The Friday E-Pistle (Aug. 16, 2013)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointment

Bishop Vásquez has appointed Rev. Matt Iwuji, J.U.D., to the position of Judge with the Office of Canonical and Tribunal Services, effective Sept. 1, 2013.

Confirmation Scheduling for 2014

The deadline for submitting a scheduling request for Confirmation with me was yesterday and the online scheduling system is no longer available. A final schedule will be sent to parishes by Aug. 31, 2013. If you have not already submitted an online scheduling request and plan to have a Confirmation liturgy next year, please e-mail Melinda Johnson to inquire about how to go about getting a date on my calendar.

Summer gathering for religious

All religious orders and religious communities of women and men serving in the Diocese of Austin are invited to Mass with Bishop Joe Vásquez on Aug. 31 at St. Mary Cathedral in Austin. The Mass will begin at 9 a.m., with coffee and donuts immediately following in Bishop’s Hall. Please RSVP by Aug. 20 to Janice Ingram at (512) 949-2401.


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following question for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug. 25):

  • Jesus reminds us that following him is a serious, daily decision to embrace all the joys and difficulties of being his disciple. Today’s Gospel challenges us never to take our faith for granted and to continue to deepen our relationship with Christ and the church. How have you taken your Catholic faith for granted? In what ways do you believe you will have time “tomorrow” to make Christ the center of your life?
  • Jesús nos recuerda que el seguirlo es una decisión seria y cotidiana de aceptar todo el gozo y las dificultades de ser su discípulo. El Evangelio de hoy nos reta a nunca tomar nuestra fe a la ligera y a continuar profundizando en nuestra relación con Dios y la Iglesia. ¿Cómo ha tomado su fe Católica a la ligera? ¿De qué maneras cree que tendrá tiempo "mañana" para hacer a Cristo el centro de su vida?


Pro-Life Activities and Chaste Living

Texas Catholic Pro-Life Day T-shirt Design Contest

See hundreds wearing your design as they attend a day full of pro-life activities starting with a prayer vigil, living rosary, Mass, march, rally and a Party for Life. Showcase your talent and creativity while proclaiming the pro-life message and submit your design for the Texas Catholic Pro-Life Day T-shirt contest. See this flier for more information or contact Yvonne Saldaña at (512) 949-2486.


Stewardship Office

Diocesan census

Help us update your contact information in our database at the Diocese of Austin. Have you recently moved? Has your e-mail address changed? Have you recently been married? Have you moved to a different parish? Or, have there been any new additions to your family? If so, you can update your contact information by going to our website or you can contact the Stewardship and Development Office at the Diocese of Austin at (512) 949-2400.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug. 25):

  • For all administrators, teachers and students returning to school …
  • Por todos los administradores, maestros y estudiantes que regresan a clases ...

Blessings and congratulations to …

The following priests on the anniversary of their ordination during the month of September: Rev. Guillermo Aguilar Alamilla OFM Conv., Sept. 8, 2006; Rev. Melesio Peter Espinoza, Sept. 9, 1995; Rev. Isidore Ndagizimana, Sept. 10, 1985; Rev. Scott Mikkelson, Sept. 11, 1982; Rev. Ramiro Tarazona, Sept. 20, 2008; Rev. Luís Alberto Cáceres, Sept. 23, 2008; Friar Florencio Rodriguez TOR, Sept. 27, 1980 and Rev. Alirio Fernandez-Bueno, Sept. 28, 1996.


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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