June 18, 2020
Bishop's Pastoral Letter Regarding Racism
Bishop Michael Olson’s Pastoral Letter Regarding Church Teaching on the Sin of Racism
To All Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Religious Men and Women, and Faithful Laity of the Diocese of Fort Worth please read the pastoral letter by Fort Worth Catholic Diocese Bishop Michael F. Olson Regarding Church Teaching on the Sin of Racism.
Prayer to Overcome Racism
The document Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism was developed by the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It was approved by the full body of bishops as a formal statement of the USCCB at its November 2018 General Meeting.
Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux Diocese and chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, provided the Prayer to Overcome Racism which is at the end of the pastoral letter to all U.S. bishops as a prayer resource.
Please print the Prayer to Overcome Racism in the parish bulletin and please place it on your web site. You may link to the prayer via the diocesan web site at: Prayer to Overcome Racism
Catholic Diocese Liturgical Adaptations
To All Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Religious Men and Women, and Faithful Laity of the Diocese of Fort Worth
Fort Worth Catholic Diocese Bishop Michael Olson has asked to please view full statement, guidelines, and protocols below for returning to public Mass.
Sunday Mass Live Streamed
Due to the Coronavirus forcing so many to stay home, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth will live stream the Sunday, 11 a.m. Mass from St. Patrick Cathedral for the foreseeable future. It will be interpreted for the deaf community. Go to the front page of the diocesan website at: www.fwdioc.org. You could also find other parishes live stream schedules as well.
Note: Bishop Olson is asking each parish to include the following Spiritual Communion Prayer in your bulletin for the faithful to pray during these trying times when they cannot attend Mass.
Diocesan Parishes and Schools
Support Our Parishes and Schools During This Time of COVID-19
Now, more than ever, our parishes and schools need your support. For a convenient guide to ways to support your parish offertory or one of our Catholic schools (including links to online giving), please visit:
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
We have exciting news! Worldwide Marriage Encounter has created a virtual experience for those who cannot attend a Marriage Encounter weekend in person. This experience will be entirely online and will be presented two nights each week for a total of 7 nights. We are so excited to be able to do this during this time when it is difficult to gather in one place.
We know couples whose relationships are being stressed by all the restrictions we have been under. We suspect you know such couples as well. In addition, the per couple cost will be much less because there will be no need for hotel rooms, catering, etc. Please include the attached bulletin announcement in the June 21 parish bulletin.
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.
North Texas Giving Day is September 17
Register Your Parish, School or Ministry By July 10 for Early Bird Perks
Registration is now open for an 18-hour giving extravaganza that benefits nonprofit organizations throughout North Texas. Be a part of North Texas Giving Day, the largest community giving day in the nation. This region-wide generosity celebration will help you elevate your mission, connect with your supporters and raise critical funds. North Texas Giving Day is an opportunity to show the world our generous spirit and that in these unprecedented times North Texans can and will take care of each other! For more information, visit www.northtexasgivingday.org or send an email to .
Thursday, July 23, 2020
This year Quo Vadis is a FREE one day vocation discernment retreat for young men in High School who are living in the Diocese of Fort Worth. The camp is a rare chance for High School young men to begin considering their vocation from God by speaking with priests and seminarians. Parents are welcome to join for Mass, dinner and closing on July 23, 2020 5:00pm-7:00pm.
Boys who graduate 8th grade in May/June 2020 and will be freshmen in school year 2020-2021 are eligible to register. Young men who graduate high school in May/June 2020 are eligible to register. If a young man is 18 years old he will be required to complete the Safe Environment Program of the Diocese of Fort Worth, prior to attending. Registration is open to the first 25 participants, guarantee your spot by registering today.
Location: Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, 600 N Shady Shores Dr, Lake Dallas, TX 75065.
Please contact the Vocations Office for more information and for any questions regarding registration at or 817-945-9321.
Parish Stewardship Awards
Apply by July 31
Each year during its annual conference, International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) recognizes exemplary parishes that best promote and practice Christian stewardship and Catholic philanthropy throughout the year. Categories include capital campaign, stewardship video, commitment/renewal materials and the Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy Award for overall excellence. For more information, please visit catholicstewardship.com/parish-awards/ or contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at 817-945-9443.
