September 28, 2017
Share the Journey
Pope Francis on September 21, 2017 launched the 2-year “Share the Journey” campaign to encourage people to actually meet with migrants and listen to their stories, rather than treat them as mere numbers and statistics imbued with negative stereotypes. The Pope is inviting governments to join in doing the same.
Bishop Michael Olson launched the “Share the Journey” the same day by listening to the journey of four immigrants families who now reside in the Fort Worth area. Videos of the families who described their journey to the Bishop will be available on the diocesan web site.
The moving journeys has moved Bishop Olson to ask our parishes to join
To help the campaign, the Holy Father and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) praying to be said at all Masses on the weekend of October 7 and 8 the “as part of a “Week of Prayer and Action” for immigrant and refugees.
The Bishop asks all parishes to also join the Pope and the USCCB in participating at Masses on October and 7 with the following Prayer of the Faithful:
For the Christian faithful and all people of goodwill, that Christ might inspire in us the compassion to walk in solidarity with immigrants and refugees, the generosity to offer them solace, and the courage to advocate on their behalf for participation in society. We pray to the Lord .
Complete information on “Share the Journey” is available at: www.sharejourney.org
World Mission Sunday
October 21-22, 2017
We will celebrate World Mission Sunday. Each year, the entire Church is invited to support the young mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the poorest of the poor. This year, we are invited to “Chat With The Pope” to learn more about his missions. Scan this year’s World Mission Sunday poster using Facebook Messenger for your mobile device, or learn more at ChatWithThePope.org
Our Diocesan World Mission Sunday kick off celebration will be on Sunday, October 15th, 5:00pm Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral (all priests are invited to concelebrate with Bishop Olson. A reception will follow in the Cathedral Parish Hall with information/displays from parishes/schools about their mission activities. If your parish or school would like space to display your activities, please contact or at 817-945-9365.
Materials for Celebrating World Mission Sunday
New resources for World Mission Sunday 2017 are now available; please visit: Missio Resources: click here
Pope Francis’ Message for World Mission Sunday 2017 can be found here in several languages.
New Diocesan Website
Attention Parish Business Managers / Webmasters
On Friday, September 1st the Diocese of Fort Worth launched its new fully responsive website. Due to the redesign, we would like to ask parishes to please check their websites for any links directed to the diocesan website. It is very likely the page you are directing parishioners to has changed, resulting in a broken link error. To fix this, the parish webmaster should visit www.fwdioc.org and grab the correct path/link.
Our Lady of Fatima
100 Anniversary Events
On October 12 and 13, 2017 Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Arlington and, St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth will host the “Fatima 100 Tour,” the world-famous United Nations International Pilgrim’s Virgin Statue of the World Apostolate of Fatima marking the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. For more details click on links below.
Cristo y Tú invites you to a Spiritual Retreat in Spanish, "La Fe y la Humildad de Maria" for single and married individuals over 18 years old. It will be held at the Formation Center on October 1, 2017 from 8am to 5pm. For more details please click below:
Advancing the Mission Newsletter
The Advancement Foundation Team is excited to reveal our newly redesigned newsletter – Advancing the Mission (formerly At-A-Glance).
Advancing the Mission Newsletter (September)
Special Collection for Mexico Earthquake and Hurricane Maria
Most Reverend Michael F. Olson has announced a second collection on October 7-8 to assist those affected by the devastating earthquakes in Mexico and the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean. If you have questions about this special collection, please contact , associate director of the Advancement Foundation, at 817-945-9441.
Statement on the Rescinding of DACA & Immigration Reform
Bishop Olson has issued a statement on the rescinding of the DACA program and the need for comprehensive immigration reform which is posted on the diocesan website, while Catholic Charities has provided information on how it can assist young persons affected by DACA.
The diocesan statement is available below via link. Feel free to post or link to the statement to your website, to reproduce it in your parish bulletin or to distribute it in a manner appropriate to your parish. Also feel free to do the same with the Catholic Charities update on how it is prepared to assist persons affected by DACA and how we as parishioners can help. It is also available below by link.
St. Andrew’s Breakfast
October 14, 2017
The next St. Andrew's Breakfast for this fall will be on Saturday morning October 14, 2017 at St. Patrick Cathedral at 8:00 AM. The day will begin with Mass at the Cathedral followed by breakfast in the Cathedral Annex Building. We encourage young men in high school and college to attend. RSVP by October 12, 2017 to the Vocations Office by email at or by calling 817-945-9321.
