May 10, 2018
Bishop Olson Extends Thanks
The Retired Fund for Religious collection taken in early December each year is one of many special collections that return funds directly to the Diocese of Fort Worth. Please read this important letter of thanks from Most Reverend Michael F. Olson that outlines how much was raised last year, how much has been raised in this Diocese in the past twenty years and how some of this money is working for religious orders in this area.
St. Patrick Cathedral, Fort Worth, Saturday, May 19, 2018
With Praise and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth joyfully announces and invites you to attend the Ordination of Jonathan Michael Demma and Maurice Lawrence Moon to the Sacred Order of Presbyter through the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by The Most Reverend Michael F. Olson, STD, MA, Bishop of Fort Worth, on Saturday, the nineteenth day of May in the year two thousand and eighteen at ten o’clock in the morning at St. Patrick Cathedral (1206 Throckmorton Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102).
You are cordially invited to a reception immediately following at the St. Patrick Cathedral Pastoral Center.
The Ordination Mass will be livestreamed on the Diocese website. The Mass can be viewed at our website www.fwdioc.org from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM.
Ministry with Gay/Lesbian Catholics
Ministerio para Gays/Lesbianas Catolicos
The Fort Worth Diocesan Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics, their families and friends will hold their monthly meeting of prayer and conversation on Thursday May 24nd, at 7 PM at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 2100 N Davis Drive, Arlington TX 76012 in Classroom #1. Fr. Bob Sieg, OFM, Coordinator of the ministry, encourages those interested to come join us for prayer and sharing. For additional information, contact Fr. Bob Sieg at 817-292-3274 or Ron and Rita Clegg at 817-795-9747.
El Ministerio Diocesano de Fort Worth para Gays, Lesbianas, sus familias y amigos tendrán su reunión de oración y conversación el jueves, 24 de Mayo a las 7 de la noche en la Iglesia Catolica Most Blessed Sacrament, 2100 N Davis Drive, Arlington TX 76012. Nos reuniremos en salon #1. El padre Bob Sieg, OFM, Coordinador del Ministerio, anima a los interesados a que vengan y se únan a nosotros ipara orar y compartir experiencias. Si necesita más información, póngase en contacto con el padre Bob Sieg en el 817-292-3274, Ron y Rita Clegg en el 817-795-9747.
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.
Gabriel Project Volunteer Recruitment
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Would you like to mentor and support pregnant women and their families? The Gabriel Project needs volunteers to mentor pregnant women with spiritual and emotional support –OR- help mentors deliver donations, give rides to appointments and help set up apartments. The next training will be on Saturday, June 2nd. For more information or questions, call 817-789-0514 or email
Quo Vadis Discernment Retreat
June 5-7, 2018
We want to welcome all young men considering priesthood to Quo Vadis High School Discernment Retreat. This event will be held at Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House on 600 Shady Shores Rd., Lake Dallas, TX 75065. Parents are invited to join in for Mass and closing on June 7, 2018. Meals and lodging will be provided. Registration begins April 6, 2018 and forms will be available on the Vocations Website. You can also contact the Vocations office at 817-945-9321 or by email at for questions.
Vocations Awareness Program
University of Dallas, Irving, June 8-10, 2018
The Vocation Awareness Program is a weekend of discernment offered for single, Catholic, men and women, between the ages of 18 and 40, who wish to progress towards a religious vocation, such as Priests, Sisters, Consecrated Lay Women, or Brothers. The 2018 weekend activities will be led by the Vocation Directors/Liaisons of the Dallas and Fort Worth Dioceses, supported by a staff of priests, sisters, and other religious. The VAP weekend includes presentations, panel discussions, question and answer sessions, one-on-one personal conferences with diocesan and order Priests, Sisters, Consecrated Lay Women, and Brothers who volunteer to serve as staff. There are no fees, private rooms and meals are furnished, and no one will pressure you or seek commitment. More information regarding the VAP and the Application for weekend is available at www.vapinfo.org. Please find the attached bulletin insert to help promote this event.
