Adopt a School
All Young at Heart
Divorced & Separated Ministry
Holy Family Men's Club
Hospital Visitation Ministry
Parish Nurse Ministry
Peace & Justice
Senior Singles Ministry
Women of Holy Family
Members coordinate all parish fundraising programs in accordance with Diocesan policy.
Pastor: Fr. Jeff Poirot
Staff Advisor: Monica Molina
Bill and Lydia Moore & Garland and Terry Strong
Capital Campaign Cabinet
Diana Getchell, Andree & Gary Griffin, Rick Kubes, Shirley & Tom Matzinger, Pam & Ken McAlister, Ana & Eddie McBride, Paula Parrish, DeDe & Todd Samuelson
Case Statement - March 2014 Click here to review.
You can donate online at www.advancementfoundation.org/parish-campaigns-about.
Follow Parish Campaigns in the red ribbon at the top, choose this option "Current Campaigns". Click Donate Now button, and follow the instructions to choose our parish.
The Finance Committee is a group of parishioners appointed by the Pastor who advises him in the financial administration of the parish. The council oversees the annual parish budget and assists the staff efforts to be good responsible stewards of God's many gifts.
Pastor: Fr. Jeff Poirot
Chairperson: Garland Strong
Members: Karla Cross, Mary Goosens, Richard Kubes, Mary Lopez and Monica Molina
A parish newsletter is published twice a year and covers the many aspects of our parish. Please make sure you are registered member of the parish, to receive a copy by mail.
Publisher: Fr. Jeff Poirot
Editorial Team: Shirley Matzinger
Design and Production: Rachel Wilkes Marek
Staff Advisors: Monica Molina and Mary Lopez
The Maintenance and grounds committee offer their time and talent to help coordinate the maintenance and care of all parish properties.
Staff Coordinator: Monica Molina
Our parish continues to grow year after year. The Newcomers Committee welcomes new members to our parish at one of three scheduled social gatherings per year. This involves introducing newcomers to the parish staff and parishioners. Information on parish ministries is also available.
Chairpersons: Jennifer and Tristan Tayag
Staff Advisors: Mary Lopez and Monica Molina
Time, Talent & Treasure
Assist Holy Family parishioners to recognize their identity as children of God and encourage trust in His plan. Offer avenues along their journey of faith to show their gratitude and share with love their God given gifts in service to all of God's children.
Pastor: Father Jeff Poirot
Staff Coordinator: Monica Molina
Accounting and Administration Clerk: Mary Lopez
Secretary: Mary Pacheco
"Stewardship is the grateful response of a Christian disciple who recognizes and received God's gifts and shares those gifts with God and neighbor."
- Definition from the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas
"INVOLVED" COMMITTEE MEMBERS (NEW!)
Committee Chair and Hospitality Coordinator: Michael O'Donnell
Communication Coordinator: Norma O'Donnell
Lay Witness Coordinator: Debi Holton
Ministry and Service Coordinator: Ralph Hassel
Prayer Coordinator: Kellie Schlosberg
School Relations: Emmanuel Ogidan
Young Adult and Beyond Outreach: Michele Wright
Resources and information on Stewardship may be found at www.advancementfoundation.org/stewardship-about.
Director of Liturgy and Formation Ministries: Joe Rodriguez
Director of Adult Formation: Mary Ellen McBee
Whole Community Catechesis (WCC) Religious Formation for all ages!
WCC classes have started 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Sundays Family Life Center
Children's Catechesis: Pamela Sapienza, Coordinator of Children's Formation
Middle School Catechesis: Genni Sayers, Coordinator of Youth Ministry
High School Catechesis: Genni Sayers, Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Adult Catechesis: Mary Ellen McBee, Associate Director of Adult Formation
Formation Secretary: Jana Dechant
Exercising Our Faith is an interactive adult bible study. This program is for men and women 20 years and older, with a focus on scripture study and physical exercise. The program will begin with a 40-minute bible study lead by Fr. Jeff Poirot or a Guest Speaker. The program then moves outside for walkers, walk-to-runners, runners and cyclers. After exercise, participants stretch and meditate spending a few minutes together as a group. Each week a detailed schedule is given to participants with “Nourishment’ that includes a 7 day fitness schedule and “theological objectives.” The program is open to those interested in learning more about scripture and improving their physical fitness. We have a broad range of people and abilities participating in our program. All fitness levels are welcome! For more information contact: Lance Johnson. Cell: 817-475-8168 LanceJohnson1@me.com
Feeding our Faith is a new program that brings Faith, Food and Fellowship together. Each month a cooking video is released on FeedingOurFaith.com. This video prepares participants for a topic of the month, and shares a recipe from Fr. Jeff’s kitchen. Join us the first Sunday of the month, as we share in a family potluck dinner and listen to a guest speaker on a discussion topic. For more information visit Father Jeff's website here: http://www.feedingourfaith.com. Podcasts of each month's guest speaker may be heard here.
