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 October 5, 2023


The St. Thomas More Society

Advance Directives and End-of-Life Considerations

The St. Thomas More Society Fort Worth will host Bishop Michael F. Olson on Thursday, October 12 at noon at Reata Restaurant in Fort Worth. Bishop Olson will discuss the ethical and moral considerations of end-of-life medical decision-making in conjunction with the Texas Advance Directives Act, including recent legislative updates. The talk is designed for attorneys, but everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please visit

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St. Andrew’s Breakfast

Saturday, October 14, 2023

The next St. Andrew Breakfast will be on Saturday morning October 14, 2023 at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1206 Throckmorton St, Fort Worth, TX 76102, at 8:00 AM. The day will begin with Mass followed by breakfast and fellowship. 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 October 12, 2023 to the or by calling 817-945-9321.

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St. Andrew Desayuno

El próximo Desayuno de St. Andrew será el sábado 14 de october de 2023 a las 8:00 a.m. en St. Patrick Cathedral, 1206 Throckmorton St, FortWorth, TX 76102. El día comenzará con Misa seguida por el desayuno y camaradería. Invitamos a todos los jóvenes varones de la Diócesis de FortWorth que estén en la escuela secundaria o en la universidad en asistir al evento. Hay espacio limitado. Por favor reserven su lugar antes del 12 de octubre de 2023 por la o llamando al 817-945-9321.



Respect Life Mass

Memorial Mass for Babies Who Died Before Baptism

Bishop Olson celebrates an Annual Memorial Mass for Babies who died before baptism on Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth. Mass will be followed by a reception and light lunch in the Parish Hall.

The intention of this Mass is to help the healing process for parents who have lost children before Baptism, through miscarriage, still birth, or abortion. Roses will be provided for those parents who wish to place them at the Virgin Mary’s altar in memory of their children. This Mass is a beautiful Liturgy. We encourage everyone to attend, to pray for the babies and support their grieving parents.

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Safe Environment Training

Coordinator University II

Safe Environment Coordinator University II – a meeting and training session for all diocesan safe environment coordinators (parish and school) will be held on Wednesday, October 25th from 9am until 4pm at St. Mark Parish in Argyle. The meeting is mandatory and will include a very special speaker, breakfast and lunch along with important training and updates. To RSVP for the meeting, please register and advise of any dietary restrictions or needs by October 15, 2023, by completing this form:


Stewardship Sunday

October 14/15, 2023-Eucharistic Stewardship … our grateful response to His gift

Stewardship Sunday will be celebrated at all Masses October 14/15. This diocesan-wide event is an opportunity to teach about “Stewardship as a way of life” and complement any existing stewardship initiatives in your parish. All parishes have been sent Posters and bulletin inserts to be used Stewardship Sunday weekend.

For additional information on how to celebrate Stewardship Sunday, and for Parish and Family resources, please visit: Advancement Foundation/Stewardship Sunday or contact at 817-533-3178.


White Coat Mass

October 16, 2023

The Annual White Coat Mass for healthcare professionals, family and staff will be held on Monday, October 16, 2023, at St. Patrick Cathedral, Fort Worth at 6:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Please wear your white coat!

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World Mission Sunday

October 22, 2023

On October 22, we will unite with the global Church in celebrating World Mission Sunday. This year, Pope Francis illuminates our path with the theme: “Hearts on fire, feet on the move.” As we prepare to observe this special day, we are reminded to ignite our hearts with Christ’s love and extend that warmth to the most vulnerable corners of our world. Your fervent prayers and upcoming generosity in the collection for the Society for the Propagation of Faith will bolster the missionaries working in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and certain regions of Latin America and Europe. Let us come together to support them in their mission of love and service. Thank you!


Parish Information
World Mission Sunday Poster
Bishop Olson’s Letter to the Faithful
Pope Francis’ Message for World Mission Sunday

Cartel del Domingo Mundial de las Misiones
Carta del Obispo Olson a los Fieles
Mensaje del Santo Padre Francisco


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 at! Spaces are limited due to COVID and are going fast!

