October 8, 2020
Bishop Olson's Pastoral Letter
Pastoral Letter to All Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Religious Men and Women, and Faithful Laity
New Letter as of September 25, 2020
Please read Bishop Olson's full pastoral letter on His Eminence, Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments, letter entitled "Let Us Return to the Eucharist with Joy,” concerning the celebration of the Liturgy during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Verify Your Parish Information
Due to the pandemic, many changes have occurred in our parishes out of necessity and precaution. As a result, Mass schedules, emails and phone numbers may have changed. On the Diocesan website, information is maintained for each parish on the Parish Finder and Online Directory, which serve as resources for the general public.
Please visit the links below to verify your parish information. If you have any needed changes, please send them to Ambil V Palatty at .
Parish Finder: https://fwdioc.org/parish-finder
Online Directory: http://directory.fwdioc.org/viewer/desktop/
Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.
Pastoral Letter to All Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Religious Men and Women, and Faithful Laity
The staffs of diocesan web site and the North Texas Catholic News Magazine have created a variety of resources to assist Catholics in the Diocese of Fort Worth in using Catholic Social Teaching in determining who to vote for in the upcoming elections. The resources include excellent columns by Bishop Olson.
Please consider placing the information below in your parish bulletins, on the parish and school web sites or distribute in another manner that you employ. The election is November 3, with early voting beginning, Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
St. Andrew’s Breakfast
October 17, 2020
The next St. Andrew's Breakfast will be on Saturday morning October 17 at St. Patrick Cathedral at 8:00 AM. The day will begin with Mass at the Cathedral 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 October 14th to the or by calling 817-945-9321.
Jornada Familiar Virtual
Saturday, 17 & Sunday, 18 of October
The primary goal of Jornada Familiar is to form marriages and families that value Christian love, couples that understand their mission to save the home and live the gospel.
Jornada Familiar invites you to a two-day Spanish virtual retreat through Zoom platform. Registration is required as space is limited. All couples are welcome to benefit from this unique opportunity! Register now!
Sábado 17 y Domingo 18 de octubre
El objetivo principal de Jornada Familiar es formar matrimonios y familias que valoren el amor cristiano, parejas que comprendan su misión de salvar el hogar y vivir el Evangelio.
Jornada Familiar te invita a un retiro virtual en español de dos días a través de la plataforma Zoom. Registracion es requerida ya que el espacio es limitado. ¡Todas las parejas están bienvenidas a beneficiarse de esta única oportunidad! ¡Regístrate ahora!
St. Junípero Serra Institute News
¡Dos nuevos cursos en español cautivantes que llegarán en octubre!
El instituto San Junípero Serra ofrecerá dos cursos nuevos: Fundamentos Bíblicos e Nueva Evangelización y Catequesis para adultos comenzando 24 de octubre 2020. 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/st-junipero-serra-institute.
Two new captivating English courses coming in November!
The St. Junipero Serra Institute is offering two new courses beginning November 2, 2020: Biblical Foundation and Introduction to Doctrine I. Registration is open now! For more information about these and other courses offered by the institute, please visit fwdioc.org/st-junipero-serra-institute.
World Mission Sunday
Here I am, Send Me, October 17-28, 2020
In his message for World Mission Sunday this year, Pope Francis asks us to respond to our baptismal call to mission by saying, “Here I Am, Send Me.” This is the mission that all Christians have received, and God gives us the grace to live it out wherever we may be. As we pray and respond on World Mission Sunday here at home, we share in those celebrations taking place in every parish and school throughout the world. Together, through our prayers and financial support, we bring the Lord’s mercy and concrete help to the most vulnerable communities in the Pope’s missions. Please donate generously to this collection in your parish or online at https://bit.ly/DioceseSpecialCollections.
Cassata High School
Cassata High School is offering it services to the faithful who need a unique educational setting for their students. Please consider using one of the attached graphics in one of your upcoming parish bulletins.
Annual Diocesan Appeal 2021
October Promotional Materials: Deacon Formation/It’s Not Too Late
Thank you to our parish and school staff and volunteers for your tremendous support of the Annual Diocesan Appeal “The Reason for Our Hope.” Beginning in October, promotional messages focus on a monthly theme. Please use the materials below to promote the appeal’s support for deacon formation and the fact that it is not too late to support the Annual Diocesan Appeal.
Click here to access parish promotional materials in English and Spanish.
Click here to donate to the 2021 Annual Diocesan Appeal.
