The Friday E-Pistle (July 25, 2014)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointments


  • Rev. George Thirumangalam, CMI, pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Cylone and Sts. Cyril and Methodius Mission in Marak, effective July 21, 2014.


  • Rev. Ron Feather, administrator at St. Joseph Parish in Marlin and Sacred Heart Mission in Lott, effective July 21, 2014.

Pastoral Plan

Progress continues on the development of our new Pastoral Plan. The team from Essential Conversations is currently writing the first draft of the plan, which will be presented to the Steering Committee and Bishop Vásquez on Aug. 9. In May, the team led the committee in a prayerful reflection process on a PowerPoint presentation, which contained their analysis of the data collected since January. The data included information from Listening Sessions, Focus Groups and, most recently, the surveys. Parish leaders and ministry groups may consider reviewing the slides and reflecting on the data to improve parish ministry. While the Pastoral Plan will offer guidance for parishes and the diocese for the next three to five years, people in ministry could make use of the information before the plan is presented. All information about further progress will continue to be posted on the diocesan website and available through social media networks.

Catholic Night at the Round Rock Express

Catholic Night at the Round Rock Express will be Aug. 18 at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Father James Misko, pastor of St. Louis King of France Parish in Austin, will throw the first pitch. All Catholics are invited to attend. Special-priced tickets are $10 and $5. For more information and a fundraising opportunity, see this flier.


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug. 10):

  • “He went up on the mountain by himself to pray,” this line is easily missed in today’s Gospel about walking on water. Jesus spent a lot of time alone in prayer; especially, before he did something significant. Do you spend time in prayer before making major decisions?
  • "Él subió a la montaña a orar," esta línea es fácilmente ignorada en el Evangelio de hoy sobre caminar sobre las aguas. Jesús pasó mucho tiempo solo en oración, especialmente, antes de hacer algo significativo ¿Pasa usted tiempo en oración antes de tomar decisiones importantes?


Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center

Sept. 10: Living Daily with an Attitude of Gratitude

Father Angelo Bertini and Msgr. Elmer Holtman share what it means to live in gratitude. How do we develop and live with an attitude sharing joyfully all the gifts that we have received? The day will end with a Mass of Thanksgiving. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. Click here to register.


Hispanic Ministry

Dec. 6: Diocesan Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe/ Celebración Diocesana de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

A diocesan celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be Dec. 6 at St. William Parish in Round Rock. The diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry invites all Matachines and Conchero in the diocese to participate in this celebration. If your parish group would like to participate call Alejandro Martinez at (512) 552-4986 or Edgar Ramirez at (512) 949-2468. There will be a Spanish-language retreat for all Matachines and Conchero groups to learn the meaning of this ministry, its story and relationship with the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Oct. 25 at Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center in Belton. To register your group for the retreat, contact Edgar Ramirez at (512) 949-2468.

Una celebración diocesana en honor de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe se llevará a cabo el día 6 de diciembre en la Parroquia de St. William en Round Rock. La Oficina Diocesana del Ministerio Hispano invita a todos los Matachines y Concheros en la diócesis a participar en esta celebración. Si a su grupo parroquial le gustaría participar, por favor llame a Alejandro Martínez at (512) 552-4986 o a Edgar Ramírez al (512) 949-2468. Habrá un retiro en español para todos los grupos de Matachines y Concheros para aprender el significado de este ministerio, su historia y relación con la celebración de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe el 25 de Octubre en el Centro Católico de Retiros Cedarbrake en Belton. Para inscribir a su grupo al retiro, contacte a Edgar Ramírez al (512) 949-2468.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug. 10):

  • For an end to the violence and a lasting peace in the Middle East ..
  • Por un fin a la violencia y una paz permanente en el Medio Oriente…

Website tip

The Catholic Spirit newspaper is available online. To jump to the newspaper scroll down to the gray buttons on the righthand side of the page and click on “Catholic Spirit.” From there you can find links to the current and previous editions.


Ethics and Integrity 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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