The Friday E-Pistle (Feb. 7, 2014)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointment

Effective March 3, 2014, I have named Very Rev. Daniel E. Garcia as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Austin. He currently serves as the pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Austin and chairs the Prebyteral Council.

Special Collection: Feb. 8-9

On the weekend of Feb. 8-9 all parishes in the Diocese of Austin are to take up a special collection for Catholic Higher Education. The following announcement should be read before all Masses:

  • A special collection will be taken up in this Mass to support Campus Ministries in the Diocese of Austin. These include communities at the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Baylor University, Texas State University, Mary Hardin-Baylor and other college campuses. The goals of Catholic campus ministry are to build a faith community, bring the message of Christ to the academic world and prepare future leaders of society and our Church. Please be generous in your support of this most worthy cause.
  • Una colecta especial será realizada durante esta Misa para apoyar Ministerios Universitarios en la Diócesis de Austin. Estos incluyen comunidades en la Universidad de Texas, Texas A&M, la Universidad de Baylor, Texas State University, Mary Hardin-Baylor y otros campus universitarios. Las metas del ministerio universitario Católico, son construir una comunidad de fe, llevar el mensaje de Cristo al mundo académico y preparar a futuros líderes de la sociedad y de nuestra Iglesia. Por favor sean generosos al apoyar esta valiosa causa.

Pastoral Plan: We want to hear from you

The Diocese of Austin is in the process of developing a new Pastoral Plan. The plan will guide the mission and direction of our diocese for the next five years. We need your input to better respond to the pastoral needs of the people in our diocese. The planning team is hosting two more English listening sessions and two Spanish sessions in February. During the listening sessions, participants reflect on where we are now, what could the future hold, and everyone shares ideas about how we can become a Church of joy, compassion, mercy – a Church of vibrant faith, nurturing worship and strong witness. Make certain your parish is represented at one of the sessions. These listening sessions are open to everyone.

English Listening Sessions are:

Spanish Listening Session are:

This flier, in English and Spanish, can be reproduced in your parish bulletin.

Pastoral Plan: Pulpit Announcements for Feb. 2 and 9

Please add the following to the parish's weekend pulpit announcements:

  • The Diocese of Austin is beginning the process of developing a new Pastoral Plan. This important document will guide the mission and direction of our diocese for the next five years. With your help it will respond to the pastoral needs of the people in our diocese. To better understand those pastoral needs, the planning team is hosting a series of listening sessions throughout the diocese. These listening sessions are open to everyone and the planning team hopes you can take part in this important process. English listening sessions are February 10 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center and Feb. 11 at Santa Cruz Parish in Buda. Spanish listening sessions are Feb. 11 at Santa Cruz Parish in Buda and Feb. 12 at Sacred Heart Parish in Austin. Please see the diocesan website for more information and the opportunity to RSVP.
  • La Diócesis de Austin está comenzando el proceso de desarrollar un nuevo Plan Pastoral. Este importante documento guiará la misión y dirección de nuestra Diócesis por los próximos cinco años. Con su ayuda, responderá a las necesidades pastorales de la gente en nuestra diócesis. Para entender mejor esas necesidades pastorales, el equipo de planeación será anfitrión de una serie de sesiones para escuchar a través de la diócesis. Estas sesiones para escuchar están abiertas a todo el público y el equipo planeador espera que usted pueda participar en este importante proceso. Las sesiones para escuchar en inglés se llevarán a cabo el 10 de febrero en el Centro Pastoral Diocesano y el 11 de febrero en la parroquia de Santa Cruz en Buda. Las sesiones para escuchar en español serán el 11 de febrero en la parroquia de Santa Cruz en Buda y el 12 de febrero en la parroquia del Sagrado Corazón en Austin. Por favor vaya al sitio web diocesano para mayor información y la oportunidad de confirmar su asistencia.


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Feb. 16):

  • In today’s Gospel, Jesus urges us to be honest with one another when he says, “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’” Where is God showing you the need to be more honest with yourself and others?
  • En el Evangelio de hoy, Jesús nos invita a ser honestos unos con otros cuando dice, “Que tu ‘Sí’ signifique ‘Sí’, y tu ‘No’ signifique ‘No’” ¿Dónde está Dios mostrándole que necesita ser más honesto con usted mismo y con los demás?


Communications Office

Support Catholic television

Everyone is invited to visit to sign a petition asking cable and satellite providers to carry The Catholic TV Network. In addition, is available free on the Internet, which includes video of daily Mass, the rosary and news and variety programs.


Religious Education and Formation

Spiritual Renewal Conference: March 7-8

This year’s Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Austin (CCRA) conference will be at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Austin. Father John Kim, Father Robert Becker, Carmen Frankel and Dr. Geri Telepak will speak on the theme “Be Empowered by the Holy Spirit with Healing Grace Victoriously in Christ.” Friday’s session is from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday’s session is from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit the CCRA website to register or call (512) 563-7851 for more information.


Weekly notes

Pope Francis’ prayer intentions

Please consider Pope Francis prayer intentions for the month of February:

  • That the Church and society may respect the wisdom and experience of older people …
  • Que la Iglesia y la sociedad respeten la sabiduría y la experiencia de la gente mayor…
  • That priests, religious, and lay people may work together with generosity for evangelization …
  • Que sacerdotes, religiosos y laicos trabajen juntos con generosidad por la evangelización…

Bishop Vasquez’ prayer intention

  • For all living U.S. presidents, that they may use their influence to promote the common good by advocating for the protection of human life ...
  • Por todos los presidentes de Estados Unidos vivos, para que usen su influencia para promover el bien común a través de la intervención a favor de la protección de la vida humana.

Catholic Charities of Central Texas fundraiser

Single Catholics Serving Central Texas and Austin Catholic Singles are hosting a Share the Love Charity Ball on Feb. 8 at San José Parish in Austin. Swing dance lessons begin at 7:30 p.m., the dance begins at 8 p.m. There will be awards for best dressed and best dancers. Admission is a suggested $15 donation to Catholic Charities of Central Texas.


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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