The Friday E-Pistle (July 29, 2016)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Prayers requested

Please pray for the youth of our diocese, Bishop Garcia and me who are participating in World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.

Confirmation scheduling

Parishes may now submit a request for scheduling a Confirmation liturgy for 2017. A letter was mailed Monday to all pastors with instructions on how to submit a request online. Requests should be submitted by Aug. 19. The online system is available at

Official appointment

Deacon Patrick Moran, formerly assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in College Station, will serve in diaconal ministry in the Diocese of Granada in Nicaragua, effective Aug. 10, 2016.


Reflection question

Gospel meditation

Consider using the following meditation for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug. 14):

  • Today’s Gospel speaks of division in families. Is there a rift in your family? Spend some time discerning whether it is time reconcile with estranged family members. Pray for healing of this division.
  • El Evangelio de hoy habla de división en las familias ¿Hay alguna grieta en su familia? Pase algo de tiempo discerniendo si es tiempo de reconciliarse con miembros de la familia con quienes ha habido un alejamiento. Ore por la sanación de esa división.


Worship Office

Diocesan adult confirmation

Diocesan adult confirmation will be celebrated Oct. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Marie de Claret Parish in Kyle. The registration deadline is Oct. 14. Parish registration forms are available on the Worship Office web page. Contact the Office of Worship if you have any questions about the celebration or registration at (512) 949-2429 or


Finance Office

Special Collection money due

Please send funds from the Seminarian and Priest Education special collection taken up April 2-3 to the diocesan Finance Office as soon as possible. Send checks to Finance Office, Diocese of Austin, 6225 Hwy. 290 East, Austin 78723.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer request

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer request for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug. 14):

  • That families be healed of all division and that they be one in Christ …
  • Por que las familias sean sanadas de toda división y sean una en Cristo...


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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