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November is an incredibly special month of the year.  We celebrate the Saints, All Soul's, the Feast of Christ the King, and Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is such a beautiful way to fill our hearts with gratitude and prepare for the season of Advent!

I am thankful for all of you! I appreciate your collaboration, commitment, and creativity throughout this pandemic.  I pray that you are able to find innovative and safe ways to celebrate togetherness.  May this week be a special time in your life to celebrate family, friends and faith. Have a blessed Thanksgiving! 

-Gustavo Rodriguez

I am most grateful, particularly during this year so disrupted by the pandemic, for the existence of a national day of thanks. From its beginning, Thanksgiving Day has represented the opportunity for all peoples to pause and recognize the blessings that God has bestowed on us, and to come together as a community to share a meal. For that moment of gratitude and communion in the hearts of people across our nation, I am thankful.

-Maryrae Stein

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for reflection as the year almost comes to an end and an opportunity given to take time and give thanks for the many blessings God sends our way. I am grateful to know that God is always with us giving us strength in difficult times and guides our steps daily. I am thankful for our ministry and all those we are called to serve. May we continue to be guided to evangelize and bring others closer to the Church.

-Carolyn Martinez

I’m thankful for all that you do. Working with you has been an amazing opportunity for me. Your positive energy radiates into my daily work, my admiration for the love and dedication for your ministry inspires me daily. I thank God for allowing me to see Him thru you.

-Sue Durango


Prepare the Way of the Lord

The season of Advent

There are many online resources available to bring blessings to families on their Advent journey.  Here are some links you can share:

 Virtual Posada links to advent activities for families

USCCB Parish resources for Advent

Experiencing Advent Deeply for Busy People – plus a link to many Creighton University Advent Resources

  Calendars & activities from Loyola Press

  Advent in 2min from Busted Halo (a video) 

  How to add Bishop Barron’s daily Advent reflection to your inbox!

Gustavo Rodriguez
Director, Office of Evangelization & Catechesis
Ph. (512) 949-2542 
Maryrae Stein
Assoc. Director for Catechesis & Formation
Ph. (512) 949-2469

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

Sue Durango
Administrative Assistant
Ph. (512) 949-2492

Diocese of Austin - Pastoral Center
6225 Hwy 290 E, Austin, TX 78723
Phone: (512) 949-2400
Fax: (512) 949-2520

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