Natural Family Planning Teacher Training
The Diocese of Fort Worth is hosting a Billings Ovulation Method teacher training from Friday, October 6th through Sunday, October 8th at the University of Dallas in Irving. If you currently use the Billings method and have thought about becoming an instructor in the past, please contact Sue Ek at the number listed on the flyer.
Revisions to 2018-2019 Special Collection Calendar
The Special Collection Dates for 2018 have been modified to allow the Diocese of Fort Worth to participate in the national collection for the Solidarity Fund for Africa. According to a statement from the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, “The critical challenges and enormous potential facing Africa today serve as the opportunity for—and test of—our mutual solidarity. Our response to this vocation of solidarity with the Church and peoples of Africa enables us to express love 'in deed and in truth' (1 John 3:18), a love that creates no borders and sets no limits to what might be accomplished together in Christ.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2017-2018 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the
El Viñedo de Raquel
Para Sanación del Aborto 20-22 de Octubre
Ministerios Raquel ofrece su retiro de fin semana en Español para sanación después del aborto del 20-22 de Octubre. Este retiro está diseñado para aquellas personas que están lidiando con sentimientos de amargura, culpabilidad y dolor después del aborto a encontrar esperanza y sanación. Ven y experimenta la misericordia, perdón y la sanación del amor de Dios en compañía de otras personas que entenderán por lo que estas pasando. Para más información, por favor llama a nuestra línea confidencial en Español al 817-886-4760 ó puedes enviar un correo electrónico a Tu confidencialidad será estrictamente respetada.
Beginning Experience Retreat for Separated, Divorced or Widowed individuals It is a weekend program to help move from the darkness of grief into the light of a NEW beginning of hope for the future, rooted in the Catholic tradition, open to men and women of all faiths. The next weekend retreat will be held Oct, 20-22, 2017. To register please call (682) 233-3946, or e-mail . Additional information can be found at www.beginningexperiencedfw.org
St. Francis de Sales
Diocesan Catechist Formation Program
The aim of the St. Francis De Sales Program is to form catechists. A catechist is a person who desires to teach the Catholic faith and become an effective witness of the Gospel. The primary emphasis of this program is to form faithful catechists. Throughout this journey, catechists will become familiar with basic catechetical concepts; understand the role of the liturgy, the RCIA process, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, proper methodology, lesson planning, and so forth in the areas of catechesis and catechetical instruction.
St. Francisco de Sales
Programa de Formación Diocesano para Catequistas
El objetivo del programa San Francisco de Sales es formar catequistas. Un catequista es una persona que desea enseñar la fe católica y convertirse en un testigo eficaz del Evangelio. El énfasis principal de este programa es formar catequistas fieles a las enseñanzas de la Iglesia. A lo largo de este programa, los catequistas se familiarizaran con los conceptos básicos de la catequesis; comprenderán el papel de la liturgia, el proceso de RICA, el Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, metodología adecuada, planificación de lecciones y así sucesivamente en las áreas de catequesis e instrucción catequética.
El programa ofrece dos niveles de formación y las inscripciones están abiertas para las nuevas locaciones y para los dos niveles. Para más información, por favor visite St. Francisco de Sales Informacion General.
Para inscribirse haga clic aquí
St. Junipero Serra Institute
The St. Junipero Serra Institute as the diocesan formation ministry to prepare the adult laity to be effective witnesses of the Gospel within their parish communities. One of the main tenets of the Institute is to assist the laity in developing and forming a mature faith that is rooted in sacred Tradition and sacred Scripture and affirmed through the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Classes are starting the first week of October and will be held at St. Joseph Parish in Arlington (School grounds) on Monday's from 7 PM - 9 PM. Registration is Open now! Register here
Instituto St. Junípero Serra
El Instituto San Junípero Serra es el ministerio de formación Diocesana para preparar a los laicos adultos para ser testigos efectivos del Evangelio dentro de sus comunidades parroquiales. Uno de los principales postulados del Instituto San Junípero Serra será ayudar a los laicos en el desarrollo y formación de una fe madura enraizada en la Sagrada Escritura y la Sagrada Tradición y afirmada por el Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica.
