The Friday E-Pistle (June 26, 2015)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Transitional diaconate ordinations

On July 11 at 10:30 a.m. I have asked Bishop Daniel Garcia to ordain six men to the transitional diaconate at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Austin. The men to be ordained are Payden Lee Blevins, Everado Cázares Acosta, Sean Regan DeWitt, Gregory Don Gerhart, Froylán Jerez Rivera and Amado Ramos Hernández. With great joy we look forward to their ordination. All are invited to attend.

Central Texas Men's Mass

All men are invited to join Bishop Daniel Garcia for the seventh annual diocesan Men’s Fellowship Mass on July 18 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral in Austin. For more information, visit


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 12):

  • Jesus sends out the 12 in pairs instructing them to take only a walking stick. Think about what you can downsize and simplify in your life to keep you focused on the Kingdom of God.
  • Jesús envía a los 12 en pares instruyéndolos sólo llevarse un bastón. Piense en lo que puede reducir y simplificar en su vida para mantenerse enfocado en el Reino de Dios.


Catholic Charities of Central Texas

Baby clothes needed

The Gabriel Project Life Center of Catholic Charities of Central Texas serves hundreds of families each year. They educate families on nutrition and child care and provide material items for women and their children who are in need. With the hot summer months coming, they are in need of children’s clothes from newborn to 24 months. For more information, contact Yjaira Lara at (512) 651-6120.


Young Adult Ministry

Trolls, Fans and Followers of Jesus

Discipleship can be a challenge when so much communication is through social media. Cristóbal Almanza and Christopher Bartlett will discuss online discipleship at the next Theology on Tap on July 14 at Casa Chapala (9041 Research Blvd. St. 100, Austin 78758). Jeremy Rodriguez will open with music at 6 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m.


Finance Office

Special Collection money due

Please send funds collected for Catholic Relief Services, taken up March 14-15, to the diocesan Finance Office as soon as possible. Send checks to Finance Office, Diocese of Austin, 6225 Highway 290 East, Austin, TX 78723.


Stewardship and Development

PDS update

So far 99 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. Peter Catholic Student Center in Waco, St. Joseph in Rockdale, Good Shepherd in Johnson City and St. Ferdinand in Blanco. Our date for project completion is on target for the end of July.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vasquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 12):

  • For those who serve as Catholic missionaries throughout the world …
  • Por los que sirven como misioneros católicos a través del mundo ...


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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