The Friday E-Pistle (Nov. 8, 2013)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Year of Faith: Disposal of Banners

The Year of Faith banners were blessed by Bishop Vásquez and may not be thrown away. There are a number of options available for the disposal of the blessed banners:

  • Return the banner to the Diocesan Pastoral Center.
  • Archive the banner with other parish memorabilia.
  • Many parish communities support a Boy Scout troop. The scouts have a special ceremony for the disposal of an old American flag. The ceremony can be adapted for the disposal of the banner.
  • Keep the banner and continue to hang it in a prominent place.

Special Collection: Nov. 23-24

All parishes in the Diocese of Austin are to take up a second collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at all Masses the weekend of Nov. 23-24. The following announcement should be read before all Masses that weekend:

  • The Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) provides funding for groups that make lasting change and uplift the poor in the U.S. In the last five years, more than 36 percent of the CCHD’s grants have gone to improving education, supporting economic development and improving housing in low-income neighborhoods. Projects in our diocese have provided job training and education through Cooperation Texas and Capital IDEA, and grants have been given to improve education and to advocate for worker rights and justice for immigrants.
  • La colecta para la Campaña Católica para el Desarrollo Humano (CCHD por sus siglas en inglés) aporta fondos para grupos que hacen cambios duraderos y elevan a los pobres en los Estados Unidos. En los últimos cinco años, más del 36 por ciento de los fondos de la CCHD han sido destinados a mejorar la educación, a apoyar el desarrollo económico y a mejorar la vivienda en vecindarios de bajos ingresos. Proyectos en nuestra diócesis han aportado entrenamiento laboral y educación a través de Cooperation Texas y Capital IDEA, y fondos han sido otorgados para mejorar la educación e intervenir en favor de los derechos de los trabajadores y de la justicia para los inmigrantes.

Veteran’s Day

All parishes are encouraged to participate in “An American Moment” sponsored by Frontline Faith. At noon on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, everyone is asked to spend one minute in silent prayer for the members of our military, to pray for the peaceful repose of those service members who have died, and to pray for the intentions of those still living.


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following question for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Nov. 17):

  • The message of today’s Gospel is to be prepared every day for the coming of the Lord. By persevering in living a Christian life, we are witnesses to what we believe and confident that Christ is always there to guide us. Who has been a powerful example for you of what it means to persevere in following Christ? How are you challenged by family and friends when trying to live your Catholic faith?
  • El mensaje del Evangelio de hoy es estar preparados cada día para la venida del Señor. Al perseverar en vivir una vida Cristiana, damos testimonio de lo que creemos y confiamos en que Cristo siempre está ahí para guiarnos. ¿Quién ha sido un ejemplo poderoso para usted de lo que significa perseverar en el seguimiento de Cristo? ¿Cómo se ve usted desafiado por la familia y los amigos cuando usted trata de vivir su fe Católica?


Catholic Services Appeal

Follow-up weekend

Follow-up weekend for the Catholic Services Appeal is Nov. 9-10. Bulletin announcements, pulpit announcements, prayers and more are available online in English and Spanish.


Young Adult Ministry

Spirit and Truth anniversary

On Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Parish in Austin, Spirit and Truth will celebrate four years of weekly adoration, fellowship, praise and confessions. Special Guest Msgr. Michael Sis will talk about "How Pope Francis Challenges Us." The talk will be followed by a Holy Hour and small reception/social time.


Vocation Office


Borromeo House Discernment Dinner

A Discernment Dinner for single, Catholic men (ages 18 and older) with an openness to discerning a priestly vocation will be held Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Borromeo House in Austin. The evening includes an informal dinner, prayer, and a presentation with discussion on Pro-Active Discernment, Part I:  Principles of Discernment. For more information, contact Father Brian McMaster at (512) 949-2430 or (512) 450-4073.


Worship Office

St. Cecilia Sing

The Austin Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, in collaboration with the Office of Worship, presents the annual St. Cecilia Sing on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Austin. The topic for this year is Singing God's Song Book: Praying the Psalms Can Transform Us. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Manuel Cortez. All parish choir members, cantors, instrumentalists and music directors are invited. Early registration is $10 per person and includes lunch and a music packet. To register, complete this form and send it to For more information, visit the NPM Austin Website.


Missions Office

Diocesan Missionary Cooperative Plan Mission Appeals

The assigned 2013 missionary appeals for parishes are near completion. Parishes that have had appeals but have not yet submitted the funds for the missionary group assigned to them are asked to submit checks to Lynn Johnson in the Finance Department or to Christina Krueger in the Missions Office. Thank you for participating in the Diocesan Missionary Cooperative Plan (MCP) and for generously supporting the missionaries and their mission work.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Nov. 17):

  • For Catholics and Christians everywhere who are persecuted for their beliefs …
  • Por Católicos y Cristianos de todas partes que son perseguidos por sus creencias...

ChurchDB training

ChurchDB training is offered the third Thursday of every month (excluding holidays) from 1 to 3 p.m. at the diocesan Pastoral Center. The class on Nov. 21 will be on Stewardship reports.  We will go over end-of-year statements for members and how to use the reports to get the information your Finance Council needs.  The training classes are very informal and can be beneficial for everyone – from the person who has never used ChurchDB to the one that has been using it for years. RSVP to Teresa Klepac. There will not be a training class in December.


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 general information about EIM Basic or Refresher workshops, please click here.

Anyone needing an EIM workshop will sign up online through their EIM account. The sign-up process is explained once you access your EIM account; please contact your parish or Catholic school EIM site administrator if you need assistance or if you do not have Internet access.

Click here to login to your EIM account in order to find the schedule of EIM workshops and to sign up. Instructions are provided in case you do not recall how to login to your EIM account.

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