The Friday E-Pistle (July 18, 2014)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Unaccompanied minors and how to help

Thousands of children are fleeing their home countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras due to the lack of economic opportunity and threats to the welfare of their families. For parents, sending their children on this life-threatening journey to the U.S. is viewed as the last remaining option to secure their safety. By the end of September, officials are predicting that up to 90,000 children will have crossed the U.S. border in 2014.

Catholic Charities across the state of Texas have not lost sight of the fact that these children are young, scared and desperate. Now, more than ever, they need and deserve our protection and support and we have risen to the call to action to care for these children, but we cannot do the work without supporters like you.  Click on the links below to learn more.

Confirmation scheduling

Parishes may now submit a request for scheduling a Confirmation liturgy with me for 2015. A letter was mailed last week to all pastors with instructions on how to submit a request online. Requests should be submitted by Aug. 15. The online system is available at


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug. 3):

  • Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 was a preview of the Eucharist to come. We learn later that Jesus is the Bread of Life. What activities could you add to your spiritual life to increase your spiritual nourishment?
  • El que Jesús alimentara a los 5,000 fue un vistazo previo a la Eucaristía que vendría. Posteriormente sabemos que Jesús es el Pan de Vida ¿Qué actividades podría usted agregar a su vida espiritual para incrementar su sustento espiritual?

Young Adult Ministry

Theology on Tap

Rudy Villarreal will discuss prayer and liturgy at Theology on Tap on Aug. 7 at Casa Chapala (9041 Research Blvd.). Music begins at 6 p.m. and his presentation begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Jennifer Kodysz at (512) 949-2467.


Finance Office

Special Collection money due

Please send funds collected for the Archdiocese for the Military Special Collection, taken up May 24-25, to the diocesan Finance Office as soon as possible. Send checks to Finance Office, Diocese of Austin, 6225 Highway 290 East, Austin, TX 78723.


Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center

St. Teresa of Avila: Aug. 1-3

St. Teresa of Avila was a woman for God and a woman of prayer, discipline and compassion. She knew well the continued presence and value of suffering and difficulty in prayer. Teresa was a contemplative and active reformer and founded more than a dozen monasteries. In 1970, the church gave her the title doctor of the church. The presenter, Discalced Carmelite Father Stephen Sanchez, is the Superior of the Mount Carmel Monastery and Retreat Center in Dallas. Cost is $195 for a private room, $160 for a shared room and $85 for commuters. For more information or to register, call (254) 780-2436 or e-mail

Feast of the Assumption: Aug. 15

Celebrate the Assumption of Mary at Cedarbrake. On this holy day of obligation, we will look at the life of Mary and how she was faithful to God’s will, living each day with confidence in God’s mercy and love. Mary’s pattern of obedience and holiness is what we strive to imitate as Mary indeed imitated her Son. Mass, reflections and quiet time will be part of this day retreat led by Brian Egan, director at Cedarbrake. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. For more information or to register, call (254) 780-2436 or e-mail


Vocation Office

Religious vocations from your parish

The Vocation Office is compiling its annual vocation poster, representing women and men from our diocese who have entered religious communities. We are searching for aspirants, postulants, novices and temporary professed men and women. Please help us update the vocation poster by providing us their names and contact information or asking them to contact Julie Gray in the Vocation Office at (512) 949-2430. Please include the person’s name, the name of the religious community, the stage in formation and home parish in the Austin Diocese, as well as contact information for the person and a headshot photograph. Submissions are due by Sept. 15.


Weekly update

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug. 3):

  • For those who are hungry and that we respond to help them …
  • Por aquellos que tienen hambre y por que nosotros les respondamos...

Blessings and congratulations to …

The following priests on the anniversary of their ordination during the month of August: Rev. Neville Jansze, Aug. 2, 1986; Rev. John Ssozi, Aug. 3, 1996 and Rev. Anthony Nwudah, JCL, Aug. 4, 1990.


Ethics and Integerity in Ministry

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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