October 28, 2021
St. Junipero Serra Institute
English Courses News:
Registration is now open for the two courses set to start the first week of November. The courses are: Biblical Foundations and Introduction to Christian Doctrine. The courses will be offered in person and meet every Monday from 7-9pm at our new location St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School, Fort Worth. For more information or to register, please visit: St. Junipero Serra Institute or call 817-945-9353
Noticias sobre los cursos en español:
La inscripción para los dos cursos que iniciaran el 30 de Octubre ya esta abierta. Los cursos que ofrecemos son: Fundamentos Bíblicos e Introducción a la doctrina Cristiana. Los cursos se ofrecen en persona los sábados de 10am a 12pm en la parroquia Inmaculado Corazón de Maria en Fort Worth. Para inscribirse o más información sobre el instituto por favor visite: Instituto San Junípero Serra o llame al 817-945-9353.
“Restore Our Joy”; ICSC Virtual Conference Information
November 3-5 & December 1-2 , Sesiones en espanol
The ICSC (International Catholic Stewardship Council) family invites you to attend the virtual component of the 59th annual ICSC stewardship conference to be held in its English language program November 3 to 5 & December 1-2 2021 and in its Spanish language programming on December 9, 2021, the feast of Saint Juan Diego. Attendees will use a conference platform to gather, network, develop relationships, investigate and reflect on the life of stewardship in the Catholic Church. Participants will also be invited to prepare for the Church’s transformational future in the COVID-19 environment. As low as $229 with discounts. Scholarships are available by contacting , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178. For more information on the conference and to register, please click on the links below.
Come and See Weekend
Vocations Weekend Retreat, November 5-7, 2021
The Fall 2021 Come & See Weekend will take place at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA. This vocations weekend retreat is scheduled for November 5-7, 2021 for young men 16 years and older who are in high school and college in 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 to the .
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! Spaces are limited due to COVID and are going fast!
St. Andrew’s Breakfast
November 20, 2021
The next St. Andrew Breakfast will be on Saturday morning November 20, 2021 at St. Patrick Cathedral, Fort Worth, Texas at 8:00 AM. The day will begin with Mass followed by breakfast. 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 November 18, 2021 to the or by calling 817-945-9321.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
November 20-21, 2021, Special Collection Resources
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "... to bring glad tidings to the poor ... liberty to captives ... sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18) CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. CCHD offers a hand up, not a hand out. This special collection is the weekend before Thanksgiving. Please use the resources below – including the letter from Bishop Olson to be read on November 14-15 (the weekend before the actual collection) – to promote this collection in your parish. If you have any questions regarding this collection, please contact , CFRE at 817-382-4939.
Office of Deacon Formation
Virtual Information Sessions Available for Deacon Formation
The Office of Deacon Formation for the Diocese of Ft. Worth will be hosting online information sessions for men and their wives who are interested in the Deacon Formation Program every 3rd Sunday of each month. The online session will be held November 21, 2021 at 3:00 PM. For more information contact or to register please email .
La Oficina de Formación para Diáconos Permanentes de la Diócesis de Fort Worth organizará sesiones de información en línea para hombres y sus esposas que estén interesados en el Programa de Formación para Diáconos cada 3er domingo de cada mes. La sesión en línea se llevará el 21 de noviembre a las 3:00 PM. Para más información, envíe un correo electrónico a , para solicitar el registro para la sesión, o por favor envíe un correo electrónico a .
#iGiveCatholic Giving Day, November 30 2021
Hurry, don’t miss this opportunity! Registration ends soon!
Join participating parishes, schools and ministries of the Diocese of Fort Worth in this year’s #iGiveCatholic Giving day on November 30, 2021. In 2020, 43 of our parishes, schools and ministries of the Fort Worth Diocese raised over $156,000 from 907 generous donors for their favorite cause on Giving Tuesday! They were also awarded a portion of a $75,000 matching gift from the Advancement Foundation.
#iGiveCatholic is a giving event for the faithful from participating dioceses across the nation (and the world!) to unite and donate – both online and offline – to their favorite participating Catholic parishes, schools, and ministries. #iGiveCatholic presents an opportunity for Catholics to donate and support the organizations they are most passionate about on #GivingTuesday, and for our parishes, schools, and ministries to raise funds for a capital improvement, annual fund, or another project of their choosing.
