February 22, 2018
Parish Advisory on Texas Right to Life
Message from Bishop Olson to Pastors
Please take note of a Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops’ (TCCB) advisory with a pulpit announcement this weekend about the advisory and its availability in your bulletin or on the parish web site and, if a parish does not have a web site, by referring parishioners to the diocesan website. The advisory regards the hostile position of Texas Right to Life towards the authentic Catholic teaching on the dignity of human life presented by the Texas Catholic Bishops in communion with the Holy See.
A link to the TCCB Parish Advisory on Texas Right to Life is here. The document can be printed and inserted into parish bulletins or distributed separately and/or placed on the parish web site. It is also available on the diocesan web site at www.fwdioc.org.
Political action guidelines & advisory regarding Texas Right to Life:
Message from Diocese on Lenten Action for Dreamers
Congressional Call in Campaign
Our faith calls us to help the least among us, just as Christ did. We have that opportunity on Monday, February 26 to join Catholic bishops from throughout the United States by participating in the “Lenten Action for Dreamers: Congressional Call in Campaign.”
Your voice is critical in urging members of Congress to approve a bipartisan, common -sense, and humane solution for Dreamers: Young people who were brought into the United States by their parents as children.
The Diocese prayerful asks its faithful to use this opportunity in this Lenten season to help those among us who are in need by calling your representative to urge a solution for Dreamers.
Here are details on the Call-in Campaign, including how to reach your Congressional representatives.
Central and Eastern Europe Special Collection
Notice to Parish Business Managers
Although the Ash Wednesday Special Collection for Central and Eastern Europe was cancelled in the Diocese of Fort Worth beginning in 2018, many of you had already ordered envelopes for this collection and, as a result, you have received some contributions for it. The special collection still exists within the USCCB, so the Diocese will continue to remit any funds collected to the National Collections office. Please remit any funds you receive to the Diocesan finance office as soon as possible using 236050 as the account number for this collection. If you have any questions about this, or any other special collection, please contact , Associate Director of the Advancement Foundation, or at 817-945-9441.
Lenten Discernment Night for Men
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. 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 to the Vocations office at or by calling 817-945-9321. Full schedule and locations below.
Join the Legacy Society
Parishes: For February 25 and March 4 Bulletins (and one time per month thereafter)
Thank you for remembering your parish, school, or other ministries of the Diocese of Fort Worth through bequests in your will, beneficiary designations in your life insurance or retirement plan, remainder proceeds from your charitable gift annuity or trusts, or by endowing the future of our Diocesan Catholic Schools. Please notify The Advancement Foundation when you have named a parish, a ministry or the Diocese through your Legacy gift so we might have the opportunity to thank you for your generosity and welcome you as a member of the Diocesan Legacy Society. Please contact to learn more.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Second Collection, March 10-11, 2018
Soon parishes throughout the Diocese will take up a second collection for Catholic Relief Services. Your support of this collection serves Jesus in disguise in some of the most marginalized communities in our world. Proceeds from this national collection provide services for immigrants and refugees, humanitarian aid in the wake of natural disasters, and advocacy for peace and justice around the world. Please join in this collection to support those suffering on the margins around the world. If you have any questions about this special collection, please contact , Associate Director of the Advancement Foundation, at 817-945-9441.
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.
Come and See
Vocations Weekend Retreat, March 23-25, 2018
The Spring retreat 2018 Come & See St. Joseph Seminary College will take place at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA. This vocations weekend retreat is scheduled for March 23-25, 2018 for young men 16 years and older.
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 9, 2018.
For more information contact: Father Keith Hathaway at or by calling 682-429-3554. Please find the attached bulletin announcement and flyer.
Save the Date, April 28, 2018
Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae! The Respect Life Office is sponsoring a conference on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Our presenters will be Most Reverend Bishop Michael F. Olson, STD, and Janet Smith, Ph.D. More details coming soon! Printable save the date card below.
Stewardship Day of Renewal
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Please join us for the third annual Diocesan Stewardship Day of Renewal at St. Maria Goretti Parish on Saturday, April 28. Everyone is invited - use the attached flyer as a bulletin insert, invite your parish and school staff, ministry leaders and all parishioners. Please see the attached flyer for more information or contact
Adoration for Life
Please help the Respect Life Office fill the pews. Adoration for Life is a powerful hour of prayer. Life, death, and the time in between are precious. Let us spend it with God.
Ayude a la Oficina de Vida de Respeto a llenar los bancos. Adoración por la Vida es una hora poderosa de oración. La vida, la muerte y el tiempo intermedio son preciosos. Permítanos pasarlo con Dios.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2017-2018 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the
Tax Reform and Charitable Giving
The new tax law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018 and it no doubt will create questions for you. The Advancement Foundation Supporting the Diocese of Fort Worth wants to make you aware of some of the changes to be mindful of as you consider your charitable giving this year. For additional information, please download the document below, visit http://advancementfoundation.planmygift.org or contact us at 817-945-9441.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
December 9-16, 2018
You’ve been asking for it! Now it’s time to make your Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Dec. 9-16, 2018. Explore the roots of your faith. Walk in Jesus’ footsteps. Watch your most cherished beliefs come to life! Visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Cana, the Mount of Olives, Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and much more! Register with a $550 deposit. All-inclusive $3,961 each, double occupancy. Singles are $4,802. Five star hotels. Fully escorted and SAFE! Spaces are limited! First come, first served! Information Sessions 3/27 and 5/3 at 7 p.m. at The Catholic Center. Visit www.advancementfoundation.org for more information, or contact at 817-945-9440.
It is suggested that all parishes include a Stewardship reflection each week in their bulletin, to encourage parishioners to give more time to God in prayer, service to others and generous with their material goods. Please see below the Weekly Bulletin Stewardship Reflection insert and the Prayers of the Faithful (both in English & Spanish).
