February 25, 2021
Our Lady of Victory Catholic School
Statement Regarding the Decision of the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur to Close Our Lady of Victory Catholic School
February 23, 2021
The Diocese of Fort Worth was informed this morning that the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur will close Our Lady of Victory (OLV) Catholic School at the end of this school year. Bishop Michael Olson first heard of this decision today in a conversation with Sr. Patricia Ridgley, Regional Superior for the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur. lick below for full statement.
Msgr. MCGread Stewardship Conference
March 3-4, 2021
Learn about the practical components needed to encourage Parishioners to become better Christian Stewards. This conference is for clergy and lay leaders and will provide a setting for you to discover how to teach your parishioners to become better Christian Stewards. Held at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E. 45th St. N., Wichita, KS.
REGISTER today! Register early, as limited space is available!
Advancement Foundation Parish Stewardship Survey
Pastors, Business Managers, Pastoral/Stewardship Councils please complete survey by March 4
Over the next several weeks, the Advancement Foundation will send email invitations to participate in brief surveys. To better meet your needs, we ask that parishes, staff and lay leaders share their perceptions about Stewardship, Catholic Schools and Endowments/Capital Campaigns. We definitely want the pastor’s response, but we also want the perspectives of staff and lay leaders in the parish, so please forward the survey invitation to others in your parish. Our first survey is the: “Advancement Foundation Parish Stewardship Survey” and we request that you complete it by March 4.
For more information, or for assistance with your Stewardship efforts, please contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at 817-533-3178.
Lenten Discernment Nights
March 4, March 11, March 18
The Vocations Office invites all men in high school and college to attend a weekly Holy Hour and series of discernment topics on Thursday 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. Please contact the office Fridays before the event to reserve your spot.
Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
March 4-7, 2021 Retreat
Jesus promises that if we are weary He will give us rest when we come to Him (Matt 11:28-30). This has been a hard year for all of us, but the year end is fast approaching. In the weariness of this year and the busyness are you having a hard time finding rest? 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!
Catholic Relief Services Special Collection
March 13-14, 2021
This Lenten season we have an opportunity to help our brothers and sisters in Christ, to serve Jesus in disguise, by supporting The Catholic Relief Services Collection on March 13-14. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) provides for families who face the unimaginable struggles of war, natural disasters, political strife, extreme poverty and human trafficking in the United States and around the world. One fourth of the funds collected stay right here in the Diocese of Fort Worth to support poverty efforts in our area.
Please promote this collection using the information below. If you need additional resources, please contact at 817-533-7242.
Instituto San Junípero Serra
Noticias sobre el Instituto San Junípero Serra
Las inscripciones ya están abiertas para el curso de Introducción a la apologética. Las clases serán del 13 de marzo al 24 de Abril.
Inscríbase y anime a otros a participar de un curso de seis semanas sobre la defensa de la fe. Si alguna vez se ha encontrado en una conversación donde debe saber cómo expresar su fe católica, ¡este curso es adecuado para usted! El instructor se sumergirá en los principales argumentos como Solo Fide, Sola Escritura, Veneración de María, Ordenes Sagradas y lo más importante, la Verdadera Presencia de Jesús en la Eucaristía. Venga a fortalecer su confianza en compartir la verdad. ¡Regístrese hoy!
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.
Attached is a WORD document with bulletin announcements in English as well as in Spanish. Additionally, there are .jpeg images, one for each Sunday in the month that can be placed into the weekly parish bulletins. 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.
Holy Week & Easter Mass Times
Attention Priests and Parish Administrators
We are collecting a list of all Holy Week and Easter Masses to assist the general public and we are asking for your help. To make the process easier this year, we have developed an online form that will allow you to quickly enter and submit your parish Mass times. Once completed you will receive a confirmation email, which also allows further edits if needed. We thank you for your assistance.
Submit Mass times here - https://fwdioc.org/mass-times-form
Catholic Diocese New Position Opening
Human Resources position opportunity
Cassie Heritage has accepted another opportunity and we hope you will join us in congratulating her. Now we are looking for someone who might be interested in applying for the HRIS and Employee Benefits Administrator in Human Resources, at the Catholic Center. View job description below. If interested, apply online by clicking here. No phone calls please.
Diocese Catholic Schools
Diocese Fort Worth Catholic Schools Now Accepting Applications for 2021-2022 School Year
Opening the Doors of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. Serving students PreK – Twelfth grade Catholic school educators in the Diocese of Fort Worth empower students and their families by proclaiming the faith, celebrating values and ministering to the spiritual, academic, social, cultural, and physical needs of diverse communities. Visit the Catholic schools webpage to find a location near your home or work. Also, follow us on Facebook!
All Parishes: If space allows please add our image to your e-bulletin.
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. The online session will be held the 3rd Sunday of each month 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. La sesión en línea se llevará a cabo el 3er domingo de cada mes a las 3:00 PM. Para más información, envíe un correo electrónico a , para solicitar el registro para la sesión, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a .
Lenten Resources from CRS for Parishes and Schools
In conjunction with our upcoming Lenten special collection for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the CRS Rice Bowl program in our parishes and schools, CRS offers an abundance of resources to help your communities plan and implement Lent and Easter programs, even in a virtual/hybrid world. All of those resources may be found at www.crsricebowl.org. In particular, please note the Reflections for Lent and Easter in English and Spanish below with links to brief video homilies for every Sunday during the Lent and Easter season. These can be a great way to thank your communities for participating in CRS Rice Bowl and sharing with them how their participation makes a difference. These homilies can also be sent as links on social media, posted on your website, or used as reflections for small-faith sharing groups with the attached Discussion Questions for Lenten Homilies. Finally, included in this resource are reflections on the scrutinies which can be used with RCIA groups. In addition to the videos, CRS Global Fellows are available to give virtual presentations to various groups. If you are interested in hosting a virtual event with a Global Fellow please contact Mikaele Sansone at .
Support Your Parish or School With Gifts of Appreciated Securities
The Advancement Foundation processes all gifts of stock or mutual funds on behalf of parishes, schools and ministries in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Below is the newly updated stock donation form to send to parishioners and donors who desire to make a donation of stock. This form may also be posted on your website. If you would like hard copies of this form for your office or brochure racks, please contact the Advancement Foundation.
Also, any time you or a donor has a question about gifts of stock, mutual funds, qualified charitable distributions from a retirement account, employer matching gift, please refer them to or 817-533-3174.
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Catholic Charities Fort Worth Immigration Consulting Services (ICS) provides legal assistance to individuals who are eligible under the law to apply for immigration benefits. Our focus is the reunification of families. Our services include personal consultation, application preparation and filing, and administrative legal representation for our clients. We cover all areas of family-based immigration, humanitarian relief, and citizenship services. To learn more, visit www.ccfwimmigration.com, call 817-289-4399, or email .
Parish Stewardship Reflections
First Quarter, January-March 2021
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.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2020-2021 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
2021 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 note the calendar for 2021. Generously support these collections 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