May 17, 2018
Bishop Olson Statement on Santa Fe Shooting and Diocesan Safety
Santa Fe Shooting and Diocesan Safety
On behalf of the members of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, I offer prayer for the healing and safety of all involved and affected by the tragic and senseless school shooting in Santa Fe High School. We pray for those affected by this violent act and for all victims of violence, in whatever form. Please click below for full statement.
Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play
June 13-22, 2020
Only 10 spaces available! $2,729 per person, plus air June 13-22, 2020, 2020. Register by June 5, 2018, to lock in your space with a $250 non-refundable deposit before prices go up June 6. The Diocesan Travel Program presents the beauty and majesty of the Bavarian Alps with a 10-day tour through the Black Forest of Germany and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, only performed every 10 years in this village. For more information please contact or call (817) 945-9440.
Catholic Communication Campaign
Thank you for your generosity to last week’s collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). Your support will help the CCC connect millions of people with Christ and spread the gospel message. If you missed the collection, it’s not too late to give! Drop your clearly marked envelope into this weekend’s collection. You can also text COMM to 91999 or visit USCCB: National Collections.
Muchas gracias por su generosidad durante la colecta de la semana pasada para la Campaña Católica de la Comunicación (CCC). Su apoyo ayudará a la CCC a conectar a millones de personas con Cristo y a propagar el mensaje del evangelio. Si usted no alcanzó a dar en la colecta, ¡aun lo puede hacer! Visite USCCB: National Collections o texto COMM a 91999.
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.
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 May edition of the Advancing the Mission newsletter. You will see how busy the Advancement Foundation has been these past few weeks. News and photos abound in this eight-page edition! There have been events, such as the Stewardship Day of Renewal and the Phonathon for the Annual Diocesan Appeal. And many other news worthy items, like new videos highlighting ministries of the Annual Appeal and rising rates on Charitable Gift Annuities.
As always, we are here to serve. Please contact any member of the Advancement Foundation Team if you have questions or need more information about the contents of our newsletter.
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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