The Friday E-Pistle (April 19, 2013)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointments

  • Deacon Jeff Cadenhead to St. Anthony Marie de Claret Parish in Kyle, effective April 13, 2013.
  • Deacon Dave Cardon to St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Lampasas, effective April 13, 2013.
  • Deacon Jim DiSimoni to Holy Family Parish in Copperas Cove, effective April 13, 2013.
  • Deacon Mike Forbes to St. William Parish in Round Rock, effective April 13, 2013.
  • Deacon Curt Haffner to St. John the Evangelist Parish in Marble Falls, effective April 13, 2013.
  • Deacon Leroy Jan to St. Paul Parish in Austin, effective April 13, 2013.
  • Deacon John McCardle St. Margaret Mary Parish in Cedar Park, effective April 13, 2013.
  • Deacon Pat Moran to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in College Station, effective April 13, 2013.
  • Deacon David Ochoa to St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Austin, effective April 13, 2013.
  • Deacon Ron Sykora to St. Mary, Church of the Assumption Parish in West, effective April 13, 2013.
  • Deacon Tim Vande Vorde to St. Michael Parish in Uhland, effective April 13, 2013.

Tragedy in West

By now you have all heard of the explosion at the fertilizer plant in West. Many people have been injured and some have died, and many have lost their homes and belongings.

We have received a compassionate message of condolence and blessing from our Holy Father, Pope Francis, as well as messages from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and Bishop Wm. Michael Mulvey, Bishop of Corpus Christi who also expressed their prayerful support. We have also received many other expressions of support and prayer from other bishops. I am asking that we continue to remember in prayer, especially at Mass, those who have been harmed by this tragic event, and to support them as they strive to rebuild their lives.

I want to thank Father Ed Karasek and Father Boniface Onjefu of St. Mary, Church of the Assumption for their prompt pastoral response to assist those who are suffering as a result of this tragedy. The parish has opened its facilities to allow first responders to conduct operations to assist those affected.

The Diocese of Austin, working with Catholic Charities of Central Texas and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, has created a plan to respond to the various needs of the community. While the assessment of needs will continue in the days and weeks ahead, we know that in addition to our spiritual and material assistance there will be a need for ongoing support.

I am asking all of our parishes to take up a special collection to provide disaster relief this weekend, April 19-20, or on another date that pastors determine most appropriate. Funds from this collection should be sent to the Finance Office of the Diocese of Austin, payable to “CCCTX Disaster Relief Fund.”

For more information about the diocesan response to the tragedy in West, read the press release issued on Thursday.

Year of Faith

When the Year of Faith was proclaimed by Benedict XVI, dioceses around the globe determined various ways to implement the Year of Faith, from liturgical events, to publishing booklets, to hosting guest speakers. In our own country, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is offering the Ignite Your Catholic Faith video series. In the videos, archdiocesan Auxiliary Bishop Don Hying discusses the Catechism of the Catholic Church. A new video is uploaded every Friday having begun in October 2012 and now continuing through November 2013. The archdiocesan website has previous videos in the series available in an archived section of the website. The topics include: What is Faith? Why Do I Need the Church? What Do Catholics Say About Jesus and the Jews? There are more than 25 videos so far. Each video is less than 3 minutes long and can be used as discussion starters for parish meetings or adult formation sessions. They are well done, engaging videos with graphics and pictures to accompany each topic.

Lumen Gentium Awards 2013

The 2013 Lumen Gentium Awards will be June 25 at the Mayborn Civic Center in Temple. Nominations from pastors are due April 26. During this Year of Faith, pastors should consider nominating those in their parish who “evangelize.” Pastors should also note that after 2013, future Lumen Gentium ceremonies will only be held in odd-numbered years (i.e., 2015, 2017, etc…). To submit a nominee, pastors should use the Lumen Gentium Nomination Packet.

Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following question for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (April 28):

  • Jesus sums up the entire law by challenging his disciples to “love one another.” He reminds them that he has already demonstrated how they are to love one another as he has loved them. How have you experienced the love of Christ in your own life? How would others know you are a follower of Jesus Christ?
  • Jesús resume toda la ley retando a sus discípulos diciéndoles, "ámense unos a otros." Les recuerda que Él les ha demostrado cómo deben amarse unos a otros, así como Él los ha amado. ¿Cómo has experimentado el amor de Cristo en tu propia vida? ¿Cómo saben los demás que sigues a Jesucristo?

Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center

Mary, Mother of the Word: May 11

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist invite mothers and daughters to join them for a Day of Reflection on May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will include Mass, lunch, talks by the sisters, as well as the opportunity to just spend time together. All mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts and cousins are welcome to come and learn more about their dignity and vocation as women in the heart of the church. The cost is $35, which includes lunch. Click here to register.

