The Friday E-Pistle (Jan. 30, 2015)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Lumen Gentium

The 2015 Lumen Gentium ceremony will be June 16 at the Mayborn Center in Temple. A letter was sent last week to pastors explaining this year’s nomination process. Nominations are due March 20. For questions, contact Christian R. González at (512) 949-2456.


A message from Bishop-Elect Garcia

Ordination Mass

The Episcopal Ordination will be held on March 3 at 2 p.m. at St. William Parish in Round Rock. Due to space limitations, this will be a ticketed event. More information about tickets will be made available in the coming weeks.


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Feb. 15):

  • The healed leper in today’s Gospel could not conceal the joy of his healing even though Jesus instructed him to remain quiet. The man was sharing the joy of the Gospel. Have you read Pope Francis’ "Joy of the Gospel"? You can find it at
  • El leproso sanado del Evangelio de hoy no pudo ocultar el gozo de su curación incluso cuando Jesús le indicó que permaneciera callado. El hombre estaba compartiendo el gozo del Evangelio ¿Ha leído usted el "Gozo del Evangelio" del Papa Francisco? Lo puede encontrar en


Social Concerns

CCHD art contest

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is hosting a multimedia art contest for students in grades 7-12 in the Austin Diocese. This is a great opportunity to join with Catholic students nationwide to learn about and creatively express the root causes of poverty and the work of social justice in our community. All art should be submitted to the diocesan Office of Catholic Schools by March 4. Visit the USCCB's website for more information and contest rules. If you have any questions, contact Natalie Ross.


Vocation Office

Project Andrew

Discovering one’s vocation is about meeting a person: the person of Christ. Project Andrew is for Catholic men (ages 16-45) interested in learning more about discernment, the priesthood and seminary life. Join us for prayer, testimonials by priests and seminarians, Mass and lunch with Bishop Vásquez on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mary Cathedral in Austin. Register at


Office of Religious

Open House for Consecrated Life: Feb. 8

Bishop Joe Vásquez and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops encourages all parishes in the Diocese of Austin to host an event promoting vocations to consecrated life on Feb. 8. Events such as an Open House highlighting consecrated life or a prayer service with your families, ministry groups, or faith formation students. Other activities parishes could offer are a tour of the church, a simple reception, family activities or presentations on the history of religious communities in your parish. A list of planned events is available on the Year of Consecrated Life webpage.


Mission Office

Mission Gathering for the New Year

The Office of Mission and Mission Education and the Diocesan Mission Council are hosting a Mission Awareness and Mission Animation gathering. Bishop Vásquez will offer remarks and participants will review the diocesan mission activities of the past, hear from several lay missionary groups and discuss possibilities for the future. The event is on Feb. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the diocesan Pastoral Center in Austin. Complimentary brunch and lunch will be provided. To sign up, contact Christina Krueger at (512) 949-2407. No registration fee required. Deadline for sign up is Feb. 3 at 5:30 p.m.


Stewardship and Development

Parish Renewal Workshop: Feb. 7

The Diocese of Austin is hosting a Parish Renewal Workshop on Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Albert the Great Parish in Austin. We will explore the spirituality of Catholic stewardship and develop a plan to spread the spirituality of stewardship through our parish communities. There will be a keynote speaker with additional presentations by Paul Henderson of Pastoral Strategies and Tim Potrikus of Liturgical Publications, Inc. To register, contact Danielle Madrid at (512) 949-2440.


Pro-Life Activities and Chaste Living

Culture of Life Celebratory Dinner

A Culture of Life has blossomed within Central Texas because of the efforts of the volunteers within the Diocese of Austin. Let us break bread together as we recognize parishes and their works to extend the hand of Christ to God’s people. Join us at Culture of Life Celebratory Dinner on Feb. 12 at St. Helen Parish for dinner and keynote speaker Chad Judice, an award winning author who will share his story of faith, strength and love of the gift of his son. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. View to purchase tickets or contact the Office of Pro-Life Activities and Chaste Living at (512) 949-2486 or e-mail Yvonne Saldaña for more information.

THRiVE! Upcoming Dates

Given the culture in which we live, it is often difficult to speak a message of truth, hope and love when society’s counterfeit speaks so much louder. Teens and young adults are in more danger now than in the last 20 years, but together we can learn what it takes to THRiVE! in today’s society.

THRiVE! Teen Rallies will take place on March 6 in Bryan, March 8 in Austin and March 19 in Waco. These free rallies for grades 7-12 will feature The Culture Project missionaries who are part of a movement of young people committed to building a Culture of Life by educating teens and young adults on the pro-life and chastity messages. Parents are welcome.

THRiVE! Adult Seminars will take place on Feb. 27 in Waco, March 6 in Bryan and March 8 in Austin. These Adult Seminars are for parents and all adults who help guide and shape teens and young adults.

Find details and RSVP for the event at or call (512) 949-2486. Download the THRiVE! flier here.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez' prayer intention for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Feb. 15):

  • For vocations to consecrated life ...
  •  Por las vocaciones a la vida consagrada ...

Organ available

St. John Neumann Parish in Austin is offering a pipe organ for sale to any interested parish. The organ is an 11 rank two-manual Reuter pipe organ originally built for Concordia Lutheran University in Austin in 1968, enlarged and relocated to St. John Neumann in 2008. It features electro-pneumatic combination action, an enclosed swell division, and a crescendo pedal. For a stoplist and photos, visit or contact Chad Nusbaum at (512) 328-3220, ext. 100, for more information.


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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