For more information please contact the Vocations Office at 817-945-9321 or by email at for questions.
7 al 9 de septiembre del 2018
La Diócesis de Fort Worth ofrece retiros de enriquecimiento matrimonial en español para ayudar a que los buenos matrimonios se conviertan en grandes matrimonios. El próximo retiro de fin de semana Jornada Familiar se ha planeado del 7 al 9 de septiembre del 2018, en el Centro de Formación Diocesano, antiguo Centro de Cursillos. Puede registrarse en línea o por correo. Tenga en cuenta que los lugares son limitados y la inscripción se asigna por orden de llegada. Vive el evangelio formando de tu hogar iglesias domésticas.
The Diocese of Fort Worth offers marriage enrichment retreats in Spanish to help good marriages become great marriages. The next Jornada Familiar weekend retreat had been planned for September 7-9, 2018 at the Diocesan Formation Center, former Centro de Cursillos. You can register on line or by mail. Please note that places are limited and registration is allocated on a first come-first serve basis. Live the gospel by forming domestic churches un your home.
Annual Diocesan Appeal Newsletter
Support Our Future Priests
Do you know the money you generously donate to the Annual Diocesan Appeal helps to pay for seminary education for our future priests? As we look forward to the May 19 ordinations of Deacons Jonathan Demma and Maurice Moon as priests for the Diocese of Fort Worth, the May issue of Faith Hope Charity focuses on our 26 seminarians, for whom the Annual Diocesan Appeal provides major support. Hear “thank you” messages from two of them by clicking the links included in the newsletter. Also in this issue, progress toward our $3.3 million goal and news about parishes that have met their commitments to the Appeal.To learn more about other ministries supported by the Annual Diocesan Appeal or to make a contribution please visit bit.ly/AnnualDiocesanAppeal or contact .
Advancing the Mission Newsletter
Welcome to the April edition of the Advancement Foundation’s Advancing the Mission newsletter! This edition is full of information, here’s a quick sampling. Learn more about the Diocesan Travel Program’s next pilgrimage to the Holy Land and our annual Good Shepherd Sunday second collection for seminarian education. Read about making stewardship a part of your giving focus. Finally, see how your support of the Annual Diocesan Appeal is helping Catholic Charities provide valuable services to our neighbors in need.
We hope you enjoy reading this edition and, as always if you see something that you would like more information about please contact any member of the Advancement Foundation Team. May the joy of Easter be with you today and every day.
Advancing the Mission Newsletter (April)
Building Your Legacy
The Advancement Foundation is thrilled to unveil its new Building Your Legacy planned giving newsletter! The semi-annual newsletter is a source of information about the ways legacy gifts are making an impact here in the Diocese, changes in laws and regulations as they relate to planned giving, the importance of having a will and other timely topics.
Each one of us is building a legacy. That’s why we want you to share this newsletter with friends and family. Building Your Legacy is a great conversation starter, especially for those who might hesitate to bring up the subject of end-of-life planning. Use this newsletter as your ice-breaker! Or maybe you know someone who’s been thinking about making a legacy gift to their parish, Catholic school or the Diocese of Fort Worth, but isn’t sure where to start. Please pass along this information to them.
Building and planning for your legacy is a way to make a gift today that impacts the future. We hope you will find Building Your Legacy helpful as you prayerfully discern, “What will be my legacy?” As always, the staff at the supporting the Diocese of Fort Worth is always ready to assist you, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Special Collection Calendar
Revisions to 2018-2019
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 give generously when these collections are announced in your parish.
Bulletin Inserts Links
Diocesan Firearms and Weapons Policy:
Diocesan Employment Opportunities
To better serve potential candidates for diocesan jobs, the e-Bulletin “Diocesan Employment Opportunities” has been streamlined into categories with links to the diocesan website that features comprehensive information about each job and a link to an application. The employment opportunities are broken into three categories: Catholic Center, parishes and schools. Click on a category to go to the diocesan web site to view all available jobs.
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 de la Diócesis
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.
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