February 4, 2021
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.
Catholic Schools Open House and Virtual Events
Celebrate Catholic Schools Week January 31- February 6, 2021
Celebrate the truth, beauty and goodness in our Catholic Schools the week of January 31-February 6, 2021. The Catholic Schools week theme for 2021 is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Click here to learn more about the Catholic schools in our Diocese or follow us on Facebook.
Our Catholic School Mission: 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.
Now Accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year: Due to COVID-19, open houses are limited. Please refer to select open house dates or schedule a tour at one of our schools by appointment only. To locate a school near your home or office, visit our catholic school webpage.
Catholic Schools Virtual Events: Please consider joining one of our virtual events in support of Catholic education. Click attachment below.
Parishes: please share information to support our schools in the Diocese. Even if a parish does not have a school, we would love for you to share the opportunities to learn more about our Catholic schools and support their mission.
Lenten Discernment Nights
February 18, February 25, 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.
Black and Indian Mission Special Collection
February 20-21, 2021
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 during weekend Masses on February 20 and 21, through your parish online giving portal or https://bit.ly/DioceseSpecialCollections.
Stewardship Webinar Series-New
Please join us February 25 at 2 p.m. for our monthly Stewardship webinar; “Offertory Recovery with special guest-Nic Prenger-Prenger Solutions!”.
The monthly Stewardship webinar series address a variety of topics designed to guide, educate and support Stewardship efforts in our parishes and schools. This webinar series is available to all. Registration is required. You may register here for the February webinar. Webinars are the fourth Thursday of every month from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. For more information, or for assistance with your Stewardship efforts, please contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at 817-533-3178.
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 .
Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
February 2021 Retreats
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 of the season 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!
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.
February Stewardship Resources: ICSC
The International Catholic Stewardship Council: February Newsletter
February Stewardship Resources from ICSC. The International Catholic Stewardship Council provide a wide variety of resources for parishes and schools to promote stewardship, discipleship and engagement. Please use the February 2021 ICSC newsletters for bulletin announcements, stewardship saint of the month, prayers, family activities and more. If you need additional resources to use in your parishes, schools and faith formation programs, please visit www.catholicstewardship.com or contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at 817-533-3178.
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!
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.
My Catholic Giving Guide
A Resource to Discern Your Giving Level
The beginning of a new year it is a good time to assess your charitable giving from the perspective of a disciple of Christ. My Catholic Giving Guide is a tool to help you give from your “first fruits,” not from your leftovers, and plan your giving on an annual basis. For additional Stewardship resources to use personally or in your parish, please visit www.advancementfoundation.org/starting-parish-stewardship. (Permission is granted to all parishes and schools to add these documents – or links to them - to your website.)
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Helping Families Impacted by COVID-19
CCFW is pleased to be able to offer limited housing (rent or mortgage) and utility assistance for families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This financial assistance is available to anyone residing in the 28-county diocese. Those in need may contact our Community Care Team at 817.534.0814, Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm.
Parish Partners may email referrals directly to . See more information below regarding our Parish Partner Program.
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