We gather to encourage and create catholic community that supports the spiritual, social and service needs of moms at Holy Family. We often meet for pay gathering, education enrichment (lent/advent preparation, book study...) and to help one another in need by cooking meals. Join our email list and conversations on Facebook. We will also use Flocknote to send out announcements and events. Please watch the church calendar too.
Interested in becoming Catholic?
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults [RCIA] is the process for becoming a Catholic. Participants take about 9-10 months of discernment through prayer, study, discussion and faith sharing to the discovery if the Catholic Church is where their faith journey continues. Classes begin in September each year and meet on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30pm. The process ends with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation [Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist] at the Easter Vigil in the spring. Family and friends are always welcome to come to any of our sessions. Contact: Mary Ellen McBee, Associate Director of Adult Formation
Holy Family Young Adult Ministry seeks to bring young adults (18-35ish, married and single) together for spiritual, service, and social events in order to foster and deepen relationships with each other, with the Church, with their community, and ultimately with Christ.
Director of Liturgy & Formation: Joe Rodriguez
Liturgy Secretary: Jana Dechant
The Holy Family Liturgy Department is here to help parishioners enrich their celebration of the church's liturgy and sacraments in all its forms of celebration. There are many opportunities to serve your community through the liturgical ministries that are listed here.
The Spring 2016 Liturgy Schedule is now available, please click the link below:
Coordinator: Mike O'Donnell
A ministry of our parish young people, grades 4 - 12, boys and girls, to serve the priest at the altar during Mass and other special celebrations. Training is held periodically. Please email Mike O'Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Linda DiRocco
A committee of parishioners who plan, prepare, and implement all aspects of the enhancement and care of the worship space, as well as the items/materials used in our liturgical celebrations. This ministry includes banners, candles, altar linens, and flowers.
Coordinator: Liz Furman email@example.com
Children ages 4-12 are dismissed with adult worship leaders who present the weekly scriptures from a Children’s Lectionary, which is tailored to a child’s level of understanding. All adult and teen worship leaders receive training and guidebooks. All leaders and assistants must complete the Keeping Children Safe program (on-line).
This program is currently offered at the Sunday 9:15 a.m. mass only. We are working toward offering this Ministry to both the Saturday 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. Mass times. If you regularly attend either of these Mass times and would like to get involved, please contact Liz Furman at LizCFurman@gmail.com
Coordinator: Kim Mobley
Parishioners who are trained to serve as special ministers in distributing the Eucharist during Mass. For training opportunities, contact the chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org. The following guidelines are set forth by the Diocesan Office of Worship for Fort Worth.
Requirements for ministry
Membership in parish one year (at pastor's discretion but encouraged from point of view of fidelity to the community one wishes to serve.) Age: Any man or woman (from high school age on), acknowledged by peers and pastor to be active Catholic. Names to be submitted to the bishop (the pastor's signature required on the letter of request); the list will be acknowledged by the Chancellor and returned to the parish. Preparation document says "the faithful (all the faithful, not just ministers [editor]) should be properly catechized on the following:
the ecclesial nature of the Eucharist as the common possession of the whole Church
the Eucharist as the memorial of Christ's sacrifice, his death and resurrection, and as the sacred Banquet
the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharistic elements, whole and entire, in each element of bread and wine (the doctrine of concomitance)
the kinds of reverence due at all times to the sacrament, whether within the Eucharistic liturgy or outside the celebration
the role that ordinary and, if necessary, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist are assigned in the Eucharistic assembly. "Hands-on training Importance of fulfilling commitment as scheduled
Length of Service
Three (3) years. The minister may request to renew at the end of this time. We suggest a yearly renewal, which would give the ministers an opportunity to withdraw without embarrassment if they have found it difficult to be faithful to their commitment.
