The Friday E-Pistle (May 22, 2015)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointments


  • Rev. Pedro Castillo Aguillon has been incardinated into the Diocese of Austin, effective May 14, 2015.

Associate Pastors

  • Rev. Efrain Villanueva, parochial vicar at St. Louis Parish in Austin, effective May 9, 2015.


  • To Rev. Daniel E. Ponisciak, CSC, who was ordained a priest on April 11, 2015, and has returned to assist at St. Ignatius, Martyr Parish in Austin for a few months.

Offices closed

All diocesan offices will be closed on May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Diocesan offices will reopen on May 26.

Prayer for Memorial Day

God of power and mercy
you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters.
Keep in your mercy those men and women
who have died in the cause of freedom
and bring them safely
into your kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Taken from Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers, Revised Edition


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for the feast of Corpus Christi (June 7):

  • In honor of today’s feast, during Mass try to minimize all distractions during the Eucharistic Prayer and focus on the sacrifice being offered on the altar.
  • En honor a la festividad de hoy, durante la Misa, trate de minimizar todas las distracciones durante la Oración Eucarística y enfóquese en el sacrificio siendo ofrecido en el altar.


Communications Office

Save the Date: Parish Administrative Staff Day

Save the date for Parish Administrative Staff Day, formerly known as Secretaries’ Day, which will be at Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center in Belton on Oct.14. The theme is “Transforming Hearts and Minds” with speakers Father Charlie Garza and Jeremy Rodriguez. Sign-in/registration begins at 8 a.m. The retreat will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Stewardship and Development Office

PDS conversions

So far 82 parishes have been converted to PDS ChurchOffice. 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. We are also beginning the data synchronization process from the parishes to the diocese. The upcoming conversions this week are St. Mary Catholic Center in College Station, St. Charles Borromeo in Kingsland and Holy Trinity in Llano. Our date for project completion is on target for the end of July.

Amazon Smile Program

The Diocese of Austin is now a part of the Amazon Smile Program. Go to, select Diocese of Austin as your organization of choice and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the diocese at no cost to you. Help us further the mission of the church in Central Texas.


Worship Office

Southwest Liturgical Conference

The bi-annual Hispanic Pastoral Musicians Conference will take place June 25-27 in Las Cruces, N.M. This bilingual conference is for all parish musicians, choir directors, singers, cantors, ensemble leaders, instrumentalists, music planners, liturgists and clergy. Early registration ends June 15. For more information, visit


Young Adult Ministry

Theology on Tap

The next installment of Theology on Tap will be June 2 at Santa Rita Cantina (5900 W. Slaughter Ln., Austin) where Kevin Kapchinski, director of Faith Formation at St. Martin de Porres Parish in Dripping Springs, will talk about using our gifts and talents to glorify God. We will begin with music at 6 p.m. followed by his presentation at 7 p.m.


Pro-Life Activities Office

Helpline Angel Training 

Volunteers are needed to answer and respond to calls made to the Diocesan Pro-Life Helpline. Most calls are from women facing a difficult pregnancy or women and men turning to the church for help after an abortion. There is a great need for Helpline Angels from throughout the diocese and training will be provided. Talk with our Pastoral Care Coordinator and she will help you decide if you are called to this important ministry. Helpline Angel Training will be held at St. William Parish in Round Rock on June 13. For more information or to register for the training, contact Mary Helen Russell at (512) 949-2488.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez' prayer intention

Please consider using the following prayer intention for the feast of Corpus Christi (June 7):

  • For a greater devotion and belief in the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist …
  • Por una mayor devoción y creencia en la Verdadera Presencia de Cristo en la Eucaristía...

Blessings and congratulations to …

The following priest on the anniversary of his ordination during the month of June: Rev. Harold Essling, CSC, June 8, 1978.

Ethics and Integrity in Ministry

EIM Basic and Refresher Workshops

Click here to login to your EIM account in order to find the workshop schedule and Sign Up for a Workshop (bottom right of your account page). Instructions are provided in case you do not recall how to login to 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. For general information about EIM workshops, please click here.

EIM Basic and Refresher Workshops are scheduled 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 should coordinate with their EIM site administrator. If the site administrator has arranged workshop details with a facilitator, then an email to the EIM office with those details is sufficient to request a workshop; otherwise workshop requests should be made by the site administrator using the Workshop Request Table. EIM site administrators may direct inquiries about EIM workshop scheduling to Emily Hurlimann in the EIM Office at (512) 949-2447.

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