March 24, 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.
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.
Eastland Wildfire Disaster Relief
Special Collection April 2-3
There will be a special collection April 2-3 for the Eastland Wildfire Disaster Relief, supporting communities affected by the recent wildfires. We ask the faithful to be generous in giving to Eastland Wildfire Disaster Relief and to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Eastland and Comanche County. Parishioners can give online now at https://fwdioc.org/eastland-wildfire-disaster-relief.
Please see the attached promotional information for parishes including a flyer to enclose in bulletins this weekend (or next) if possible and a letter from Bishop Olson to be read this weekend.
Lenten Discernment Nights
Dates: 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.
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!
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
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 .
Jóvenes Pastoral Juvenil Hispana
April 9, 2022
Invitacion especial: el grupo de Jóvenes Pastoral Juvenil Hispana de la Diocesis de Fort Worth te hace una invitación a ti, joven soltero de 18 a 35 años, a ser parte de la pascua juvenil y vivir a consciencia el triduo pascual de la pasión, muerte y resurrección de nuestro señor Jesucristo.
“Imiten al Hijo del Hombre que no vino para ser servido, sin para servir y para dar su vida en rescate por muchos” Mateo 20:28. La registracion inicia a las 4:20 pm ¡Llega a tiempo! Lugar: Parroquia Inmaculado Corazón De María, Fort Worth, TX. ¡Te esperamos!
Annual Rosary Vigil for Life
38th Annual Bishop’s Good Friday Rosary Vigil for Life, Friday, April 15, 2022
Please join Bishop Olson for the 38th Annual Bishop’s Good Friday Rosary Vigil for Life. Friday, April 15th from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Planned Parenthood, 6400 John Ryan, Fort Worth Across from Harris Hospital SW. Parking available on the street (please do not park in any of the business, private, or hospital lots).
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.
Pontifical Good Friday Holy Land Collection
April 15, 2022 Special Collection
On Good Friday the Church enters into the mystery of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation. The Church in the Holy Land – the site of Jesus’ life, ministry, death and Resurrection – suffers immensely from persecution and instability brought on by war and terrorism. Each year on Good Friday we have an opportunity to stand in solidarity with our Christian breathren in the Holy Land by making a donation to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection. This collection provides many types of support in the region such as humanitarian, pastoral, liturgical, charitable and archaeological. Please use the resources below to promote this collection in your parish. If you have any questions regarding this collection, please contact , CFRE at 817-382-4939.
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.
Catholic Home Missions
April 23-24, 2022 Special Collection
The Diocese of Fort Worth will take up the Catholic Home Missions Appeal to help strengthen the Church at home on April 23-24, 2022. Nearly 40% of dioceses in the United States and its territories are considered mission territories because they are unable to fund essential pastoral activities needed in their communities. Please use the bi-lingual resources below to promote this collection in your parish. If you have any questions regarding this collection, please contact , CFRE at 817-382-4939.
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.
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.
Reserve la fecha, sábado 25 de junio del 2022
¡Estamos super emocionados por la oportunidad de servir parejas que desean fortalecer su matrimonio y su familia! Por ahora, ya tenemos listo el volante y registracion y esperamos pronto se llene el cupo. Aquí le anexo el volante y le envío el enlace de la registracion.
Deseamos animar a las parejas que se registren lo mas pronto posible para que alcancen su lugar. https://diocesefortworth.regfox.com/conferencia
La registracion es super fácil. Pueden hacerlo con el enlace o por medio del código QR, desde su ordenador, computadora, o teléfono. Le agradecemos comparta esta información con quienes pueden beneficiarse de esta gran oportunidad, grupos, parejas y personal.
News from the Advancement Foundation
April-May-June Newsletter Now Available
The latest issue of the quarterly Crossroads newsletter for pastors, parish and school business managers and finance council members is now available at: www.advancementfoundation.org/crossroads-newsletter-quarter1-2022.pdf. This issue contains information about the new procedures for accessing endowment, capital campaign and annual appeal reports, the deadlines for applying for grants and nominating parishioners for stewardship awards, the process for updating your parish database and much more. Please read this newsletter and share pertinent information with your staff members.
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
Revised 2022 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.
The Good Shepherd Sunday special collection for seminarians is May 7-8, 2022. The previous calendar had April 30 – May 1 as the date. Promotional posters will be mailed to parishes to display with the correct date. We apologize for this error. The calendars below reflect the correct date.
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