March 12, 2020
Diocese Statement on COVID-19
Bishop Olson has just issued a pastoral letter regarding the coronavirus and how we will ensure the safety of laity as well as clergy at Mass. As the letter states, the Diocese will follow the directives of civil and health officials, such directives be issued in the future.
The Bishop counsel to those who are ill not to attend Mass likewise applies to those of at the Center. If you are ill, please do not come to work out of respect for others.
Parish Operating Grants
Grant Applications for FY21 Now Being Accepted!
Application Deadline May 1, 2020
Thanks to the generosity of the donors to the Annual Diocesan Appeal, the Advancement Foundation provides generous Operating Grants to parishes each year. In 2019-20, $873,000 was awarded to 30 parishes. Small, rural or needy parishes in need of additional support to meet their operating expenses are invited to apply for a grant by 5 p.m. on May 1. Applications will be reviewed by the Diocesan Pastoral Finance Committee and approved by the Board of Directors of the Advancement Foundation. All applicants will be notified by letter prior to June 30, 2020. Grants will be disbursed in twelve (12) equal payments beginning July 1.
For more details, including an application and a list of current year grant recipients, please visit: Annual Diocesan Appeal/Parish Grant Resources.
School Operating Grants
Applications for 2020-21 School Year Now Being Accepted!
Submit by 5 p.m. on May 1, 2020
Donors to the Annual Diocesan Appeal make possible operating grants to Catholic Schools throughout the Diocese of Fort Worth. In FY20, $175,000 was awarded to eight Catholic schools. Schools in need of additional support to meet their operating expenses are invited to apply for a grant by 5 p.m. on May 1. Debt payments, construction, renovation, security, maintenance, equipment and other capital expenditures are not eligible for an operating grant. Tuition assistance also is not eligible as the Advancement Foundation funds it in a separate distribution. Applications will be reviewed by the Diocesan Pastoral Finance Committee and approved by the Board of Directors of the Advancement Foundation. All applicants will be notified by letter prior to June 30, 2020. Grants will be disbursed in ten (10) equal payments beginning August 1, 2020.
For more details, including an application and a list of current year grant recipients, please visit: Annual Diocesan Appeal/School Grant Resources.
Liturgy Adaptations and Restrictions
Flu Season 2020
Due to the severity of this flu season, the Diocese of Fort Worth has instructed pastors to immediately implement the following liturgical adaptations:
- To encourage the faithful to not hold hands during the Our Father
- To suspend the distribution of the Precious Blood
- To suspend handshakes during the Sign of Peace
- If a non-communicant comes forth for a blessing, the blessing can be given without touching them
The faithful are reminded that in receiving the Blessed Sacrament under one species, they are still receiving our Lord – body, blood, soul, and divinity as the Church has always taught.
Send Us Holy Week/Easter Mass Times
Parish Priests, Administrators and Business Managers
We would like to ask for your help in compiling the Easter Mass times for our 91 Diocesan parishes. Much like we did at Christmas, we want to make it as easy as possible for the faithful to find and attend Holy Week and Easter Masses.
As Holy Week fast approaches, we would like to kindly ask you to send us your Mass times, location, and offered language to the Diocesan Website Coordinators below, no later than Friday, April 3, 2020. Thank you for your help.
, Website Coordinator
, Assistant Website Coordinator
Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
Sábado de Renovación, 14 de Marzo, 2020 (9:00am - 12:00pm)
¿Estás viviendo para el bien mayor de Dios? La casa de retiro jesuita de Montserrat, a orillas del lago Lewisville, en el lago Dallas, Texas, ofrece una hermosa oportunidad para profundizar su relación con el Señor. Únase a nosotros para nuestra próxima mañana de renovación que tendrá lugar el 14 de marzo de 2020. Para obtener más información, visite mjrh.org/sor or call 940-321-6020.
Women's Retreat, March 19 - 22, 2020
Are you embracing God's love for you? Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, on the shores of Lewisville Lake, in Lake Dallas, Texas offers a beautiful opportunity to deepen your relationship with the Lord. Join us for our next 3-day open retreat for women taking place from March 19th - 22nd. For more information, visit mjrh.org/women or call 940-321-6020.
Lenten Discernment for Men
March 16, 23, & 30, 2020
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. 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.
St. Junipero Serra Institute
New Courses starting in March!
The St. Junipero Serra Institute is offering two new courses starting March 16th Introduction to Apologetics and The Seven Sacraments. Registration is open now! For more information about these and other courses offered by the institute, please visit fwdioc.org/st-junipero-serra-institute.
¡Nuevos Cursos empezando en marzo!
El instituto San Junípero Serra ofrecerá dos cursos nuevos: Introducción a Apologética empezando el 21de marzo y Introducción a la Doctrina Cristiana II empezando el 28 de marzo. La inscripción ya esta abierta! Para más información sobre estos y otros cursos ofrecidos por el instituto por favor visite nuestra pagina web fwdioc.org/instituto-san-junipero-serra.
