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April 30, 2020


Catholic Diocese Liturgical Adaptations

To All Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Religious Men and Women, and Faithful Laity of the Diocese of Fort Worth

Fort Worth Catholic Diocese Bishop Michael Olson has issued a new statement on April 29, 2020 to announce the return of public mass celebrations, starting the weekend of May 2-3, 2020. Please view full statement, guidelines, and protocols below.

Sunday Mass Live Streamed

Due to the Coronavirus forcing so many to stay home, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth will live stream the Sunday, 11 a.m. Mass from St. Patrick Cathedral for the foreseeable future. It will be interpreted for the deaf community. Go to the front page of the diocesan website at: You could also find other parishes live stream schedules as well.

Note: Bishop Olson is asking each parish to include the following Spiritual Communion Prayer in your bulletin for the faithful to pray during these trying times when they cannot attend Mass.

View New Statement
Ver Nueva Declaración
Lá Thư Mục Vụ


Tiếng Việt


May 5 is #GivingTuesdayNow

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. For parishes, schools and Catholic organizations in the Diocese of Fort Worth, there are two ways to participate:

  • If you are a previously registered organization with North Texas Giving Day, you simply need to log in to to update your page with your current funding needs and download the social media graphics and promotional resources to promote this giving opportunity. (The site is currently live and will accept donations from now through May 5 on your behalf.)
  • You may download graphics from the Giving Tuesday global website at and use them to promote giving directly to your online giving portal. Or, you may direct people to mail checks to your organization.

If you have questions or need additional resources to help you promote a culture of generosity, please contact , associate director of the Advancement Foundation.


Catholic Communication Campaign

May 23-24, 2020

The Catholic Communication Campaign makes a local impact! Half of all funds raised stay in the Diocese of Fort Worth to support our local communication projects such as North Texas Catholic, the Diocesan website, live streaming of Mass, public relations and social media efforts. It is through the generosity of contributors to the Catholic Communication Campaign that the Diocese can, in part, be where the faithful are, in the digital communication world.

The remaining portion of funds collected during the Catholic Communication Campaign are used for various national communication projects such as, email delivery of the daily scripture readings, creation of public television documentaries and live streaming of events like V Encuentro. The Catholic Communication Campaign also funds projects in developing countries that spread the Gospel via modern communication methods. Due to shelter in place requirements, we ask that you rely primarily on the social media toolkit in the attached document and encourage your parishioners to participate using envelopes, your online giving portal or by texting CHMA to 91999.

If you have any questions about this special collection, please contact , Associate Director of the Advancement Foundation.

Parish Collection Information


Worldwide Marriage Encounter

May 2020

The Diocese’s program to building better marriage is coordinated by Worldwide Marriage Encounter. Some of you have been asking about the effect of the Coronavirus on the schedule for WWME weekends. Nationally, all WWME weekends have been cancelled thru the month of May. We do have a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend scheduled for June 12-14 in Irving. We hope and pray that it will be safe to hold the June weekend but we will just have to go with whatever is prudent.

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.

May Bulletin Announcement
May Bulletin Flyers


Parish Operating Grants

Grant Applications for FY21 Now Being Accepted!

Application Deadline Extended to June 1
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 or rural parishes in need of additional support to meet their operating expenses are invited to apply for a grant by 5 p.m. on June 1. Applications will be reviewed by the Grants Committee 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

Deadline for Applications for 2020-21 School Year Extended to June 1

Submit by 5 p.m. on June 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 June 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 Grants Committee 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.


Diocesan Parishes and Schools

Support Our Parishes and Schools During This Time of COVID-19

Now, more than ever, our parishes and schools need your support. For a convenient guide to ways to support your parish offertory or one of our Catholic schools (including links to online giving), please visit:


Catholic Charities Fort Worth

Catholic Charities Fort Worth Seeking Community Help

Catholic Charities Fort Worth needs your help in spreading the word about how people can help us as we continue to serve our local community working through the COVID-19 crisis. Please click below for full details on how you can help.

CCFW full details


Parish Stewardship During Pandemic

Resources to Engage Parishioners During COVID-19 Crisis

Helping parishes engage with their faith communities during this time of shelter at home is an important part of the stewardship mission of the Advancement Foundation. Below please find a sample letter for the pastor to send to parishioners, a sample telephone script to use when calling parishioners and a list of providers for online giving. If you have a special need for additional resources, please reach out to at 806-928-0463.

Online Giving Resources
Sample Call Script for Parishes
Sample Letter from Pastor


Annual Diocesan Appeal

May Promotional Materials: Supporting Our Seminarians

During May, general intercessions and promotional materials for the Annual Diocesan Appeal focus on support of our seminarians. 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. Employees of the Diocese of Fort Worth may sign up for payroll deduction on ADP.

Please contact at 817-945-9441, if you have other questions or need promotional resources for Annual Diocesan Appeal.

May Promotional Materials
Seminarian Social Media Ad
Online Giving Ad


Advancing the Mission

New! May/June Newsletter

What’s happening around the world on May 5? How can you put your faith into action during times of social distancing? Which parishes have met their goals for the Annual Diocesan Appeal? How can we support the efforts of our communications team in the Diocese of Fort Worth? Answers to these questions and more are found in the May/June edition of Advancing the Mission, the bimonthly newsletter of the Advancement Foundation. Read it now!

Advancing the Mission Newsletter


New Crossroads Newsletter

Information for Parish and School Business Managers

The fourth quarter issue of Crossroads, the newsletter for Parish and School Business Managers, is available below. Please print and distribute copies to those in your parish or school who need the news it contains. This issue includes information regarding parish operating grants, FY20 Annual Diocesan Appeal wrap-up procedures (and dates to save for the 2021 appeal), Giving Tuesday Now!, changes in the Special Collections calendar and resources for engaging your parishioners during the pandemic.

View Crossroads Newsletter


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:

General Intercessions
Stewardship Reflections

Intercesiones Generales
Reflexiones de Corresponsabilidad


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 .

Prayer List
Lista de Oraciones
Danh Sách Cầu Nguyện



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

Prayer List



Special Collection Calendar

Revised 4-15-2020

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 note the revised calendar for 2020. Generously support these collections in your parish.

Special Collections Calendar (2020)
Special Collections Calendar (2021)

Colectas Especiales (2020)
Colectas Especiales (2021)


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.

Catholic Center and Parish Employment

Catholic Center & Parish Employment

School Employment

School Employment
(Catholic Schools Website)



Diocesan Calendar

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.

Diocesan Calendar / Calendario Diocesano

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.

Guidelines / Directrices

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