March 10, 2022
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 ask 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.
Lenten Discernment Nights
Dates: March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7
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 by the Tuesday before the event to reserve your spot via email at the or by calling 817-945-9321.
Msgr. McGread Stewardship Conference
Help your Parishioners Become Better Disciples of Christ! March 16-17, 2022
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. Conference will be held at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E. 45th St. N., Wichita, KS.
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!
Diocesan Day of Stewardship
The Heart of the Mission, Saturday, March 19
Join Bishop Michael F. Olson and Cande de Leon, Executive Director of the Office of Mission Advancement, Diocese of Phoenix and author of “The Heart of the Mission,” on a journey of intentional stewardship as a way of life – a way to make a return in gratitude for God’s many blessings in our lives and in our parishes.
Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Olson at 8:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church at 3713 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021. Breakfast and event 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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 every 3rd Sunday of each month. The online session will be held March 20, 2022, 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 cada 3er domingo de cada mes. La sesión en línea se llevará el 20 de marzo de 2022 a las 3:00 PM. Para más información, envíe un correo electrónico a , para solicitar el registro para la sesión, o por favor envíe un correo electrónico a .
St. Andrew’s Breakfast
March 26, 2022
The next St. Andrew Breakfast will be on Saturday morning March 26, 2022 at St. Patrick Cathedral, Fort Worth, Texas at 8:00 AM. The day will begin with Mass followed by breakfast. We encourage young men in high school and college of the Diocese of Fort Worth to attend. With limited space, please reserve your spot by March 18, 2022 to the or by calling 817-945-9321.
Support Ukraine through Special Collection
CRS Collection will support Ukraine
You may be asking “Will there be a collection for Ukraine?” The answer is YES! The better news is, you are already promoting it! As we speak, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is responding with emergency support across the country. The CRS collection is scheduled in parishes on March 26-27 but parishioners can give now online at:
See updated special collection with pulpit announcement and social media promotional images specific for Ukraine. Any checks received at the parish for Ukraine should be forwarded to accounting with the appropriate GL code for the CRS special collection. If you have any questions regarding this collection, please contact , CFRE at 817-382-4939.
Conflict in Ukraine (CRS Social Media Poster)
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
March 26-27, 2022 Special Collection
This Lenten season we have the opportunity to help our brothers and sisters in Christ near and far by supporting the Catholic Relief Services Collection. Through our generosity, six catholic agencies reveal Christ’s love to the vulnerable refugee, the immigrant family, and those who are poor and marginalized to assist with poverty programs in our communities. The Diocese of Fort Worth will take up a special collection on the weekend of March 26-27. Please use the resources below – including the letter from Bishop Olson (coming soon) to be read on March 19-20, 2022 to promote this collection in your parish. Please share the Diocesan Facebook posts during the month to promote the collection. If you have any questions regarding this collection, please contact , CFRE at 817-382-4939.
News about the Diocesan Phase of the Synod 2023
Pope Francis convoked for a synod on synodality and open the process in Rome in October 2021. The synod is a three-year process that starts at the parish level and concludes in October 2023 with the General assembly of the synod of Bishops in Rome. Currently parishes across the diocese are scheduling listening sessions to reflect about two main questions: How are we listening to God? and how are we listening to each other? More information and resources can be found here https://fwdioc.org/synod.
Noticias sobre la fase diocesana del Sínodo 2023
El Papa Francisco convocó un sínodo sobre la sinodalidad y abrió el proceso en Roma en octubre 2021. El sínodo es un proceso de tres años que comienza a nivel parroquial y concluye en octubre de 2023 con la Asamblea General del sínodo de los obispos en Roma. Actualmente, las parroquias de toda la diócesis están programando sesiones de escucha para reflexionar sobre dos preguntas principales: ¿cómo estamos escuchando a Dios? y ¿cómo nos escuchamos unos a otros? Más información y recursos se pueden encontrar aquí https://fwdioc.org/sinodo.
Annual Diocesan Appeal
March Promotional Materials: Operating Grants and Lent Almsgiving
For the month of March, please promote that the Lenten practice of almsgiving is a wonderful opportunity to give to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. The Annual Diocesan Appeal provides operating grants to parishes most in need. Please use the bulletin blurb and general intercessions below or found in our box drive here. Please contact , CFRE with any additional needs.
