September 9, 2021
Bishop Olson’s Decree and Letter
Bishop Olson Decree Implementing the Motu Proprio, Traditionis Custodes, promulgated by Pope Francis on July 16, 2021
Please find under cover of this letter my Decree Implementing the Motii Proprio, Traditionis Custodes, promulgated by Pope Francis on July 16, 2021. Please post my decree in your parish bulletin and on your parish website., as well as with links to the Holy Father's motu proprio and accompanying letter to bishops.
Catholic University of America
September 11-12, 2021, Special Collection Resources
The Catholic University 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. Four of the men studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Fort Worth are currently attending Thelogical College, the National Seminary of The Catholic University of America. Please use the resources below – including the letter from Bishop Olson to be read on September 5 - to promote this collection in your parish. If you have any questions regarding this collection, please contact , CFRE at 817-533-7242.
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:
- Holy Cross in the Colony / St. Martin de Porres in Prosper. Classes will be held once a month alternating locations on Saturday morning starting September 11, 2021.
- Sacred Heart in Wichita Falls. Classes will be held once on month on Saturday morning starting September 11, 2021.
- St. Ann in Burleson. Classes will be held in person once a month on Thursday Evenings starting October 14, 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.
St. Junipero Serra Institute News!
For the fall semester in 2021 we will be offering three courses in English!
The first English course offered is: “Introduction to Apologetics” beginning September 13 in person at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Arlington Monday evenings from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm for six weeks each.
Come to learn, renew and enlighten your faith through the St. Junipero Serra Institute!
Registration is open now!
Noticias sobre el Instituto San Junípero Serra
¡Estaremos ofreciendo cuatro cursos en español en el semestre de otoño, 2021!
Los dos primeros cursos que ofreceremos en español son: “Teología del Cuerpo” y “Los Siete Sacramentos” comenzando el 11 de septiembre en la parroquia de Inmaculado Corazón de Maria, en Fort Worth, los sábados de 10:00 am a 12:00 pm por seis semanas cada uno.
¡Venga a aprender, renovar y avivar su fe a través de los cursos del Instituto San Junípero Serra!
¡Las inscripciones ya están abiertas!
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!
St. Andrew’s Breakfast
September 18, 2021
The next September St. Andrew Breakfast will be on Saturday morning September 18, 2021 at St. Patrick Cathedral, Fort Worth, Texas at 8:00 AM. The day will begin with Mass followed by breakfast. We encourage young men in high school and college of the Diocese of Fort Worth to attend. With limited space, please reserve your spot to the or by calling 817-945-9321.
Annual Diocesan Appeal
Commitment Weekend is September 19 – Is Your Parish Ready? Update your bulletins and websites now!
Information about the 2022 Annual Diocesan Appeal was mailed to all pastors and parish business managers recently. It highlighted these key dates:
- September 12 – Announcement Weekend
- September 19 – Commitment Weekend
The full promotional plan for this year is available below. To support your efforts in your parish the Advancement Foundation provides many resources, including web banners, social media ads, pulpit announcements, and homily helpers. Most of these can be accessed at https://bit.ly/ADAMaterials2022. If you have questions or need other resources in other formats, please contact , CFRE, at 817-533-7242.
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 September 19, 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 19 de septiembre 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 .
Catholic Charities, Parish Social Ministry
September 22, 2021
The Catholic Charities' Parish Social Ministry team, in partnership with the Diocese of Fort Worth, are excited to share they will be hosting a Parish Social Ministry Gathering on September 22, 2021. Attached you will find an invitation to join for this professional and spiritual development event. Our agenda will include:
- Time for prayer and reflection
- Growing together in our understanding and application of Catholic Social Teaching
- Networking with others who are engaged in service to the poor and vulnerable throughout our diocese
- Presentations and discussions led by the Diocesan Mission Council, Catholic Charities Fort Worth and Parish Partners to share best practices in social outreach.
The gathering will be held at Catholic Charities Fort Worth and a light lunch will be served. Please share this invitation with those in your parish or organization that would benefit from attending.
North Texas Giving Day Early Giving
In Progress Now! Support the Annual Diocesan Appeal, Catholic Charities, Our Parishes and Schools, September 23, 2021
Now through NTX Giving Day on September 23, you can support your parish, Catholic schools, campus ministry, the Annual Diocesan Appeal, Catholic Charities Fort Worth and many of our apostolates and outreach ministries that are participating in North Texas Giving Day. Early giving is now open - visit www.northtexasgivingday.org for details.
