The Friday E-Pistle (May 20, 2016)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Transitional diaconate ordinations

All are welcome to attend the ordination of Jared Heath Cooke, Joseph Martin Daheim, Douglas Bryant Jeffers, Jesse Paul Martinez, and Brian Anthony Phillips to the transitional diaconate tomorrow, May 21, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Austin.

Congratulations!

Last Friday, May 13, we heard the good news of the appointment by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, of Father David Konderla as the new bishop of the Diocese of Tulsa, Okla. I am grateful to Father David for his dedication and love for the priesthood; particularly his cultivation of vocations. Please join me in praying for Bishop-Elect Konderla during this time of transition.

On May 17, the Diocese of Austin hosted a press conference to introduce Bishop-elect David Konderla. The video of that press conference is available online.

 

Reflection question

Gospel meditation

Consider using the following meditation for the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 5):

  • Power over life and death is God’s alone. We see the depth of God’s mercy and care for those in need. Who do you know that needs God’s life giving presence? How can you be a living encounter of God’s mercy?
  • El Poder sobre la vida y la muerte pertenece sólo a Dios. Vemos la profundidad de la misericordia y el cuidado de Dios hacia aquellos necesitados ¿Quién que conoce necesita la presencia viva de Dios? ¿Cómo puede usted ser un encuentro vivo de la misericordia de Dios?

 

Office of Black Catholics

Courageous Conversation

The next Courageous Conversation on Racism will be at the diocesan Pastoral Center on May 24 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

 

Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center

Upcoming retreats

  • Starting Anew, a retreat that acknowledges the pain of divorce, but also looks to build new dreams and restore hope, will be held June 3-5 at Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center in Belton. The cost for the retreat is $210 for a private room, $170 for a shared room and $95 for commuter rate; all meals are included. For information or to register, contact Cedarbrake at (254) 780-2436 or cedarbrake@austindiocese.org.
  • Desert Solitude, a silent retreat, will be held June 10-15 at Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center in Belton. Intentional silence, centering prayer and daily Mass will be included. Participants can choose to stay three, four or five nights. Cost ranges from $300 to $430 depending on length of stay. For more information or to register, contact Cedarbrake at cedarbrake@austindiocese.org or (254) 780-2436.

 

Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer request

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer request for the 10th Sunday of Ordinary time (June 5):

  • May we be faithful agents of God’s life giving mercy to all people ...
  • Por que seamos fieles agentes de la vida de Dios dando misericordia a toda la gente ...

Blessings and congratulations to …

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

  • Rev. Hector Vega, ISP, June 1, 1974
  • Rev. Harry Dean Jr., June 1, 1996
  • Rev. Bernard Hung, June 1, 1997
  • Rev. Paul McCallum, June 2, 1962
  • Rev. James McDonough, OP, June 2, 1962
  • Rev. Cyril Ejaidu, June 3, 1995
  • Bishop-elect David Konderla Jr., June 3, 1995
  • Rev. Stephen Nesrsta, June 3, 1995
  • Rev. Ernesto Elizondo, June 3, 2000
  • Rev. Lawrence Stehling, June 4, 1988
  • Rev. Christian Christensen, ISP, June 5, 1971
  • Msgr. John McCaffrey, June 5, 1976
  • Rev. Francis Zlotkowski, CSC, June 5, 1976
  • Rev. Le-Minh Pham, June 5, 1993
  • Rev. Christopher Downey, June 6, 2009
  • Rev. Justin Nguyen, June 6, 2009
  • Rev. Uche Obikwelu, June 6, 2009
  • Rev. Jonathan Raia, June 6, 2009
  • Rev. Will Straten, June 6, 2009
  • Rev. Alberto Carbajal, June 6, 2015
  • Rev. Darrell Kostiha, June 6, 2015
  • Rev. Hai Nguyen, June 6, 2015
  • Rev. Sang Quan, June 6, 2015
  • Rev. Tom Reitmeyer, June 6, 2015
  • Rev. Francisco Rodriguez, III, June 6, 2015
  • Rev. Msgr. Mark Deering, June 7, 1953
  • Rev. Craig DeYoung, June 7, 2014
  • Rev. Harold Essling, CSC, June 8, 1978
  • Rev. Larry Covington, June 8, 1985
  • Rev. James Deaconson Jr., June 8, 1985
  • Rev. Adam Martinez, June 8, 1985
  • Rev. Greg McLaughlin, June 8, 1985
  • Rev. Richard Tijerina, June 8, 1985
  • Very Rev. Albert Laforet, Jr., June 8, 2002
  • Rev. Augustine Ariwaodo, June 8, 2013
  • Rev. Jason Bonifazi, June 8, 2013
  • Rev. Alejandro Caudillo, June 8, 2013
  • Rev. Barry Cuba, June 8, 2013
  • Rev. Timothy Nolt, June 8, 2013
  • Rev. Msgr. Oliver Johnson, June 9, 1962
  • Rev. Patricio Rodriguez, ISP, June 9, 2007
  • Rev. Ryan Higdon, June 9, 2012
  • Rev. Uche Andeh, June 9, 2012
  • Rev. David Trahan II, June 9, 2012
  • Rev. Kurtis Wiedenfeld, June 9, 2012
  • Rev. Peter Walsh, CSC, June 10, 1989
  • Rev. Alberto Borruel, June 10, 2006
  • Rev. John Guzaldo, June 10, 2006
  • Rev. James Ekeocha, June 10, 2007
  • Rev. James Misko, June 10, 2007
  • Rev. Brion Zarsky, June 10, 2007
  • Rev. Howard Goertz, June 11, 1977
  • Rev. Ron Feather, June 11, 2011
  • Rev. Paul Hudson, June 11, 2011
  • Rev. Patrick Ebner Jr., June 12, 2004
  • Rev. Brian Eilers, June 12, 2004
  • Rev. Efrain Villanueva, June 12, 2004
  • Rev. Msgr. Joseph Deane, June 14, 1959
  • Rev. Robert Becker, June 16, 1979
  • Rev. Joseph Geleney Jr., June 16, 2001
  • Rev. Brian McMaster, June 16, 2001
  • Rev. Jozef Musiol, SDS, June 17, 1972
  • Rev. Celso Yu, MF, June 20, 1992
  • Rev. Calogero Drago, OFM Conv., June 21, 1975
  • Rev. Pat Coakley, MSC, June 21, 1986
  • Rev. Raphael Clancy, June 22, 1974
  • Msgr. Ronny Jenkins, June 24, 1989
  • Rev. Cesar Guzman-Diaz, June 24, 1996
  • Rev. Edward Frazer, SS, June 27, 1961
  • Rev. Basil Aguzie, MSP, June 27, 1998
  • Rev. Jude Uche, MSP, June 27, 2009
  • Rev. Michael Ajewole, MSP, June 29, 1996
  • Most Rev. Joe Vásquez, June 30, 1984

 

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