Save These Dates for the Annual Diocesan Appeal
- June 30, 2022: Last day for Annual Diocesan Appeal contributions to credit to parish goals for FY2022.
- July 1, 2022: All contributions beginning this date credit to parish goals for FY2023.
- September 11, 2022: Annual Diocesan Appeal Announcement Sunday
- September 18, 2022: Annual Diocesan Appeal Commitment Sunday
- September 22, 2022: North Texas Giving Day
- November 29, 2022: #iGiveCatholic Giving Day on Giving Tuesday
CRS Rice Bowl Lenten Program
25% stays within Diocese of Fort Worth
This Lent, commit to our global human family through daily prayer, weekly fasting and almsgiving. Not a collection, but a Lenten program run in schools and parishes. CRS Rice Bowl provides funding for Catholic Relief Services’ good security projects which support agriculture, nutrition, education and self-sufficiency in communities around the world. CRS allows for 25% of the total collected to remain within the home diocese for local antipoverty programs. Much of which goes to Catholic Charities of Fort Worth. Please provide the CRS Rice Bowl to your parishioners. Rice Bowl collections are due to the Diocese by May 9, 2022.
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.
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 Weekend
Vocations Weekend Retreat, April 8-10, 2022
The Spring 2022 Come & See Weekend will take place at St. Joseph Seminary College, 75376 River Rd., St. Benedict, LA. 70457. This vocations weekend retreat is scheduled for April 8-10, 2022 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 to the .
Light of Christ Parish Stewardship Awards
Nominations due April 15
The Light of Christ Parish Stewardship Awards will be presented to a lay individual/couple from each parish in the Diocese of Fort Worth who exemplify lives of Christian stewardship. Honorees are recognized by Bishop Olson at a ceremony on June 25. Each Pastor is asked to submit a nomination using the form below by April 15. For more information visit www.advancementfoundation.org/stewardship-awards or contact or 817-533-3178.
Reserve la fecha, sábado 25 de junio del 2022
La oficina del Ministerio Hispano de la Diócesis de Fort Worth les invita a participar en la conferencia matrimonial Restaurando Nuestra Unión en el Amor de Cristo la cual se enfocará en apoyar el bienestar de su matrimonio y su familia. La conferencia está enfocada en fortalecer su unión y apoyarle en elevar su relación a un próximo nivel. Les ayudará a entender el significado del matrimonio como sacramento, como utilizar herramientas efectivas para lidiar con los desafíos diarios y vivir en unidad plena. Próximamente registración en línea, disponible. ¡Anota la fecha en tu calendario!
Parish and School Operating Grants
2022-23 Parish and School Operating Grants Available
Thanks to the generosity of the many donors to the Annual Diocesan Appeal we are able to impact not only programs and ministries such as Seminarians, Priest Care, Campus Ministry, Prison Ministry, and Family Life, but our many Diocesan parishes and schools as well. Applications and supporting documents must be received no later than 5 p.m. April 20, 2022 for consideration for a 2022-23 Operating Grant. For additional information, please contact , Assistant Director of Finance.
Father Jason Allan, of the Diocese of Fort Worth is chaplain for the Encourage Apostolate for DFW. To assist the family and friends of people who experience Same-Sex Attractions or Gender Discordia, please include the bulletin announcement below in your parish bulletin on a regular basis.
Serra Club Information for Parish Bulletins
Please include the following information in your parish bulletin from time to time. If you need more resources to promote vocations in your parish, please contact one of the three club presidents listed below.
Serra Club Invites You to Join Us
The Diocese of Fort Worth has three active Serra Clubs, comprised of lay members who pray daily for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life. We also actively support our bishop and the Office of Vocations in their important work. If you are interested in learning more or attending one of our upcoming events, please contact:
- Serra Club of Fort Worth: Bill Moore, President, 817-584-0710, , www.facebook.com/groups/serrafortworth
- Serra Club of Arlington Metro: Dr. Bruns Watts, President, 409-457-2111, , www.serraclubam.com
- Serra Club of Northeast Fort Worth: Sue Laux, President, 817-939-8595,
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2021-2022 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
Parish Stewardship Reflections
Second Quarter, April-June 2022
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.
2022 Special Collection Calendar
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.
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