Date Retreat
Oct. 19-22, 2023 Women's Retreat
Oct. 26-29, 2023 Men's Retreat
Nov. 2-5, 2023 Women's Retreat
Nov. 10-12, 2023 Retiro para hombres, mujeres y parejas
Nov. 16-19, 2023 Couples Retreat



Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Uncover the secrets to a lasting, supportive, transformational marriage!

For more than 50 years, Worldwide Marriage Encounter has helped over 3.5 million couples in almost 100 countries unlock the power of their relationships with new ways to do the “I do.” The Marriage Encounter experience helps you listen, share, and connect more deeply. There’s no group discussion. It’s just about the two of you learning to be the best, most loving and thriving couple you can be.

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.

October bulletin announcement
October bulletin flyers


Advancing the Mission

September/October 2023

The Advancing the Mission newsletter of the Advancement Foundation is provided to parishioners throughout the diocese via email, e-Bulletin and your parish communications with the QR code below.
In the September/October Advancing the Mission newsletter we share:

How to make donations to your parish after death
Protecting our Students
Back by Popular Demand: Aging with Grace
Annual Diocesan Appeal is Catholic Stewardship in Action
Eucharist and the Spirituality of Stewardship
Two Ways to Leave a Legacy

See below or visit for more information.

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News you can use QR code


Come and See Weekend

Vocations Weekend Retreat, November 3 - 5, 2023

The Fall 2023 Come & See Weekend will take place at St. Joseph Seminary College, 75376 River Rd., St. Benedict, LA. 70457. This vocations weekend retreat is scheduled for November 3 - 5, 2023 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 with the .

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National Vocation Awareness Week

Celebrate in your Parish, School and Catechetical programs November 5-11

The Serra Clubs of the Diocese of Fort Worth invite participation in this annual week-long celebration dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life through prayer and education. It is a time to encourage young people to ask themselves, “To what vocation in life is God calling me?” It is an opportunity to bring awareness to, support and pray for those already in discernment of one of these vocations. This nationwide event is coordinated and sponsored by the USA Council of Serra International. Please use the attached ideas for promoting National Vocation Awareness Week during Mass, in your catechetical programs, in your bulletin, Flocknote, Facebook page, newsletter, etc. several weeks in advance. If you need additional resources for promoting vocations in your parish, or if you want to start a vocations committee in your parish, please contact , VP Vocations for Fort Worth Serra Club or visit

Promoting Ideas
Catechists and Teachers Information
Vocations Week flyer


Catholic Charities Program

FW Diocese and Catholic Charities partner together to offer financial wellness program to employees through MyMoney@Work

What is MyMoney@Work?
MyMoney@Work is a free financial wellness program, administered by Catholic Charities Fort Worth, that is available to any diocesan employee. MyMoney@Work provides confidential and personalized financial wellness coaching, addressing goals such as debt reduction, budgeting, savings and more.

How can employees participate in the program?
Employees can enroll for individual coaching at any time by signing up using the QR code on the attached flyer. In addition, the program is flexible and offers parishes and schools the opportunity to host financial wellness workshops on one or more topics. Workshops can be provided as a one-time event, or as a series, depending on the parish or school needs. Please contact , Director of Client Strategies, to discuss options for your staff at 817-269-5425.

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Seminarian Daily Prayer List

We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2023-2024 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .

Seminarian daily prayer list
Lista diaria de oración de seminarista
Danh sách cầu nguyện hàng ngày


Parish Stewardship Reflections

Winter-October-December 2023

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: or contact at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178.

Stewardship bulletin reflections
Prayer of the faithful

Reflexiones de corresponsabilidad
Oraciones de los fieles


2023 Special Collection Calendar

2024 Revised September 13, 2023

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. 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

Special collections calendar (2023)
Special collections calendar (2024)

Colectas especiales (2023)
Colectas especiales (2024)


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.

Catholic Center and Parish Employment

Catholic Center & Parish Employment

School Employment

School Employment
(Catholic Schools Website)



Diocesan Calendar

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.

Diocesan Calendar / Calendario Diocesano

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 por favor revise el archivo PDF abajo.

Guidelines / Directrices

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