The Friday E-Pistle (April 15, 2016)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointment

  • Rev. Dennis A. Strach II, CSC, as parochial vicar at St. Ignatius Martyr Parish in Austin, effective April 8, 2016.
  • Rev. Uche Obikwelu, as pastor at St. Ann Parish in Somerville and Blessed Virgin Mary Mission in Old Washington, effective March 1, 2016.

Pastoral Plan Update

Thanks to those who were able to complete the parish assessment tool based on the objectives of the Pastoral Plan. We had a wonderful response for the first posting in February and the Core Team would like to offer you the chance to use the assessment tool to make sure your needs and requests are included as the staff at the Pastoral Center begins to see how we can assist you. Pastors who were not able to use the tool in February, please click here to take the assessment.


Reflection question

Gospel meditation

Consider using the following meditation for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 1):

  • In today’s Gospel, Jesus promises us the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In our personal prayer, we often acknowledge God, Jesus, Mary and the saints but leave out the Holy Spirit. Let us pray to the Holy Spirit asking for counsel and guidance.
  • En el Evangelio de hoy, Jesús nos promete la guía del Espíritu Santo. En nuestra oración personal, con frecuencia reconocemos a Dios, a Jesús, a María y a los santos pero dejamos fuera al Espíritu. Oremos al Espíritu Santo por consejo y guía.


Stewardship and Development

PDS training

Basic and advanced training on Church Office will be offered at the diocesan Pastoral Center in Austin on April 26 and July 26. For more information and to register, visit


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer request

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer request for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 1):

  • For those whose hearts are troubled and those that live in constant fear, may our prayers to the Holy Spirit console and comfort them  …
  • Por aquellos cuyos corazones están conflictuados y por aquellos que viven en constante temor, que nuestras oraciones al Espíritu Santo los consuelen y conforten.

Blessings and congratulations to …

The following priests on the anniversary of their ordination during the month of May:

  • Rev. Sushil Ekka, IMS, May 4, 1996
  • Rev. Bruce Nieli, CSP, May 5, 1973
  • Very Rev. Kirby Garner, May 7, 1977
  • Rev. Don Loftin, May 7, 1994
  • Rev. Gonzalo Ferrer, May 9, 1981
  • Rev. John Calgaro, OFM Conv., May 11, 1974
  • Rev. Angelo Bertini, May 12, 1973
  • Rev. Jayaraju Polishetty, May 12, 2009
  • Rev. Charles Kullmann, CSP, May 13, 1978
  • Rev. Richard Sparks, CSP, May 13, 1978
  • Rev. Edward Nowak, CSP, May 13, 1989
  • Rev. Walter Dhanwar, IMS, May 13, 1991
  • Rev. Msgr. Joe Van Nguyen, May 14, 1968
  • Rev. James Robertson, May 14, 1977
  • Rev. Greg Romanski, May 14, 1977
  • Rev. Vincent Romuald, SRC, May 15, 1999
  • Rev. Msgr. Isidore Rozycki, May 18, 1968
  • Rev. Albert Ruiz, May 19, 1973
  • Very Rev. Ruben Patino, CSP, May 19, 1979
  • Rev. Ranjan Cletus, May 19, 1984
  • Rev. Rene Constanza, CSP, May 19, 2012
  • Rev. Fred Chalupa, May 20, 1973
  • Rev. Rakshaganathan Selvaraj, May 20, 1994
  • Rev. Jamie Baca, CSP, May 20, 2006
  • Rev. James Evans, May 21, 1994
  • Rev. Edward Koharchik, May 21, 2005
  • Rev. Msgr. Louis Pavlicek, May 22, 1971
  • Rev. Msgr. Boleslaus Zientek, May 23, 1959
  • Rev. Thomas Chamberlain, May 23, 1970
  • Rev. David Williams, May 23, 1998
  • Rev. Msgr. Benedict Zientek, May 24, 1958
  • Rev. Keith Koehl, May 24, 1997
  • Rev. Ray Dowling, May 25, 1961
  • Msgr. John Malinowski, May 25, 1963
  • Rev. Msgr. Louis Wozniak, May 26, 1951
  • Most Rev. John McCarthy, May 26, 1956
  • Msgr. Lonnie Urban, May 27, 1967
  • Rev. Hilario Guajardo, May 27, 1989
  • Rev. Thomas Hanus, May 28, 1966
  • Rev. Edwin Kagoo, May 28, 1980
  • Most Rev. Daniel Garcia, May 28, 1988
  • Rev. Dariusz Ziebowicz, SDS, May 28, 1988
  • Rev. Msgr. Frank Miller, May 29, 1954
  • Rev. Justin Udomah, May 29, 1993
  • Rev. Adrian Chishimba, May 29, 2010
  • Rev. Charlie Garza, May 29, 2010
  • Rev. Mark Hamlet, May 29, 2010
  • Rev. Jungtack "John" Kim, May 29, 2010
  • Rev. Matthew Kinney, May 29, 2010
  • Rev. Wade Russell, May 29, 2010
  • Rev. Steven Sauser, May 29, 2010
  • Rev. Msgr. Elmer Holtman, May 30, 1964
  • Rev. Peter McCabe, May 30, 1970
  • Rev. John Boiko, May 30, 1987
  • Rev. Edward Karasek, May 30, 1987
  • Rev. Sang Lee, May 30, 1992
  • Rev. Msgr. Victor Goertz, May 31, 1952
  • Rev. Leonard Leddy, May 31, 1959
  • Very Rev. Juan Carlos Lopez, May 31, 2003
  • Rev. Rafael Padilla Valdes, May 31, 2003
  • Rev. Bradford Hernandez Arriaga, May 31, 2008
  • Very Rev. Daniel Liu, May 31, 2008
  • Very Rev. Nock Russell, May 31, 2008

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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