Silent Day of Reflection: May 17

Cedarbrake staff will present a Silent Day of Reflection on May 17. The cost is $25, which includes lunch. For more information, e-mail Cedarbrake@austindiocese.org.

Healing Hearts Retreat: Aug. 2-4

This retreat is designed to help bring about healing for women who have suffered any type of sexual abuse. We strive to provide a very safe, comfortable, loving and supportive environment so that par­ticipants are able to begin or to continue their healing process. The retreat begins on Friday evening and concludes Sunday at noon. The cost for the weekend retreat is $125 per person. A limited number of scholarships (discount price) are available. To register for this retreat please call (254) 780-2436 and ask for Beverly.

Vocation Office

Online pledge to pray for vocations

The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is April 21, 2013. As part of celebrating this day, please visit invisiblemonastery.com, a new website where Catholics can pledge to pray for vocations. Members of Invisible Monastery will also receive regular e-newsletters with all sorts of ideas for promoting vocations. This is a great way to encourage year-round prayer in our diocese and build support for your parish vocations ministry.

Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (April 28):

  • That we may be freed from every fear and hopelessness …
  • Que seamos libres de todo temor y desesperanza...

Blessings and congratulations to …

The following priests on the anniversary of their ordination during the month of May:

Rev. Kirby Garner, May 7, 1977; Rev. Don Loftin, May 7, 1994; Rev. Gonzalo Ferrer, May 9, 1981; Rev. John Calgaro, OFM Conv., May 11, 1974; Rev. Angelo Bertini, May 12, 1973; Rev. Charles Kullmann, CSP, May 13, 1978; Rev. Edward Nowak, CSP, May 13, 1989; Rev. Walter Dhanwar, IMS, May 13, 1991; Msgr. Joe Van Anh Nguyen, May 14, 1968; Rev. James E. Robertson, May 14, 1977; Rev. Greg Romanski, May 14, 1977; Rev. Vincent Romuald, SRC, May 15, 1999; Msgr. Isidore Rozycki, May 18, 1968; Rev. Albert Ruiz, May 19, 1973; Rev. Ruben Patino, CSP, May 19, 1979; Rev. Robert M.  Cary, CSP, May 19, 1984; Rev. Ranjan Cletus, May 19, 1984; Rev. Fred Chalupa, May 20, 1973; Rev. Rakshaganathan Selvaraj, May 20, 1994; Rev. Jamie Baca, CSP, May 20, 2006; Rev. James Evans, May 21, 1994; Rev. Edward C. Koharchik, CSP, May 21, 2005; Msgr. Louis Pavlicek, May 22, 1971; Rev. Thomas Chamberlain, May 23, 1970; Rev. Everett Trebtoske, May 23, 1959; Rev. David Williams, May 23, 1998; Msgr. Benedict Zientek, May 24, 1958; Rev. Keith Koehl, May 24, 1997; Rev. Ray Dowling, May 25, 1961; Msgr. John Malinowski, May 25, 1963; Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz, May 26, 1951; Msgr. Louis Wozniak, May 26, 1951; Bishop John McCarthy, May 26, 1956; Msgr. Lonnie Urban, May 27, 1967; Rev. J.C.  Cain, OMI, May 27, 1989; Rev. Hilario Guajardo, May 27, 1989; Msgr. Joseph Schmitt, May 28, 1955; Rev. Thomas Hanus, May 28, 1966; Rev. Edwin Kagoo, May 28, 1980; Very Rev. Daniel E. Garcia, May 28, 1988; Rev. Dariusz Ziebowicz, SDS, May 28, 1988; Msgr. Frank S. Miller, May 29, 1954; Rev. Justin Udomah, May 29, 1993; Rev. Adrian Chishimba, May 29, 2010; Rev. Cesar Charlie Garza, May 29, 2010; Rev. Mark Hamlet, May 29, 2010; Rev. Jungtack John Kim, May 29, 2010; Rev. Matthew Kinney, May 29, 2010; Rev. Wade Russell, May 29, 2010; Rev. Steve Sauser, May 29, 2010; Rev. Bernard Mahoney, May 30, 1953; Msgr. Elmer Holtman, May 30, 1964; Rev. Peter McCabe, May 30, 1970; Rev. John Boiko, May 30, 1987; Very Rev. Edward Karasek, May 30, 1987; Rev. Sang Yil Lee, May 30, 1992; Msgr. Victor Goertz, May 31, 1952; Rev. Leonard Leddy, May 31, 1959; Rev. Walter Matus, May 31, 1970; Rev. Juan Carlos Lopez, May 31, 2003; Rev. Rafael Padilla Valdes, May 31, 2003; Rev. Bradford Hernandez, May 31, 2008; Rev. Daniel Liu, May 31, 2008 and Rev. Nock Russell, May 31, 2008.

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