June 15, 2023
Vocation Discernment Program
June 23 - 25, 2023, University of Dallas
The SERRA Clubs for Fort Worth and Dallas are once again hosting the Vocations Awareness Program Discernment Weekend June 23-25th at the University of Dallas. This is our 32nd year and we find it is the best opportunity for young men and women to have a chance to sit one on one with religious to receive guidance in their discernment process. We are requesting your assistance on publicizing the announcement in all of your parish bulletins and their websites.
A weekend of discernment helps single Catholic men and women, ages 18–40, find answers about life as a Priest, Sister, Brother, or Consecrated Lay Woman. Learn more and apply at www.vapinfo.org, or contact at the Catholic Diocese of Dallas: 214-379-2860. Application Deadline June 12, 2023!
International Catholic Stewardship Council Conference
Register today and take advantage of the Super Early Bird Discount rate of $549.00 Hurry, rate increases June 30, 2023!
The 61st Annual ICSC Conference takes place October 1-4 2023 in Orlando, Florida. This year’s conference theme is “Eucharistic Stewardship: Responding with Grateful Hearts. Pastors, business managers, stewardship and development committees and school development officers are invited to attend this gathering of Catholic stewardship leaders and fund development professionals from across the United States. Participants will gather to pray, learn, network, cultivate new friendships and reflect on the life of stewardship in the Catholic Church. Limited scholarships for conference fees are available by contacting , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178.
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.
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.
April-May-June Edition Now Available
The latest 2-page issue of the quarterly Crossroads newsletter for pastors, parish and school business managers and finance council members is now available: Crossroads Newsletter. Please don’t miss this important issue with information on April 15 deadlines for Parish grant applications and Light of Christ Awards, asset intention paperwork and the who, when and where of the Advancement Foundation.
Refer back to this issue throughout the quarter for information.
View Crossroads Newsletter!
Advancing the Mission
The latest edition of Advancing the Mission newsletter includes information about:
— Reaching the Peripheries with the Annual Diocesan Appeal
— How Easy it is to Establish and Endowment?
— We are a Resurrection People
— New Retirement Laws
— and more!
Peter’s Pence Special Collection
July 1-2, 2023
Last year’s Peter Pence allowed the Holy Father to purchase and donate an ambulance to Mother and Child Health to assist children displaced by the Ukrainian war. More importantly, in solidarity with the victims of war, the papal almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, celebrated Mass in the cathedral in Lviv and delivered the ambulance. Our Catholic tradition calls us to provide for the material needs of the Church, and the Peter’s Pence Collection is one of the opportunities we have to do so. Please use the materials below to promote this collection.
High School Discernment Retreat, July 17, 2023
While in years past, the Quo Vadis retreat has focused primarily on discernment to the priesthood, this years’ retreat will cover more specifically what it means to grow into a Catholic Man in today’s world. The retreat will involve talks from seminarians and priests, mass and adoration, as well as time for games and sports. Young men will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the following topics:
- Learning to pray well.
- Learning the importance of sacrifice, suffering and fortitude.
- Growth in virtue and discipline.
If you are a high school man looking to grow in these areas, while also getting to know our seminarians and priests, please come to this retreat.
Registration is now open. For more information please contact the or by calling 817-945-9321.
Growing Older with Grace
As we age or care for aging parents, we often wonder what the Church teaches about ethical medical decisions, the sanctity of life, and preparing documents, such as a will. This event will help answer those questions and provide guidance. Retirees, caregivers, and other loved ones are welcome to join us from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Holy Family in Fort Worth on July 18, 2023! Lunch will be served. $15/person, $25/couple.
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 at www.montserratretreat.org! Spaces are limited due to COVID and are going fast!
Diaconate Formation Program
Is God Calling You to The Permanent Diaconate?
If you are hearing the voice of God in your heart calling you to serve Him in the permanent diaconate, we invite you to sign up for the upcoming discernment sessions offered by the Diocese of Fort Worth to begin August 26, 2023.
Please visit fwdioc.org/deacon-formation for more information or contact for registration.
¿Le esta llamado Dios al Diaconado Permanente?
Si usted esta escuchando la voz de Dios en su corazón llamándole a servirle en el Diaconado Permanente, le invitamos a registrarse para las sesiones de discernimiento ofrecido por la Diócesis de Fort Worth que comenzaran el 26 de agosto 2023.
Por favor visite fwdioc.org/formacion-para-el-diaconado para mas información o comuníquese con para registrarse.
Msgr. McGread Stewardship Conference
Help your Parishioners Become Better Disciples of Christ! August 30-31, 2023 at the Spiritual Life Center • 7100 E. 45th St. N. • Wichita, KS.
This conference is for clergy and lay leaders and will provide a setting for you to discover how to teach your parishioners to become better Christian Stewards. Hurry, limited spaces available! Scholarships are available by contacting , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178.
The Advancement Foundation
Donate Your Car – Working or Nonworking – To Benefit the Church
The Advancement Foundation is now accepting donations of working or nonworking cars (RVs, motorcycles, golf carts, heavy equipment, trailer, van, boat, etc.) to benefit your parish, Catholic school, a ministry, the Annual Diocesan Appeal or any other purpose in the Diocese of Fort Worth. All vehicle pickup, sale and tax receipting is handled by cars2charities and more information is available at https://bit.ly/catholiccardonate. When you set up your donation, please alert or call 817-533-3174 to let her know which parish, school or ministry you want to benefit from your donation.
Save the Dates Annual Diocesan Appeal 2023-2024
Please add the following dates to your parish calendar so that parish events do not conflict with Annual Diocesan Appeal weekends:
- September 9-10 Announcement Sunday. Lay witness talk from parishioner. Bishop letter is read from pulpit and bulletin insert of report on previous year.
- September 16-17 Commitment Sunday. Lay witness talk from parishioner, pastors homily, commitment envelopes passed out and collected.
- September 23-24 Follow Up weekend. Thank you message. Commitment envelopes passed again and collected.
Parish Stewardship Reflections
Summer, July-September 2023
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.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2022-2023 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
2023 Special Collection Calendar
Revised, March 8, 2023
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. If you have any questions about special collections, please contact , CFRE, Director of Annual Giving and Grants of the Advancement Foundation at 817-382-4939, or visit fwdioc.org/special-collections.
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 por favor revise el archivo PDF abajo.
For any questions or concerns about the e-Bulletin please contact the
Director of Communications, or .