Here's the latest news from St. Austin Catholic Parish! 
New Altar Serving Training This Saturday
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Church 

Deacon Billy will lead altar server training this Sat., March 2. Altar server training is open to those in 4th grade and up and is limited to 20 participants. Please email Dr. Andrea to reserve your spot by this Thursday, Feb. 28. A pizza party will follow!
 
Parents of altar servers are required by the Diocese of Austin to be compliant with Ethics and Integrity in Ministry policies and procedures. Visit https://staustin.org/eim for more information. 
Fr. Chuck's Lenten Book Discussion
Start Date Postponed to March 18!

Due to unexpected scheduling conflicts, Fr. Chuck will begin his book discussion on What Does It All Mean? A Guide to Being More Faithful, Hopeful, and Loving by Fr. Richard Leonard, SJ on Mon., March 18, not March 4 as previously publicized.
 
 
Ministers Needed for Ash Wednesday!  
 
Lectors, Altar Servers, Hospitality, and Eucharistic Ministers are needed to serve at all of our Masses on Ash Wednesday. Please sign-up in the sacristy this weekend if you can help. 
Join the St. Austin Parish Choir
 
The St. Austin Parish Choir invites new singers to join this talented, vibrant, growing community of musicians! The Parish Choir consists of volunteers with no formal musical training to those with extensive experience, sharing an enthusiasm and desire to make beautiful music at our 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, Holy Days, and other special occasions.  
 
Rehearsals are in the Music Room at 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings and prior to Mass on Sunday mornings.  NOW is a great time to join as we prepare music for the seasons of Lent, the Triduum, and Easter. We especially invite tenors and basses to join.  Contact Dr. Andrea for more information. 
Stations of the Cross & Soup Suppers
Every Friday during Lent
Stations at 6 p.m. in the Church
Suppers at 6:30 p.m. in Hecker Hall
 
Stations of the Cross is a meaningful way to observe Lent through prayerful reflection. Our meatless Soup Suppers offer the opportunity to get to know fellow parishioners through the breaking of bread.
 
On Friday, March 8, Stations will be held at the University Catholic Center, with Fish Fry following. Please join us in supporting the University Catholic Center and LOA Catholic Fraternity. Parking will be available at St. Austin's garage. 
Lenten Prayer Retreat
Sunday, March 10
1-5 p.m. in Hecker Hall
 
Join us for lunch, prayer and fellowship as we prepare our hearts and minds for Lent. Michael Flahive, Laurie Kertz and Karen May will speak on Lectio Divina, Ignatian and Conversational prayer.
Ethics and Integrity in Ministry Workshop
Sat., Mar. 23 at 10 a.m. in Hecker Hall

NEW RULE: ALL attendees must pre-register at least 24 hours in advance to attend. Walk-ins are no longer accepted.

All clergy, religious, seminarians, employees and adult volunteers serving in a ministry requiring EIM compliance, must attend an EIM Workshop every 3 years.

Visit eappsdb.com/Austin to access your record and sign up for a workshop. 
Log in retrieval options are available.  
 
If you are a first time user, use the link at the top of the log in page or click here to create your application.  
 
If you need to complete a paper EIM application or need other assistance with EIM compliance matters, contact Sharon Jones in the parish office.  
 
REMEMBER TO SIGN UP ONLINE. If you don't pre-register, you don't get in. The Diocese no longer allows any exceptions to this rule.  
 
Plan to arrive promptly, as late arrivals will not be admitted.
 
 
Children should not be brought to an EIM workshop, and childcare is not available at this workshop. 
 
If you are a victim of sexual abuse and have concerns regarding your attendance at a workshop,
contact Emily Hurlimann at 512-949-2447 to discuss an alternative arrangements.  
Lenten Reconciliation Service
Monday, April 8
7 p.m. in the Church
 
An opportunity for individual confession will be available during the service. Click here to see a list of other penance services around the Diocese.
Agape Celebration

Each year St. Austin rejoices with the new Catholics in our community at an Agape celebration following the Easter Vigil Mass. This year's East Vigil Mass is on April 20 at 8 p.m., and the fun follows in Hecker Hall. If you're interested in helping plan this year's event, please contact Keith Arrington. We will gather mid-March to begin planning!
Parish Blood Drive  
Sun., May 19

Mark your calendars and save a life on Sun., May 19  by participating in a blood drive benefiting We Are Blood, which serves over 40 hospitals and medical centers in a 10-county area of Central Texas. Whether you are a regular donor, an occasional donor, or a first-time donor, we invite you to give blood at St. Austin on May 19!
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