Msgr. MCGread Stewardship Conference
Help your Parishioners Become Better Disciples of Christ! August 12-13
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. Held at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E. 45th St. N., Wichita, KS.
International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) Conference
Register Now for September 27-30 Event – Live in Anaheim, CA or Virtual from Your Parish
In addition to its traditional “live” conference format from Sunday afternoon through Wednesday morning, ICSC is now offering a virtual only option so that even more people can take benefit from the valuable information and networking available to pastors, business managers, stewardship and development committees and school development officers. Please visit www.catholicstewardship.org or contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at 817-945-9443 for more information.
Sign Up Now for #iGiveCatholic
Parishes, Schools and Ministries Invited to Participate on December 1
The Diocese of Fort Worth is joining more than 40 other dioceses across the country to create awareness of the important work being done in Catholic organizations. All 501(c)(3) Catholic parishes, schools, ministries, and other not-for-profit Catholic organizations and apostolates affiliated with the Diocese of Fort Worth are invited to participate! Your participation is at no charge, but will require that you sign up by August 1 and participate in several scheduled training events. For more information, please review the documents below or contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations, at 817-945-9443.
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Catholic Charities Fort Worth Seeking Community Help
Catholic Charities Fort Worth needs your help in spreading the word about how people can help us as we continue to serve our local community working through the COVID-19 crisis. Please click below for full details on how you can help.
Join us virtually to learn about how we are ending poverty, one family at a time!
Join us for a one hour virtual informational session, that gives you an up close, behind the scenes look at how we are ending poverty and addressing the needs brought on by COVID-19 in our community! We will discuss our poverty ending programs more in depth, share client stories, and encourage open questions and dialogue with each guest. We will also be discussing how we are utilizing our programs and services to aide in COVID relief and assistance.
Our next virtual tours are:
- June 24, 2020 from 3-4pm
Please sign-up here or email to sign up, ask questions, and get more information!
Come learn about our mission to CREATE solutions, ERADICATE barriers, and TRANSFORM lives!
Annual Diocesan Appeal
June Promotional Materials: Supporting Our Retired and Infirm Priests (June 30 is the last day to support the 2020 campaign.)
During June, general intercessions and promotional materials for the Annual Diocesan Appeal focus on support of our retired and infirm priests. For more information, refer to the documents linked below.
Click here to access parish promotional materials in English and Spanish.
Click here to donate to the 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal and help your parish meet its goal. Employees of the Diocese of Fort Worth may sign up for payroll deduction on ADP.
Please contact at 817-945-9441, if you have other questions or need promotional resources for Annual Diocesan Appeal.
Advancing the Mission
New! May/June Newsletter
What’s happening around the world on May 5? How can you put your faith into action during times of social distancing? Which parishes have met their goals for the Annual Diocesan Appeal? How can we support the efforts of our communications team in the Diocese of Fort Worth? Answers to these questions and more are found in the May/June edition of Advancing the Mission, the bimonthly newsletter of the Advancement Foundation. Read it now!
New Crossroads Newsletter
Information for Parish and School Business Managers
The fourth quarter issue of Crossroads, the newsletter for Parish and School Business Managers, is available below. Please print and distribute copies to those in your parish or school who need the news it contains. This issue includes information regarding parish operating grants, FY20 Annual Diocesan Appeal wrap-up procedures (and dates to save for the 2021 appeal), Giving Tuesday Now!, changes in the Special Collections calendar and resources for engaging your parishioners during the pandemic.
Parish Stewardship Resources
First Quarter, July-September 2020
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.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2019-2020 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
Deacon Candidates Daily Prayer List
Please keep our deacon candidates in your prayers this year. Attached find the 2019-2020 Deacon Candidates Daily Prayer List. For additional information about the diaconate formation process visit us at fwdioc.org/deacon-formation.
Special Collection Calendar
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 note the revised calendar for 2020. Generously support these collections in your parish.
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