The Friday E-Pistle (Jan. 23, 2015)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointments

Rev. Rayapu Reddy “Ray” Pothireddy has been assigned as parochial vicar of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Austin, effective Jan. 14.

Pope names Rev. Daniel E. Garcia as auxiliary bishop of Austin

On Tuesday our Holy Father, Pope Francis, appointed Father Daniel E. Garcia, vicar general, auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Austin. Bishop-Elect Garcia is the first auxiliary bishop in the 67-year history of the diocese. Please join me in congratulating him.

World Day for Consecrated Life

The consecrated religious orders and communities of women and men serving in the Diocese of Austin will celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life on Jan. 31 at St. Mary Cathedral in Austin. The event begins with the celebration of the Eucharist at 10 a.m., followed by a luncheon in Bishop’s Hall. Jubilarians will be honored. Members of religious communities who have not already responded to the initial invitation, please respond by Jan. 23 to Janice Ingram at (512) 949-2401. Those who are celebrating a jubilee year in 2015 should also inform Janice Ingram.


A message from Bishop-Elect Garcia

Thank you

I am sincerely grateful for your messages offering prayers and support of my appointment as auxiliary bishop of Austin.


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Feb. 8):

  • Jesus woke early and went off to a deserted place to pray. Do you practice daily prayer? If not, begin by setting a few minutes aside every day for prayer.
  • Jesús despertó temprano y salió al desierto a orar ¿Usted practica la oración diaria? Si no lo hace, comience por apartar unos cuantos minutos cada día para la oración.


Family Life Office

Men’s Conference

The third annual Men’s Conference will be Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. William Parish in Round Rock. Keynote speakers include Jesse Romero and Charlie Aeschliman. Tickets are $39 and are available for purchase at The event is sponsored by the Central Texas Fellowship of Catholic Men and The Knights of Columbus.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez' prayer intention for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Feb. 1):

  • For all those who work in health care …
  • Por todos aquellos que trabajan en el cuidado de la salud…

Website tip

The forms for Lay Presenters have been updated to an online format available in English and Spanish. The forms are available on the Resources page of the diocesan website.


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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