June 24, 2021
Religious Freedom Week
Solidarity in Freedom, June 22-29, 2021
Religious freedom allows the Church, and all religious communities, to live out their faith in public and to serve the good of all. Beginning June 22, the feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, the Diocese of Fort Worth and the USCCB invites Catholics to pray, reflect, and act to promote religious freedom.
In the Diocese, daily prayers, information and reflections will be available on the diocesan web site, https://fwdioc.org/religious-freedom-week, the Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/fortworthdiocese, and other social diocesan social media platforms. Parishes may link to the diocesan information.
Please ask the faithful of your parish to pray for and promote religious freedom.
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.
Stewardship e-Bulletin for June-ICSC & Conference Information for ICSC
ICSC Conference Super Early Bird Discount $549 Member Rate - Good Thru June 30, 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. Early Bird rate for the conference ends on June 30. Scholarships are available by contacting , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178. For more information on the conference, please click here.
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!
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 every 3rd Sunday of each month. The online session will be held July 18, 2021 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 cada 3er domingo de cada mes. La sesión en línea se llevará el 18 de julio a las 3:00 PM. Para más información, envíe un correo electrónico a , para solicitar el registro para la sesión, o por favor envíe un correo electrónico a .
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.
Friday, August 6, 2021
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 August 6, 2021 5:00pm-7:00pm.
Boys who graduate 8th grade in May/June 2021 and will be freshmen in school year 2021-2022 are eligible to register. Young men who graduate high school in May/June 2021 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 20 participants, guarantee your spot by registering today.
Location: Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, 600 N Shady Shores Dr, Lake Dallas, TX 75065.
Registration forms will be available on June 7, 2021. Please contact the Vocations Office for more information and for any questions regarding registration at or call 817-945-9321.
Retiro Matrimonial Jornada Familiar
En persona – 7 y 8 de agosto del 2021, Centro de Formación Diocesana
El retiro Jornada Familiar tiene como misión primaria formar matrimonios que valoren el amor cristiano y entiendan su misión de fundar iglesias domesticas en su hogar. Temas como el significado del sacramento del matrimonio, problemática matrimonial, crianza y dialogo efectivo serán algunos de los temas. ¡Regístrate aquí! Cupo limitado.
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.
Sign up now for #iGiveCatholic Giving Day 2021
Parishes, Schools and Ministries are invited to participate on November 30
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 in our second Giving Day with #iGive Catholic! The first-ever giving day created to celebrate our unique Catholic heritage, #iGiveCatholic inspires faithful stewards to "Give Catholic" on #GivingTuesday. Your participation is at no charge, but will require that you sign up by August 1 and participate in several scheduled training events. Last year, 43 Parishes, Schools and Apostolates participated, receiving a total of $156,062 raised, plus $75,000 in matching funds awarded. Register here to participate. For more information, please review the documents below, or contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178.
Watch the #iGiveCatholic Kick-off Video
Julie Kenny, National program director for #iGiveCatholic kicks off this year’s Giving day!
This year’s registration was kicked off with a mini retreat at Our Lady of Guadalupe on May 20. Julie Kenny, the national program director for #iGiveCatholic shared inspirational information and winning strategies. Two of last year’s top recipients (Our Lady of Guadalupe & TCU Campus Ministry) gave testimonials on their journey with #iGiveCatholic. You may watch the recorded event using this link. If you have any questions about the mini retreat or the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day, please contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations or call 817-533-3178.
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.
Catholic Diocese of FW Open Positions
Human Resources Business Partner and School positions
New openings are available at the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. Are you or someone you know desiring to serve God in the workplace? View full job descriptions and apply online at https://bit.ly/3sdu8ta.
Please pass these openings to anyone you know who is qualified, interested and who you believe will be a great employee for the diocese!
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
Parish Stewardship Reflections
Third Quarter, July-September 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