August 10, 2023
October 14/15, 2023-Eucharistic Stewardship…our grateful response to His gift
Stewardship Sunday will be celebrated at all Masses October 14/15. This diocesan-wide event is an opportunity to teach about “Stewardship as a way of life” and complement any existing stewardship initiatives in your parish. Please take advantage of the training dates below to make the most of this celebration.
- Wednesday, August 16 – 6-7:00 p.m. or Thursday, August 17 – 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. – 2023 Stewardship Sunday Training (Virtual) – Register here
- Wednesday, September 13 – 6-7:00 p.m. or Thursday, September 14 – 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Lay Witness Testimony Training (Virtual) – Register here
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
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.
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.
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.
Diocesan Catechist Formation Program
Offering Fall Classes
The Department of Evangelization & Catechesis is excited to announce registration is now available for the Fall 2023 Catechist Certification Programs. The St. Francis de Sales classes meet once a month for about ten months. For more information on St. Francis de Sales Spanish Level 1 online and in person classes and Level 2 in person classes, please visit the diocesan website at fwdioc.org/st-francis-de-sales. The St. Junipero Serra classes meet weekly, offering a series of six-weeks courses from the fall through early summer. Level 1 classes will be offered online. For more information, please visit the diocesan website at fwdioc.org/st-junipero-serra-institute. Classes start in September for both programs so register soon.
Programa Diocesano de Formación de Catequistas
Ofrece Clases de Otoño
El Departamento de Evangelización y Catequesis se complace en anunciar que ya está disponible la inscripción para los Programas de Certificación de Catequistas para el otoño 2023. Las clases de San Francisco de Sales se reúnen una vez al mes durante aproximadamente diez meses. Para obtener más información sobre las clases presenciales y en línea de nivel 1 de español de San Francisco de Sales y las clases presenciales de nivel 2, visite el sitio web diocesano en fwdioc.org/san-francisco-de-sales. Las clases de San Junípero Serra se reúnen semanalmente y ofrecen una serie de cursos de seis semanas desde el otoño hasta principios del verano. Las clases de nivel 1 se ofrecerán en línea. Para obtener más información, visite el sitio web diocesano en fwdioc.org/instituto-san-junipero-serra. Las clases comienzan en septiembre para ambos programas, así que regístrese pronto.
Mass for Young Adults
September 14, 2023
All young adults, ages 18-35, of the Diocese of Fort Worth are invited to a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Olson on Thursday, September 14th at 6:30 PM. This Mass will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arlington and will be followed by a BBQ Dinner in the parish hall. There will also be a short reflection.
Please note, we are unable to accommodate children older than two years of age. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions please contact .
St. Thomas More Society
The St. Thomas More Society Fort Worth will host Jonathan J. Sanford, Ph.D., President of the University of Dallas, on Thursday, September 14 at noon at Reata. Dr. Sanford's presentation will explore the connection between virtue, the natural law, and the positive law; law's relationship to the legal profession; and the role the law should have in promoting virtue if we want to achieve a flourishing society. The talk is designed for attorneys, but everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please visit www.stmsfw.org/events or register here.
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.
Annual Diocesan Appeal
If you missed Friday’s Annual Diocesan Appeal webinar you missed some major announcements:
— The Annual Diocesan Appeal has a new logo
— The letter from the Pastor has been moved from Lent to August, which will be mailed this month
- Please check your email for sample letters (or click link above) and send edits or approvals by Thursday, August 10
— During the webinar we heard from grant recipients and we want to be sure you hear where your parish participation helps
- Link to the recording of the webinar
- It starts with Mike Coggins from St. Brenden’s parish sharing the impact of their parish operating grant.
Announcement Weekend: September 9-10
Commitment Weekend: September 16-17
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.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2023-2024 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
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.
- This is a link to the recording of the webinar
- o It starts with Mike Collins from St. Brenden’s parish sharing the impact of their parish operating grant.
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 .