The Friday E-Pistle (Oct. 31, 2014)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Vocations awareness

National Vocation Awareness Week is Nov. 2-9, please pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Nov. 16):

  • A lesson in today’s Gospel is the responsibility to develop the individual gifts (or talents) that God has given each of us. How have you used your God-given talents.
  • Una lección en el Evangelio de hoy es la responsabilidad  de desarrollar los dones individuales (o talentos) que Dios nos ha dado a cada uno de nosotros.  ¿Cómo has usado los talentos que Dios te ha dado?


Stewardship and Development Office

Catholic Services Appeal

  • November 1-2 is Awareness and Education Weekend for the Catholic Services Appeal. Parishes are asked to utilize bulletin announcements and inserts, pulpit announcements, campaign materials and prayers of the faithful to raise awareness about the CSA. Parishes may also show the campaign video, use lay witness speakers or offer a pastor’s talk about the CSA. Parishioners should be reminded to review the letter received from Bishop Vásquez.
  • Commitment Weekend is Nov. 8-9. Bulletin announcements, pulpit announcements, prayers and more are available online in English and Spanish.

PDS update

Parish conversions to PDS began the last week of September and will be ongoing through June 2015. All parishes will be contacted by a diocesan database team member prior to their conversion date with information to prepare for the conversion. Three parishes will be converted each week. The parish will have two weeks to review their data after their conversion. Please see the website at for the schedule as well as training sessions.

The upcoming conversions this week are: St. Luke Parish in Temple and St. Louis Parish in Austin.


Social Concerns Office

Out of Exile conference

Out of Exile is a free conference co-sponsored by the Office of Social Concerns that focuses on ways our churches can better serve people with mental illness and their families. The conference is Nov. 13 at First Presbyterian Church (8002 Mesa Dr. in Austin). See the flier, for more information. Registration is through the Austin Presbyterian Seminary, which is another co-sponsor. 


Pro-Life Activities and Chaste Living

Project Rachel volunteer training

Project Rachel offers hope and healing to those suffering because of a past abortion. It is a compassionate and confidential ministry that helps women and men experience spiritual and emotional healing within the context of a Christian friendship. Volunteers are trained to accompany those suffering on their personal journey to the healing Sacrament of Reconciliation. An informational meeting is planned for Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the diocesan Pastoral Center in Austin. Call (512) 949-2486 to RSVP. 

THRiVE! Returns

The Culture Project will team up with THRiVE! to proclaim the dignity of the human person and the richness of living sexuality integrity and invite our culture to become fully alive. Parishes and schools can bring this dynamic, spiritually and catechistically formed group of speakers to your parents and teens. Presentations are appropriate for middle school, high school and college age. Register your parish or school by Dec. 15. For questions contact (512) 949-2486 or


Weekly notes

Pope Francis’ prayer intentions

Please consider Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for the month of November:

  • That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others …
  • Para que las personas que sufren la soledad sientan la cercanía de Dios y el apoyo de los hermanos …
  • That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors …
  • Para que los seminaristas, religiosos y religiosas jóvenes tengan formadores sabios y bien preparados…

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Nov. 16):

  • For all teachers, coaches and mentors that they may help students develop their natural abilities in a way pleasing to God …
  • Por todos los maestros, entrenadores y mentores que puedan ayudar a los estudiantes a desarrollar sus habilidades naturales en una manera que agrade a Dios …


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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