November 18, 2021
In celebration of Thanksgiving there will NOT be an e-Bulleting on November 25, 2021.
The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth wishes you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. As we gather in celebration around the tables of our homes, let us take the time to ponder our blessings and give thanks to the Lord with humble hearts.
Share Your Thankfulness
- Share your blessings by donating to your parish food bank, Catholic Charities Fort Worth, or Society of St. Vincent de Paul to help those in need.
- Invite someone who might be alone for Thanksgiving to your family’s celebration.
- Bake something to give to a neighbor you don't talk to often.
- Let someone who may be hurting know that you care and are praying for them.
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.
Giving Tuesday-November 30; Advanced Giving 11/15-11/30!
Support the works of Love and Mercy in our Diocese! #iGiveCatholic is celebrated annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. It is the U.S. Catholic Church’s Giving day that kicks off the charitable season and brings the Catholic Community together to give thanks and give back! As the first ever giving day created to celebrate our unique Catholic heritage, #iGiveCatholic inspires faithful stewards to “Give Catholic” on #GivingTuesday. Celebrate being Catholic by giving Catholic on Giving Tuesday, November 30! Go to fortworth.igivecatholic.org to learn more and support our participating parishes, schools and ministries!
Information on #iGiveCatholic (English & Spanish)
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.
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.
“Restore Our Joy”; ICSC Virtual Conference Information
Module III, offered December 1 – 2, is designed for pastors, parish pastoral teams, parish stewardship and evangelization leaders and those interested in learning more about Christian stewardship as a way of life.
The ICSC virtual conference offers attendees a chance to gather and reflect on stewardship in the Catholic Church and also prepare for its transformational future in our current COVID-19 environment. The theme for ICSC’s virtual conference continues to be Restore Our Joy which recalls the psalmist’s plea to the Lord to transform his heart from sorrow to joy and renew in him a spirit of steadfastness and determination (Psalm 51:14).
The virtual conference will offer a great venue for gathering of Catholic stewardship leaders and fund development professionals from across the United States, the conference provides Catholics in dioceses and parishes the tools, strategies and inspiration they need to offer courage, hope and a renewed spirit. 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.
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!
Retirement Fund for Religious
December 11-12, 2021, Special Collection Resources
December’s Special Collection is coming up soon! The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be December 11 and 12. Please join us in promoting a generous response to the special collection. Find bulletin announcements and social media posts below and online at retiredreligious.org/materials. Please be sure to announce the collection during Mass and include a reminder in printed or electronic parish communications. Please prepare and schedule your bulletin announcements before Thanksgiving so that the holiday doesn’t delay the early December special collection. Find documents below and here.
St. Andrew’s Mass
December 18, 2021
St. Andrew Holy Mass and Prayer will be on Saturday morning December 18, 2021 at St. Patrick Cathedral, Fort Worth, Texas at 8:00 AM. 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 December 10, 2021 to the or by calling 817-945-9321.
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 December 19, 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 19 de diciembre 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 .
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.
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.
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