The Friday E-Pistle (May 10, 2013)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Offices closed

Diocesan offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. On this Memorial Day let us pray for our veterans and men and women currently serving in our military for their dedicated service. We especially pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in defense of our nation.

Memorial Day Prayer

The following prayer, from Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers, can be used for private prayer on Memorial Day:

God of power and mercy,
you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters.
Keep in your mercy those men and women
who have died in the cause of freedom
and bring them safely
into your kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following question for the feast of Pentecost (May 19):

  • In today’s Gospel the disciples are gathered behind closed doors “for fear of the Jews.” Jesus comes into their presence and gifts them with peace and calls them to go and share this peace with others. He breathes on them and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” In what ways have you received Jesus’ message of peace? How do the gifts of the Holy Spirit help you to be a more faithful Catholic?
  • En el Evangelio de hoy los discípulos estaban a puertas cerradas "por miedo a los Judíos." Jesús entro en su presencia y les regaló la paz y los mandó a que fueran y compartieran esa paz con los demás. Sopló sobre ellos y dijo: "Reciban el Espíritu Santo." ¿De qué manera has recibido el mensaje de paz de Jesús? ¿Cómo te ayudan los dones del Espíritu Santo a ser un católico más fiel?

Finance Office

Special Collection money due

Please send funds collected for Ashes to Easter to the diocesan Finance Office as soon as possible. Send checks to Finance Office, Diocese of Austin, 6225 Highway 290 East, Austin, TX 78723.

Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the feast of Pentecost (May 19):

  • God: Open our hearts and minds to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.
  • Dios: Abre nuestros corazones y mentes para recibir los dones del Espíritu Santo: sabiduría, inteligencia, consejo, fortaleza, ciencia, piedad y temor de Dios.

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 any site 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. 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.

For information about EIM workshops, including how to determine which 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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