May 13, 2021
COVID Vaccination Site Opportunity for Parishes
Attention: Pastors and Business Managers
Bishop Olson asked Fort Worth Catholic Charities (FWCC) to coordinate with state health officials to set up COVID vaccination sites at parishes within the Diocese, if a parish has the needed facilities. Because it is important for the common good of all our faithful, Bishop Olson is requesting that all parishes consider servicing as a vaccination site and to urge all the faithful to be vaccinated Attached is a letter from FWCC Parish Social Ministry Director Kasey Whitley that details how a parish can work with FWCC to become a vaccination site. Also, attached is a COVID facts flyer in English and Spanish. Please contact or call 817-289-3889 as soon as possible.
#iGiveCatholic Giving Day 2021 participation Kick-off
#iGive Catholic Kick-off; May 20-Register today!
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.
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! Spaces are limited due to COVID and are going fast!
Stewardship eBulletin for May-ICSC
ICSC Conference Easter Rate Ends May 23, 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 Easter rate for the conference ends on May 15 and scholarships are available by contacting , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178.
Support Your Parish or School With Gifts of Appreciated Securities
Note! New Forms as of May 1: Please download these forms and add them to your parish or school websites.
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 , CFRE 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.
Annual Diocesan Appeal
May Promotional Materials: Seminarian Formation
The Annual Diocesan Appeal supports the many needs of the Diocese of Fort Worth, including the educational expenses for our seminarians. Support for those men is the focus of Annual Diocesan Appeal materials during the month of May. 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.
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.
Vocations Awareness Program
University of Dallas, Irving, June 11-13, 2021
Is God calling you? The Vocation Awareness Program is a weekend opportunity for you to listen and find out more information about Priesthood and the religious life. The Vocation Awareness Program helps single Catholic men and women, ages 18-40, find answers to questions they may have about life as a Priest, Sister, or Brother. There are no fees. Apply today at www.vapinfo.org. Deadline for applications is May 31, 2021.
Parish Resource Information:
The Vocations Offices of Fort Worth and Dallas along with the Dallas and Fort Worth SERRA clubs host this weekend to give young adults a chance to have one on one time with God, and religious to walk through their discernment calling. At this website https://vapinfo.org/resources/ and in the attached kit is a resource for you to use over the next few weeks to help us promote this event in announcements, on your webpage, or any publications you produce. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cheryl West at 817-647-5180 or Steve Huff at 972-741-0500.
FEMA Winter Storm Assistance
Please share the following federal disaster assistance information with your faithful
North Texas has the necessary emergency declarations to allow residents of North Texas, including members of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, who suffered damage to their property because of the “Texas Winter Storm” to apply for federal disaster recovery assistance.
Applications for assistance must be submitted by May 21, 2021 to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).
Diocese Catholic Schools
Diocese of Fort Worth Catholic Schools Now Enrolling for the 2021-2022 School Year
Opening the doors of truth, beauty, and goodness — 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. Find a location near your home or work by visiting here.
Faith, Freedom, Football - The Inaugural Catholic Bowl- Sponsored by The Advancement Foundation. View all events here!
Diocese of Fort Worth Catholic Schools is Now Hiring
Please visit or share our current job openings for the Fall 2021-2022 School year. You can find a list of our current open positions by visiting School Employment.
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 .
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.
2021-22 Special Collection 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. The previously distributed calendar for 2021 was updated on April 26 to reflect a corrected date for the World Mission Sunday collection to benefit the Propagation of the Faith. The date was previously printed as October 16-17, 2021. The corrected dates for the collection are October 23-24, 2021. If you have any questions about special collections, please contact , CFRE, Chief Development Officer of the Advancement Foundation at 817-533-7242, or visit https://fwdioc.org/specialcollections.
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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