The Friday E-Pistle (July 17, 2015)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Transitional diaconate ordinations

Congratulations to Deacons Froy Jerez, Sean DeWitt, Payden Blevins, Amado Ramos, Greg Gerhart and Everardo Cazares who were ordained by Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Garcia as transitional deacons on July 11. Thank you to all who prepared and participated in this liturgy and celebration.

Confirmation scheduling

Parishes may now submit a request for scheduling a Confirmation liturgy for 2016. A letter was mailed Wednesday to all pastors with instructions on how to submit a request online. Requests should be submitted by Aug. 21. The online system is available at

Catholic Night at the Round Rock Express

This year, Aug. 3 will be Catholic Night at the Round Rock Express. Please invite your parishioners to attend. Parishes can receive rebates up to $3 on every ticket they sell. So, this could be used as a fundraiser. It is also $1 hotdog and soda night. Please note that orders must be placed by July 30 with the Round Rock Express. See this flier for more information.


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug. 2):

  • The people wanted to see a sign (miracle) from Jesus. They wanted manna yet they had something greater than manna right in front of them and did not see it. Do you give time to pray in Jesus' presence, who is fully present in the Eucharist, in front of the tabernacle or at adoration?
  • La gente quería ver una señal (milagro) de Jesús. Ellos querían maná sin embargo ellos tenían algo más grande que el maná justo frente a ellos y no lo veían ¿Usted se toma el tiempo de orar en la presencia de Jesús, quien está completamente presente en la Eucaristía, en frente del tabernáculo o en adoración?


Vocation Office

Vocations from your parish

The Vocation Office is compiling its annual vocation poster, depicting women and men from our diocese who have entered religious communities. Submissions should include those who were born and raised in the Austin Diocese or those who studied or worked here for a number of years. We are searching for aspirants, postulants, novices and temporary professed men and women. Please help us update the vocation poster by providing us their names and contact information or asking them to contact Julie Gray at (512) 949-2430. All submissions should include the man or woman’s name, the name of the religious community, the stage in formation and home parish in the Austin Diocese, as well as contact information for the person and a headshot photograph. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 1.


Pro-Life Activities Office

Gabriel Project Angels needed

Gabriel Project Angels are volunteers who work with those in need of emotional and spiritual support due to an unplanned pregnancy. There is a need for angels across the diocese. The next Gabriel Project training class will be held at St. Austin Parish in Austin on July 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information click here or contact Mary Helen Russell at (512) 949-2488.

2015 Baby Bank Campaign

Baby Banks are ready to order. Place orders for baby banks and lapel pins by Aug. 1 online or by check. See and double click on the baby bank box for more details. You can also call (512) 949-2486 or e-mail Yvonne Saldaña.


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.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vasquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug. 2):

  • That our use of technology may always reflect the dignity of the human person …
  • Por que nuestro uso de la tecnología siempre refleje la dignidad de la persona humana...

Blessings and congratulations to …

The following priests on the anniversary of their ordination during the month of August: Rev. Neville Jansze, Aug. 2, 1986; Rev. John Ssozi, Aug. 3, 1996; Rev. Anthony Nwudah, JCL, Aug. 4, 1990; and Rev. James O'Connor, Aug. 23, 1969.


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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