The Friday E-Pistle (Oct. 17, 2014)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Priest Convocation

I would like to thank all the priests of the Diocese of Austin for participating in our annual convocation last week. In addition, I would like to thank Father Harry Dean, Vicar for Priests, and the Priestly Life and Formation Committee, for their leadership in planning and organizing the convocation.


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2):

  • Jesus says in today’s Gospel that he “will not reject anyone who comes to me” and we will be raised on the last day. Do you pray regularly for the souls in purgatory? Pray for them today.
  • Jesús dice en el Evangelio de hoy que él "no rechazará a ninguno que venga a él" y que nos levantaremos en el último día ¿Ora usted con regularidad por las almas en el purgatorio? Ore por ellas hoy.


Family Life and Counseling Office

Couples Enhancement Workshop

The Diocese of Austin Family Life and Family Counseling Office will be offering a new, low-cost marriage workshop on Nov. 8. The workshop is open to all couples in the diocese. The Couples Enhancement Workshop combines counselor-led group discussion, breakout sessions and activities designed to help couples strengthen and enhance their relationships. It will be led by trained Family Counseling Office counselors, and follows a curriculum based on grace and forgiveness. It is a way for couples to take a break from their busy lives and spend an afternoon focusing on their relationship. It will be held at the Family Counseling Offices at 1625 Rutherford Lane, Bldg. B, in Austin. The cost is $20 per couple, with discounts available to qualifying families. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, contact Counseling Supervisor Britt Echtenkamp at (512) 651-6152.

Together In God's Love Four-Part Marriage Preparation Class

Together In God's Love, a marriage preparation class, will begin Nov. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the diocesan Pastoral Center in Austin. Subsequent classes will be held on Nov. 11, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2. Couples preparing for marriage are encouraged to register as soon as possible, as these classes fill quickly. The classes include talks on faith, communication, sexuality and stewardship in the context of Catholic marriage. To register, visit the Family Life webpage or contact Sara Lockey at (512) 651-6150.


Pro-Life Activities and Chaste Living

Rosary Making

All are welcome to a rosary making class on Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at the diocesan Pastoral Center at 6225 Highway 290 East. Register to attend by calling (512) 949-2486 or by e-mail Yvonne Saldaña. The cost of the class is $5 per person.

Project Rachel retreat

Project Rachel is a compassionate and confidential ministry that helps women and men suffering emotionally and spiritually from the trauma of abortion. Project Rachel retreats are offered throughout the year at private locations. The next retreat is scheduled for Oct. 24-26. Confidential registration is available by contacting (877) 932-2732 or

Pro-Life T-Shirt Contest

Submit your design for the Texas Catholic Pro-Life Day T-shirt Design Contest. The winner will see hundreds wearing their design as they attend a day full of pro-life activities including a prayer vigil, living rosary, Mass, march, rally and a Party for Life. Design must include the following text: Texas Catholic Pro-Life Day, and the date of the event, Jan. 24, 2015. Submit your design for the Texas Catholic Pro-Life Day T-shirt by Dec. 1 to Yvonne Saldaña. The winner, selected by our event committee, will receive five free T-shirts.


Canonical and Tribunal Services Office

Marriage Packets

The Office of Canonical and Tribunal Services will present a workshop on the process of completing the church-required Marriage Packets on Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at the diocesan Pastoral Center in Austin. This workshop will include the required documentation, Canon Law requirements and diocesan policies affecting the marriage preparation process. Registration deadline is Nov. 10. For more information, contact the Tribunal Office at (512) 949-2478 or click here to register.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2):

  • For those who fear death as an end, that they may come to realize it is the beginning of a new life …
  • Por aquellos que temen la muerte por que la ven como un fin, para que se den cuenta de que es el comienzo de una nueva vida...

Blessings and congratulations to …

The following priests on the anniversary of their ordination during the month of November: Rev. Charles Van Winkle, CSC, Nov. 23, 1978; Rev. Carlo Benjamin Magnaye, MF, Nov. 23, 1996; Rev. Pedro Castillo, Nov. 24, 1985; Rev. Miguel Duarte Duran, Nov. 25, 1989; Rev. Victor Mayorga, Nov. 26, 1995 and Rev. Louis T. Brusatti, Nov. 28, 1975.


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 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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