Fr. Francis let us all know that he had surgery and will be taking time off while he heals. His surgery was a success and we ask that you please keep him in your prayers for a speedy recovery!




      The St. Vincent De Paul St. Augustine Conference provided assistance to 4 families during the 2nd quarter of 2021. Donations supported these families in the following ways:

• $ 750 for Rent
• $839 for Utilities

Parish donations along with donations from the Plant Sale and Kroger’s Community Rewards program has allowed this conference to continue our mission of assisting neighbors in need. Many thanks for your continued monetary support and prayers to help the St. Vincent De Paul society help others in our Germantown/Farmersville/New Lebanon community. If anyone who isn’t participating in the Kroger Community Rewards program is interested in signing up, please contact Barb Maichle for additional information.



Graduates from St. Augustine Parish

Congratulations to the following students from St. Augustine who recently graduated. We wish them well in their future endeavors and future studies.

Recent Graduates from St. Augustine Parish

Jacquelyn Adkins: University of Toledo
Noah Devillez: Miami University.
He is continuing his education at NKU

Aaron Adkins, Valley View High School.
Aaron is the Valedictorian of his class and plans to attend The Ohio State University.
Anne Pheiffer, Valley View High School.
Anne is the Salutatorian of her class and plans to attend The Ohio State University.
Ansley Kozarec: Valley View High School




The Region One Parish Picnic will be held at Possum Creek Metro Park on August 15, 2021, the feast of the Assumption. Mass will be at 10 a.m. followed by food, fun, and fellow- ship. After a year of Covid isolation, this is our opportunity to gather as a regional family of faith. We hope you will plan to join us on August 15. More details to follow.



Farewell & Good Luck
Father Emmanual
June 6th 2021

Photo Provided by Julie North from Walling Photography



The Bicentennial History of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati,
by Fr. David J. Endres

Books available at the website below




       St. Augustine’s will be creating a Marian Garden behind the church.
       We are asking for donations for the Statue of Mary and the cost of landscaping and installation of the Marian Garden.
       In addition, we will be collecting the following plastic items, to build and receive a free bench for the garden (S00 pounds needed by December): pallet wrap and stretch film; grocery bags, bread bags, produce bags and Ziplock/other resealable storage bags (clean, dry and free of food residue); case overwrap; dry cleaning bags; newspaper sleeves; product wrap; retail bags; air pillows; bubble wrap; plastic shipping envelopes; electronic wrap; plastic film #2 or #4; salt bags; wood pellet bags; ice bags and cereal box liners.



Updated June 1, 2021

     In light of improving circumstances, a reduction in infections, and more people being vaccinated, the Bishops of Ohio have restored the general obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days effective June 5/6, 2021. General Considerations Those who are ill, have significant health risk factors or care for someone who is compromised or ill, are not obligated to attend Mass in-person on Sunday and Holy Days as well as those who have significant fear or anxiety of contracting the coronavirus in a large group of people. These should observe the Lord’s Day and are encouraged to spend time in prayer on Sunday, meditating on the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection. An appropriate way to do this is through viewing a broadcast of Sunday Mass.
      NOTE: Mass that is broadcast through various media, including livestream, is not intended as an alternative nor does it fulfill the obligation for persons who are able to gather for a Sunday celebration and other Holy Days. They are intended for the sick, homebound, imprisoned etc. who are unable to attend Mass in person.

Specific Guidelines to be Observed (Effective June 2, 2021):

      Discreet use of hand sanitizer by ministers of Holy Communion should continue and hand sanitizer should be available at the doors of church if possible. No Holy Communion from the chalice by the faithful (wine); concelebrating priests should Communicate by intinction. It is recommended that at least one section of seating for at least one Sunday Mass continue to be reserved for social distancing; please adjust week to week based on the preference of the faithful and pastoral judgment.

