September 14, 2023
Annual Diocesan Appeal
Commitment Weekend: September 16-17
Thank you for sharing our accountability with parishioners last weekend. This weekend is commitment weekend.
- Pastors, please placing your commitment in the offertory basket at each Mass to show your commitment to the Annual Diocesan Appeal.
- Ushers, please hand out commitment envelopes as parishioners arrive or at Father’s direction during Mass.
- Homily Helper, General Intercession (below), bulletin and pulpit announcements are all on the box drive in English and Spanish for this weekend.
- Please embed on your website and share the FY2024 ADA video found here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXy7kYcH_VM&t=9s
Word Made Flesh
Youth Conference, September 23, 2023
Experience a transformative journey on September 23rd, from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM, as we cordially invite you to the Youth Conference hosted by St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arlington. This event is for youth from Grades 7-12. Contact your Parish Youth Minister by September 15th to secure your spot. Cost: $25
Celebrate in Your Parish, School and Catechetical Programs, September 24, 2023
Priesthood Sunday is a special day set aside to honor the priesthood each year. Celebrated this year on September 24, it is a day to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priesthood in the life of the Church as a central one. This nationwide event is coordinated and sponsored by the USA Council of Serra International. Please use the attached ideas for promoting Priesthood Sunday during Mass, in your catechetical programs, in your bulletin, Flocknote, Facebook page, newsletter, etc. several weeks in advance. If you need additional resources for promoting vocations in your parish, or if you want to start a vocations committee in your parish, please contact Patty Bransford, VP Vocations for Fort Worth .
Thursday, September 28, 2023
The Red Mass Committee of Fort Worth, Texas cordially invites all attorneys, judges, public officials, and their families and staffs to attend the Red Mass on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral Fort Worth in downtown Fort Worth. This year's guest speaker will be Nicole Stelle Garnett, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame and a fellow of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives. The celebrant will be Most Rev. Michael F. Olson, STD, MA.
An RSVP is requested by September 20th for each person attending the free dinner following the Mass at the Fort Worth Club, Horizon Room.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Uncover the secrets to a lasting, supportive, transformational marriage!
For more than 50 years, Worldwide Marriage Encounter has helped over 3.5 million couples in almost 100 countries unlock the power of their relationships with new ways to do the “I do.” The Marriage Encounter experience helps you listen, share, and connect more deeply. There’s no group discussion. It’s just about the two of you learning to be the best, most loving and thriving couple you can be.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is accepting nominations for the 2023 Longest Married Couple (couple does not need to be Catholic). Submit the couple’s name, location, and wedding date, along with the nominator’s name, phone number and email address. Winners will be recognized in each state, as well as an overall national winner. To nominate, email , or call 321-544-3440.
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.
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!
|Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2023||Young Adult Silent Retreat|
|Oct. 19-22, 2023||Women's Retreat|
|Oct. 26-29, 2023||Men's Retreat|
|Dec. 7-10, 2023||During and After Divorce Retreat|
Catholic Charities is Hiring
Catholic Charities Fort Worth has several job opportunities that we would like to share with our Catholic community. In particular, we are excited to grow our Gabriel Project and have some exciting opportunities to be part of this special ministry. Please consider sharing our hiring information graphic in your parish bulletins, social media platforms and/or parish websites.
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.
White Coat Mass
October 16, 2023
The Annual White Coat Mass for healthcare professionals, family and staff will be held on Monday, October 16, 2023, at St. Patrick Cathedral, Fort Worth at 6:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Please wear your white coat!
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 September/October Advancing the Mission newsletter we share:
— How to make donations to your parish after death
— Protecting our Students
— Back by Popular Demand: Aging with Grace
— Annual Diocesan Appeal is Catholic Stewardship in Action
— Eucharist and the Spirituality of Stewardship
— Two Ways to Leave a Legacy
See below or visit www.advancementfoundation.org/ for more information.
The Cana Commandments
The Cana Commandments is a one-day marriage enrichment retreat offered at three separate locations in the diocese for couples to discover how God’s gift of the Ten Commandments not only applies to their individual lives but to their marriage as well. The retreat is designed to open the hearts and minds of couples regarding their approach to their marital union. More details. Please note these retreats DO NOT fulfill the marriage preparation requirements.
|October 14, 2023||Immaculate Conception, Denton|
|October 28, 2023||St. Andrew, Fort Worth|
|January 13, 2024||Sacred Heart, Wichita Falls|
Recibe de Dios esa palabra única que unirá tu matrimonio
Te espera una palabra única. Sin ella vivirán a la deriva o en conflicto. Abre tu corazón para recibirla de Dios y ser guiados en un extraordinario camino de unidad, gozo y nuevo compromiso. Reclama una manera sencilla de amar y vivir más poderosamente tu vocación matrimonial. Más detalles aquí. Tenga en cuenta que estos retiros NO cumplen con los requisitos de preparación para el matrimonio.
|Date & Time||Location|
|7 de octubre de 2023||Santísimo Sacramento, Arlington|
|10 de febrero de 2024||Inmaculada Concepción, Denton|
|27 de abril de 2024||Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Wichita Falls|
Catholic Charities Special Collection
October 7-8, 2023
The Little Way Campaign is one of Catholic Charities’ most important annual fundraising initiatives. It bring hope where hope is needed most. Catholic Charities has worked diligently creating a special collection toolkit in English, Spanish and Vietnamese including multiple social media images, bulletin images, impact statements, homily talking points, prayers of the faithful and much more in all three languages. Please download the materials best suited for your parish and promote the Little Way campaign to support the charitable arm of our local Church, Catholic Charities.
Liturgical Workshop for Coordinators
Starting this fall!
At the desire of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Letter, Desiderio Desideravi, on the Liturgical Formation of the People of God, the Office of Liturgy & Worship is offering liturgical workshops for liturgy and special celebrations. These five-week workshops will be offered at nine locations in three languages starting this fall through spring 2024. Please encourage your coordinators for various liturgical ministries and anyone interested in liturgy to attend. For locations, languages, dates, and registration click here.
Come and See Weekend
Vocations Weekend Retreat, November 3 - 5, 2023
The Fall 2023 Come & See Weekend will take place at St. Joseph Seminary College, 75376 River Rd., St. Benedict, LA. 70457. This vocations weekend retreat is scheduled for November 3 - 5, 2023 for young men 16 years and older who are in high school and college in the Diocese of Fort Worth.
Please invite young men to experience what life is like at St. Joseph’s Seminary with others who are discerning a call to the priesthood. Reserve your spot today with the .
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
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
2024 Revised September 13, 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 .