Serve

Serve

Stewardship is a way of life. It is a way of living each day in gratitude for all the blessings that God has given to us. The roots of stewardship can be found in the Bible, which tells us over and over that God is the Creator and Giver of all gifts. It is our responsibility to show our gratitude to God for these gifts, by giving back to Him the "first fruits."

We do not own the gifts God gives to us. We are only here on earth to use those gifts to do God's work.

In 1992 the U.S. Catholic Bishops released a pastoral letter on stewardship entitled: Stewardship: A Disciple's Response. The Bishops described a Christian steward as one who:

  • Receives God's gifts gratefully
  • Cherishes and tends them responsibly
  • Shares them in justice and love
  • Returns them to God

Sharing our gifts and returning them to God, means giving generously of our time, talent and treasure. We give to God by sharing with our faith community and with those in need. Time and talent can be shared by becoming involved in parish life, volunteering and offering a helping hand. Treasure can be shared by making a conscious effort to make a financial gift to the Church and other charities.   

Opportunity

Volunteer alert!!

CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD (CLOW)
Need:
Adult Worship Leaders to serve 1 mass a month
Coordinator: Angela Wonderly,  AngelaWonderly@outlook.com

This program is offered at the 5pm Mass on Saturday and at the 9:15am Mass on Sunday. 
Children ages 4 - 12 are dismissed with adult worship leaders who present the weekly Sunday scriptures from the Children's Lectionary. Adult and teen leaders work in teams, receive training and guidebooks, and really meet an amazing need for the community. All worship leaders must attend Keeping Children Safe. Please consider contacting Angela, this program is in danger or being discontinued if we do not get the volunteer support. Thank you. 

At Holy Family

Serving at Holy Family

Helping Hands: Provides food or a meal to families in our parish at the time of death. 
Homebound Ministry: Visitation and fellowship to parishioners who are confined to their home or other facilities. 

Hospital Visitation: Visits and brings the Eucharist to parishioners in area hospitals 


If you are interested in serving our parish in one of these ways, please contact the church office for more details. 

Beyond Our Walls

Serving Beyond Our Walls

Catholic Charities Fort Worth: Provides social outreach programs to help those in a crisis.  www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org

Catholic Daughters of the Americas: A national organization for Catholic women that engages in religious and charitable projects. 
 

Habitat for Humanity: Helps build homes in the spring. trinityhabitat.org.  The Habitat for Humanity sign-ups are electronic.  To register please go to http://vhub.at/holyfamily by October 28.  The Build Day is scheduled for November 2017. Please contact Deacon Mike at 817.737.6768 if you have any questions.                      

Knights of Columbus: Fraternal organization for Catholic men. 

Saint Vincent De Paul Society: Helps those in financial need. Meets the first Monday of the month. 

Westaid: A service agency of Westside Churches, which help to serve those in need. 

If you are interested in serving our parish in one of these ways, please contact the church office for more details. 

Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe Information

What is the "Keeping Children, Youth & Vulnerable Adults Safe" program? Parishes and schools have been providing Keeping Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults Safe sessions since the fall of 2003 for all volunteers who have regular contact with children and youth.

The sessions are part of the Safe Environment Program, which includes a mandatory training program for clergy, church, and school personnel including volunteers and seminarians. Priests are required to attend the program annually. In addition, all employees and volunteers (including active clergy) are required to review and sign the Code of Conduct annually.

These sessions provide information and training including:

  • Child sexual abuse - facts and myths
  • How perpetrators of abuse gain access to children
  • Types of offenders
  • Warning signs
  • Adults (physical, emotional and behavioral violations)
  • Children (effects of sexual abuse)
  • Appropriate and inappropriate displays of affection with children
  • Monitoring of employees and volunteers
  • Training - Preventing false allegations
  • Responding – disclosures

As of March 2005, more than 10,000 people have participated in the training, designed by Praesidium, Inc. This program provides the essential safeguard of educating parents and all persons who are responsible for children and youth in our parishes and schools.

Who Should Attend?
The sessions are designed for volunteers who have regular contact with children and youth:

  • Religious education classes and programs
  • Catholic school events and activities outside of a regular classroom setting
  • Youth ministry programs and events
  • Liturgy of the Word for children
  • Rite of Christian Initiation for children
  • Babysitting, nursery and child care programs
  • Choirs for children and youth
  • Altar server training
  • Vacation bible School
  • Scouting

All sponsored training and events regardless of where the programs or activities are held. All programs require the presence of two adults or one adult and an older teen.

This policy extends to:
Teen Volunteers
Teen must participate in the safe environment program for teen leaders if they

  • serve as catechist assistants and helpers
  • minister as peer leaders (e.g. during retreats and in confirmation programs)
  • volunteer in Vacation Bible School
  • assist with nurseries

 

CONTACT Jana Dechant for more information on sessions at 817-737-6768, extension 122 or jdechant@holyfamilyfw.org. You may also view the Catholic Diocese's website for more information at www.fwdioc.org.