November 15, 2018
Important Information for Year End Giving
The end of the year is a busy time, full of holiday fun with family and friends, special celebrations and a time of rejuvenation for the New Year. It’s also one of the best times to review financial decisions, especially decisions regarding charitable giving. The Advancement Foundation would like to share some important information about year-end giving before the hustle and bustle begins!
New this year! A year-end giving webpage with important dates, instructions for making a 2018 tax deductible donation and contact information for donors during the holidays. It’s full of vital information for donors and parish staff.
Campaign for Human Development
Special Collection, November 17-18, 2018
There are 43 million Americans living in poverty. The collection in support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development provides vital programs that empower local communities to address the challenges faced in their community. Additionally, when you give to CCHD you are making a difference in our community because 25 percent of the funds raised will remain in our Diocese to fund local anti-poverty programs. When you support this collection, you are giving those on the margins a hand up, not a hand out.
Ministry with Gay/Lesbian Catholics
Ministerio para Gays/Lesbianas Catolicos
The Fort Worth Diocesan Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics will combine their November and December meetings. We will have a dinner and meeting on Thursday, November 29th at a restaurant to be determined. For further information and reservations, contact Ron Clegg at 817-879-1527 or Rita Clegg at 817-291-5605, or email
El Ministerio Diocesano de Fort Worth para Gays y Lesbianas combinará sus reuniones de noviembre y diciembre. Tendremos una cena y reunión el jueves 29 de noviembre en un restaurante que se determinará pronto. Para más información y reservaciones, llame a Ron Clegg al 817-879-1527 o a Rita Clegg al 817-291-5605.
2019 March for Life Pilgrimage
January 16-20, 2019
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!
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.
Sign Language Classes
The Diocese Deaf Ministry Program is offering Sign Language Classes beginning on January 10, 2019 at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. The 10 week course will give students an interactive experience in sign language including small group and hands on activities. Students will learn basic vocabulary, rules of grammar and cultural aspects of the deaf community and the history of American Sign Language. See flyer below.
RCIA Formation Day
Día de Formación de RICA
The Department of Catechesis invites all those involved in the ministries of RCIA and RCIA Adapted for Children to attend our annual RCIA Formation Day on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at St. Patrick Cathedral. Our central theme is “The Period of the Catechumenate.” The day will consist of keynote talks as well as a number of workshops in English and Spanish. Breakfast and lunch will be served. We are looking forward to this wonderful day of formation. Please click below for more details and to register.
El Departamento de Catequesis invita a todos los involucrados en los ministerios de RICA y RICA Adaptados para Niños a asistir a nuestro Día de Formación de RICA el Sábado 26 de enero de 2019 en la Catedral de San Patricio. Nuestro tema principal es "El Período del Catecumenado". El día consistirá en varios talleres educativos en inglés y español. Se servirá desayuno y almuerzo. Los esperamos para iniciar este día de formación. Por favor haga clic abajo para más información y para registrarse.
MCA Art Contest
Now –January 31, 2019
Attention all who work with youth, from Kinder to 8th grade. Please start encouraging our youth throughout the Diocese to be creative and spread the joy of the Coming of Our Lord. Have them enter an art contest where they could win on a local and nation level. See the flyer and entry form below.
Concurso de Arte MCA
Ahora –31 de enero de 2019
Atención a todos los que trabajan con jóvenes, desde Kinder hasta 8º grado. Por favor, anime nuestros jóvenes, de la Diócesis, a ser creativos y anunciar el gozo de la Venida de Nuestro Señor. Invítelos a que participen en un concurso de arte en el que puedan ganar a nivel local y nacional. Vea el folleto y el formulario de inscripción abajo.
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.
Building Your Legacy Newsletter
As we enter into the final months of 2018 it’s important to set aside some time to reflect and make preparations for the future. This can include making plans for how to build your legacy. The Fall 2018 edition of Building Your Legacy, the Planned Giving newsletter of the Advancement Foundation, is now available. For additional information about these articles or making a planned gift in support of your parish, a Catholic school, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth or a ministry of the Church contact the Advancement Foundation.
December Annual Diocesan Appeal Theme
Bulletins, Website, Social Media
Feature Ministry and Focus for the Month: Catholic Charities/End of Year Giving
General Intercession: That as faithful stewards of the gifts God has entrusted to us, we may give generously to the Annual Diocesan Appeal and share the benefits of our blessings with Catholic Charities and other ministries, let us pray to the Lord.
Bulletin/Pulpit Announcement: 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 the poor and marginalized receiving assistance from Catholic Charities. Please respond in generosity by completing a commitment form available in (PLEASE INDICATE LOCATION) or text ADA to 91999. Your gifts before December 31 may be eligible for charitable deductions on your taxes. Click here for more resources. Attach the social media ad below.
Annual Diocesan Appeal Newsletter
Focus on Campus Ministry
Learn how your gifts to the 2019 Annual Diocesan Appeal are supporting our Catholic presence on eight college campuses throughout the Diocese of Fort Worth in this month’s issue of our Faith Hope Charity newsletter. Please help us reach our $4.2 million goal to serve the least among us, support our retired and infirm priests, form our future deacons and priests, provide resources for marriage and family life and campus ministry, and support our Catholic schools and rural and needy parishes. Please click here to donate today and credit your parish goal. The Eucharist Makes Us the Church and calls us to generous and faithful stewardship. Thank you for supporting the Annual Diocesan Appeal through your financial contributions and your prayers.
Advancing the Mission Newsletter
The season of Thanksgiving is upon us and the Advancement Foundation, like many of you, is reflecting on all we have to be thankful for. We’re especially thankful for each of you and the opportunity we have to serve you and the Diocese of Fort Worth.
Our November newsletter highlights some of the other areas of our work that we’re grateful for, including the Annual Diocesan Appeal and how it supports Campus Ministry, for vocations in our Diocese and for the opportunity to support our brothers and sisters in need through the upcoming special collection. We hope you enjoy reading the November edition of Advancing the Mission!
IRA Charitable Rollover
Information for Parishes and Schools
As more and more of our parishioners reach age 70-1/2, giving to charity through an IRA Rollover and receiving tax benefits becomes a very appealing option. See below for a new marketing piece/form and a bulletin announcement to promote IRA charitable distributions in parishes and schools. This is a writable PDF, so you may post it on your parish website or email it to those who inquire about supporting your parish, Catholic school or the Diocese of Fort Worth through a required minimum distribution from an IRA. More information is available here or by contacting at 817-945-9441.
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.
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 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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