September 3, 2020
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
Attention Pastors and Priests
With national, state, and local election just around the corner, Catholics must decide for whom they will cast their ballots. Since 1976 the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has provided a guide to Catholics voters: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility From the Catholic Bishops of the United States which is updated every presidential election year. Click below to view a bulletin announcement that points the faithful to Faithful Citizenship to guide the them in making decisions concerning for whom they will cast a ballot.
2020 Census Announcement
Pastors, Priests and Business Managers
Bishop Olson again urges Catholics throughout the Diocese are urged to complete the 2020 census in the coming days if they have not done so.
Attached is a bulletin announcement to include in your next bulletin as well as three flyers and cards that remind us to complete the census form. The information was provided by Tarrant County. Please choose one of the three flyers to print and post on the church bulletin board. Print the cards either in English, Spanish or both and distribute them to the faithful after Mass.
Tarrant County parishes will be delivered information for distribution by Tarrant County staff this week.
Beirut Explosion Special Collection
In response to the recent explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Most Reverend Michael F. Olson has announced an emergency special collection in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Funds collected will be directed to the Eparchy of Our Lady of Angels through Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church in Lewisville, Texas. Although the collection was taken in parishes August 22-23, parishioners may continue to send donations to their parishes or donate securely online at https://bit.ly/BeirutCollection.
The Catholic University of America
Special Collection Information for Parish Business Managers and Communications Teams, Sept. 5-6
The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC is unique among universities in the United States – even among Catholic universities. Established by Pope Leo XIII and the US bishops in 1887, it is the national university of the Catholic Church. As the national university of the Catholic Church, it is charged with educating the future leaders of the Church, our nation and the world. 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.
Rachel Ministries Retreat
Virtual Retreat, September 11-13
Rachel Ministries is hosting the first ever virtual Rachel Retreat on September 11-13. This virtual retreat will allow you to receive God’s healing after abortion while keeping you safe during these times of Covid 19. If you had one or more abortions and need help healing your heart, this retreat is for you. Space is limited, so contact Rachel Ministries to get more information or register today. As always, your confidentiality is a priority. Email or call 817-923-4757 and take your first step towards hope and healing.
Bulletin Editors, Business Managers and Communications Teams: Please publish in your bulletin during the weekend of August 23rd, 30th and September 6th.
Pontifical Collection for the Holy Land
Rescheduled from Good Friday to September 12-13
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic concerns in many countries during Holy Week, Pope Francis approved a proposal to move the Collection for the Holy Land for the year 2020 from Good Friday to take place on Sunday, September 13, near the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Each year we have an opportunity to stand in solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land by making a donation to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection. This collection provides many types of support in the region such as humanitarian, pastoral, liturgical, charitable and archaeological. Please use the attached resources to promote this collection in your parish.
News About St. Francis de Sales
Diocesan Catechist Certification Program
Registration for two new formation sites is currently open (one in English one in Spanish). The classes will be starting via Zoom and once allowed we will move to in person classes. The classes are held once a month with a two hour duration. For more information about St. Francis de Sales and to register, please visit https://fwdioc.org/st-francis-de-sales. Classes in English will be on the second Saturday of every month from 9:00m to 11:am starting on Sept 12, 2020. Please visit our website often as we continue to add times and locations.
Noticias sobre el Programa Diocesano de Certificación para Catequistas San Francisco de Sales
Las inscripciones para dos nuevos sitios de formación ya se encuentran abiertas (uno en Ingles y uno en Español). Las clases iniciaran via Zoom y una vez sea permitido nos cambiaremos a clases presenciales. Las clases se imparten una vez al mes con una duración de dos horas. Para más información sobre San Francisco de Sales e inscribirse, por favor visite https://fwdioc.org/san-francisco-de-sales. Las clases en español serán los lunes de 7:00pm a 9:00pm comenzando el 12 de Octubre, 2020. Por favor visite nuestra pagina web con frecuencia ya que continuamos agregando nuevos horarios.
Innocence Lost to Human Trafficking
For mature audiences only! U.S. law defines human trafficking as the use of force, fraud or coercion to compel a person into commercial sex acts or labor or services against his or her will. With minors, commercial sex is human trafficking regardless of the presence of force, fraud or coercion. Human trafficking is a huge problem in the United States. Learn why the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is one of the most highly trafficked areas for this crime. Learn to recognize the signs of recruitment and how the traffickers control their victims, and what each of us can do to stop human trafficking. Registration in VIRTUS is required for attendance. For more information or to sign up please go to fwdioc.org/supplemental-presentations.
- Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM
2021 Annual Diocesan Appeal
The Reason for Our Hope
Due to the current policy prohibiting the distribution of collection baskets and paper items, the promotional plan for the 2021 Annual Diocesan Appeal is revised and outlined in the document below. Please read it carefully.
- September 13 (Announcement Weekend) – read letter from Bishop Olson at all weekend Masses.
- Week of September 14-19 – Commitment form mailed to all registered households.
- September 20 (Commitment Weekend) – homilies at all Masses include remarks about the Annual Diocesan Appeal, directing parishioners to respond to the commitment form they receive in the mail.
Posters and extra commitment forms will arrive in parishes between August 24 and September 4. Click here for bulletin cover designs, letters from Bishop Olson to read at Mass and other resources. Please refer questions to at 817-945-9441.
International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) Conference Parish Scholarships Available
First come, first served! Contact the Advancement Foundation Today
The Advancement Foundation will pay half the registration fee to the first six parishes to respond to attend the fully virtual 58th Annual ICSC conference. These half scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis by contacting , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at 817-945-9443. . 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 see the links below for more information.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
We have some great news! In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, WWME is 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. The next weekend, September 11-13 is being sponsored by people in the Dallas-Fort Worth-East Texas area and the Houston area. There is a special .png attachment for the September weekend. The November 13-15 weekend will also be a “virtual’ weekend.
After 50 years of presenting WWME weekends in the United States and longer in some other countries, WWME has adopted a new logo! We hope our new look takes us forward the next 50 years! We are overwhelmed when we think of all the marriages that have been strengthened throughout the world during this time! Did you know that the priest who introduced WWME into Poland is now known as St. John-Paul II?
May God bless you for your help in reaching out to married couples, priests, and religious about Worldwide Marriage Encounter. We appreciate you printing the announcements as often as possible to encourage couples to invest in their relationships.
Attached is a WORD document with bulletin announcements in English as well as in Spanish. Additionally, there are .jpeg images, one for each Sunday in the month that can be placed into the weekly 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.
El retiro Jornada Familiar se enfoca en formar matrimonios que valoren el amor cristiano para vivir el evangelio y transformar hogares en iglesias domésticas.
Debido a la Pandemia COVID-19 y las órdenes emitidas por nuestro gobernador, los retiros matrimoniales, en persona de Jornada Familiar agendados para septiembre y diciembre 2020, se han cancelado. Sin embargo, le invitamos tomar el retiro virtual, en línea. Es necesario que se registre con anticipación ya que el cupo es muy limitado.
El retiro virtual consistirá en dos sesiones las cuales serán un sábado y domingo. Cada sesión será de aproximadamente tres a cuatro horas. Es necesario tener la aplicación de Zoom para tomar el retiro. La donación será solamente de $25 por pareja. Consulte la página de la Diocesis de Fort Worth para las fechas que próximamente se publicaran.
News about St. Junipero Serra Institute
St. Junipero Serra institute will start classes soon, we will offer two six weeks courses via Zoom in English and two in Spanish. The English courses are: Theology of the body and Intro to RICAII. The courses are open for those who are seeking a certification or those who just want to grown in their understanding of the faith. For more information, class dates, or to register please visit: https://fwdioc.org/st-junipero-serra-institute. We look forward to having you!
¡Noticias sobre el Instituto San Junípero Serra!
Las clases del instituto San Junípero Serra estarán empezando pronto. Ofreceremos dos cursos de seis semanas vía Zoom en español y dos en inglés. Los cursos en español serán: Teología del Cuerpo y Los Siete Sacramentos. Los cursos están abiertos para aquellos que buscan una certificación o quienes simplemente buscan crecer en el conocimiento de la fe. Para más información, fechas de las clases y/o inscribirse por favor visite: https://fwdioc.org/instituto-san-junipero-serra. ¡Los esperamos!
If you missed the deadline to sign up for #iGiveCatholic Giving Day, there is still time to participate!
Please reach out to Wendy Collins ASAP!
It’s not too late to join the more than 50 Parishes, Schools and Ministries from the Diocese of Fort Worth participating in #iGiveCatholic Giving Day on December 1! Initial training sessions have taken place, but these have been recorded and can be viewed on the #iGiveCatholic website. Don’t miss out on this last opportunity to join the Diocese of Fort Worth and 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 ASAP! View the documents below for more information, and contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations, at 817-945-9443.
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Helping Families Impacted by COVID-19
CCFW is pleased to be able to offer limited housing (rent or mortgage) and utility assistance for families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This financial assistance is available to anyone residing in the 28-county diocese. Those in need may contact our Community Care Team at 817.534.0814, Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm.
Parish Partners may email referrals directly to . See more information below regarding our Parish Partner Program.
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.
Catholic Charities Empowering Families
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 2020-2021 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
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.
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