December 20, 2018
Diocesan Office Closures
All diocesan offices will be close Monday, December 24, 2018 thru Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for Christmas holiday. Offices will reopen Wednesday, January 2, 2019. If you have an emergency please call 817-945-9380 leave your name, a call back number and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
Mass for Peace and Justice
Everyone is invited to the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass scheduled for Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 6:00 pm. The Mass, with reception following, will be at St. Michael Catholic Church. Bishop Michael Olson, Bishop of Fort Worth, will be the celebrant along with Bishop Stephen Berg, Bishop of Pueblo Colorado as the Homilist. See you there!
St. Junipero Serra Institute
Instituto San Junípero Serra
Saint Junipero Serra Institute has put together a 6 class course on Biblical Foundations. It will dive into the topics of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, the New and Old Testament. The topics of conversation will get you mind thinking about historical criticism and the defense against modern scholarship. This course will give information that will help you to evangelize and catechize those around you at home, work, and even your parish. Consider this course and others to help grow in faith. Flyers with links provided below.
El Instituto Saint Junipero Serra ha organizado un curso, de 6 clases, sobre Fundamentos Bíblicos. Este curso estudiará los temas de la Sagrada Escritura y la Sagrada Tradición, así como el Antiguo y el Nuevo Testamento. Este curso le puede ayudar a evangelizar y catequizar a los que están a su alrededor en su casa, su trabajo e incluso su parroquia. Considere este curso y los otros que ofrecemos para ayudarle a crecer en la fe. A continuación encontrara volantes con enlaces.
Annual Respect Life Mass
Monday, January 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Olson, the Annual Respect Life Mass will begin with a rose procession to commemorate the more than 61 million babies who have died from abortion since 1973. Please join us as we pray for respect for all human life, from conception to natural death.
New St. Francis de Sales
Diocesan Catechist Formation Site Open
A catechist is a person who desires to teach the faith, is an effective witness of the Gospel and brings others to an intimate relationships with the Person of Jesus Christ. Through the St. Francis de Sales program, the catechist will become familiar with basic catechetical concepts, lesson planning, methodology and other important skills that will allow them to deliver "the word of faith” not in mutilated, falsified or diminished form but whole and entire, in all its rigor and vigor” CT 30.
If you are interested in learning how to be a catechists or further your skills, please join the new site that will open at St. Martin of Porres in Prosper. Classes start in January. More information click here.
Executive Assistant Opening
Office of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Fort Worth
The Catholic Center has an immediate opening for a full time exempt Executive Assistant. The Executive Assistant for the Office of Catholic Schools assists the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent(s) in supporting the activities and services of the Catholic Schools Office. The position reports to the Superintendent and operates under moderate to low supervision with latitude for the use of independent judgment and initiative. All interested applicants should take the brief survey at and email their resume and completed application. To apply click link below.
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.
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.
January Annual Diocesan Appeal Theme
Bulletins, Website, Social Media
Feature Ministry and Focus for the Month: Catholic Schools
General Intercession: That we may see the work of the Annual Diocesan Appeal as an opportunity to extend ourselves in love and service beyond the boundaries of our local parish, and especially for families attending our Catholic Schools, let us pray to the Lord.
Bulletin/Pulpit Announcement: Thank you to all the parishioners of PARISH NAME who have responded generously to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. For those families who have not yet made a donation, please help us reach 100 percent participation by using the forms available in (PLEASE INDICATE LOCATION) or text ADA to 91999. The Eucharist Makes Us the Church, and your grateful response will make a difference to those families receiving tuition assistance in our Catholic Schools. 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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