The Friday E-Pistle (March 22, 2013)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Easter greetings

Wishing you all a Blessed Easter celebration! Jesus Christ is Risen! Alleluia Alleluia!

Chrism Mass

This year’s Chrism Mass will be celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Austin on March 26 at 10:30 a.m.  All are invited to attend. Please carpool to ease traffic flow.

E-Pistle schedule

The E-Pistle will not be published on Good Friday. The next E-Pistle will be published on April 5.

Offices closed

Diocesan offices will close at noon on Holy Thursday. Diocesan offices will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, April 2.

Special Collection: Good Friday: March 29

All parishes in the Diocese of Austin are to take up a special collection for the Holy Land on Good Friday, March 29. The following announcements should be read before services or before the collection is taken up on Good Friday.

  • In today’s service we will take up the annual collection to support Christians in the Holy Land.  Our contributions will assist the Franciscan friars and others in housing and feeding the poor, providing religious formation and education, maintaining shrines and parishes, and conducting pastoral ministry there. As a pontifical collection requested by the Holy Father, the annual Good Friday Collection offers a direct link for all of us to help maintain a Christian presence in the Holy Land.
  • En el servicio de hoy vamos a tomar la colecta anual para apoyar a los cristianos en la Tierra Santa. Nuestra contribución ayudará a los frailes franciscanos y otras personas en la vivienda y la alimentación de los pobres, proporcionando formación religiosa y la educación, el mantenimiento de los santuarios y parroquias, y llevar a cabo el ministerio pastoral allí. Como una colección pontificia solicitada por el Santo Padre, la colecta anual del Viernes Santo ofrece un enlace directo para todos nosotros, para ayudar a mantener la presencia cristiana en la Tierra Santa.

Special Collection: April 6-7

All parishes in the Diocese of Austin are to take up a special collection the weekend of April 6-7 for Seminarians and Priest Education and Formation. The following announcement should be read before all Masses that weekend:

  • To minister to a rapidly growing population, the Diocese of Austin must ensure it has an ample number of priests to celebrate the sacraments, preach God’s word and guide us on our journey with Christ. To ensure our priests are well-prepared, a man in formation will pursue a quality education in philosophy, theology and pastoral care. Seminarian education and formation in the Diocese of Austin can take up to nine years. Financial impediments should never prevent men from responding to God’s call to the priesthood. Most financial support for priests and seminarians is made available from the Catholic Services Appeal and a Seminarian Endowment in the Catholic Foundation, but the needs are far greater than our annual appeal can support. This special collection provides additional support for this very important effort. Please be generous in your support of this most worthy cause.
  • Para atender a una población en rápido crecimiento, la Diócesis de Austin debe asegurarse de que cuenta con un amplio número de sacerdotes para celebrar los sacramentos, predicar la palabra de Dios y nos guíe en nuestro camino con Cristo. Para asegurar que nuestros sacerdotes están bien preparados, un hombre en la formación llevará a cabo una educación de calidad en la filosofía, la teología y la pastoral. La educación y la formación de seminaristas en la Diócesis de Austin puede tardar hasta nueve años. Impedimentos financieros no debe impedir que los hombres responden al llamado de Dios al sacerdocio. La mayoría de la ayuda financiera para los sacerdotes y seminaristas, con cargo a la Apelación de Servicios católica y una dotación seminarista en la Fundación Católica, pero las necesidades son mucho mayores que nuestro llamamiento anual puede soportar. Esta colección especial proporciona apoyo adicional a este esfuerzo muy importante. Por favor, sean generosos en su apoyo a esta causa más digna.

Permanent Diaconate Ordinations

All are invited to the Permanent Diaconate Ordination at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Cedar Park on April 13 at 10:30 a.m. Please keep the following men in prayer as they prepare for ordination: Jeffrey Cadenhead, David Lawrence Cardon, James Louis Disimoni, Michael Patrick Forbes, Curt Richard Haffner, Leroy Charles Jan, John Nicholas McCardle Jr., Patrick James Moran, David Henry Ochoa, Ronald Edmund Sykora and Timothy Dru Vande Vorde.

Reflection questions

Gospel Meditations

Please consider using the following question for Easter (March 31):

  • The disciple whom Jesus loved “saw and believed.” Mary of Magdala and Peter will arrive at their belief later in the story and in a different way. However, the beloved disciple who has a special relationship with Jesus simply “saw and believed.” What is your reaction to the Resurrection? How does your relationship with the Lord help you to simply believe or do you need more evidence of Christ’s Resurrection?
  • El discípulo a quien Jesús amaba "vio y creyó." María Magdalena y Peter llegarán a su creencia después de la historia y de una manera diferente. Sin embargo, el discípulo amado, que tiene una relación especial con Jesús simplemente "vio y creyó". ¿Cuál es su reacción a la Resurrección? ¿Cómo es tu relación con el Señor os ayude a creer sencillo o necesita más evidencia de la resurrección de Cristo?

Please consider using the following question for the Second Sunday of Easter (April 7):

  • Even though he had been with the Lord, Thomas had to see and touch to believe. What may be holding you back from complete belief in the Lord? What can help your unbelief?
  • A pesar de que había estado con el Señor, Thomas tuvo que ver y tocar para creer. Lo que puede ser la celebración de vuelta completa de la creencia en el Señor? ¿Qué puede ayudar a su falta de fe?

Pro-Life Activities and Chaste Living

11th annual Annunciation Maternity Home Banquet

The annual Annunciation Maternity Home Banquet is at 6 p.m. on May 9 at St. Helen Parish in Georgetown. Tables and individual tickets are available. Auction items and volunteers are needed. To register, visit the thematernityhome.org or call (512) 864-7755.

Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intentions

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for Easter (March 31):

  • That we will all work in earnest to spread the Good News of the Risen Christ …
  • Que todos vamos a trabajar en serio para difundir la Buena Nueva de Cristo Resucitado...

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the Second Sunday of Easter (April 7):

  • For all those who doubt God or do not believe in him …
  • Para todos aquellos que dudan de Dios o no creen en él...

Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM)

Upcoming EIM Basic and Refresher Workshops

EIM Basic and Refresher Workshops are scheduled on a quarterly basis by the EIM Office, coordinating with the EIM site administrator at parishes, schools and other diocesan agencies. Staff of these sites wishing to host a workshop must coordinate with their EIM site administrator. The EIM site administrator should make all workshop requests on the Workshop Request Table which is sent to parishes/schools a few months prior to each new schedule block. Additional workshops will not be added to the EIM workshop calendar unless the EIM office determines a particular need. EIM site administrators may direct inquiries about EIM workshop scheduling to Emily Hurlimann or Colleen Schiller in the EIM Office at (512) 949-2400.

To determine which type of EIM workshop you need to attend, please click here. Currently scheduled 1½ hour EIM Refresher Workshops and 3-hour EIM Basic Workshops are listed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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