December 16, 2021
Diocese End of Year Announcements
The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth wishes you a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. Click here for some Advent season tips.
Our offices will be closed from Friday, December 24, 2021 through Friday, December 31, 2021.
- Diocesan E-Bulletin: There will NOT be an e-Bulletin on Thursday, December 23 & 30, 2021. The e-Bulletin will return to normal schedule on January 6, 2021. Please have all information to by noon Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022
- For building/maintenance emergencies: Contact John Jackson (817) 879-5323 or Tom Ross (469) 380-9400.
- Year End Giving: Contact by phone or email regarding year-end giving is available to donors at: (817) 533-3174 or . Messages will be monitored and returned as soon as possible. To ensure that your gift is credited on or before December 31, please donate online at: Annual Diocesan Appeal or All Other Donations. For check donations sent by mail, please ensure that they are made payable to Advancement Foundation and are dated and postmarked by December 31. Mail them to Advancement Foundation, 201 Main St, Ste 1198, Fort Worth TX 76102-3101.
- Hospital Ministries: If death is imminent contact Hospital Ministries (817) 294-6360 or Fr. Binoy Kurian (817) 948-0043. If there is time contact the pastor of parish that the affected attends.
We can’t thank you enough for your generosity!
Thanks be to God for the outpouring of generosity for the parishes, schools, and ministries of the Fort Worth Diocese during #iGiveCatholic 2021. On November 30, we joined with thousands of other Catholic organizations on this Day of Giving to unite the faithful across the country. Because of your generosity, we were able to raise over $337,500 to support the works of love and mercy in our parishes, schools, and ministries. Each gift will play a critical role in allowing us to serve the faithful in our community and build the Body of Christ. We are grateful to each of you. Save the date for #iGiveCatholic 2022-November 29, 2022. For additional information, click here or contact via email or call 817-533-3178.
Priest Care Fund
January 8-9, 2022, Special Collection Resources
The Priest Care Fund special collection will be January 8-9. This fund supports the current and future retired diocesan priests of the Diocese of Fort Worth. “A Lifetime of Service Asks for a Moment of Support.” 100 percent of the donations given to this special collection remains in the Diocese of Fort Worth to provide medical and long-term care to retired priests. Please promote a generous response to our diocesan priests. Please use the resources below – including the letter from Bishop Olson to be read on January 1-2 (the weekend before the actual collection) – to promote this collection in your parish. If you have any questions regarding this collection, please contact at 817-382-4939.
Safe Environment Special Event
Innocence Lost to Human Trafficking presentation by Dr. Kimberly Robinson, January 13, 2022
Human Trafficking is a global problem and happens more often than we think. Dr. Robinson is an ambassador for Shared Hope International, a nonprofit organization that combats human trafficking. Please join us for a special Zoom presentation by Dr. Kim Robinson, Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 6:30 pm, to learn why Dallas/Fort Worth is one of the most highly trafficked areas for this crime and how to recognize the signs of recruitment. No cost to attend. For questions contact the Safe Environment Office for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth at 817-945-9342.
North Texas March for Life
Saturday, January 15, 2022 at noon
The March will begin at Cathedral Guadalupe in Dallas and a rally will be held at the Earle Cabbell Federal Courthouse. This is an annual event and is sponsored by the CPLC of Dallas, Texans for Life in Arlington, and the Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Fort Worth. Additional information is available here: www.prolifedallas.org/NTX_March_for_Life.
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!
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 January 16, 2022, 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 16 de enero 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.
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.
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.
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
First Quarter, January-March 2022
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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