Las clases inician la primera semana de Octubre y serán en la Parroquia de San Pedro el Apóstol (Youth Center) en Fort Worth los sábados de 10am a 12pm. Las inscripciones ya están abiertas! Regístrese aquí
Annual Diocesan Appeal Newsletter
Please take a few minutes to review our September newsletter Faith Hope Charity (formerly ADA Update). Learn about the ministries that will benefit from this year’s Appeal, as well as our early progress toward reaching our goal of $3.3 million from 22,000 families. Thank you for all that you do to support the Annual Diocesan Appeal.
Rachel's Corner Quotes
Parishes: Please run these bulletin announcements in your bulletin.
Together we can help heal abortion’s aftermath and bring souls back to Christ. Please find below our October quotes for Sunday Bulletins and the quote for the month. If you have any questions or comments, or if you need any materials, please call or email. My new email address is My new office number is 817-289-2815, and my cell number is 817-505-5556.
Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House Retreats
Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House, 600 N. Shady Shores Drive, Lake Dallas, continues to offer retreats for men and women. Relax and take time for yourself, be renewed and draw closer to God at a serene setting located on Lake Lewisville. To register please go to: www.montserratretreat.org and click "upcoming retreats".
Catholic Charities: What's Happening
News from Catholic Charities Fort Worth.
Bulletin Inserts Links
Spriritual Retreat: Click here
Advancemnet Foundation Newsletter: Advancing the Mission Newsletter (September)
Diocesan Annual Appeal Follow Up: Diocesan Annual Appeal Follow Up
Statement on the Rescinding of DACA & Immigration Reform:
Retiro de Ministerios Raquel: Detalles del retiro
St. Junipero Serra Institute: Registration is now open: Register Now
Instituto St. Junípero Serra: Las inscripciones ya están abiertas: Registro
Montserrat Retreat House Upcoming Retreats:
October Saturday of Renewal, October 7
Women's "Into the Deep Retreat" October 27 - 29
Women's Retreat, Nov. 2-5
Couples Retreat, Nov. 9-12
Sabados de Renovacion en espanol, 18 de noviembre
Men's Advent Retreat, Nov. 30 - Dec. 3
Men/Women/Couples Advent Retreat, Dec. 4-6
Men's Recovery Retreat, Jan. 5-7
Men's Silent Ignatian Retreat, Jan. 11-14
Men's Silent Ignatian Retreat, Jan. 25-28
Diocesan Firearms and Weapons Policy:
Diocesan Employment Opportunities
Full-Time: View full-time jobs
- Director of Music Ministries, Good Shepherd Parish, Colleyville
- Director of Religious Education, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, Keller
- Director of Children's Catechesis, Diocese of Fort Worth, Catholic Center
- Director of Admissions, Cristo Rey High School, Fort Worth
- Assistant Principal, Notre Dame Catholic School, Wichita Falls
- Coaching Positions, Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth
- Director of Development, Cassata High School, Fort Worth
- Principal, Cristo Rey High School, Fort Worth
- Coordinator of Youth Ministry, St. Andrew Parish, Fort Worth
Part-Time: View part-time jobs
- Learning Center and Childcare Ministry Coordinator, St. Andrew Parish, Fort Worth
- Facility Maintenance, St. Joseph Parish, Arlington
- Classroom Assistant (Art Class), St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Keller
- Music Teacher, St. John the Apostle Catholic School, North Richland Hills
- Spanish Teacher, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School, Fort Worth
- Spanish Teacher, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, Fort Worth
- Assistant Organist, St. Phillip the Apostle Parish, Lewisville
- Preschool Teacher / Substitutes, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Arlington
- Extended Day Aide, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Keller
- Extended Care Worker, St. George School, Fort Worth
- Spanish Teacher, Holy Family Catholic School, Fort Worth
- Assistant Director of Junior and High school Faith Formation, St. Jude Catholic School, Mansfield
- Assistant Choir Director, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Keller
- After School Care Worker, St. Martin de Porres Catholic School, Frisco/Prosper
- After School Care Worker, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School, Fort Worth
- Substitute Teachers, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School, Fort Worth
- Bus Driver, Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth
- Bookkeeper, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Fort Worth
- Deaf Ministry Interpreters Needed, Diocese of Fort Worth
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 de la Diócesis
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.