Contact: Adam Henry
Volunteers serve the community by preparing and proclaiming the Old and New Testament reading during our parish worship services. They also are the first to welcome our assembly and to offer the Prayers of the Faithful during the Mass. For more information please contact the Coordinator at email@example.com.
CANTORS - Keisha Matthews, Coordinator
These parishioners meet 4 times per year to review and prepare the music for the coming season. They lead the community in hymns and responses at our parish celebrations. Contact Keisha for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILDREN'S CHOIR - Keisha Matthews, Director
Parish children in grades 2-6 rehearse on Wednesdays from 6pm - 7pm. They sing at the Saturday evening 5pm Mass on the 4th weekend of the month. Contact the director for more information at email@example.com.
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC GROUP (CMG) - Roel Garza, Director
This adult choir rehearses on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 8:30pm in the church. It is made up of vocalists as well as instrumentalists. They present the music at the 9:15am Mass each Sunday. Contact the director for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check out the latest news for CMG!
BELL CHOIR - Keisha Matthews, Director
The 4-octave bell choir meets on Tuesday evenings from 7pm - 9pm in the choir loft. The choir supports the music at the 5pm Mass the first weekend of each month and at other special celebrations throughout the year. Contact the director for more information at email@example.com.
TRADITIONAL ADULT CHOIR - Rebecca Mobley, Director.
This choir rehearses at 7:30pm - 9pm on Wednesdays in the church. They present the music at the 12noon Mass each Sunday. For more information contact the director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUTH CHOIR - Keisha Matthews, Director.
This parish choir is for youth in grades 7 - 12. They rehearse at 7pm - 8pm on Wednesdays. They present the music at the Saturday 5pm Mass on the second week of each month. Contact information: email@example.com.
Contact: Joe Rodriguez
Assist families in preparing their child for the celebration of the 15th birthday. The following guidelines are taken from the Fort Worth Diocese guidelines.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE YOUNG LADY
She and her family must be registered members of Holy Family Parish and attending Sunday Mass on a regular basis.
She must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and Holy Eucharist and turn in copies of these sacrament records to the church office.
She must be enrolled in religious education at the parish or a Catholic high school for the year prior to and the year of the celebration. She and her parents are required to attend an orientation at least six months prior to the celebration date. Contact Joe for more information.
SPECIAL NEEDS MASS: 2015: The Special Needs Mass is celebrated on the second Saturday of the month in the Chapel. This Mass is for families with members who have special needs, friends and all who love and support someone with special needs. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate together. It is a time to rejoice in the beauty God has created in each of us. A reception will follow in the Family Life Center, Rooms B & C. Please contact Robyn Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rose Unkefer at email@example.com.
Coordinator: Rick Kubes
These parishioners are ministers of hospitality and good order at our liturgical celebrations. They welcome people to our church home as well as take up the offering at Mass.
Contact: Joe Rodriguez
Volunteers assist couples at their wedding rehearsals and celebrations. For more information contact Joe Rodriguez
Adopt-A-School Program - Coordinator: Joe Rodriguez
A partnership with Boulevard Heights School on El Campo.
All Young At Heart - Coordinator: Joe Rodriguez
Fellowship gatherings for Senior Adults. Meets on the third Wednesday of the month for a potluck lunch and fellowship from September through May.
Bereavement Ministry - Coordinator: Monica Molina; Volunteer Leadership: Dr. Moneta de Castro, BetsyAnn Frost
Christian Care for those grieving due to the death of a loved one.
Calix Ministry - Coordinator: Deacon Joe Milligan
Monthly support gathering for Catholics who are alcoholics and others who are struggling with addiction.
Divorced and Separated Ministry - Staff Coordinator: Monica Molina; Volunteer Leadership: Susan Brickey, Sass Maroul
Provides information and support to those experiencing the pain of divorce.
Helping Hands - Coordinator: Joe Rodriguez
Provides food or a meal to families in our parish at the time of death.
Holy Family Men's Club - Staff Coordinator: Monica Molina; Volunteer Leadership: Delio Silvestri
Fellowship for adult male parishioners .
Homebound Ministry - Coordinator: Deacon Mike Mocek
Visitation and fellowship to parishioners who are confined to their home or other facilities.
Hospital Visitation - Coordinator: Deacon Mike Mocek
Visits and brings the Eucharist to parishioners in area hospitals.
