December 21, 2023
Diocesan 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. For end of year giving click here.
Our offices will be closed from Monday, December 25, 2023 through Monday, January 1, 2024.
Bishop's Pastoral Letter
On “The Pastoral Meaning of Blessings”
Note to: Pastors, Priests, Deacons and Business Manager
Please share this with the faithful of your parish by including it in your parish bulletin, on your website or another means of disseminating information that you use. However, the Bishop specifically asks that this pastoral letter NOT BE READ at Mass on Christmas or on Sunday.
Link to the Vatican Document regarding Pastoral Meaning of Blessings
DICASTERY FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH Declaration Fiducia Supplicans
International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) Conference
Register Now for the 62nd ICSC Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana September 15-18, 2024
This year’s conference theme is “Called to be Saints.” Pastors, business managers, stewardship and development committees and school development officers are invited to attend this gathering of Catholic stewardship leaders and fund development professionals from across the United States and take benefit from the valuable information and networking available. Limited scholarships for conference fees for first time attendees are available by contacting , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178.
Register today for the Advent-Christmas Discount rate of $429.00. Hurry, rate increases January 6, 2024!
Women's Vocations Retreat
'High School Girls' Day with the Sisters' retreat, Saturday, January 13, 2024
Join us for a special 'High School Girls' Day with the Sisters' retreat at Our Lady of Guadalupe Priory in Georgetown, Texas! Hosted by the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, this free one-day event is for young women in grades 9-12 in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Transportation to and from the event will be provided. For more information or questions, contact us at or call 817-945-9321. Don't miss this opportunity for a day of reflection and connection!
St. Andrew’s Breakfast
Saturday, January 13, 2024
The next St. Andrew Breakfast will be on Saturday morning January 13, 2024 at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1206 Throckmorton St, Fort Worth, TX 76102, at 8:00 AM. The day will begin with Mass followed by breakfast and fellowship. 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 January 12, 2024 to the or by calling 817-945-9321.
St. Andrew Desayuno
El próximo Desayuno de St. Andrew será el sábado 13 de enero de 2024 a las 8:00 a.m. en St. Patrick Cathedral, 1206 Throckmorton St, FortWorth, TX 76102. El día comenzará con Misa seguida por el desayuno y camaradería. Invitamos a todos los jóvenes varones de la Diócesis de FortWorth que estén en la escuela secundaria o en la universidad en asistir al evento. Hay espacio limitado. Por favor reserven su lugar antes del 12 de enero de 2024 por la o llamando al 817-945-9321.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Mass
Saturday, January 20, 2024
The 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Good Shepherd Catholic Community in Colleyville at 5:00 PM. The homilist will be Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, and the main celebrant will be Bishop Michael F. Olson, STD, MA. All are encouraged to attend.
Middle School Rally
To the Heights, January 27, 2024
The purpose of this retreat is to help students live out their baptismal call of holiness. Our prayer is for our young people to know that they have received, and continue to receive, all the grace necessary to be holy, they simply must respond to Christ by living their lives for Him.
The Scriptural theme of this retreat is from Matthew 5:48, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” The Catechetical theme comes from paragraph 1694 of the Catechism – “Following Christ and united with him, Christians can strive to be "imitators of God as beloved children, and walk in love" by conforming their thoughts, words, and actions to the "mind . . . which is yours in Christ Jesus," and by following his example.
Lunch is included in the registration fee. Snacks will be available as well. The Rally will take place at Nolan Catholic High School in the Arena.
Catholic Schools Open House
All are welcome at Catholic Schools open house, January 28-31, 2024
All parishes in the metroplex are encouraged to promote Catholic school open house events this January. Please use the flyers below as bulletin inserts during the month of January to invite your parishioners to tour a Catholic school. Everyone is welcome to tour our Catholic schools and learn more about the faith-filled education in your area. Whether you are connected to a school now, in the past, or will be in the future, we encourage you to visit an open house this January. Find dates, times and locations here!
Nolan Athletic Summer Camps
Early bird discount until January 31, 2024
Our summer camps offer students the opportunity to explore their chosen interests in a fun-filled environment. Summer Camps are available for youth (rising 3rd through 8th grade) as well as enrolled, or applied, Nolan Catholic High School students.
Registration is now open for Summer 2024 to all kids not just diocesan students with early bird discounts through end of January! Enroll before February 1, 2024, and receive $20 off your camp registration.
Vocations General Intercessions
Cycle B Resources for Parishes Now Available
Below are Vocations General Intercessions and Bulletin Blurbs for each week of the new Cycle B Liturgical Year that began on December 3. These English and Spanish resources are provided by the three Serra Clubs of the Diocese of Fort Worth. Serrans support parishes and Catholic schools with resources to promote vocations throughout the year. Visit resources for vocations or contact , VP Vocations, Fort Worth Serra Club for more information.
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.
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!
|Jan. 5-7, 2024
|Men's Recovering Alcoholics Retreat
|Jan. 11-14, 2024
|Jan. 25-28, 2024
|Feb. 1-4, 2024
|Feb. 3, 2024
|Saturday of Reflection
|Feb. 9-11, 2024
|Retiro para hombres, mujeres y parejas
|Feb. 16-18, 2024
|Young Adults Retreat
Msgr. McGread Stewardship Conference
February 28-29, 2024 at the Diocese of Wichita’s Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, Kansas
This conference is for clergy and lay leaders and will provide a setting to better understand and implement stewardship as a way of life in your parish. Limited scholarships for conference fees for first time attendees are available by contacting , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178.
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
January – March 2024
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.
2024 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.
Special collections calendar (2024)
Colectas especiales (2024)
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 .