The Friday E-Pistle (March 20, 2015)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointments

  • Very Rev. Ruben Patino as Dean of the Lampasas/Marble Falls Deanery, effective March 17, 2015.
  • Deacon Jesse Vásquez to St. John Parish in San Marcos, effective April 1, 2015.

Official portraits

Earlier this week, information was e-mailed to all priests with instructions on how to order a copy of Bishop Garcia’s official portrait. It is my hope that each parish will display a portrait of Pope Francis and Bishop Garcia near my portrait.

Chrism Mass

The Mass of Chrism will take place on March 31 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Austin. The oil order page is now closed. For questions on the oil orders, please contact Jorge Nuñez at (512) 949-2429.

Pastoral Plan

The development of the Pastoral Plan is complete and ready for the next phase, which is to devise an implementation plan. You are invited to attend any one of the parish gatherings to offer your ideas about how we could implement the Plan in the most effective and fruitful manner. All sessions will be offered in English and Spanish and held from 7 to 9 p.m. as follows:

  • Monday, March 23: St. Joseph Parish in Bryan
  • Thursday, March 26: Pastoral Center in Austin
  • Monday, April 13: St. John the Evangelist Parish in Marble Falls
  • Thursday, April 16: St. John the Evangelist Parish in San Marcos
  • Thursday, April 23: St. Louis Catholic School in Waco

To have enough handouts and refreshments, please register, if you plan to attend. People may register individually or as a group.


A message from Bishop Garcia

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Wednesday, March 25, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. We honor Mary’s willingness to trust God’s plan for her life. Through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, Mary, may she enable us to have a courageous faith in our own “yes” to God.


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for Easter (April 5):

  • Reflecting on your Lenten journey, which of your Lenten exercises might be integrated into your spiritual life?
  • Reflexionando sobre su viaje de Cuaresma, ¿Cuál de sus prácticas Cuaresmales puede ser integrada a su vida espiritual?


Finance Office

Special Collection money due

Please send funds collected for the Retired Clergy and Religious special collection, taken up Dec. 13-14, and funds collected for the Feast of the Holy Family special collection, taken up Dec. 27-28, to the diocesan Finance Office as soon as possible. Send checks to Finance Office, Diocese of Austin, 6225 Highway 290 East, Austin, TX 78723.


Worship Office

Adult Confirmation

The Spring 2015 Diocesan Adult Confirmation will take place on May 16 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Cedar Park. To register your candidates please visit The deadline for registration is May 5.


Stewardship and Development

PDS upate

Parish conversions will be ongoing through August 2015. All parishes will be contacted by a diocesan database team member prior to their conversion date with information to prepare for the conversion. 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 Sacred Heart in Elgin, Ascension in Bastrop and St. Mary in Mexia.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez' prayer intention

Please consider using the following prayer intention for Easter (April 5):

  • For persecuted Christians around the world …
  • Por Cristianos perseguidos alrededor del mundo...

Blessings and congratulations to …

The following priests on the anniversary of their ordination during the month of April: Rev. Thomas Niemira, April 4, 1965; Very Rev. William A. Wack, CSC, April 9, 1994; Very Rev. Matt Iwuji, JUD, April 21, 1974; Rev. Richard Dee Du, MF, April 22, 1999; Rev. Anthony Alphonse, April 23, 1992; Msgr. William Brooks, April 24, 1976; Rev. Kenneth Nielson, April 24, 1999; Msgr. Donald J. Sawyer, D. Min., April 27, 1974; and Rev. Ramon D. Frayna, April 29, 1986.


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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