Here's the latest news from St. Austin Catholic Parish!
This Mass time has been changed to 7 p.m.!
Mass of Reparation
Bishop Vásquez has requested every parish in the Diocese of Austin to have a Mass of Reparation for the crimes of sexual abuse in the church this coming Tues., Oct. 9. The Mass will be a time to seek forgiveness for the sins of abuse and to seek healing for the victims of abuse.
St. Austin is joining with the University Catholic Center for this Mass on Tues., Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., located two blocks east of St. Austin on 21st St., at 2010 University Ave. St. Austin parking will be available for the Mass, including our garage at 500 W MLK.
You are also welcome to pray with Bishop Joe Vásquez at St. Mary Cathedral, located at 203 E. 10th St., also on Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. Parking info for the Cathedral is online at https://www.smcaustin.org/map.
"Because we are a people of faith, we must gather together in prayer begging God for forgiveness for those who have abused children and vulnerable people," Bishop Vásquez wrote. "In this painful time, we, as believers, turn to God confident that he will give us the wisdom and strength to overcome our weaknesses."
Participation in a Novena of Reparation beginning Oct. 9 is also encouraged. Recommendations for observing the novena are:
Participation in daily Mass
Offer daily prayers for victims of abuse and those who suffer from lack of resources and assistance
Offer prayers for the Church and her ministers
Fasting (minimally - no eating between meals and two smaller meals and one regular meal)
Acts of penance, mercy and service
Praying the Rosary individually or as a group
Spending time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle or exposed
Giving alms to or serving those in need, e.g., donating to food pantries