April 9, 2020
Catholic Diocese Liturgical Adaptations
April 2, 2020
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 an new pastoral letter in response to rapidly developing matters regarding efforts to contain the Coronavirus. The new adaptations go into effect immediately. Please click below for full letter.
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.
The Act of Spiritual Communion
Acto de Comunión Espiritual
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: www.fwdioc.org. You could also find other parishes live stream schedules as well.
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.
Annual Diocesan Appeal
April Promotional Materials: Online Giving/Parish Operating Grants
During April, promotional materials for the Annual Diocesan Appeal focus on online giving as well as the Appeal’s support for rural and needy parishes. 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.
Engagement Drive During Coronavirus
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.
St. Junipero Serra Institute
Remote Learning Courses
St Junipero Serra Institute will be offering their students remote learning during this time for our English and Spanish course. The current courses are Introduction to Apologetics and The Seven Sacraments. Please visit fwdioc.org/st-junipero-serra-institute for more information.
Cursos de Aprendizaje Remoto
El Instituto San Junípero Serra ofrecerá a sus estudiantes aprendizaje remoto durante este tiempo tanto en inglés como en español. Nuestros cursos actuales son Introducción a la Apologética y Introducción a la Doctrina II. Por favor, visite fwdioc.org/instituto-san-junipero-serra.
Marriage & Family Life Announcement
Effective Immediately, due to the current “stay at home” orders issued for Tarrant County and the City of Fort Worth all physically scheduled Marriage Preparation classes are postponed. We will offer online marriage preparation option in the interim to assist all couples preparing for the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Since these classes will be smaller, we ask that those couples getting married after July 2020, please wait to register until we are able to service the couples who have already signed up. Please check the Diocese’s website for further instructions at www.fwdioc.org/marriage-family-life.
Anuncio de la Oficina de Matrimonio y Vida Familiar
Efectivo inmediatamente, debido a las ordenes actuales de “quedarse en casa” emitidas por el Condado de Tarrant y la Ciudad de Fort Worth, todas las clases de preparación matrimonial programadas a atender físicamente se posponen de forma inmediata. Mientras tanto, ofrecemos la opción de preparación matrimonial en línea para ayudar a todas las parejas a prepararse para el sacramento del Sagrado Matrimonio. Ya que estas clases serán más pequeñas, les pedimos a las parejas que se casaran después de julio, esperen a registrarse hasta que podamos atender a las parejas que ya se han inscrito. Consulte la página de la Diocesis para más instrucciones en www.fwdioc.org/matrimonio-y-vida-familiar.
Advancing the Mission
Meet our new executive director and our newest board member. Learn how we’re adapting to serve you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dicsover which parishes have met their goals for the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Plus, Lenten resources, tax time pointers, stewardship saint of the month and more are covered in the March/April edition of Advancing the Mission, the bimonthly newsletter of the Advancement Foundation.
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.
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.
CCFW, Ending Poverty
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 note the revised calendar for 2020: The Pontifical Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land has moved to September 12-13, 2020. 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.
For any questions or concerns about the e-Bulletin please contact the
Director of Communications, or