The Friday E-Pistle (April 22, 2016)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Catholic Services Appeal

The Catholic Services Appeal has had its strongest year for the 2015-16 campaign. Our goal was $5 million and our challenge goal was $5.5 million in pledges. We have surpassed our challenge goal by reaching $5.7 million pledged and $4.2 million received from more than 22,000 families. There are 78 parishes over their goal and 57 over their challenge goal with another 14 parishes in the 90 percent range. This is an outstanding accomplishment and we thank everyone for their dedication and support of the campaign. To see the latest parish reports click here.

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 Solemnity of the Ascencion (May 8):

  • Clothing can serve many purposes in our occupation, profession or a team association. We do dress differently for various events. Jesus promises the disciples that they will be “clothed with power from on high.” This clothing with the Holy Spirit resides within allowing the person to be an icon, a living manifestation of Christ to others. Just as Jesus is God’s Word in action, so to does the Holy Spirit empower us today to be God’s Word in action as members of the Body of Christ. God never forces us. We must accept and cooperate with God’s gift. In what ways do others see Christ in us? In what ways do we need to cooperate with God’s grace to allow Christ to be seen in us in every moment? We are each a work in progress.
  • La ropa puede servir a muchos propósitos en nuestra ocupación, profesión o definirnos como parte de un equipo. Nos vestimos de diferentes maneras para varios eventos. Jesús promete a los discípulos que ellos serán "vestidos con el poder de lo alto". Esta vestimenta del Espíritu Santo reside dentro de la persona permitiéndole ser un ícono, una manifestación viva de Cristo para otros. Tal como Jesús es la Palabra de Dios en acción, así también el Espíritu Santo nos empodera hoy para ser la Palabra de Dios en acción como miembros del Cuerpo de Cristo. Dios nunca nos obliga. Debemos aceptarlo y cooperar con el don de Dios ¿De qué maneras los otros ven a Cristo en nosotros? ¿De qué maneras necesitamos cooperar con la Gracia de Dios para permitir que Cristo sea visto en nosotros en cada momento? Todos somos un trabajo en progreso.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer request

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer request for the Solemnity of the Ascencion (May 8):

  • For the Church, the living Body of Christ, that each of us would cooperate with God’s grace so that through prayer, sacrifice and service Christ will be seen in all we do …
  • Por la Iglesia, el Cuerpo viviente de Cristo, para que cada uno de nosotros coopere con la gracia de Dios para que, a través de la oración, el sacrificio y el servicio, Cristo sea visto en todo lo que hacemos...

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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