July 23, 2020
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 public Mass as of July 3, 2020.
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.
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.
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 announcements in the July 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.
Priest Care Fund Special Collection
Information for Parish Business Managers and Communications Teams,
The Priest Care Fund is one of the best supported special collections of the year. 100% of the funds raised stay here in the Diocese of Fort Worth to care for our retired and infirm priests. Due to reduced Mass attendance at this time, please give this collection extra support in your social media and other promotional channels, as well as in your announcements during Mass. Online giving options are open now: click here. If you have questions or need additional resources, please contact at 817-945-9441.
North Texas Giving Day is September 17
Register Your Parish, School or Ministry by August 17, 2020
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 .
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. Register here to participate. For more information, please review the documents below 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.
Advancing the Mission
New! July/August Newsletter
How are some of our seminarians spending their summer assignments? Which parishes reached their goals and achieved the highest levels of participation in this year’s record-breaking Annual Diocesan Appeal? How can you support your parish, school or a favorite ministry without parting with cash? What can we learn from the Psalms during the pandemic? How can we support our retired priests in the Diocese of Fort Worth? Answers to these questions and more are found in the July/August edition of Advancing the Mission, the bimonthly newsletter of the Advancement Foundation. Read it now!
For Parish and School Business Managers and Staffs
The first 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 upcoming special collections, #iGiveCatholic and the upcoming Annual Diocesan Appeal.
International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) Conference
Register Now for More Than 100 Virtual Sessions Spread Out Over 10 Days
The 58th Annual ICSC conference has gone fully virtual in 2020. From September 28-October 9, ENCOUNTER! Meeting Jesus on Higher Ground will provide unlimited access to 100 sessions, liturgies and devotions from around the world, a virtual exhibit hall and virtual rooms for making strategic connections to enhance stewardship in your parish, concerts, tours and more. Through the virtual format 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.
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:
Help Us Continue Our 110 Year Legacy
We have a goal of sponsoring 200 families, which has a ripple effect for the entire community. A gift of $500 allows us to support one family, but no gift is too small to make a difference. Click here to support a family today!
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