May 27, 2021
COVID Vaccination Site Opportunity for Parishes UPDATE
Attention: Pastors and Business Managers
Because it is important for the common good of all our faithful, Bishop Olson is continuing to request that all parishes consider servicing as a COVID vaccination site and to urge all the faithful to be vaccinated. 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.
Attached is a letter from FWCC Parish Social Ministry Director Kasey Whitley which was provided last week 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.
A new vaccination site promotion flyer is English and Spanish also is attached. In addition, a link to a video in Spanish is below which features Father Pedro Martinez explaining the importance of everyone being vaccinated. Please feel free to post Father Pedro’s video to your web site or to use in a manner most effective in your parish. Video: https://youtu.be/fGA4all7j3k
Please contact or call 817-289-3889 to schedule a vaccination site at your parish.
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.
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!
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.
Peter’s Pence Collection
June 26-27, 2021
By participating in the Peter’s Pence Collection, you join the Holy Father’s efforts to show mercy to all in two ways: you support the ongoing activities of the Holy See, and you contribute to the charitable works of the Holy Father on behalf of those who are most in need. Please prayerfully consider supporting this year’s collection as an act of mercy and charity. Join our brothers and sisters in faith from around the globe to help Pope Francis in his ministry to the Universal Church and in reaching out to the most marginalized in our world. You may support the collection when it is taken in your parish, through your parish online giving portal or at https://bit.ly/DioceseSpecialCollections.
For more information about promoting this special collection in your parish, please use the information below.
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.
St. Francis de Sales Diocesan Catechist Certification
Registration is now open for a new formation in English. The classes will begin in person on September 11, 2021 and will be held once a month on Saturdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Holy Cross/St. Martin de Porres. For more information about St. Francis de Sales and/ or to register, please visit https://fwdioc.org/st-francis-de-sales.
Please visit our website often as we continue to add times and locations.
To see full calendar of classes click here.
Promote Planned Giving in Your Parishes and Schools
Let the Advancement Foundation assist you in securing more donations to your parish, school or ministry through endowment funds, estate gifts, charitable gift annuities, donations of stock, real estate or Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) from an IRA account. Please use the bulletin, newsletter and website copy below, visit https://bit.ly/CatholicLegacy or contact , CFRE at 817-533-7242
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.
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.
For any questions or concerns about the e-Bulletin please contact the
Director of Communications, or