All 501(c)(3) parishes, schools, and ministries of Diocese of Fort Worth are invited to participate! Your participation is at no charge, it is our gift to you. Join more than 40 other dioceses across the country to create awareness of the important work being done in Catholic organizations.to you. For more information, please review the documents and links below or contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178
Annual Diocesan Appeal
Promotional Materials: Spotlight on Priest Care Fund
Thank you for promoting the Annual Diocesan Appeal in your parishes. Your bulletins and websites prominently feature the appeal and we are off to a great start. Please keep your promotions fresh throughout the year. This month, the feature ministry is the Priest Care Fund. Please use the general intercessions, bulletin copy and artwork provided below. To download other promotional materials, please click here or contact , CFRE.
Be Tax Wise with Year End Charitable Gifts
This is the time when your parishioners are getting their records together to make tax-wise charitable giving decisions. Please use the copy in the document below in your bulletin, website, school newsletters and emails to your parishioners now through the end of the year. If you need additional resources or have questions, please contact , CFRE, Chief Development Officer, Advancement Foundation at 817-533-7242.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Worldwide Marriage Encounter has expanded to offer the experience during the week for those who cannot commit to a weekend. This is great for priests who cannot get away as easily. It’s called a 3RE and spans several weeks with sessions twice a week. Information can be found on the WWME.org website. WWME is still offering “virtual” experiences so couples can benefit from a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend without the risks of in person gatherings. One of the benefits of this approach is that those attending do not have to live close to a central location.
Attached is a WORD document with bulletin announcements in English as well as in Spanish. Additionally, there are .jpeg images, one for each Sunday in the month that can be placed into the weekly parish bulletins. 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.
Retiro Matrimonial Jornada Familiar
4 y 5 de diciembre del 2021
La Oficina de Matrimonio y Vida Familiar de la Diocesis de Fort Worth le invita a un retiro en persona 4 y 5 de diciembre del 2021, Centro de Formación Diocesano. El retiro Jornada Familiar tiene como misión primaria formar matrimonios que valoren el amor cristiano y entiendan su misión de fundar iglesias domesticas en su hogar. Temas como el significado del sacramento del matrimonio, problemática matrimonial, crianza y dialogo efectivo serán algunos de los temas. Regístrese lo más pronto posible ya que el cupo es limitado. Puede usar el código QR, enviar su registro por correo o registrarse en persona. Para más información comuníquese con Lupita y Noe al 682-556-6515 o con Gabriela y Virgilio al 817-296-7886. ¡Te esperamos!
Catholic Charities of Fort Worth
Catholic Charities Partners with the Diocese to Bring Vaccines to Parish Communities
As we continue to work towards the health and safety of our nation, not only is it morally permissible for people of faith to receive the vaccine, but it is also at the urging of Bishop Olson. He has asked Catholic Charities to reach out to you to see if you will be willing to open up your parish to be a COVID-19 vaccination site. With language barriers, confusion in the media, and general lack of knowledge or accessibility, we believe the parishes have a unique and trusted opportunity to offer this service to our communities.
Catholic Charities has established relationships with health officials willing to provide this service to parishes free of charge for persons age 12 and older. In order to minimize barriers for vulnerable populations to access vaccines, providers are not requiring registration (walk-ins allowed), and are minimizing identification requirements. In addition, vaccine providers will offer end-to-end management of the event logistics, making it as easy as possible.
Currently, our parish vaccination efforts have led to over 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine being administered in our parish communities. You can also read more about this partnership in the attached article featured in the North Texas Catholic.
Parishes wishing to host a vaccination event may contact , Director of Parish Social Ministry or 817-289-3889 for more information or to initiate planning.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2021-2022 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
Parish Stewardship Reflections
Fourth Quarter, October-December 2021
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.
2021-22 Special Collection Calendar
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. The previously distributed calendar for 2021 was updated on April 26 to reflect a corrected date for the World Mission Sunday collection to benefit the Propagation of the Faith. The date was previously printed as October 16-17, 2021. The corrected dates for the collection are October 23-24, 2021. 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/specialcollections.
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