Catholic Charities 110 Years
110 Years and Just Getting Started!
March 17th marks 110 years since a small group of women attended the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. They went with a common purpose — to petition Bishop Edward Dunne to allow them to begin a “work of mercy.” This became Catholic Charities Fort Worth.
The enterprising spirit of these women has remained the heartbeat of our organization for more than a century. Throughout our 110 years, we have remained in-tune with the needs of the community and with your support, have continually evolved to answer those needs.
Can you give $110 today?
If 500 people give $110 through the Stand Together match, we will meet our goal and be able to help so many more individuals and families rise above poverty and reach their bigger, brighter future.
Have your gift matched by donating at www.ccfwturns110.com.
Parish Capital Campaign Workshop
In light of the recent CDC guidelines in place related to COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone the Parish Capital Campaign Workshop – originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 at the Catholic Center – indefinitely. Please make sure that others from your parish who were planning to attend are notified. We will notify you when the event is rescheduled.
The Advancement Foundation is offering a FREE working lunch presentation at 12:45 p.m. on March 18 (after Mass at noon) at the Catholic Center. Pastors, business managers and finance council/building committee/campaign committee members are welcome to attend. The program will include a brief overview of diocesan policies and procedures regarding capital campaigns, the resources available from the Advancement Foundation once a parish is approved for a campaign, and a presentation regarding an affordable consulting and communication program focused on funding smaller capital projects and debt reduction campaigns.
The event is free, but advance registration (see below) is required for a food count. Please register by March 13 at bit.ly/PCCWorkshop. If you have additional questions, please contact at 817-945-9441.
Vietnamese Martyrs Parish, Arlington, Thursday, March 19, 2020
With Praise and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, through the Invocation of the Holy Spirit and the Imposition of Hands The Most Reverend Michael F. Olson, STD, MA will ordain for the Diocese of Fort Worth six candidates to the Diaconate in Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 6:00 PM. Location will be at Vietnamese Martyrs Parish, 801 E. Mayfield Road, Arlington, TX 76014. You are cordially invited to the mass and to a reception immediately following the mass.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Special Collection March 21-22, 2020
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 (CRS) Collection. CRS provides support for six Catholic agencies that provide food for the hungry, legal assistance for the struggling, comfort for the lonely, a voice for the poor and aid for those affected by natural disaster. Resources for parishes in English and in Spanish – including bulletin covers, social media kits and web graphics - are available for download here.
Census Count is Coming
Everyone needs to participate
The U.S. Census Bureau will be the 2020 census count in March 2020. It is important for every community that everyone be counted. To be counted everyone must complete the census form that they receive in March. An info that might identify an individual family is completely confidential. Only the statistical information provided in the census form will be used.
Bishop Olson supports other religious leaders who are urging their congregations to participate in the census count. Each parish can do by putting a flier in the bulletin, posting something on social media, having an census event at the church, including it in the announcements or other appropriate methods for a particular parish.
Attached are flyers in English and Spanish that explain why a complete count is vital to each community as well as a YouTube video which each parish may use.
Annual Diocesan Appeal
March Promotional Materials: Lenten Almsgiving
During March, promotional materials for the Annual Diocesan Appeal focus on Lenten almsgiving and joining the Saint Francis Circle for monthly recurring giving. For more information, refer to the documents linked below.
Click here to access parish promotional materials in English and Spanish.
Click here to donate to the 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal and help your parish meet its goal (or sign up for payroll deduction on ADP or text ADA to 91999).
Please contact at 817-945-9441, if you have other questions or need promotional resources for Lenten Almsgiving.
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 Weekend
Vocations Weekend Retreat, April 3-5, 2020
The Spring 2020 Come & See Weekend will take place at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA. This vocations weekend retreat is scheduled for April 3-5, 2020 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 by March 20, 2020.
For more information contact: or by calling 817-945-9321. Please find the flyer attached.
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Come learn how we are Ending Poverty, One Family at a Time!
Join us for a one hour informational session, including a tour of our campus, that gives you an up close, behind the scenes look at how we are ending poverty in our community! We will discuss our poverty ending programs more in depth, share client stories, and encourage open questions and dialogue with each guest. Come learn about our mission to CREATE solutions, ERADICATE barriers, and TRANSFORM lives in our community!
For Parish and School Business Managers and Staffs
The third quarter issue of Crossroads, the newsletter for Parish and School Business Managers from the Advancement Foundation, is available below. Please print and distribute copies to those in your organization needing the information it contains regarding upcoming dates, the Annual Diocesan Appeal, Special Collections, increasing donations, and 2019 tax statements for donors.
Parish Stewardship Resources
Second Quarter, April-June 2020
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.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2019-2020 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
Deacon Candidates Daily Prayer List
Please keep our deacon candidates in your prayers this year. Attached find the 2019-2020 Deacon Candidates Daily Prayer List. For additional information about the diaconate formation process visit us at fwdioc.org/deacon-formation.
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 give generously when these collections are announced 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