July 20, 2023
International Catholic Stewardship Council Conference
Register today and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount of $599.00. Hurry, rate increases July 31, 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.
Annual Diocesan Appeal
Important 2023-2024 Information
A BIG change is coming to the Annual Diocesan Appeal! You won’t want to miss this announcement at the kickoff events below. Choose between a virtual or in-person event and register today:
- Thursday, August 3 – 2024 Annual Diocesan Appeal Kick Off on-site Wichita Falls – Register here
- Friday, August 4 – 2024 Annual Diocesan Appeal Kick Off Webinar 9:30 a.m. – Register here
Please add the following dates to your parish calendar so that parish events do not conflict with Annual Diocesan Appeal weekends.
- September 10 – 2024 Annual Diocesan Appeal Announcement Sunday
- September 17 – 2024 Annual Diocesan Appeal Commitment Sunday
Please continue to thank parishioners for helping the Annual Diocesan Appeal surpass goal by sharing:
#iGiveCatholic Giving Day Kick-off 2023
Registration Kick-off: August 2-Fort Worth and August 9-Wichita Falls
Join us August 2 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Grapevine and August 9 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Wichita Falls for information and inspiration about this year’s #iGiveCatholic Giving Day!
Parishes, Schools, and Apostolates of the Fort Worth Diocese are invited to participate in this year’s #iGiveCatholic Giving Day on November 28, 2023. Last year, 49 Parishes, Schools and Apostolates participated, receiving a total of $834,393 for their most needed project. Register here for the kickoff. If you have any questions about the kickoff or how to participate in #iGiveCatholic Giving Day 2023, please contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations, 817-533-3178.
National Make A Will Month
August is National Make-A-Will Month and a perfect opportunity for your parish to steward everything God has blessed us with. To help you with this process, the Advancement Foundation is introducing an online estate planning tool parishioners can use to create thier will for free online at FreeWill.com. Non-profits nationwide are utilizing FreeWill, your parishioners may already have experience with FreeWill, but didn’t include your parish yet.
To help with promotion of this new tool, we courage you to participate in the national Make-A-Will Sunday on August 20. On this day, we invite you to use the tool-kit and bulletin insert below to encourage parishioners to set aside time and think through their estate plan and how they can best steward what God has entrusted to them.
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Light the Way Gala
Catholic Charities Fort Worth will host our Light the Way Gala on Saturday, August 19, at the Hurst Conference Center, for a fun filled evening including dinner, a live auction, games and more!
Please join us to hear more about our vision and help us end poverty one family at a time! Ticket and sponsorship information can be found on our event webpage at https://one.bidpal.net/ccfwgala/welcome
Diocesan Deaf Ministry Program
Basic Sign Language Course registration open now!
Diocesan Deaf Ministry Program is offering a basic 12-week course that will give students’ and interactive experience in sign language including small group and hands on activities. Students will learn basic vocabulary, rules of grammar and cultural aspects of the Deaf community and the history of American Sign Language. Classes will be held at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School from 7pm to 9pm. Online registration is now available. If you have any questions please contact , director of Deaf Ministry or call 817-945-9381. Registration Deadline: August 22, 2023.
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.
Mass for Young Adults
Save the Date!
September 14, 2023, Bishop Michael Olson invites the Young Adults (18-35) of the Diocese of Fort Worth to a special Mass. Dinner and a short reflection to follow. Location and other details are forthcoming. For more information contact .
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!
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.
Advancing the Mission
The Advancing the Mission newsletter of the Advancement Foundation is provided to parishioners throughout the diocese via email, e-Bulletin and your parish communications with the QR code below.
In the July/August Advancing the Mission newsletter we share:
— June 22, 2023 figures on the Annual Diocesan Appeal which show us surpassing our goal early!
— Upcoming event: Aging with Grace
— How to donate your vehicle
— Why your legacy matters
— How to personalize an endowment fund
See below or visit www.advancementfoundation.org/ for more information.
July – August - September 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 such as money your parish may be missing out on, National Make-a-Will Sunday, and upcoming trainings and webinars for the Annual Diocesan Appeal and Stewardship Sunday.
Refer back to this issue throughout the quarter for information or visit www.advancementfoundation.org/parish-school-resources.
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.
Light of Christ Parish Stewardship Awards
Congratulations to our 2023 honorees!
On Saturday, June 24, 47 individuals or couples were honored at Holy Family Catholic Church in Fort Worth for their stewardship and leadership in their parishes. The Light of Christ award is presented annually to lay individuals throughout the Diocese of Fort Worth who exemplify the light of Christ through lives of Christian Stewardship. Chosen by their Pastors, these honorees live out their baptismal call in an extraordinary way. Thank you for your dedication to your parish community and the example you set for others in leading a stewardship way of life. A complete list of the 2023 Parish Stewardship honorees may be found here: www.advancementfoundation.org/stewardship-award-winners.
Catholic Charities is asking for parish support in sharing information about the Gabriel Project. There is a need for volunteers, particularly bilingual volunteers, to mentor expectant mothers. Bulletin announcements are available for parish use in English and Spanish (attached) and are designed for both client and volunteer audiences. Please note that is a special version for the Northwest deanery use. If you would like physical copies of flyers delivered to your parish, please contact with your request.
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.
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 .