Please contact at 817-533-7242, if you have other questions or need promotional resources.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
We have some great news! In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, WWME is 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. The next weekend is November 13-15th.
After 50 years of presenting WWME weekends in the United States and longer in some other countries, WWME has adopted a new logo! We hope our new look takes us forward the next 50 years! We are overwhelmed when we think of all the marriages that have been strengthened throughout the world during this time! Did you know that the priest who introduced WWME into Poland is now known as St. John-Paul II?
May God bless you for your help in reaching out to married couples, priests, and religious about Worldwide Marriage Encounter. We appreciate you printing the announcements as often as possible to encourage couples to invest in their relationships.
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.
Vocation Discernment Day
Vocation Discernment Day will be a day for young men together for discernment to the priesthood. With the Saint Joseph Come and See Weekend canceled for this fall, this day will serve as an opportunity to gather with other young men in the Diocese of Fort Worth to listen to Christ’s call. The event will be on November 14, 2020 and begins at 10AM-5pm. The event will take place at the TCU Catholic Newman Center on 2704 W Berry St, Fort Worth, TX 76109. This is a free event with meals included.
With limited space, we ask participants to register by November 7, 2020. To register email or call 817-945-9321 to receive the registration form links.
Note: Those in high school (17 years old and below) will need to complete the Vocations Forms A and B. Those participants in high school and college who are 18 years old and above will need to complete the Diocese of Fort Worth Safe Environment program at their home parish and then complete Vocations Form D.
Seminarian Education Special Collection
November 7-8, 2020
The annual collection to support Diocese of Fort Worth Seminarians was rescheduled from Good Shepherd Sunday to National Vocations Awareness Week. In early October, parishes will receive by mail posters to hang in support of the annual Seminarian Education Fund special collection, which will be collected on November 7-8. Please hang these posters in high traffic areas of your parish and school. Additionally, please refer to the attached documents for the letter from Bishop Olson to be read at all Masses on November 1, as well as bulletin announcements, general intercessions and information for parish business managers. To make an online donation to this collection, please visit https://bit.ly/DioceseSpecialCollections.
Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
October -November Retreats
Jesus promises that if we are weary He will give us rest when we come to Him (Matt 11:28-30). This has been a hard year for all of us, but the year end is fast approaching. In the weariness of this year and the busyness of the season are you having a hard time finding rest? 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!
Advancement Foundation Has Moved
The separately incorporated Advancement Foundation that exists to support the parishes, schools and ministries of the Diocese of Fort Worth has relocated its offices from The Catholic Center to the Wells Fargo Tower in downtown Fort Worth. Please make a note of the new address and telephone number:
201 Main Street, Suite 1198
Donate Stocks or Other Appreciated Assets to Support Your Parish
Make a bigger impact by donating long-term appreciated securities, including stock, bonds and mutual funds, directly to the Advancement Foundation for the benefit of your parish, Catholic school, the Annual Diocesan Appeal or other ministry. By donating directly to us, you allow the Church to receive the full pretax value of those appreciated assets as you avoid capital gains taxes.
Support Your Parish through a Charitable Qualified Distribution (QCD)
If you are age 70½ or older, you can donate up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Advancement Foundation – to support your parish, a Catholic school, the Annual Diocesan Appeal or another ministry of the Diocese of Fort Worth – without having to pay income taxes on the money.
Simply ask your broker to issue a check from your IRA account payable directly to the Advancement Foundation at 201 Main, Ste. 1198, Fort Worth, TX 76102-3105. Then, complete the form below and return it to us so that we may properly credit your donation. For more information about Building Your Legacy, please visit http://advancementfoundation.planmygift.org/ or contact at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-7242.
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Helping Families Impacted by COVID-19
CCFW is pleased to be able to offer limited housing (rent or mortgage) and utility assistance for families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This financial assistance is available to anyone residing in the 28-county diocese. Those in need may contact our Community Care Team at 817.534.0814, Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm.
Parish Partners may email referrals directly to . See more information below regarding our Parish Partner Program.
Catholic Charities Empowering Families
Help Us Continue Our 110 Year Legacy
We have a goal of sponsoring 200 families, which has a ripple effect for the entire community. A gift of $500 allows us to support one family, but no gift is too small to make a difference. Click here to support a family today!
Parish Stewardship Resources
Fourth Quarter, October-December 2020
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 2020-2021 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
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 note the revised calendar for 2020. Generously support these collections 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