February 20, 2020
Census Count is Coming
Everyone needs to participate
The U.S. Census Bureau will be the 2020 census count in March 2020. It is important for every community that everyone be counted. To be counted everyone must complete the census form that they receive in March. An info that might identify an individual family is completely confidential. Only the statistical information provided in the census form will be used.
Bishop Olson supports other religious leaders who are urging their congregations to participate in the census count. Each parish can do by putting a flier in the bulletin, posting something on social media, having an census event at the church, including it in the announcements or other appropriate methods for a particular parish.
Attached are flyers in English and Spanish that explain why a complete count is vital to each community as well as a YouTube video which each parish may use.
Diocese Director of Security Named
Advisory to Pastors, Priests and Business Managers
Join the Diocese in welcoming Michael Short as the New Diocese Director of Security. Please find a link below for the complete statement.
Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
Men and Women Into the Deep Retreat, February 28 - March 1, 2020
Are you ready to take a leap this year in your faith journey? Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, on the shores of Lewisville Lake, in Lake Dallas, Texas offers a beautiful opportunity to learn more about moving deeper into your faith. Join us for our next 2-day Into the Deep retreat taking place from February 28th - March 1st. For more information, visit mjrh.org/open or call 940-321-6020.
Lenten Retreat, March 1 - 3, 2020
Do you need to be reminded of God's mercy and love? Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, on the shores of Lewisville Lake, in Lake Dallas, Texas offers a beautiful opportunity to go deeper in your faith this Lenten season. Join us for our next 2-day Lenten retreat taking place from March 1st - 3rd. For more information, mjrh.org/open or call 940-321-6020.
Black and Indian Mission
Special Collection, February 29-March 1, 2020
We invite you to support the Black and Indian Mission Collection and “build our mission to the missions” in Native American, Alaska Native and African American Catholic communities across the United States. Since 1884, the national Black and Indian Mission Collection has provided grants to dioceses across the country – including the Diocese of Fort Worth – that enliven parish life and catechesis programs, empower ministries, support teachers and encourage vocations to the priesthood. Please generously support the Black and Indian Mission Collection in your parish and help build a future of hope in these communities.
Annual Diocesan Appeal
February Promotional Materials: Prison Ministry
During February, promotional materials for the Annual Diocesan Appeal focus on its support of ministry to those in our prisons and jails. For more information, refer to the documents linked below.
Click here to access parish promotional materials in English and Spanish.
Click here to donate to the 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal and help your parish meet its goal (or sign up for payroll deduction on ADP or text ADA to 91999).
Please contact at 817-945-9441, if you have other questions or need promotional resources for Prison Ministry.
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.
Lenten Discernment for Men
March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2020
The Vocations Office invites all men in high school and college to attend a weekly Holy Hour and series of discernment topics on Monday evenings of Lent. This event will be at St. Patrick Cathedral and the evening will start with Holy Hour at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and a discussion of topics on prayer, seminary life, and the priesthood. Please RSVP the Friday before the event to or by calling 817-945-9321.
Vietnamese Martyrs Parish, Arlington, Thursday, March 19, 2020
With Praise and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, through the Invocation of the Holy Spirit and the Imposition of Hands The Most Reverend Michael F. Olson, STD, MA will ordain for the Diocese of Fort Worth six candidates to the Diaconate in Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 6:00 PM. Location will be at Vietnamese Martyrs Parish, 801 E. Mayfield Road, Arlington, TX 76014. You are cordially invited to the mass and to a reception immediately following the mass.
Come and See Weekend
Vocations Weekend Retreat, April 3-5, 2020
The Spring 2020 Come & See Weekend will take place at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA. This vocations weekend retreat is scheduled for April 3-5, 2020 for young men 16 years and older who are in high school and college in the Diocese of Fort Worth.
Please invite young men to experience what life is like at St. Joseph’s Seminary with others who are discerning a call to the priesthood. Reserve your spot today by March 20, 2020.
For more information contact: or by calling 817-945-9321. Please find the flyer attached.
New SECURE Act
How it Affects Qualified Charitable Distributions
The SECURE Act that went into effect on January 1, 2020 changed some aspects of distributions individuals can take from their IRAs, but – for the most part – did not affect distributions made to a qualified charity.
Click here for full details
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Exciting News – Double Your Poverty-Ending Impact!
Catholic Charities Fort Worth is proud to be a Catalyst Partner with the Stand Together Foundation, chosen because we are a poverty-ending service provider making real change in the lives of our clients. In 2019 alone, we empowered over 200 families to lift themselves out of poverty for good, while serving thousands more! Help us create more stories of hope this year, by taking advantage of a chance to double your impact through the end of March.
Thanks to our meaningful work, the Stand Together Foundation is offering a special dollar-to-dollar match of donations to CCFW, up to $1,000 per individual donor, that has been extended through March 2020! Please donate online at CatholicCharitiesFortWorth.org/donate before March 31st so your gift can be matched. CCFW receives 100% of your donation, and there are no fees.
We are blessed by the time, treasure, and talent shared by so many in the Diocese with the families we serve. If you plan to share your treasure this year to help our struggling community members achieve self-sufficiency, please give to CCFW before the end of March using the online platform to double your impact to an already impactful agency. Thanks for your help in ending poverty, one family at a time!
Catholic Charities 110 Years
110 Years and Just Getting Started!
March 17th marks 110 years since a small group of women attended the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. They went with a common purpose — to petition Bishop Edward Dunne to allow them to begin a “work of mercy.” This became Catholic Charities Fort Worth.
The enterprising spirit of these women has remained the heartbeat of our organization for more than a century. Throughout our 110 years, we have remained in-tune with the needs of the community and with your support, have continually evolved to answer those needs.
Can you give $110 today?
If 500 people give $110 through the Stand Together match, we will meet our goal and be able to help so many more individuals and families rise above poverty and reach their bigger, brighter future.
Have your gift matched by donating at www.ccfwturns110.com.
For Parish and School Business Managers and Staffs
The third quarter issue of Crossroads, the newsletter for Parish and School Business Managers from the Advancement Foundation, is available below. Please print and distribute copies to those in your organization needing the information it contains regarding upcoming dates, the Annual Diocesan Appeal, Special Collections, increasing donations, and 2019 tax statements for donors.
Parish Stewardship Resources
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.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 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 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.
For any questions or concerns about the e-Bulletin please contact the
Director of Communications, or