March 31, 2021
Pontifical Collection for the Holy Land
Good Friday, April 2, 2021
Pope Francis has asked all parishes to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land. Through the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you stand in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land as a witness of peace, supporting Catholics there in parishes and schools, maintaining Christian shrines and caring for refugees in the Holy Land. Please be generous!
Stewardship eBulletin for April
ICSC Conference Lenten Rate Ends April 4, 2021
The monthly stewardship newsletter from the International Catholic Stewardship Council provides valuable resources for parishes and schools, including weekly stewardship reflections, prayers, homily helps, saint of the month and information about the fall ICSC conference in Orlando. Special Lenten rate for the conference ends on April 4 and scholarships are available by contacting at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178.
Advancement Foundation Parish Survey
The Advancement Foundation requests input from Pastors, Business Managers, Pastoral/Stewardship Councils - We Want to hear from You!
Over the next several weeks, the Advancement Foundation will send email invitations to participate in a brief survey. To better serve the unique needs of the Advancement Foundation needs your input, which you can provide in this easy-to-complete online survey. To learn more about these survey, please watch this short video from Clint Weber, President and CEO of the Advancement Foundation: click here.
Capital Campaigns/Endowments (for pastors, principals/presidents, business managers, finance councils)-due date April 9- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CampaignEndowmentSurvey.
If you have questions about the survey, please contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations or call 817-533-3178.
Annual Hike for Life
12th Annual Hike for Life, Saturday, April 17, 2021 in Weatherford, Tx
The Hike for Life is a pro-life fundraiser, rally, and march. The 12th Annual Hike for Life will take place in Weatherford, TX on Saturday, April 17th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Heritage Park Amphitheater (between Santa Fe and Jack Borden Dr., South of First Monday Grounds, Weatherford). Proceeds from this event will benefit the life-saving work of Flourishing Tree in Aledo and Grace House Ministries in Weatherford, and both are approved apostolates of the Diocese of Fort Worth. For more information and to register, please visit: hikeforlifetexas.com/weatherford-hike-1.
Good Shepherd Sunday Seminarian Collection
April 24-25, 2021
On the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday, in the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” The Diocese of Fort Worth is blessed to have 29 seminarians in various stages of the thorough discernment and formation journey. In imitation of Jesus Christ, they will lay down their lives for their sheep. For these men, the Diocese of Fort Worth is committed to paying for all of the costs associated with their formation and education. In this way, they can commit to prayer and formation during their time in seminary, a period which can span seven and nine years and cost $50,000 annually for each of the men. Please contribute to the Good Shepherd Sunday special collection for our Diocesan Seminarian Education Fund on April 24-25. Please respond generously through your parish or at https://bit.ly/DioceseSpecialCollections.
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.
Attached is a WORD document with bulletin announcements in English as well as in Spanish. Additionally, there are .jpeg images, one for each Sunday in the month that can be placed into the weekly parish bulletins. 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.
Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House
Jesus promises that if we are weary He will give us rest when we come to Him (Matt 11:28-30). This has been a hard year for all of us, but the year end is fast approaching. In the weariness of this year and the busyness are you having a hard time finding rest? 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! Spaces are limited due to COVID and are going fast!
#iGiveCatholic Giving Day 2021
Registration Kick-off; May 20
Join us May 20 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Fort Worth for information and inspiration about this year’s #iGiveCatholic Giving Day!
Parishes, Schools, and Apostolates of the Fort Worth Diocese are invited to participate in this year’s #iGiveCatholic Giving Day on November 30, 2021. Last year, 43 Parishes, Schools and Apostolates participated, receiving a total of $156,062 raised, plus $75,000 in matching funds awarded. We will kick off this year’s registration with a mini retreat at Our Lady of Guadalupe on May 20. Julie Kenney, national program director for #iGiveCatholic, will make a presentation to inspire more participation and share winning strategies as well as testimonials from last year’s top recipients. Register here for the mini-retreat on May 20. If you have any questions about the mini retreat or the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day, please contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178.
