The Friday E-Pistle (May 6, 2016)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointment

  • Rev. Jairo Sandoval Pliego has been incardinated into the Diocese of Austin, effective May 4, 2016.

Catholic Services Appeal

We are at $5.8 million pledged and $4.3 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. Our calling campaign also ended last week with our donors graciously pledging almost $265,000 from more than 1,300 families, with an average pledge of $193.


Reflection question

Gospel meditation

Consider using the following meditation for the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity (May 22):

  • In today’s Gospel, Jesus says the Holy Spirit will guide us “to all truth.” What are you doing in prayer and in your spiritual life to cultivate the path to truth? Is it time to start or is it time to try something new?
  • En el Evangelio de hoy, Jesús dice que el Espíritu Santo nos guiará "a toda verdad" ¿Qué está haciendo en oración y en su vida espiritual para cultivar el camino de la verdad? ¿Es tiempo de comenzar o es tiempo de intentar algo nuevo?


Finance Office

Special Collection money due

Please send funds collected for the Feast of the Holy Family special collection, taken up Dec. 26-27; the Catholic Higher Education special collection, taken up Feb. 13-14; and the World and Home Missions special collection, taken up Feb. 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.


Weekly notes

Pope Francis’ prayer requests

Please consider Pope Francis' prayer requests for the month of May:

  • That in every country in the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed …
  • Para que en todos los países del mundo las mujeres sean honradas y respetadas y sea valorizado su imprescindible aporte social …
  • That families, communities and groups may pray the holy rosary for evangelization and peace …
  • Para que se difunda en las familias, comunidades y grupos, la práctica de rezar el santo rosario por la evangelización y por la paz …

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer request

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer request for the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity (May 22):

  • That by the counsel of the Holy Trinity, we may seek the truth in all things …
  • Que por el consejo de la Santísima Trinidad, busquemos la verdad en todas las cosas...


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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