September 30, 2021
Office of the Bishop
Pastoral Letter Regarding Proposed Mandates and Religious Exemptions for Covid-19 Vaccinations and a Proper Formation of Conscience
September 28, 2021
"During the past several months I have received questions from members of the Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Fort Worth both directly and indirectly as communicated to me through our priests, deacons, and school administrators regarding other issues of morality around the vaccine for COVID-19 and the possibility of offering religious exemptions to mandates issued by employers and government offices at the federal, state, and local levels. I have very seriously taken these matters to prayer and to consultation with other bishops, theologians, administrators, medical experts, and my priests and legal counsel." Click below to read full letter.
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! Spaces are limited due to COVID and are going fast!
Office of Deacon Formation
Virtual Information Sessions Available for Deacon Formation
The Office of Deacon Formation for the Diocese of Ft. Worth will be hosting online information sessions for men and their wives who are interested in the Deacon Formation Program every 3rd Sunday of each month. The online session will be held October 17, 2021 at 3:00 PM. For more information contact or to register please email .
La Oficina de Formación para Diáconos Permanentes de la Diócesis de Fort Worth organizará sesiones de información en línea para hombres y sus esposas que estén interesados en el Programa de Formación para Diáconos cada 3er domingo de cada mes. La sesión en línea se llevará el 17 de octubre a las 3:00 PM. Para más información, envíe un correo electrónico a , para solicitar el registro para la sesión, o por favor envíe un correo electrónico a .
St. Francis de Sales Diocesan Catechist Certification Program
Our Diocesan Catechist certification program is please to announce the addition of new formation sites for the fall of 2021.Our newest sites in English are:
- St. Ann in Burleson. Classes will be held in person once a month on Thursday Evenings starting October 14, 2021.
- Sacred Heart in Wichita Falls. Classes will be held once on month on Saturday morning starting October 23, 2021.
Please visit our website often as we continue to add times and locations in English and Spanish.
For more information about the St. Francis de Sales program and to register, please visit https://fwdioc.org/st-francis-de-sales.
To see full calendar of classes click here.
Noticias de San Francisco de Sales
Programa Diocesano de certificación para Catequistas
La inscripción para un nuevo sitio de formación en español en la parroquia de San Mateo en Arlington está abierta. Las clases comenzarán de manera presencial el 21 de octubre, 2021 y se imparten una vez al mes el segundo jueves del mes de 7:00pm a 9:00pm. Para obtener más información sobre San Francisco de Sales y a registrarse, visite fwdioc.org/st-francis-de-sales. Por favor, visite nuestra página web con frecuencia mientras seguimos agregando horarios y ubicaciones.
Diocesan Celebration of World Mission Sunday 2021
St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Carrollton, October 23, 2021
World Mission Sunday, this year, is celebrated on the weekend of October 23-24. To commemorate this worldwide event and to bring the missionaries in the Diocese together, the Diocesan celebration of World Mission Sunday will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Carrollton on October 23. Rev. Tony Rauschuber, S.J., Director of Montserrat Retreat House, will preside at 5 PM Mass. After the Mass, there will be an opportunity to share with each other and the Diocesan Mission Council about missionary activities carried out in the name of the Diocese of Fort Worth in different parts of the world.
World Mission Sunday
October 24, 2021
World Mission Sunday, our annual worldwide Eucharistic celebration for the Missions and missionaries of the world, will be celebrated on October 24 this year. Now is the time for your parish to start planning for the special collection and for related catechetical opportunities. This collection on the next-to-last Sunday in October is a unique, global effort for the entire Church to provide for the building up of over one thousand local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe. Through the work of these churches, and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God's love and mercy, His hope and peace.
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.
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.
“Restore Our Joy”; ICSC Virtual Conference Information
November 3-5 & December 9 (Spanish)
The ICSC (International Catholic Stewardship Council) family invites you to attend the virtual component of the 59th annual ICSC stewardship conference to be held in its English language program November 3 to 5, 2021 and in its Spanish language programming on December 9, 2021, the feast of Saint Juan Diego. Attendees will use a conference platform to gather, network, develop relationships, investigate and reflect on the life of stewardship in the Catholic Church. Participants will also be invited to prepare for the Church’s transformational future in the COVID-19 environment. Scholarships are available by contacting , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178. For more information on the conference and to register, please click on the links below.
Come and See Weekend
Vocations Weekend Retreat, November 5-7, 2021
The Fall 2021 Come & See Weekend will take place at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA. This vocations weekend retreat is scheduled for November 5-7, 2021 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 to the .
#iGiveCatholic Giving Day, November 30 2021
Hurry, don’t miss this opportunity! Registration ends soon!
Join participating parishes, schools and ministries of the Diocese of Fort Worth in this year’s #iGiveCatholic Giving day on November 30, 2021. In 2020, 43 of our parishes, schools and ministries of the Fort Worth Diocese raised over $156,000 from 907 generous donors for their favorite cause on Giving Tuesday! They were also awarded a portion of a $75,000 matching gift from the Advancement Foundation.
#iGiveCatholic is a giving event for the faithful from participating dioceses across the nation (and the world!) to unite and donate – both online and offline – to their favorite participating Catholic parishes, schools, and ministries. #iGiveCatholic presents an opportunity for Catholics to donate and support the organizations they are most passionate about on #GivingTuesday, and for our parishes, schools, and ministries to raise funds for a capital improvement, annual fund, or another project of their choosing.
All 501(c)(3) parishes, schools, and ministries of Diocese of Fort Worth are invited to participate! Your participation is at no charge, it is our gift to you. Join more than 40 other dioceses across the country to create awareness of the important work being done in Catholic organizations.to you. For more information, please review the documents and links below or contact , Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations at the Advancement Foundation or call 817-533-3178
Catholic Charities of Fort Worth
Catholic Charities Partners with the Diocese to Bring Vaccines to Parish Communities
As we continue to work towards the health and safety of our nation, not only is it morally permissible for people of faith to receive the vaccine, but it is also at the urging of Bishop Olson. He has asked Catholic Charities to reach out to you to see if you will be willing to open up your parish to be a COVID-19 vaccination site. With language barriers, confusion in the media, and general lack of knowledge or accessibility, we believe the parishes have a unique and trusted opportunity to offer this service to our communities.
Catholic Charities has established relationships with health officials willing to provide this service to parishes free of charge for persons age 12 and older. In order to minimize barriers for vulnerable populations to access vaccines, providers are not requiring registration (walk-ins allowed), and are minimizing identification requirements. In addition, vaccine providers will offer end-to-end management of the event logistics, making it as easy as possible.
Currently, our parish vaccination efforts have led to over 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine being administered in our parish communities. You can also read more about this partnership in the attached article featured in the North Texas Catholic.
Parishes wishing to host a vaccination event may contact , Director of Parish Social Ministry or 817-289-3889 for more information or to initiate planning.
Seminarian Daily Prayer List
We invite everyone to pray for our seminarians this year. Attached please find the 2021-2022 Seminarian Daily Prayer List. For any additional information please contact the .
Parish Stewardship Reflections
Fourth Quarter, October-December 2021
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.
2021-22 Special Collection Calendar
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. The previously distributed calendar for 2021 was updated on April 26 to reflect a corrected date for the World Mission Sunday collection to benefit the Propagation of the Faith. The date was previously printed as October 16-17, 2021. The corrected dates for the collection are October 23-24, 2021. If you have any questions about special collections, please contact , CFRE, Chief Development Officer of the Advancement Foundation at 817-533-7242, or visit https://fwdioc.org/specialcollections.
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