The Friday E-Pistle (Sept. 29. 2017)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Share the Journey

This week Cartias Internationalis launched Share the Journey (#sharejourney) with Pope Francis to bring awareness to the experience of immigrants. Here is the official Share the Journey prayer:

Adonai, Lord and Master,
Many are the journeys your people have taken: Abraham’s journey led from fear to understanding; Moses’ journey led from bondage to liberty;
the disciples’ journey led from death to new life.
Even today, your people journey—
immigrants and refugees, pilgrims and nomads, searching for hope,
searching for opportunity,
searching for peace,
searching for you.
Lord, I know that I too am called to journey.
Yet too many times, I have heard your call,
and my feet have remained unmoved.
Continue to call me
beyond my comfort and into encounter.
And when I meet a companion on the road,
may we find you in each other’s embrace.
Let us share the journey.


E-Pistle changes

Next week the Friday E-Pistle will be sent with a new look through the MailChimp email service.


Reflection question

Gospel meditation

Consider using the following meditation for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Oct. 13):

  • Who doesn’t want to be invited to a feast with rich food and the best of wines? God invites the good and the bad alike, filling the banquet hall. However, being present is not a guarantee of being admitted to the banquet. The Gospel challenges us to consider how each of us accepts the invitation that is extended to us. Are we too busy? Do we put our own desires over the instructions announced by Jesus? How is it that those considered “bad” may be admitted to the banquet before us? Do we hunger and thirst for God or do we allow ourselves to be filled with lesser things?
  • ¿Quién no quiere ser invitado a un festín con buena comida y el mejor de los vinos? Dios invita a los buenos y malos por igual, llenando el salón del banquete. Sin embargo, el estar invitado no es una garantía de ser admitido al banquete. El Evangelio nos reta a considerar cómo es que cada uno de nosotros acepta la invitación que se nos extiende ¿Estamos demasiado ocupados hoy? ¿Anteponemos nuestros propios deseos a las instrucciones dadas por Jesús? ¿Tenemos hambre y sed de Dios o nos dejamos llenar por cosas más pequeñas?


Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center

Upcoming retreats


Stewardship and Development Office

CSA Training

Priests, parish secretaries, business administrators, CSA coordinators and stewardship and development administrators are strongly encouraged to attend a training session for this year’s Catholic Services Appeal. Please check the schedule and RSVP online by Oct 6.

Parish CSA Reception

The Catholic Services Appeal reception is at St. Helen Parish in Georgetown on Sept. 30 at 2 p.m.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer requests

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer requests for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Oct. 15):

  • For our parish community, that we not allow corruptible things to fill our hunger and thirst for God …
  • Por nuestra comunidad parroquial, para que no permitamos que cosas corruptibles satisfagan nuestra hambre y sed de Dios...
  • For those who struggle because of natural disasters, that they would know the richness of God’s mercy made known through the efforts of many communities that seek to share their resources with those in need …
  • Por aquellos que batallan debido a desastres naturales, para que conozcan la riqueza de la misericordia de Dios a través de los esfuerzos de muchas comunidades que buscan compartir sus recursos con aquellos necesitados...

 Administrative Staff retreat

The Austin Central Deanery is hosting the annual diocesan Administrative Staff, Secretary and Parish Business Administrators Retreat on Oct. 19 at Holy Trinity Parish in Corn Hill. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. Bishop Joe Vásquez will celebrate Mass at 9 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served. The keynote speaker is yet to be announced. All parish administrative staff and parish business administrators are encouraged to attend. The cost is $35 per attendee. During the retreat, each parish will receive the updated diocesan directories and annual vocations posters.  Please mail the completed registration form to Juanita Rodriguez, Santa Cruz Parish, P.O. Box 187, Buda, TX 78610. For more information, contact Kathy Thomas 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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