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Catholic Services Appeal is off to strongest start yet

The Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) set a record this year by surpassing its original goal of $5.5 million by Jan. 30. As of mid-February, the annual appeal has raised almost $5.7 million in pledges from more than 20,000 families. To date, more than $3.8 million has been collected with the remaining portion to be collected through the end of the summer. 
These generous gifts to the CSA support the diocese in its mission of making, forming and nourishing disciples, and assisting the clergy, religious and lay people who carry out this mission across Central Texas. 

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Statement from the bishops on US-Mexico border

Editor’s note: The following is a statement from a group of Catholic bishops whose dioceses are along the U.S. Mexico border near Texas. They met at the Brownsville Diocese in Texas Feb. 13-15 and issued the following statement following their gathering.

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The Friday E-Pistle (March 3, 2017)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Incardination

  • Rev. Luis Alberto Caceres has been incardinated into the Diocese of Austin, effective March 1, 2017.
  • Rev. Ramiro Tarazona has been incardinated into the Diocese of Austin, effective March 1, 2017.

Lenten Penance Services

A list of parish Lenten Penance Services is available on the diocesan website.

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The Friday E-Pistle (Feb. 24, 2017)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Lumen Gentium 2017

Earlier this week, information on how to submit Lumen Gentium nominations was e-mailed to all priests. Nominations are due March 31. For questions about Lumen Gentium, contact Christian González.

 

Reflection question

Gospel meditation

Consider using the following meditation for the Second Sunday of Lent (March 12):

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The Friday E-Pistle (Feb. 17, 2017)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointment

  • Rev. Richard Tijerina, in residence at St. Louis Parish in Austin, effective Feb. 16, 2017.

Lumen Gentium 2017

Lumen Gentium 2017 will be June 20 at the Mayborn Center in Temple. Instructions on how to submit nominations will be sent to pastors next week. All nominations are due by March 31.

Lent 2017

The Worship Office now has the 2017 Lenten Overview available on their webpage.

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The Friday E-Pistle (Feb. 10, 2017)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Letter on immigration

Last weekend, Feb. 4-5, I directed all parishes to read the following letter before all Masses. The full text of the letter is available here:

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Faith-based groups stand against SB4 and other anti-immigrant legislation

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops issues the following press release regarding SB4:

AUSTIN — A coalition of faith-based organizations, including the Texas Catholic Conference of
Bishops, the Texas Baptist Christian Life Comission, Austin Interfaith and the Texas Industrial Areas
Foundation, are stepping up the pressure for the Texas Legislature to reject so-called “anti-sanctuary
city” bills.

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