The Friday E-Pistle (April 8, 2016)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Amoris Laetitia

Today the Holy Father released his Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, “The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family.”  We are grateful to Pope Francis for the wisdom he offers in this pastoral teaching. I encourage our priests, deacons, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful to read this important document which will help provide pastoral care and strengthen families in the Diocese of Austin. The exhortation is also available in Spanish.


Reflection question

Gospel meditation

Consider using the following meditation for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (April 24):

  • How do you fulfill Jesus' command to “love one another?” Would someone know that you are a Christian by the way you treat others?
  • ¿Cómo cumple usted el mandato de Jesús de "ámense los unos a los otros"? ¿Podría alguien darse cuenta de que usted es Cristiano por la manera en que trata a otros?


Finance Office

Special Collection money due

Please send funds collected for the Feast of the Holy Family special collection, taken up Dec. 28-29, and the Domestic Natural Disasters special collection taken up Jan. 9-10, to the diocesan Finance Office as soon as possible. Send checks to Finance Office, Diocese of Austin, 6225 Highway 290 East, Austin, TX 78723.


Office of Black Catholics

Courageous Conversation

The next Courageous Conversation on Racism will be at St. John Neumann Parish on April 14 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.


Young Adult Ministry

Theology on Tap

Some question how God can be both just and merciful. Others wonder what the term "mercy" means for the everyday Catholic. Father Barry Cuba, parochial vicar at San José Parish, will present a Catholic understanding of grace during this Year of Mercy in a presentation titled "What Mercy Is and Isn’t: Christian Concepts of Justice, Forgiveness and Mercy" at Theology on Tap April 18 at Casa Chapala (9041 Research Blvd., Suite 100, Austin 78758). Fellowship begins at 6 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. Contact Jennifer Kodysz or visit here for more information.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer request

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer request for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (April 24):

  • That we may put Christian love first in our lives and show compassion for one another …
  • Por que pongamos al amor Cristiano en primer lugar en nuestras vidas y mostremos mutua compasión...

Catholic Night at the Round Rock Express

Join Catholics from Central Texas on April 28 at Catholic Night with the Round Rock Express at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. Specially priced tickets are available at This game can be used as a fundraiser for parishes and schools. For more information, contact Alyssa Coggins at (512) 238-2207.


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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