Live-Stream Mass

To view our Mass via Livestream weekdays at 7:00am & Sunday at 11:00am, please go to the following link:




    The pilgrimage begins Sunday, May 16, 2021 with a Mass at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Russells Point in the Northern area of the Archdiocese. From there, a small group of pilgrims will begin this historic pilgrimage with a special statue of Our Lady of Fatima, blessed by Archbishop Schnurr for this occasion. The pilgrimage will last for 33 days, making stops at parishes in every deanery of the Archdiocese, and will be highlighted by four cornerstone family events. The pilgrimage will end at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains on the day of the bicentennial, Saturday, June 19, 2021. On that day, the Archbishop will reconsecrate the Archdiocese to Jesus through Mary during a special Mass commemorating the bicentennial. Day 16 of the Pilgrimage, Sunday, May 30, will be hosted by St. Benedict The Moor. There will be recitation of the rosary and a prayer service starting at 5:30pm. All members of Region One are invited to join us. We have a do it yourself retreat book letting you prepare for Marian Consecration 33 Days to Morning Glory. You can pick one up at each parish in our region. There will be a Mass on Monday morning at St. Benedict before the pilgrimage leaves on their journey.
     The pact is looking for more people to join them if you are interested to walk with the group to the next place or to drive with them, please call any of our parish offices to leave your name and telephone numbers and someone will contact you as soon as possible


Archdiocesan events
Bicentennial Celebration or the Beacon of Light.




Archbishop Schnurr sends his thanks to every- one from Pastoral Region One who has pledged to the 2021 Catholic Ministries Appeal. If you have not yet made your pledge, please consider doing so this week. These important local ministries depend on our help each year. You will find extra pledge envelopes in the back of Church for your convenience this weekend. To make a donation online, please visit Thank you!

Saint of the Week 
August 1st


         Saint Cajetan
         Feast Day – August 7

Born in Vicenza, Italy, Cajetan earned a doctorate in civil and canon law at the University of Padua. He took an ecclesiastical office in Rome under Pope Julius II and was ordained in 1516, joining a local oratory. In Rome and other northern Italian cities, he focused on helping the sick. With three other Italians, one a bishop who later became pope, he founded in 1523 the first order of clerks regular, the Theatines, which took its name from the bishop’s see. The priests of this reform congregation aided the Catholic Reformation, taking vows and living communally but also doing pastoral work. They served the sick, preached and studied the Bible.
Cajetan died in Naples; he is patron of the Theatines and domestic animal.

The Transfiguration of the Lord August 6

Before his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Christ climbed to a high point on Mount Tabor with his disciples Peter, James, and John. While Jesus prayed upon the mountain, his appearance was changed by a brilliant white light which shone from him and from his clothing.


Saint of the Week 
July 25th

Saints Joachim and Anne Feast – July 26 
Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

      By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. Any stories about Mary’s father and mother come to us through legend and tradition.

      For those who wonder what we can learn from people we know nothing about and how we can honor them, we must focus on why they are honored by the church. Whatever their names or the facts of their lives, the truth is that it was the parents of Mary who nurtured Mary, taught her, brought her up to be a worthy Mother of God. It was their teaching that led her to respond to God’s request with faith, “Let it be done to me as you will.” It was their example of parenting that Mary must have followed as she brought up her own son, Jesus. It was their faith that laid the foundation of courage and strength that allowed her to stand by the cross as her son was crucified and still believe.


  For More Saint of the Week



   Please keep Delores Broadstone a parishioner of St. Augustine in your prayers. Delores is convalescing in a nursing home in Vandalia after suffering a stroke.




Thanks for giving! “We are conscious of the great generosity of the many benefactors who support the Retirement Fund for Religious each year,” says a Catholic sister. “Support from the fund has been a tremendous blessing to our retired sisters.” Thank you for donating to last week’s second collection.


Song used in Deacon Ken’s Homily..
Song “I Then Shall Live”




Attention parishioners of St. Augustine!!! ls there anyone who would be interested in joining the team of sacristans?? We will train you. If interested please contact Fran Delegato or Sylvia Hess..


St. Augustine Catholic Church’s Annual Report for the Fiscal Year 2019/2020 is now available Below.

St Augustine Catholic Church Annual Report 2019-2020


St Benedict Bible study

You may access the St Benedict Bible study at 7:00pm on Wednesdays by keying in to or dial 1 402-921-2290 PIN: 708 666 706#. Use 712 770 5362 access code 163036 to access for the Rosary at 11:00 am on Mondays.


The St. Vincent De Paul St. Augustine Conference provided assistance to 3 families during the 3rd quarter of 2020. Your donations were spent in the following manner:

$500 Rent
$157 for Utilities

Many thanks for your continued monetary support and prayers to help the St. Vincent De Paul society help others in our Germantown/Farmersville/New Lebanon community’s. 



