The Friday E-Pistle (Aug. 21, 2015)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointment

  • Friar Jose Eduardo Jazo Tarin, TOR, administrator of Dolores Parish in Austin, effective Aug. 8, 2015.

Confirmation Scheduling for 2016

Today is the last day to submit an online request for a date for Confirmation in 2016. For information on how to submit a request online, please see the attached letter. The online system is available at If you are not able to access the online system or miss the deadline, please contact Melinda Johnson.

Red Mass

The annual diocesan Red Mass will be held Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. at St. Mary Cathedral in downtown Austin. The guest speaker is Professor Lucia A. Silecchia of The Catholic University of America. She was one of nine Americans to participate in a Vatican conference on Climate Change and Development, organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. A ticketed dinner and reception will follow the Mass. To purchase tickets, visit or e-mail


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sept. 6):

  • The Scriptures today speak clearly of God’s mercy extended to those who face physical, emotional or spiritual challenges. Are we willing to trust ourselves to God’s mercy and care? Are we instruments of God’s mercy and assistants to all in need?
  • La Escritura hoy habla claramente de la misericordia de Dios que se extiende hacia aquellos que enfrentan retos físicos, emocionales o espirituales ¿Estamos dispuestos a confiarnos a nosotros mismos a la misericordia y el cuidado de Dios? ¿Somos instrumentos de la misericordia y la asistencia de Dios para todos los necesitados?


Stewardship and Development

Assembly of Catholic Professionals

The Assembly of Catholic Professionals provides a unique formational opportunity for Catholic lay professionals to grow in faith. The next meeting is Sept. 16; it begins with networking at 11:30 a.m. at the Town Lake Hyatt Regency. The featured speaker will be Father Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension. To register, visit and click on the RSVP/Purchase Admission link.


Young Adult Ministry

Theology on Tap

The next Theology on Tap in Austin will be Sept. 1 at Casa Chapala (9041 Research Blvd. St. 100 in Austin). Bishop Joe Vásquez will speak about young adults in light of the diocesan pastoral plan, and Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation "Laudato Si’." Jeremy Rodriguez will open with music at 6 p.m. and the presentation will follow at 7 p.m.


Ethics & Integrity in Ministry

Facilitator Training for Called to Protect for Youth

On Oct. 3 the EIM office will train new facilitators for the Called to Protect for Youth program (the abuse prevention/education program for middle/high school students). The day-long CTPY facilitator training (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) prepares facilitators to present the CTPY program at their own parish/Catholic school, etc., – the frequency and location of workshops is up to the individual facilitator. Facilitators attending the training receive a manual and DVD that covers the logistics and details of the program, activities related to the program and information about the topic of sexual abuse.

Note: Parishes and schools in the Diocese of Austin are required to provide the Called to Protect for Youth program annually for their sixth and ninth graders; students in other middle and high school grades new to the parish/school should also be invited to attend. It is recommended that all parishes/Catholic schools have an in-house facilitator, or one with whom they regularly work, in order to simplify the scheduling of the program at the parish/school.

Those interested in being trained to facilitate the CTPY workshop should submit a New Facilitator Application, along with the requested information, to the EIM office by Sept. 18. Please contact Emily Hurlimann at (512) 949-2447 with questions. Once the application is received and reviewed by the EIM office, applicants will be contacted with details of the training session.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vasquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sept. 6):

  • For all those who work to create a society that provides just and ethical treatment to all who labor …
  • Por todos aquellos que trabajan para crear una sociedad que provea de un trato justo y ético a todos los que trabajan...

Blessings and congratulations to …

The following priests on the anniversary of their ordination during the month of September: Rev. Melesio Peter Espinoza, Sept. 9, 1995; Rev. Isidore Ndagizimana, Sept. 10, 1985; Rev. Scott Mikkelson, Sept. 11, 1982; Rev. Eugene Nyong, Sept. 14, 1997; Rev. Ramiro Tarazona, Sept. 20, 2008; Rev. Luis Alberto Caceres, Sept. 23, 2008; Friar Florencio Rodriguez TOR, Sept. 27, 1980; and Rev. Alirio Fernandez-Bueno, Sept. 28, 1996.


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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