The Friday E-Pistle (May 12, 2017)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Transitional diaconate ordinations

The ordination of Henry Garcia Cuellar Jr., Andrew Dung Kim Dinh and Paul-Michael Piega to the transitional diaconate will be celebrated on May 20 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Cedar Park.

Special collection: May 27-28

On the weekend of May 27-28, 2017, all parishes in the Diocese of Austin are to take up a special collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services. The following announcement should be read before all Masses that weekend:

  • A special collection will be taken up in this Mass to support the Archdiocese for the Military Services. The Archdiocese provides the Catholic Church's full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the U.S. Armed Forces. Please be generous in your support of this worthy cause.
  • Una colecta especial se llevará a cabo en esta Misa para apoyar a la Arquidiócesis para los Servicios Militares. La Arquidiócesis para los Servicios Militares provee a aquellos en las Fuerzas Armadas de Estados Unidos de todos los servicios espirituales y ministerios pastorales. Por favor sea generoso en su apoyo a esta valiosa causa. 


Reflection question

Gospel meditation

Consider using the following meditation for the feast of the Ascension (May 28):

  • “When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.” Jesus knows our struggles yet he commissions his disciples, he commissions us, to “go … and make disciples of all nations.” Jesus commissions us to teach all people to live as Jesus taught. Even though we may occasionally doubt, Jesus promises to be with us until the end of time. How do our actions and words teach others what it means to be a disciple of Jesus? Do our lives give evidence that we are disciples of Christ? What does a disciple of Christ look like?
  • "Cuando lo vieron, lo adoraron, pero algunos dudaron". Jesús conoce nuestras luchas y aún así Él envía a sus discípulos, nos envía a nosotros a que vayamos y hagamos "discípulos de gente de todas las naciones". Jesús nos envía a enseñar a toda la gente a vivir como Jesús enseñó. Aunque ocasionalmente podamos dudar, Jesús promete estar con nosotros hasta el fin del mundo ¿Cómo es que sus acciones y palabras enseñan a otros lo que significa ser un discípulo de Jesús? ¿Dan nuestras vidas evidencia de que somos discípulos de Cristo? ¿Cómo se ve un discípulo de Cristo?


Catholic Charities of Central Texas

Know Your Rights clinics

  • Catholic Charities of Central Texas will host Know Your Rights clinics which offer free presentations and immigration consultations for anyone seeking immigration information and legal services. A clinic will be held June 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Taylor.
  • Caridades Católicas del Centro de Texas se encuentra ofreciendo clínicas "Conozca sus derechos" las cuales ofrecen presentaciones y consultas de inmigración para cualquier individuo buscando información relacionada a inmigración y servicios legales. Una clínica se llevará a cabo el 18 de junio de 9:30 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. en la Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en Taylor.


Worship Office

National Hispanic Pastoral Musicians Conference

  • The Diocese of Austin is hosting the 10th biennial Hispanic Pastoral Musicians Conference, entitled Misa, Música, y Misión: Cantando la Buena Nueva July 27-29 at St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School (9300 Neenah Ave, Austin, 78717). Join us to deepen your awareness of the Mass, renew your enthusiasm for excellence in ministry, learn and strengthen your skills. For liturgical musicians in the Diocese of Austin, early registration is $65 and regular registration is $80. Late registration jumps to $145. Registration includes a banquet. Registration and information is available at
  • La Diócesis de Austin será la anfitriona de la Décima Conferencia Bienal de Músicos Pastorales Hispanos titulada Misa, Música y Misión: Cantando la Buena Nueva, los días 27-29 de Julio en la Preparatoria Católica St. Dominic Savio (9300 Neenah Ave, Austin, 78717). Únanse a nosotros para profundizar su conocimiento de la Misa, renovar su entusiasmo por la excelencia en el ministerio, aprender y fortalecer sus habilidades. Para músicos litúrgicos en la Diócesis de Austin, la inscripción temprana cuesta $65 y la inscripción regular $80. La inscripción tardía aumenta a $145. La inscripción incluye un banquete. Inscripciones e información están disponibles en


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer request

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer request for the feast of the Ascension (May 28):

  • May others be transformed into disciples of Christ by virtue of our own discipleship exhibited through our words and actions, we pray…
  • Por que otros sean transformados en discípulos de Cristo por virtud de nuestro propio discipulado exhibido a través de nuestras palabras y acciones, oremos...

Corpus Christi procession

St. Mary Cathedral in Austin will celebrate its annual Corpus Christi Procession on June 17 after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. All are invited to process, sing and pray from the Cathedral to the steps of the Capitol, to the Texas State Cemetery, and on to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. For more information, contact the Cathedral at (512) 476-6182.


Ethics and Integrity in Ministry

EIM Workshop

Click here to login to your EIM account in order to find the EIM Workshop schedule and to Sign Up for a Workshop (bottom right of your account page). 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, including instructions on how to login to your EIM account, click here.

EIM Workshops are scheduled by the EIM Office in coordination with the EIM site administrator at parishes, schools and other diocesan agencies; other staff members should work with their EIM site administrator regarding workshop requests. 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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