Parish Nurse Ministry - Staff Coordinator: Monica Molina; Volunteer Leadership: Therese Graffigna
Coordinates various programs and information regarding health issues.
Peace and Justice - Director: Deacon Mike Mocek
Catholic Social Teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. It is based on and inseparable from our understanding of human life and human dignity. Catholic Social Teaching is built on a commitment to the poor and vulnerable. It calls us all to reach out and to build relationships of compassion and justice. It calls us all to defend the dignity of life and build the common good. To learn more about Catholic Social Teaching or the Peace and Justice Committee, please contact Deacon Mike Mocek.
JustFaith. Deepen your faith. Live the Gospel.
JustFaith Catholic is a program that focuses on: The Gospel’s call to compassion Engagement in the life of Jesus God’s vision of justice and compassion in a world scarred by the domestic and global crisis of poverty If you are interested in learning more about Just Faith, please contact Joe Rodriguez, Director of Liturgy and Formation at 817.737.6768, extension 104 or Deacon Mike Mocek at extension 116.
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Click here to read letter from Bishops Let’s Be Faithful Citizens "Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation."-- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Are you prepared to exercise your responsibilities of citizenship in the November 6 general election? The Church does not tell you how to vote, but encourages you to form your conscience and participate in the process. To see what the Church has to say about citizenship, go to http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship. Do you need to register to vote? Applications and information are available online at http://www.tarrantcounty.com/evote Completed applications must be returned to the Tarrant County Elections Department at least 30 days prior to the election. For more information, contact Deacon Mike at the Pastoral Center or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Liason: Deacon Mike
The Respect Life Committee actively promotes a culture of life by participating in the following activities: Sponsor the SPIRITUAL ADOPTION PROGRAM at Holy Family School which includes daily prayer for the unborn, baby development posters, essay contest, speakers, monthly reminders and t-shirts Sponsor the NEWBORN BABY DRIVE at Holy Family Church and School which provides necessities for women in crisis pregnancies Serve as GABRIEL PROJECT “ANGELS” helping moms on an individual basis before and after crisis pregnancies. For more information visit: www.fwdioc.org/ministries/respectlife Represent Holy Family Church at the annual MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington D.C. every January on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion Volunteer for and participate in 40 DAYS FOR LIFE prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood every fall. Parish sign-ups are usually the 2nd or 3rd weekend of September. For more information visit: www.40daysforlife.com Facilitate parish participation in the PRAYER FOR LIFE by providing the blue prayer cards in the church Support parish efforts to educate parishioners about Respect Life issues and events by providing bulletin announcements and inserts Coordinate parish youth participation in diocesan pro-life activities such as the annual PRO-LIFE BOOT CAMP and the LOCK-IN-FOR-LIFE Volunteer and attend Bishop’s annual RESPECT LIFE BANQUET Participate in the ROSARY FOR LIFE at Holy Family Church the first Thursday of the month, 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.; organize parish prayer at Planned Parenthood on the fourth Saturday of the month
Prayer Hotline - Coordinator: Joe Rodriguez
Parishioners responding to the immediate emergency needs of the others through prayers.
35 to 49 Year Old Singles Ministry - Staff Coordinator: Monica Molina; Volunteer Leadership: Catherine Griffin
Provides fellowship through service projects, social activities and faith sharing. Please sign up for the latest news and events at Flocknote. Register at Flocknote.com/HolyFamilyCatholicFTW and select the 35 to 49 Singles.
50 and Over Single and Single Again Ministry - Staff Coordinator: Monica Molina; Volunteer Leadership: Catherine Griffin
Provides fellowship through service projects, social activities and faith sharing. Please sign up for the latest news and events at Flocknote. Register at Flocknote.com/HolyFamilyCatholicFTW and select the 50 and Over Singles Ministry. Our next event will be scheduled in January 2017. Please contact Monica Molina for more information at SinglesMinistry@holyfamilyfw.org or 817.502.7882.
Stephen Ministry - Staff Coordinator: Deacon Mike Mocek; Stephen Leaders: Steve Barter, Susan Brickey, Elva Castillija,Gina McKinzie,
Lay persons trained to provide one-to-one Christian care for those experiencing a crisis.
Women of Holy Family - Staff Coordinator: Monica Molina; Volunteer Leadership: Shirley Matzinger, Cam Ryan
A social organization for women parishioners.