For more Stewardship resources please visit www.advancementfoundation.org/stewardship-themes or contact Diana Liska at or 817-945-9444.
Advancing the Mission Newsletter
Welcome to the February edition of the Advancement Foundation’s Advancing the Mission newsletter! There are so many exciting events and opportunities on the horizon! Please take a look at the Calendar of Events for a complete list. Also included are ideas to enhance your Lenten journey, an update on the Annual Diocesan Appeal, and information about traveling to England, Scotland and Wales with the Diocesan Travel Program.
As always, the Advancement Foundation Team is here to assist you. Please feel free to contact any member of the team for more information.
Advancing the Mission Newsletter (February)
Annual Diocesan Appeal Newsletter
National Marriage Week
As we approach National Marriage Week, the Advancement Foundation is pleased to share the February issue of Faith Hope Charity, the monthly newsletter of the Annual Diocesan Appeal. This focus of this issue is on the support the Appeal gives the Diocese of Fort Worth Office of Marriage & Family Life. When you support the Appeal you also support their important ministry to those whose vocation is in married life. Click here to learn more.
The newsletter also spotlights one pastor of four parishes that ALL have met their goals for the Appeal! What can you do to help your parish meet its goal?
Thank you for your financial support and for your prayers for the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Please continue to encourage others to participate in the Appeal this year by Contributing for the Common Good. Every contribution is important, no matter the amount! For questions please contact .
Protect the People and Causes You Love
Tips to Protect Your Charitable Plan
Naming a loved one or The Advancement Foundation as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan assets is a heartfelt way to make a future gift with lasting impact. Be sure to go one step further and notify those beneficiaries of the choices you’ve made. Please click here to learn more.
For more information, visit advancementfoundation.planmygift.org or contact Renée Underwood at the Advancement Foundation, or 817-945-9441.
Special Collection Calendar
Revisions to 2018-2019
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.
St. Junipero Serra Institute
We are pleased to announce that The Saint Junipero Serra Institute will offer a Summer Course on Evangelization and Catechesis. The course is open to all who are looking to get a taste of what this institute has to offer, those interested in starting level one for the first time (no matter the track), as well as those who joined us late in the 2017 “school” year. Please see flyer below for location and time.
Instituto St. Junípero Serra
Nos complace anunciar que el Instituto San Junipero Serra ofrecerá un Curso de Verano sobre Evangelización y Catequesis. El curso está abierto para todos los que quieran probar lo que este instituto tiene para ofrecer, los interesados en comenzar con el primer nivel por primera vez (sin importar la concentración ministerial), así como también, aquellos que se unieron a nosotros a finales del ‘año escolar’ 2017. Por favor vea el volante debajo para el horario.
St. Francis de Sales
Diocesan Catechist Formation Program
St. Francis de Sales is the Diocesan formation program for catechists who serve in the parish religious education programs with children, teens and adults. The program offers two levels of formation:
Basic Level: consists of nine sessions covering the bases of what catechesis is, catechetical lesson planning, the use if the catechism and sacred Scripture in catechesis, etc.
The second level or doctrinal units, consists of 25 sessions focused on the study of specific Catholic Doctrines such as the Trinity, temptation and sin, etc.
St. Francisco de Sales
Programa de Formación Diocesano para Catequistas
San Francisco de Sales es el programa diocesano de formación para los catequistas que sirven en las parroquias en los programas de educación religiosa de niños, adolescentes y adultos. Este programa ofrece dos niveles de formación:
El nivel básico que consta de nueve sesiones que cubren las bases de lo que es la catequesis, la planeación de lecciones catequéticas, el uso del catecismo de la Iglesia Católica y de la Sagrada Escritura en Catequesis, etc.
El segundo nivel o Unidades doctrinales que consta de 25 sesiones que se centran en un estudio de doctrinas Católicas específicas, como la Trinidad, la Tentación y el Pecado, etc.
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Diocesan Employment Opportunities
Full-Time: View full-time jobs
- Multiple Teaching Opportunities, Notre Dame Catholic School, Wichita Falls
- Business Manager, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Fort Worth
- Director of Development, Holy Trinity Catholic School, Grapevine
- Administrative Assistant, Diocese of Fort Worth, Tribunal
- Classroom Teacher: Math, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Keller
- Classroom Teacher: English Language Artse, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Keller
- Elementary Classroom Teacher, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Keller
- Executive Assistant, Diocese of Fort Worth, Catholic Center
- Parish Business Manager, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Fort Worth
- Assistant Director of Faith Formation, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Arlington
- Census & Records, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Arlington
- Program & Client Relationship Manager, Cristo Rey High School at Our Mother of Mercy, Ft. Worth
- Assistant Principal, Notre Dame Catholic School, Wichita Falls
- Admissions Assistant, Cristo Rey High School at Our Mother of Mercy, Fort Worth
- Certified Academic Language Therapist, Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth
- Director of Development, Cassata High School, Fort Worth
Part-Time: View part-time jobs
- Secretary / Receptionist, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church , Fort Worth
- Administrative Assistant, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Breckenridge
- Elementary School Nurse, St. Joseph Catholic School, Arlington
- Spanish Teacher, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, Fort Worth
- Communications Coordinator, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Keller
- Coordinator/Assistant Director, St. Philip the Apostle Parish, Lewisville
- Liturgical Musician, St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Fort Worth
- Extended Day Aide, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Keller
- Extended Care Worker, St. George School, Fort Worth
- After School Care Worker, St. Martin de Porres Catholic School, Frisco/Prosper
- Bus Driver, Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth
- Deaf Ministry Interpreters Needed, Diocese of Fort Worth
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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