November 9, 2023
Advanced Giving begins November 13-November 27 and #Giving Tuesday is November 28
Celebrate being Catholic by giving Catholic on Giving Tuesday, November 28. You can also take advantage of Advanced Giving, November 13-27, 2023. Visit FortWorth.iGiveCatholic.org to support the over 50 participating parishes, schools and ministries doing the Lord’s work in our Diocese everyday. For additional information, click here or contact or 817-533-3178.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Optional Special Collection November 18-19, 2023
Sunday, November 19 marks the seventh annual World Day of the Poor, a celebration that Pope Francis describes in his message for this year’s celebration as “a fruitful sign of the Father’s mercy” that “enables us to discover ever anew the heart of the Gospel.” In conjunction with this worldwide observance, the Diocese of Fort Worth will be taking up an optional special collection to support the work of the U.S. bishops’ anti-poverty efforts.
In addition, 25% of the funds we collect will remain in our diocese to fund local antipoverty projects, such as Catholic Charities Fort Worth, Seymour Ministerial Alliance and Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Last year this 25% was more than $80,000. By supporting this collection, you are giving those on the margins a hand up, not a handout.
Annual Diocesan Appeal Update
November Promo and Progress towards goal
Thank you all for conducting the commitment weekend in your parishes. We are working as quickly as possible to input donations and pledges into Blackbaud. You can check your parish’s progress towards goal in the ADA box drive on the Excel doc “2024 ADA Parish Status Report” which will be continuously updated. At the Business Managers Meeting we will walk through how to access your report on Blackbaud.
Our retired priests have honored Christ’s commandment to “Love One Another as I have Loved You.” The Annual Diocesan Appeal continues to financially support retired Priest Care. Please communicate this to your parishioners with the November promo materials below and on the box drive.
November promo materials
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 www.montserratretreat.org! Spaces are limited due to COVID and are going fast!
|Nov. 16-19, 2023||Couples Retreat|
|Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, 2023||Men's Retreat|
|Dec. 7-10, 2023||Divorce Retreat|
|Jan. 5-7, 2024||Men's Recovering Alcoholics Retreat|
|Jan. 11-14, 2024||Men's 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.
The Serra Clubs
Cycle B Vocations Resources for Parishes
The Serra Clubs of the Diocese of Fort Worth are willing to support parishes and Catholic schools with resources for promoting vocations throughout the year. Below are General Intercessions and Bulletin Blurbs for each week of the new Cycle B Liturgical Year that begins on December 3, 2023. More resources for vocations or you may contact , VP Vocations, Fort Worth Serra Club.
Mission Awareness Day 2023
Saturday, December 9, 2023
The Diocesan Mission Council cordially invites Parish Mission Councils, Lay Missionaries, Parishioners, and Parish Staff to attend Mission Awareness Day 2023 at Holy Family Parish in Fort Worth on December 9, 2023, from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. The keynote speakers will be Ms. Alixandra Holden from the National Office, Pontifical Mission Societies in New York, and Rev. Anto Vijayan Carloose, SAC, Pastor of St. John the Baptizer in Bridgeport, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Decatur, and St. Mary in Jacksboro.
The purpose of this event is to provide opportunities for the faithful of the Diocese of Fort Worth to exchange missionary ideas and experiences, as well as gain a deeper understanding of the missionary mandate of the Church through insightful presentations. Learn more!
Register through your parish office to be a part of this inspiring day!
Basic Sign Language Course
Registration is open for classes starting Jan 9, 2024
The Deaf Ministry is offering a 12-week course that 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. Classes start January 9 - March 26, 2024 from 7pm to 9pm. Registration Deadline: December 15, 2023.
Men's Discernment Retreat
Friday, December 29, 2023
Join Fr. Brett Metzler, Vocation Director of the Diocese of Fort Worth, for the Men's Discernment Retreat at the Montserrat Jesuit Retreat Center in Lake Dallas, Texas, on Friday, December 29, 23 from 8am to 3:30pm. This one-day retreat is open to men aged 16-25 and offers a unique opportunity to explore the call to priesthood.
The retreat includes time for prayer, spiritual conferences on discernment and vocations, and opportunities to engage with seminarians, priests, and others on their vocational journeys.
For more information or to register, please contact the Vocations Office at . Registration will close on Friday, December 22, 2023.
October – November - December Edition Now Available
The latest issue of the quarterly Crossroads newsletter for pastors, parish and school business managers and finance council members is now available: Crossroads Newsletter. Please don’t miss this important issue with information such as an additional interest payment, Stewardship Sunday, Estate Planning Awareness week, and upcoming events such as Aging with Grace (English and Spanish) and #iGiveCatholic. Please complete the survey for the business managers meeting.
Refer back to this issue throughout the quarter for information or visit: www.advancementfoundation.org/parish-school-resources.
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 .
Parish Stewardship Reflections
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.
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 fwdioc.org/special-collections.
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 por favor revise el archivo PDF abajo.
For any questions or concerns about the e-Bulletin please contact the
Director of Communications, or .