March 2, 2023
St. Thomas More Society
St. Thomas More Society features Father Samuel Maul on the “Legal Enforcement of Morality.”
Fr. Samuel Maul will discuss the historical debate between Oxford professor H.L.A. Hart, a staunch legal positivist, and British jurist Lord Patrick Devlin regarding the appropriateness of laws concerning homosexuality and prostitution, contrasting this with the Natural Law perspective set forth by St. Thomas Aquinas and Prof. Robert P. George. Event will start at 12:00 PM at The Reata Restaurant, 310 Houston St., Fort Worth, Tuesday, March 7, 2023. 1 hr ethics CLE requested.
Lenten Discernment Nights 2023
Dates: March 9, March 23, March 30
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
"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!
2023 Holy Oils Request
Reminder: Rev. Thu Nguyen, Diocesan Director of Liturgy & Worship, recently emailed all priests of the diocese the Holy Oils Request Form. Please note the deadline to reply with your parish holy oil needs is Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
Diocesan Day of Stewardship
The Eucharist and Stewardship as a Way of Life, featuring Bishop Michael Olson and Father Joseph Moreno, Saturday, March 18
All are welcome to attend a special Lenten opportunity to embrace 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 from 8:30-12:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Parish Hall. Following Mass and breakfast, participants will hear Bishop Olson and Father Joseph Moreno speak on how we receive the Body of Christ in order to become the Body of Christ. To learn more or to register, please visit www.advancementfoundation.org/diocesan-day-stewardship.
Transitional Diaconate Ordination
Save the Date, March 25, 2023
With Praise and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth announces the Transitional Diaconate Ordination Mass of Eric H. Flores and Benjamin H. Grothouse on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 10:00 AM at St. Philip the Apostle Parish. Please contact the via email or by phone at 817-945-9321 for more information or questions.
Retiro Jornada Familiar
Retiro matrimonial, 25 - 26 de marzo de 2023
La Jornada Familiar tiene una misión primaria: que se formen en ellas matrimonios y familias que valoren el amor cristiano, matrimonios que entiendan su misión de salvar el hogar y los demás hogares, y vivir el evangelio formando de nuestros hogares iglesias domésticas. Ahora podrá quedarse a dormir en las instalaciones desde el viernes 24 de marzo, hasta el 26 de marzo del 2023. ¡Te esperamos!
Come and See Weekend
Vocations Weekend Retreat, March 31 - April 2, 2023
The Spring 2023 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 March 31- April 2, 2023 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 with the .
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.
January-February-March Edition Now Available
The latest 2-page 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 on:
— The Turkey/Syria Earthquake special collection
— Stewardship Sunday with Bishop Olson
— Parish grant applications
— Changes in the tax code for QCDs
Refer back to this issue throughout the quarter for information.
View Crossroads Newsletter!
Parish Operating Grant Applications
Available now the deadline is April 15
Thanks to the generosity of the donors to the Annual Diocesan Appeal, the Advancement Foundation provides generous operating grants to small, rural parishes or those struggling to meet their operating expenses. Last year, 37 parish communities in the Diocese of Fort Worth were awarded operating grants totaling $815,000. Application information for FY24 Operating Grants is now available at www.advancementfoundation.org/parish-operating-grants. If you have specific questions about the application process, please contact , CFRE, at 817-533-7242.
Retiro del Ministerio Hispano
La registracion esta disponible retiro para mujeres y para hombres
La oficina del Ministerio Hispano te invita al retiro “Mujer y Hombre de Fe en los Tiempos de Hoy”: un regalo de transformación, con la oportunidad de pasar tiempo en la presencia de Dios. Tendrás la oportunidad de experimentar el sentido de armonía y descubrir tú vocación, el vínculo de la sanidad física con la espiritual y de restaurar tu fe para sobrellevar el futuro con fortaleza.
Comparte este correo electrónico con tus amistades, familiares, y amigos. Las comidas están incluidas. No habrá cuidad para menores.
El retiro de mujeres es el 3 de mayo y el retiro de hombre es el 6 de junio. La registración está ahora disponible. Reserva tu espacio, presiona el enlace www.fwdioc.org/ministerio-hispano.
Deaf Ministry Program
The Diocese of Fort Worth has a great Deaf Ministry Program - we offer Interpreted Masses, Retreats, a Community Mass and social the 1st Sunday of the month in addition to other activities. We invite parishes to put this information on their e-bulletins and or social media platforms to help us reach as many people as we can. Feel free to view or print our latest newsletter. For more information visit our website at www.fwdioc.org/deaf-ministry, contact via email or call 817-945-9381 office / 817-591-0186 video phone.
Tax Code Changes Affect QCDs
The Secure Act 2.0 signed into law in late December made a few changes for those donors ages 70-1/2 who like to support our parishes, schools and the Diocese of Fort Worth through Qualified Charitable Distributions from their retirement plans. Effective with the 2023 tax year, an individual may donate up to $100,000 during the year from an IRA, and that amount will be indexed for inflation, meaning it is likely to increase each year thereafter. Additionally, the new law allows a one-time election of up to $50,000 to fund either a Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT), Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT) or a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA). No changes were made to the age of donor who may make QCDs and QCDs continue to be eligible for donation to donor-advised fund sponsors, private foundations or supporting organizations. If you have questions about how QCDs can benefit your parish offertory or capital campaign, please visit advancementfoundation.planmygift.org/ira-charitable-rollover or contact , CFRE, at 817-533-7242.
Parish Stewardship Reflections
First Quarter, January-March 2023
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 2022-2023 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
2023 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.
Special collections calendar (2023)
Colectas especiales (2023)
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 por favor revise el archivo PDF abajo.
For any questions or concerns about the e-Bulletin please contact the
Director of Communications, or .