Parish and School Operating Grants
Advancement Foundation Announces 2021-22 Parish and School Operating Grants
Deadline for Applications is May 1
Thanks to the generosity of the donors to the Annual Diocesan Appeal, the Advancement Foundation provides generous Operating Grants each year. In 2020-21, $949,200 was awarded to 33 parishes and $325,000 was awarded to Catholic Schools. Applications and supporting documents must be received no later than 5 p.m. May 1, 2021 for consideration for a 2021-22 Operating Grant. For additional information, please visit Parish Resources & Grants or School Resources & Grants, or contact , Chief Development Officer of the Advancement Foundation, at 817-533-7242.
Diocese Catholic Schools
Fort Worth Diocese Catholic Schools are Now Accepting Applications for Admission for the 2021-2022 School year
All Catholic Schools in the Fort Worth Diocese are accepting applications for school admission for the 2021-2022 school year. To locate a school near your home or office, visit our Catholic schools webpage. Click here to learn more about the Catholic schools in our Diocese or follow us on Facebook!
Our Catholic School Mission: Catholic school educators in the Diocese of Fort Worth empower students and their families by proclaiming the faith, celebrating values and ministering to the spiritual, academic, social, cultural and physical needs of diverse communities.
Catholic School Events
Support our Catholic Schools by attending a virtual or Live event. See our calendar for dates and details.
All Parishes: If space allows please add our image to your e-bulletin.
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. The online session will be held the 3rd Sunday of each month 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. La sesión en línea se llevará a cabo el 3er domingo de cada mes a las 3:00 PM. Para más información, envíe un correo electrónico a , para solicitar el registro para la sesión, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a .
Annual Diocesan Appeal
April Promotional Materials: Correctional Ministry
Outreach to those incarcerated in our prisons and jails is the focus of Annual Diocesan Appeal materials during the month of April. Please use the general intercessions, bulletin announcements and promotional ads below. Additional materials are available https://bit.ly/ADAMaterials2021 or by contacting at 817-533-7242.
Support Your Parish or School With Gifts of Appreciated Securities
Support Your Parish through a Charitable Qualified Distribution (QCD)
If you are age 70½ or older, you can donate up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Advancement Foundation – to support your parish, a Catholic school, the Annual Diocesan Appeal or another ministry of the Diocese of Fort Worth – without having to pay income taxes on the money.
Have your broker make your check payable directly to the Advancement Foundation and include a note about how it should be credited. Please mail the check to 201 Main, Ste. 1198, Fort Worth, TX 76102-3105. For more information about Building Your Legacy, Please visit https://bit.ly/CatholicLegacy or contact at 817-533-7242
Also, any time you or a donor has a question about gifts of stock, mutual funds, qualified charitable distributions from a retirement account, employer matching gift, please refer them to or 817-533-3174.
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Resources and Services
Catholic Charities Fort Worth needs your help in spreading the word about our resources and services we continue to offer our local community. We want to make sure people impacted by the winter storm have access to information and resources. We encourage parishes to share this information in their own bulletins or websites as they desire. To learn more, visit Catholic Charities Fort Worth.
- FREE income tax preparation services are offered through the VITA program. The service area includes any resident of the 28-county diocese with an annual household income less than $60,000. Appointments are offered by phone, or at 2 drop-off sites. Appointments can be scheduled online here.
- Rides to COVID-19 vaccination appointments are being provided for qualifying individuals. Informational flyers are attached in multiple languages. Parishes are welcome to provide flyers and share information in parish bulletins about CCFW transportation services.
- Information and resources related to winter storm Uri can be found on our website and will be updated as new information becomes available.
- Immigration Legal Aid: CCFW offers the highest standard of immigration legal help to our diocese. Informational flyers are attached in multiple languages. Parishes are welcome to provide flyers and share information in parish bulletins about CCFW immigration services.
Parish Partners are able to use a streamlined referral process to assist those in need in their parish communities. In addition, Parish Partners will now be able to make referrals to our long-term case management program- Working Family Services (WFS)! WFS provides long term, holistic case management for up to 5 years. Financial benchmarks for income, savings and debt reduction provide a framework for clients to work toward their Bigger, Brighter Future. For more information on the parish partner program, contact , Director of Parish Relations.
Parish Stewardship Reflections
Second Quarter, April-June 2021
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 2020-2021 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
2021-22 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. Generously support these collections 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.
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