The Friday E-Pistle (March 7, 2014)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointment

Very Rev. Matthew Iwuji, has been appointed Dean of the Austin North Deanery, effective Feb. 28, 2014.

Pastoral Plan: Spanish Listening Session

  • Over the last two months we have held many listening sessions and focus groups to hear from our parishioners. Because of the great demand for another listening session in Spanish, we invite you to a Spanish listening session on March 31 at 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Parish in Pflugerville.
  • A través de los últimos dos meses hemos llevado a cabo muchas sesiones para escuchar y grupos de enfoque para escuchar a nuestros parroquianos. Debido a la gran demanda de otra sesión para escuchar en español, le invitamos a una sesión para escuchar en español el día 31 de marzo a las 7 p.m. en la Parroquia de St. Elizabeth en Pflugerville.

Special collection: March 29-30

On the weekend of March 29-30, all parishes in the Diocese of Austin are to take up a special collection for Catholic Relief Services. The following announcement should be read before all Masses that weekend:

  • This weekend we will take up The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Collection, which helps children, women, and families around the world. The six worldwide organizations supported by the collection provide immediate humanitarian aid, pastoral support, and disaster relief to our suffering brothers and sisters around the globe. This collection offers an opportunity for each of us to help Jesus in disguise. Please give generously to the Catholic Relief Services collection.
  • Este fin de semana se tomará la colecta para Servicios de Asistencia Católicos, que ayudan a niños, mujeres y familias en todo el mundo. Las seis organizaciones mundiales que reciben financiamiento de la Colecta proporcionan ayuda humanitaria inmediata, apoyo pastoral y auxilio en casos de desastre a nuestros sufridos hermanos y hermanas alrededor del mundo.  Esta colecta nos ofrece la oportunidad a cada uno de nosotros de ayudar a Jesús con otro rostro. Por favor, contribuyan generosamente a la Catholic Relief Services Collection.

For more information, visit Catholic Relief Services at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website.


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for the Second Sunday of Lent (March 16):

  • Jesus became dazzling white during the Transfiguration. A way for us to become dazzling white is by going to confession. How long has it been since your last confession? Why not make plans to come to a parish penance service?
  • Jesús se convirtió en deslumbrantemente blanco durante la Transfiguración. Una manera para que nosotros nos convirtamos en deslumbrantemente blancos es acudiendo a la Confesión ¿Cuánto tiempo ha pasado desde su última confesión? ¿Por qué no planear y venir a un servicio de penitencia parroquial?


Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center

March 22: Contemplating the Presence of God in Our Daily Lives

Take time to reflect on personal aspects of your life that help identify who you are as you acknowledge and embrace the presence of the Holy Spirit within you. Wanda Gibson, spiritual director and recent graduate of the Diocesan Institute of Ecclesial Ministry, will present this retreat on March 22. Cost is $35. Click here to register.

April 11-13: Healing Our Image of God

Father Matt Linn will present the Healing Our Image of God retreat, April 11-13. This is an opportunity to be healed of the distorted images we have of God and embrace the unconditional love and mercy that await each of us. Only shared rooms are available for this retreat; the cost is $160. If you desire a private room, call or e-mail to be put on a waiting list if they become available. First come, first served. Commuters pay $85. Click here to register.


Finance Office

Special Collection money due

Please send funds collected for the Retired Clergy and Religious special collection, taken up Dec. 7-8, and the Feast of the Holy Family special collection, taken up Dec. 28-29, to the diocesan Finance Office as soon as possible. Send checks to Finance Office, Diocese of Austin, 6225 Hwy. 290 East, Austin, TX 78723.


Vocation Office

Borromeo House Discernment Dinner

Due to Spring Break, the monthly Borromeo House Discernment Dinner will be held on March 19. The dinner is for men 18 and older with an openness to a priestly vocation and discernment. The evening includes dinner, Evening Prayer, and Father Brian McMaster will present Priestly Identity, Part 1:  Beloved Son & Apostolic Brother. For more information, contact Father McMaster, vocation director, at (512) 949-2430 or (512) 450-4073.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the Second Sunday of Lent (March 16):

  • That those who have fallen away from God’s love will be reconciled to Him and the Church …
  • Que aquellos que han caído lejos del amor de Dios se reconcilien con Él y la Iglesia...


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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