2021 Red Mass
September 23, 2021
All attorneys, judges, and public officials, along with their staff members, and spouses, are cordially invited to attend the 15th Annual Red Mass at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1206 Throckmorton St., in downtown Fort Worth. The Mass will be concelebrated by Bishop Michael Olson and Bishop Thomas Paprocki.
A dinner and reception in the parish pastoral center, with a talk by Bishop Paprocki, will follow the Mass. Bishop Paprocki is the bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois. He is also an attorney, and was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1981.
Please RSVP via email: , phone 817-382-7465, or at the website: www.fortworthredmass.org by September 16, 2019, if you plan to attend the Red Mass or the reception. For more information, visit www.fortworthredmass.org.
Special Collection for Hurricane Ida
Bishop Asks for Support of Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, September 25-26, 21
At the request of Bishop Olson, all parishes in the Diocese of Fort Worth will take up a special collection the weekend of September 25-26 to provide immediate assistance for those affected by Hurricane Ida in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux. Your gifts will go directly to bring relief to the parishioners of this diocese. On behalf of Bishop Fabre and the priests, religious, and lay leadership of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, thank you for your charitable generosity and expression of solidarity among God’s people. Please generously support this collection when it is taken in your parish or visit https://bit.ly/DioceseSpecialCollections. Please select Hurricane Ida/Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux from the drop down menu.
Diocesan Day of Renewal
Stewardship in the Domestic Church, Saturday, September 25
We invite you to join us for the Diocesan Day of Renewal hosted by The Advancement Foundation of the Diocese of Fort Worth. The event is on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, Colleyville.
Our Bishop, Most Reverend Michael F. Olson and Brian and Kathleen Niebrugge will be our presenters. Brian is the Executive Director of Stewardship and the Annual Appeal-Archdiocese of St. Louis. Kathleen is a licensed speech/language pathologist. They have been married for 23 years and have six children. Brian and Kathleen share their story of living out the Spirituality of Stewardship with their family of eight as they lead them to holiness in their home.
Mass: 8:30 a.m. Event: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
All are invited! Clergy, parish staff, lay leaders, volunteers and parishioners who want their families to experience a deeper relationship with Christ. The cost is $10, including breakfast and materials.
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.
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.
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 2021
Apply to participate today!
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
Diocesan Social Media
Since the mid- 2000’s, the Diocese of Fort Worth has been connecting with parishes, parishioners, and the public through social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have given us new avenues to share Church teaching, evangelize, and direct audiences to Catholic resources and experts. It has also been a way for us to show the faithful in action living out Christ’s command to love God and neighbor. By capturing photos and videos of the laity and clergy ministering to others, worshipping, celebrating the sacraments, receiving Holy Orders, and participating in civic duties, we have shown our community the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith. If your parish has a major event and is interested in having photos or video of the event posted on a diocesan social media page, please contact .
COVID Vaccination Site Opportunity for Parishes UPDATE
Attention: Pastors and Business Managers
Because it is important for the common good of all our faithful, Bishop Olson is continuing to request that all parishes consider servicing as a COVID vaccination site and to urge all the faithful to be vaccinated. Bishop Olson asked Fort Worth Catholic Charities (FWCC) to coordinate with state health officials to set up COVID vaccination sites at parishes within the Diocese, if a parish has the needed facilities.
Attached is a letter from FWCC Parish Social Ministry Director Kasey Whitley which was provided last week that details how a parish can work with FWCC to become a vaccination site. Also, attached is a COVID facts flyer in English and Spanish.
A new vaccination site promotion flyer is English and Spanish also is attached. In addition, a link to a video in Spanish is below which features Father Pedro Martinez explaining the importance of everyone being vaccinated. Please feel free to post Father Pedro’s video to your web site or to use in a manner most effective in your parish. Video: https://youtu.be/fGA4all7j3k
Please contact or call 817-289-3889 to schedule a vaccination site at your parish.
Support the Mission of the Catholic Church
Join the St. Francis Circle to Support Our Clergy, Parishes, Schools and Outreach Ministries through monthly recurring giving
Just as you support your parish through your stewardship to the weekly offertory, you may provide regular monthly support to the Annual Diocesan Appeal by joining the St. Francis Circle. Visit bit.ly/StFrancisADA to set up regular monthly donations from your credit card in any amount you choose. Not only will you be able to help your parish meet its goal for the Annual Diocesan Appeal, you also provide funds for seminarian education, retired and infirm priests, deacon formation, rural and financially struggling parishes, Catholic schools, campus ministry, Catholic Charities Fort Worth, respect life ministries and more. Sign up for monthly St. Francis Circle giving today, and know your charitable giving is in place - no further action required.
Parish Stewardship Reflections
Third Quarter, July-September 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