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Pastoral Letter from Bishop Michael F. Olson Regarding U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Obergefell vs Hodges Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

July 1, 2015


Dear Friends in Christ,

Christ teaches us that we are always to love God and our neighbor. Our neighbors include every human person. Each human person is created in the image and likeness of God thereby establishing his or her basic human dignity. Thus, the manner in which we treat our neighbor is the manner in which we treat God. It is always wrong and sinful to deny deliberately any human being the basic rights inherent in their dignity as human persons. These rights have correlative responsibilities that connect us with each other...

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Supreme Court Decision On Marriage "A Tragic Error" Says President Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

June 26, 2015


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex "marriage" "is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

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Bishop Michael Olson on Pope Francis’s Encyclical Laudato Si

June 18, 2015


Bishop Michael Olson offers his observations on Pope Francis’s Encyclical Laudato Si which was released by the Vatican on Thursday, June 18, 2015.

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Encyclical letter Laudato Si (English)
Carta encíclica Laudato Si (Spanish)



Bishop Olson Announces New Assignments

Updated: July 2, 2015


Bishop Michael F. Olson announces the following assignments, effective July 1, 2015, unless otherwise noted. Announcements will be made at the parishes with clergy changes.

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2015 Vocation Awareness Program

June 26-28, 2015


2015 Vocation Awareness Program Seeking answers about being a Priest, Brother, Sister or Consecrated Lay Woman? If you are looking (or know someone who is looking) for a way to spend your life providing service to others; if you are single, Catholic, 18 to 40 years of age and have an interest in learning about the ministry as a Priest, Brother, Sister, or Consecrated Lay Woman, join a group of other men and women seeking similar answers at the 2015 Vocation Awareness Program on June 26-28, 2015. This program will be held at the University of Dallas in Irving. The registration deadline is June 15th.

Questions: Contact Fr. James Wilcox at 817-945-9320 or .

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Pro-Life Boot Camp

Session 1: June 26-28; Session 2: July 24-28


Pro-Life Boot Camp, hosted by Youth for Life of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee and the Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Fort Worth and the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, offers high school students total pro-life immersion. Camp is held on the University of Dallas campus in Irving. This year's theme is "Be Not Afraid” and St. John Paul II’s Gospel of Life.

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Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC)

July 10-12, 2015


DCYC 2015 is our 20th anniversary holding this conference for the diocese of Fort Worth. Our theme for this year is "Catholic: know, love, serve". We are getting back to the roots of our Catholic faith to evangelize and inspire the youth to come to know Him in a dynamic way, and by knowing Him better we can obviously grow in loving Him more deeply and finally have the conviction to live out our Catholic faith proudly by serving our Lord. We hope and pray that you will consider joining us for this amazing conference this year with our keynote speakers of Chris Padgett and Sr. Mary Madeline!

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Quo Vadis? High School Men's Discernment Retreat

July 15-17, 2015


Quo Vadis? High School men’s discernment retreat will be on July 15-17, 2015 at Lone Oak Retreat Center in Gainesville, TX. The cost is free (meals and lodging will be provided). This camp is a rare chance for High School men to being considering their vocation from God by hanging out with priests and seminarians! It will be both physically and spiritually awesome. Only 20 spots available with preference given to HS Juniors and Seniors. To sign up and register contact the Vocations Office at 817-945-9321 or email .



Marian Mass & Dinner

August 14, 2015


The Marian Mass and Dinner, which will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Fort Worth, will be for Single Women in high school to 35+ years old that are in Vocation Discernment. The evening will begin with Bishop Michael F. Olson celebrating Mass at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be immediately following, where we will have representatives from the women religious orders in the diocese available to speak with attendee. To RSVP contact the Vocations Office at 817-945-9321 or email .



St. Andrew’s Breakfast

August 15, 2015


The next St. Andrew’s Breakfast will be on August 15, 2015. This event is for men high-school aged to 35 years old. The discernment event begins with Mass at 8:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth and is followed by breakfast at the St. Patrick Cathedral Annex Building.  To RSVP contact the Vocations Office at 817-945-9321 or email .



World Meeting of Families Congress

September 22-25, 2015

Papal Visit

September 26-27, 2015


Pope Francis' US Visit / World Meeting of Families, PhiladelphiaHeld every three years and sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family, the World Meeting of Families is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families. Each World Meeting of Families has a theme that energizes and enlivens the event while adding great depth of meaning to our understanding of families. The theme of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 is "Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive," emphasizing the impact of the love and life of families on our society.

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Papal Visit—The Holy Father is expected to be here from Saturday, September 26th through Sunday, September 27th for the Festival of Families and Papal Mass.

Papal visit schedule



Sharing in Ministry Update

Parish Report (June 15, 2015)