Thursday, February 8, 2024
Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your God.
We will join with all Catholics in the world in the ancient practice of beginning the penitential season of Lent by the practice of fasting and abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday.
Diocesan Website Survey
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Transitional Diaconate Ordination
Transitional Diaconate Ordination Save the Date for March 19, 2024
With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Diocese of Fort Worth joyfully announces and cordially invites you to the Transitional Diaconate Ordination of Isaac McCracken through the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by His Excellency, Bishop Michael Olson at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Arlington.
Vocations Lenten Weekly Meditations
Resources for Parishes Now Available
Below are Vocations Meditations for each week of Lent. Please use this as a bulletin insert at the beginning of Lent, or use the individual weekly meditations in your bulletin or social media. These English and Spanish vocations 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.
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 .
Lent Workshop, February 24, 2024 at St. Maria Goretti in Arlington
Join us for a transformative workshop during LENT 2024 on navigating the temptations in our world today and finding the guidance to overcome them! Led by Fr. Paul Zirimenya, this workshop will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 9:30 am at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Arlington. Lunch is included, so please reserve your place by contacting or calling 817-591-0186.
Additionally, come together for a special Mass on Sunday, February 25th, at 11:00 am, celebrated with the parishioners of St. Maria Goretti.
Don't miss this opportunity for spiritual growth and community connection during the Lenten season!
Young Adult Lenten Retreat
February 24, 2024 held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denton
Young Adult Catholics in the Diocese of Fort Worth are invited to attend a one-day Lenten Retreat led by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The retreat, which is specially designed for those aged 18-35, will feature reflection on the Lenten homilies of St. Francis de Sales. The event will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denton, Texas on Saturday, February 24, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with other young adult Catholics and deepen your spiritual practice. RSVP by February 21 at the link provided.
Retiro de Cuaresma para Jóvenes Adultos
Los jóvenes adultos católicos de la Diócesis de Fort Worth están invitados a asistir a un retiro de Cuaresma de un día dirigido por las Siervas de los Corazones Traspasados de Jesús y María. El retiro, que está especialmente diseñado para personas de entre 18 y 35 años, incluirá una reflexión sobre las homilías de Cuaresma de San Francisco de Sales. El evento se llevará a cabo en la Iglesia Católica de la Inmaculada Concepción en Denton, Texas, el sábado 24 de febrero de 9:00 a. m. a 3:00 p. m. No pierdas esta oportunidad de conectarte con otros jóvenes adultos católicos y profundizar tu práctica espiritual. Confirme su asistencia antes del 21 de febrero en el enlace proporcionado.
Young Adult Mass
Save the Date, March 2, 2024
All young adults, ages 18-35, of the Diocese of Fort Worth are invited to a special bilingual (Spanish & English) Mass celebrated by Very Rev. Jonathan C. Wallis on Saturday, March 2nd at 6:00 PM. This Mass will take place at St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth. Dinner will be offered in the St Patrick Pastoral Center, but an RSVP is required before February 28, 2024.
Misa de Jóvenes Adultos
Todos los jóvenes adultos, de 18 a 35 años, de la Diócesis de Fort Worth están invitados a una Misa especial celebrada por el Muy Reverendo Jonathan C. Wallis el sábado 2 de marzo a las 6:00 p.m. Esta Misa será en la Catedral de San Patricio en Fort Worth. Se ofrecerá cena después de la Misa en el Centro Pastoral St Patrick, pero se requiere confirmar su asistencia antes del 28 de febrero de 2024.
Black and Indian Missions
Special Collection February 17-18, 2024
Please use the materials below and on the box drive to support the USCCB special collection for the Black and Indian Mission Office. Portions of this special collection are administered as grants throughout the nation, including our diocesan Catholic schools. The most effective way you can promote special collections is to mention them to your parishioners during Mass and include additional information in the bulletin.
Advancing the Mission
Not sure how to talk to your parishioners about planned gifts, writing a will or stewardship? This month’s Advancing the Mission newsletter is a great start! Topics include:
- Charitable Gift Annuities: Highest Rates in 16 years
- Giving Generously to Your Parish
- And much more!
This and past issues can be found online at www.advancementfoundation.org/news-you-can-use
For your Bulletin: News you can use QR code
January – February – March Edition Now Available
The latest issue of the quarterly Crossroads newsletter for pastors, parish and school business managers and finance council members is now available: Crossroads newsletter. Please don’t miss this important issue with information such as March 2 Diocesan Day of Stewardship with Bishop Olson, 2023 tax statements, proper receipting, and upcoming deadlines such as Light of Christ nominations and parish grant application deadlines.
Refer back to this issue throughout the quarter for information or visit: www.advancementfoundation.org/parish-school-resources.
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)
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.
Diocesan Day of Stewardship
Filled with His Grace… Stewardship as a way of life, March 2, 2024
Join us for a special Lenten opportunity to hear from vibrant and dynamic speakers who will set the groundwork for you to deepen your relationship with Christ throughout your Lenten journey during this half day retreat.
Opportunities for reflection and sharing with other participants will be included. All priests, deacons, ministry leaders, parish and school staff, leadership committees and councils, and all members of the laity are invited to attend. Event will be held at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 2100 N. Davis Drive, Arlington, TX 76012 from 8:30am to noon. Cost per person: $10, Breakfast and materials included.
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.
"What is Cursillo?"
Are you looking for a deeper meaning in your spiritual journey? Then join us in a short course in Christianity hosted by the Fort Worth Diocese English Cursillo. Spend 3 days developing a deeper understanding of what it means to be fully Catholic by being fully Christian. The Women's Weekend is April 4-7, 2024. The Men's Weekend is April 25-28, 2024. The weekends will be held at the Formation Center located at 2517 Hanna Avenue, Fort Worth, TX. The cost is $150.00. Please contact , Pre-Cursillo Coordinator for more information or to register.
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!
|Feb. 14, 2024
|Ash Wednesday Day of Prayer & Reflection
|Feb. 16-18, 2024
|Young Adults Retreat
|Feb. 22-25, 2024
|March 1-3, 2024
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.