Communications Office

The Friday E-Pistle (July 26, 2013)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointment

Deacon Ray Jones as Coordinator of Ministry for the Gatesville Area Prisons, effectively immediately.

 

Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following question for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Aug. 4):

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The Friday E-Pistle (June 14, 2013)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointments

  • Deacon Don Sims to St. Monica Parish in Cameron effective July 1, 2013.
  • Deacon Michael Marcheck, recently relocated from the Diocese of Savannah, to St. Paul Parish in Austin, effective June 8, 2013.

Interfaith service for immigration reform

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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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The Friday E-Pistle (Feb. 3, 2017)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointments

  • Rev. Augustine Ariwaodo, as parochial vicar at San José Parish in Austin, effective Feb. 8, 2017.
  • Rev. Payden Blevins, as parochial vicar at St. Louis Parish in Waco, effective Feb. 8, 2017.
  • Deacon James T. Weiland to Ascension Parish in Bastrop, effective Feb. 5, 2017.

Pastoral Plan Implementation

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Bishop stands against executive order

AUSTIN, Texas – Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of the Diocese of Austin issued the following statement on Jan. 30, 2017, regarding President Trump’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”:

I strongly disagree with the executive order on refugee resettlement. Today, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes, there is an urgent need for U.S. leadership to assist refugees and provide freedom from persecution. The U.S. has long provided leadership in resettling refugees.

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