The Friday E-Pistle (Oct. 16, 2015)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Implementing the New Pastoral Plan

On Oct. 12 at St. Mary Cathedral in Austin the 2015 Pastoral Plan was presented to pastors and parish representatives. Parishes received the entire plan booklet, posters and handouts. The implementation process has begun. Parishes are encouraged to read the entire plan and distribute copies to ministry leaders. The study guide will soon be available for people to use as they reflect on the content of the plan. All materials are presented in English and Spanish. They will be made available in Vietnamese and Korean on the diocesan website. Additional details about the Pastoral Plan can be found at


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for the feast of All Saints (Nov. 1):

  • Saints are those who have experienced a profound encounter with God and who have committed to following the Lord Jesus. Saints embody the Gospel, the good news of God’s love. The Beatitudes list ways of holy living. God encounters us in our daily lives. God has invited us to holiness – to be saints. When does my life not reflect the Beatitudes? How can I spend more time with the Lord to learn to recognize his voice?
  • Son santos aquellos que han experimentado un encuentro profundo con Dios y se han comprometido a seguir al Señor Jesús. Los santos personifican el Evangelio, la buena nueva del amor de Dios. Las Bienaventuranzas ofrecen una lista de formas en las cuales vivir de manera santa. Dios sale a nuestro encuentro en nuestras vidas diarias. Dios nos invita a la santidad - a ser santos ¿Cuándo es que mi vida refleja las Bienaventuranzas? ¿Cómo puedo pasar más tiempo con el Señor para aprender a reconocer Su voz?


Stewardship and Development

Catholic Services Appeal

Announcement Weekend for the Catholics Services Appeal is Oct. 17-18. Parishes are encouraged to announce the appeal and tell parishioners that every Catholic family will receive a letter in the mail from Bishop Vásquez about the CSA at the end of October. Parishes are also encouraged to use the materials to build awareness of the CSA. All of the materials are available on the diocesan website.


Black Catholics

Courageous Conversation

The next Courageous Conversation on Racism will be held at Holy Cross Parish in Austin Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the feast of All Saints (Nov. 1):

  • For the faithful gathered here today, that we would embrace God’s call to holiness becoming poor in spirit, peacemakers and people of mercy …
  • Por los fieles reunidos aquí hoy, para que reciban el llamado del Señor a la santidad convirtiéndose en pobres de espíritu, hacedores de paz y gente de misericordia...

Blessings and congratulations to …

The following priests on the anniversary of their ordination during the month of November: Rev. Charles Van Winkle, CSC, Nov. 23, 1978; Rev. Carlo Benjamin Magnaye, MF, Nov. 23, 1996; Rev. Pedro Castillo, Nov. 24, 1985; Rev. Miguel Duarte Duran, Nov. 25, 1989; Rev. Victor Mayorga, Nov. 26, 1995; and Rev. Louis T. Brusatti, Nov. 28, 1975.

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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