Celebrating our Faith


Nov. 1: All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation. Diocesan offices will be closed.

Nov. 4: All are invited to A Day of Reflection Concerning the Black Apostolate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish in Austin.

Details: dekarlos-blackmon@austindiocese.org.

Nov. 4: On the first Saturday of each month, Father Kevin Rai will lead Marian Mornings from 8 a.m. to noon at St. Elizabeth Parish in Pflugerville. The mini retreat will begin with Mass and will include a teaching, prayer time, silence and time for the sacrament of reconciliation.

Nov. 4: St. John Neumann Parish in Austin will host a First Saturday Mass for Vocations followed by a Holy Hour for Vocations at 8:45 a.m.

Nov. 4: The Diocese of Austin Catholic Committee on Scouting (DCCS) will host a leadership training for Lay Apostolate Formation (LAF) and Religious Emblem Counselors from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the diocesan Pastoral Center in Austin. Through LAF, participants examine scouting as a form of youth ministry and our call to leadership, holiness, conversion and worship through reflection on Scripture.

Details: www.austindiocese.org/scoutingevents.

Nov. 5: St. Joseph Parish in Marlin will host a Turkey and Dressing Dinner beginning at 11 a.m. Plates are $15 each, dine in or take out.

Nov. 11: St. Jerome Women’s Society will present their third annual Craft and Business Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Jerome Parish, Mother Teresa Center, in Waco. There will be vendors, door prizes, free admission and food trucks.

Nov. 10: Exploring the Roadblocks to Letting Go, a day of reflection, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center in Temple. What keeps you from experiencing true joy and the love of God? Is it control, doubt, fear, pride, past hurt or anger?

Details: www.austindiocese.org/cedarbrake or (254) 780-2436.

Nov. 18: Join Bishop Joe Vásquez, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and bishops from across the state of Texas for the Closing Mass of the 75th anniversary of the Diocese of Austin at 10:30 a.m. at St. William Parish in Austin. A reception will follow the Mass.

Details: www.austindiocese75.org.

Nov. 18-19: A special collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development will be taken up in diocesan parishes. This collection supports programs that address the root causes of poverty and provide a sustainable future for those struggling across the country.

Nov. 23-24: Diocesan offices will be closed for Thanksgiving.

Dec. 1-3: A Silent Advent Retreat will be offered at Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center in Temple. Give yourself an early gift by preparing for the birth of Our Lord. This silent retreat will include community prayer, reflections, Mass, adoration and confession and will be led by Father Harry Dean and Brian Egan. The costs are $295 for a private room, $255 for a shared room and $150 for commuters.

Details: www.austindiocese.org/cedarbrake or (254) 780-2436.

Dec. 2: The diocesan celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe will begin with a gathering at 7:30 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral in Austin. At 8 a.m. participants will walk to San José Parish in Austin, where the rosary will be prayed, and Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Details: www.austindiocese.org/olg-celebration.

Dec. 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation. Diocesan offices will be closed.

Dec. 9-10: A special collection for Retired Clergy and Religious will be taken up in diocesan parishes. Gifts to this collection help provide medications, nursing care and more for our religious sisters and brothers and priests who are retired.

Dec. 13-15: Father Greg Gerhart, the diocesan Vocation director, will offer the Heart of Jesus: A Discernment Retreat for Men. The retreat will include time for prayer, spiritual conferences on discernment and vocations, and opportunities to speak with priests, seminarians and other men discerning their vocation. The retreat is open to single men who are 18-49 years old. Seniors in high school are also invited. The cost of the retreat is $35.

Details: austinvocations.com or call (512) 949-2519.

Dec. 25 – Jan. 1: Diocesan offices will be closed for the Christmas holidays.

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