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The Friday E-Pistle

May 22, 2020
A message from Bishop Vásquez
in this week's video Bishop Vásquez discusses the Solemnity of the Ascension.
[Video en Español | See more videos from Bishop Vásquez]

Official appointments
The following priests have been appointed to three-year terms on the Priestly Life and Formation Committee, effective July 1, 2020:
Rev. Barry Cuba
Rev. Brian Phillips
Rev. Amado Ramos

Transitional diaconate ordinations
On May 30, I will ordain Enrique Sada-Coeto and Callan Sweeney to the transitional diaconate. I look forward to ordaining both men to the priesthood in 2021. Their ordination to the transitional diaconate will be at 10:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Cedar Park. Due to COVID-19, entrance to the Mass will be limited. The Mass will be livestreamed on the diocesan website and Facebook page. Please remember these men in prayer as they prepare for their ordination.  Let us pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Mass opened to the public
Parishes in the Diocese of Austin began the public celebration of Masses on May 5. Please check your parish website for more information and instructions on social distancing protocols.

Diocesan offices open
The Pastoral Center, Catholic Charities of Central Texas and Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center opened May 11. If you come to any of these offices, we ask that you follow the screening protocol posted at main entrances before entering. Thank you.

Visit the diocesan website for more information on:
The church’s response to COVID-19
How to watch or listen to Mass
Spiritual resources
     The documentary "Walking the Good Red Road" will air on KVUE this Sunday at 4 a.m. It tells the story of Servant of God Nicholas Black Elk, of the Oglala Lakota tribe, who converted to Catholicism. The documentary was funded in part by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Ethics & Integrity in Ministry
EIM workshops
     EIM Workshops have been postponed during this time of COVID-19; however, the EIM Office has created a Temporary Online EIM Training to fulfill the compliance requirement for those who already have an EIM account and are due or past due to attend an EIM Workshop. [En Español]
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