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NOVEMBER AT A GLANCE

  • Meet the new Director

  • Liturgical Catechesis

  • Effective Collaboration in Ministry Workshop

  • Advent Resources

  • Vocations Week | January 22-28, 2023

  • Diocesan 75th Anniversary Celebration | November 19

  • DCYC

WEBINARS AND WORKSHOPS

FOCUS ON LITURGY

I have spent most of my adult Catholic life so far in a country with a monarch-Canada. The concept of kings and queens wasn’t alien to our lives as Catholics. However, coming back to the United States I, like the rest of us, am preparing for the Last Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, in a country that fought wars to not have a king. Frankly, it seems a bit odd and off putting to many in this country. Nevertheless, we are called as Catholics to remember that we do in fact, have a King and He is greater than any earthly power.

The Preface, the prayer after the Holy, Holy, Holy tells us that God anointed Jesus

with the oil of gladness as eternal Priest and King of all creation, so that, by offering himself on the altar of the Cross as a spotless sacrifice to bring us peace, he might accomplish the mysteries of human redemption and, making all created things subject to his rule, he might preset to the immensity of your majesty an eternal and universal kingdom, a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love, and peace.

This king, this kingdom, is not like any earthly kingdom. It is the fulfillment of all that was promised in the prophets. It is the fulfillment of the promise given to Mary at the Incarnation, that the child born to her will have a kingdom that has no end.

The Solemnity is the final Sunday of the Church year, the week after begins Advent and our preparation for the coming of the Lord, as both a baby and at the end of time. This Solemnity gives us a chance to reflect on what the coming of the Lord means. The Solemnity of Christ the King is a reminder for us that all people on earth are subject to a king who wants nothing less for us than life, love, and peace.

The Post Communion Prayer is one that should give us pause: “Having received the food of immortality, we ask, O Lord, that, glorying in obedience to the commands of Christ, the King of the Universe…”. We don’t often like to glory in obedience. And yet, that is what we are called to do. That obedience however is not given to a remote king or queen, but rather, it is given to a King who knows us and cares for us more deeply than anyone. This King is one who promises not earthly comforts, but rather, eternal joy and love with Him in heaven.

For us as Catechists, this solemnity is a chance to reflect on our place in God’s Kingdom. We all have a role to play in building up the kingdom that is laid out in the Preface. Our ministry then is one of helping others learn their places in that Kingdom and helping them build it up by glorying in obedience to Christ, the King of the Universe.

Rebecca Spellacy, Director, Office of Worship

FAITH IN ACTION

A Thanksgiving Prayer

God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace:
We thank you for the gift of life:
for the breath that sustains life,
for the food of this earth that nurtures life,
for the life-giving love of family and friends.

We thank you for the mystery of creation:
for the beauty of the Earth that the eye can see,
for the unfolding universe that draws us beyond our imaginings.

We thank you for the communities to which we belong:
for families, for friends,
for neighbors and for companions at work.

We thank you for the strangers who welcome us into their lives and whom we invite to be part of ours.

We thank you for our brothers and sisters of all ages, all races, all nations and all faiths.

We thank you for the multitude of ways that you call us to steward the gifts of creation and to serve others in your name.

We thank you for this day, for the companionship we share and the bountiful goodness of the bread we break together.

God of all goodness, we pray in thanks for your presence among us as we gather together, and your promise to be with us now and always. AMEN. -Catholic Health Association of U.S.

For a variety of Thanksgiving Dinner Prayers, try these from Hallow

DEANERY & PARISH EVENTS

St. Margaret Mary hosted a ministry fair and pictured is Fr. Luís Cáceres and Nancy Solano promoting their Spanish adult formation classes. This semester Nancy and Fr. Anthony Velpula have been offering Sacred Scripture and will continue next semester with Christology.

Students from the Spanish Basics Teachings Morality class at the diocesan Pastoral Center gathered for a quick picture break with instructor, Jessica Ochoa, on October 22. The Spanish Basics class has over 25 students from about 15 parishes in the diocese.

CERTIFICATION CLASSES

Spring 2023 Classes Start January 10. REGISTER TODAY!

  • Church History | January 10, 17, 24, 31, 2023 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. Virtual via Microsoft Teams. (16 hour class)

  • Ecclesiology | February 7, 14, 21, 28 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. Virtual via Microsoft Teams. (16 hour class)

  • Christian Morality | March 7, 14, 21, 28 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. Virtual via Microsoft Teams. (16 hour class)

  • 2023 Basic Teachings of the Catholic Church | Virtual via Microsoft Teams | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (30 hour course which includes the following 5 classes)

    • Scripture | January 21

    • Creed | February 25

    • Liturgy & Sacraments | March 11

    • Morality | April 1

    • Prayer & Spirituality | April 22

  • Basic Teachings of the Catholic Church | sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena | Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons in January, February, March, April

Spanish Classes | Regístrese Aquí

  • 2023 Enseñanzas Básicas | Clase presencial virtualmente a través de Microsoft Teams

    • Sagrada Escritura | 21 de Enero

    • Creedo | 25 de Febrero

    • Liturgia y Sacramentos | 11 de Marzo

    • Moralidad | 1 de Abril

    • Oración y Espiritualidad | 22 de Abril

If you have questions, call Carolyn at (512) 949-2461 or via email at carolyn-martinez@austindiocese.org.

Beginning November 19, 2022, through November 18, 2023, the diocese will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding on November 15, 1947. The year of celebration will begin with a Mass with Bishop Vásquez, and a program featuring a keynote by Fr. Dave Pivonka, live praise & worship music by Dave Moore Band, our diocesan choir and more! In addition, Bishop Vásquez has designated five Pilgrimage Sites around the diocese, a commemorative book for purchase and a history display that will travel to parishes.

Click here to reserve your spot

DEANERY MEETINGS

Below are the scheduled deanery meetings. If you cannot make your deanery meeting but can attend a neighboring meeting or have questions about deanery meetings, please feel free to contact carolyn-martinez@austindiocese.org.

  • Killeen/Temple | Dec. 6, 2022 @ 5:30pm | St. Mary, Temple

  • Austin South/Central | Dec 13 @ 10am | St Ignatius

  • N. Austin/Georgetown/Round Rock | Nov 10, 2022 @10am | St Mary, Taylor

  • Brenham/LaGrange/Bryan/CS | Nov. 7, 2022 @ 10am | St. Mary, Brenham

  • Bastrop/Lockhart | Dec. 2, 2022 @ 6:30 pm | St. John, Luling

  • San Marcos | Nov. 17, 2022 @ 10 am | St. Anthony, Kyle

  • Lampasas/Marble Falls | Nov. 17, 2022 @ 6 pm | Virtual Meeting

  • Waco | Nov 18, 2022 @ 11am | Virtual on Teams

EVANGELIZATION AND CATECHESIS TEAM

Russell Hoyt
Director for Evangelization & Catechesis
Ph. (512) 949-2542

Maryrae Stein
Associate Director for Catechesis & Formation
Ph. (512) 949-2469

Carolyn Martinez
Coordinator for Catechesis
Ph. (512) 949-2461

Tressi Breecher
Administrative Assistant
Ph. (512) 949-2464

Evangelization & Catechesis Website