The Friday E-Pistle (Sept. 11, 2015)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Launching the Pastoral Plan: Encounter that Leads to Transformation

On Oct. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Mary Cathedral in Austin the 2015 Pastoral Plan will be presented to pastors and parish representatives. Parishes will receive the entire plan booklet, posters and handouts. A study guide will be included to help people understand and use the plan to reflect on their faith personally, among family members and within the parish community. All materials will be presented in English and Spanish then made available in Vietnamese and Korean via the diocesan website. Details about the Pastoral Plan will be shared here and on the diocesan website. Any questions regarding the pastoral plan may be e-mailed to


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sept. 27):

  • Jesus teaches us that what we do matters. Discipleship is not in a name but in our actions that announce we are followers of Christ. What actions or habits do we have in our lives that fulfill the work of Christ? What do we need to remove because it is contrary to the way of Christ?
  • Jesús nos enseña que lo que hacemos importa. El discipulado no es sólo un nombre sino que está en nuestras acciones que anuncian que somos seguidores de Cristo ¿Qué acciones o hábitos tenemos en nuestras vidas que cumplen con el trabajo de Cristo? ¿Qué necesitamos remover por ser algo contrario a las maneras de Cristo?


Stewardship and Development Office

PDS Update

We have converted all parishes to PDS Church Office and have synchronized more than 90 parishes to DioOffice. Our target completion date to synchronize the remaining parishes is Sept. 15.  A reminder to our parishes regarding questions that arise when working in the database: If you spend more than 10 minutes trying to figure something out, call the PDS Support line at (877) 455-9300. The monthly fee pays for support, so please utilize this service.

2015-2016 CSA Sessions

Priests, parish secretaries, business administrators, CSA coordinators and stewardship and development administrators are strongly encouraged to attend one of the training sessions for this year’s Catholic Services Appeal.

  • You are welcome to attend the session that is most convenient for you.
  • At least one person from each parish must attend.
  • New pastors and newly ordained priests are encouraged to attend.
  • Topics covered will include previous CSA results, raising awareness, parish materials, the CSA case statement, conducting the appeal and return procedures.
  • Parish CSA materials will be distributed at this time.
  • You must RSVP in order to receive your materials.

Please RSVP online at  by Sept. 15.

Priest Only 2015-2016 CSA Lunch Session

All priests are encouraged to attend the “priest only” Catholic Services Appeal session on Sept. 22 – lunch will be provided.

  • New pastors and newly ordained priests are strongly encouraged to attend.
  • Topics covered will include previous CSA results, raising awareness, parish materials, the CSA case statement, conducting the appeal and return procedures.

Please RSVP online at  (PRIEST ONLY LUNCH SESSION) or e-mail Margaret Kappel at by Sept. 15.


Pro-Life Activities

Pro-Life T-Shirt Contest

Submit your design for the Texas Catholic Pro-Life Day T-shirt Design Contest. The winner will see hundreds wearing their design as they attend a day full of pro-life activities including a prayer vigil, living rosary, Mass, March, rally and a Party for Life. Design must include the following text: Texas Catholic Pro-Life Day, and the date of the event, Jan. 23, 2016. Submit your design for the Texas Catholic Pro-Life Day T-shirt by Dec. 1 to Yvonne Saldaña. The winner will be selected by our event committee and will receive five free T-shirts. 

Pro-Life Volunteer Retreat – Day of Reflection

There was a day when you heard the calling of the Holy Spirit who touched your heart, encouraging you to make a difference in the world. With faith in God, you answered that call, sharing your time, your gifts, and your heart in the pro-life ministry. In this ministry, you touch the hearts of others, inspiring them to recognize the God-given dignity and worth of every human life. Join us on Oct. 10 or Nov. 7 to rebuild your spiritual strength, refresh your spirit and lift your heart to our Heavenly Father as you move forward to minister to His people. To register or for more information, please e-mail Yvonne Saldaña or call (512) 949-2486. Download the Day of Reflection flier.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sept. 27):

  • For this local community of disciples that we may courageously support and challenge one another to more faithfully reveal Christ in our daily actions…
  • Por esta comunidad local de discípulos, para que con valor nos apoyemos y retemos mutuamente a revelar de manera más fiel a Cristo en nuestras vidas diarias...


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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