falls, TX 76309. RSVP to , by October 21st.
St. Francis de Sales
Diocesan Catechist Formation Program
St. Francis de Sales, Diocesan catechist formation program has new sites open for level 1 with classes starting soon. Please visit our web page for more information and to register: Click here
St. Stephen, Weatherford, Saturday from 10am- noon
St. Michael, Bedford, Saturday 9:30 – noon
Clases en Español:
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Keller, Tuesday 7-9pm
St. Rita, Fort Worth, Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
Women’s Retreat, November 7-10, 2019
Are you desiring to be known? 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. JJoin us for our next 3-day women’s retreat taking place from November 7-10th. For more information, visit mjrh.org/women or call 940-321-6020.
Couples Retreat, November 14-17, 2019
Are you keeping your marriage knot tied tightly? 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 individually and together. Join us for our next 3-day couples retreat taking place from November 14-17th. For more information, visit mjrh.org/open or call 940-321-6020.
Come and See Weekend
Vocations Weekend Retreat, November 8-10, 2019
The Fall 2019 Come & See Weekend will take place at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA. This vocations weekend retreat is scheduled for November 8-10, 2019 for young men 16 years and older who are in high school and college of the diocese of Fort Worth. 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 today by October 31, 2019. For more information contact: Father Maurice Moon at or the vocations office at 817-945-9321. Please find the attached bulletin announcement and flyer.
For Parish and School Business Managers and Staffs
The second 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, stewardship committee opportunities, and procedures for end of year giving.
Advancing the Mission Newsletter
The Annual Diocesan Appeal Kickoff, North Texas Giving Day, Parish Stewardship Day and more than $1 million given to Diocesan Catholic Schools! These are just a few of the things you will read about in the September/October edition of Advancing the Mission, the bi-monthly newsletter of the Advancement Foundation. Also in this issue, news about Extraordinary Mission Month and an event with our seminarians for the Diocese of Fort Worth.
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.
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.
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Director of Communications, or