St Augustine will have its public mass on Sunday, at 8:15 am. There will be some changes to procedures.

Region One Guidelines to be observed for the resumption of Public Mass

The guidelines of safety and hygiene already in place will continue, including:
• Water has been removed from baptismal and holy water fonts.
• The gifts of bread and wine will be kept from public areas, it will be brought directly from the credence table to the altar.
• No physical contact at the Our Father or Sign of Peace.
• Discreet use of hand sanitizer by ministers of Holy Communion and communicants.
• No Holy Communion from the chalice by the faithful; concelebrating priests should Communicate by intinction.
• Holy Communion on the tongue is strongly discouraged.
• Vessels should be cleansed after each Mass with hot, soapy water
Additional guidelines for safety and hygiene include:
• Hymnals, missalettes, and other materials are removed from the pews. At best we will be using a disposable worship aid or the use of familiar hymns, songs, antiphons, and acclamations.
• Seating will be at places marked Blue alone and communion will be received as observing the spaces on the floor demarcated by the tapes.
• The faithful are encouraged to wear a face mask thinking about others; ministers of Holy Communion may wear a face mask; priest celebrant is discouraged from wearing a mask.
• With respect for the liturgical norms, the number and placement of ministers may be reduced: A deacon may fulfill the roles of lector and server. No Alter servers may be needed if there is a deacon.
• Ministers will be seated further apart than normal.
• Will evaluate the necessity of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and the number needed for each Mass.
• As permitted by the missal, presidential prayers may take place at the altar, or a podium may be setup at the chair, where possible.
• We are reducing the role of choirs and ensembles considering social distancing and public health regulations where applicable may these choirs take some turns to become cantors as has been in the Live-streaming times.
• No collection baskets may be passed from hand to hand. We will use the long collection baskets where applicable and baskets will be placed at the points where faithful can walk and put collections without passing it out. Envelopes will be provided at the door for when and where there is second collection.
• The bread to be consecrated for the Communion of the faithful should be placed on a corporal at the edge of the altar, not directly in front of the priest celebrant. Alternatively, the use of covered ciboria would likewise be appropriate.
• Other than as Viaticum to the critically ill, Holy Communion will, be given in the context of Mass. according to the approved rites. The distribution of Holy Communion immediately after Mass will not be tolerated. The spiritual Communion prayer will still be said for the sake who are unable to attend.


Father has given us the OK to begin the Rosary on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. We will begin reciting the Rosary this coming Wednesday. We’ll sit every other pew. If we can maintain our social distance, and we are fewer than ten, masks are not mandatory. Susie and I will disinfect the pews before and after the Rosary.

God Bless you all!
Deacon Ken


Online Donations

You Can Now Donate Online to the St. Augustine Church.
Be Generous as God is Generous

Click Below to Donate


Guidelines for the resumption of public worship

       Public worship may begin in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on Monday, May 25. Each parish/region should offer at least one public Mass daily. Pastors may determine whether it is necessary and prudent to celebrate more than one Mass on Saturday and Sunday.
      The Catholic faithful who reside in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and all other Catholics in the archdiocese continue to be dispensed from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass. Those who are at risk or fearful that they or their family might become sick are encouraged to stay home and join the Church by viewing live-streamed Masses.

In all circumstances, appropriate social distancing and the regulations put forth by public health authorities must be observed.

Guidelines for the Resumption of Public Worship



Notice to Parishioners

Saturday, the 4:30 Mass with Rosary at 4:10 pm will be live streamed from St. Mary’s, and the Sunday 11 AM Mass with Rosary at 10:40 am will be live streamed from St. Benedict.

During the corona virus. We ask to remember that the expenses of our church are ongoing and that our main source of income is your contributions. If you would like to donate at this time, we have several options you might use:

Mail your contributions to the rectory at 6891 Weaver Road, Germantown, 45327.

Go to our Website: and use the link to give electronically.

We thank you for your continued generosity and pray that we all come through this crisis safely.

May God be with you.


Coronavirus 2019

Some steps taking by Region one to avoid spread of the virus.

1. Eucharistic ministers should sanitize their hands before distribution of communion
2. Advise that all communicants receive communion in their hands and not by the tongue as there may be the danger of transmittance by saliva.
3. Distribution of communion will be under one specie (the body appearance)
4. There will be no holding of hands during the Lord’s prayer as we normally do.
5. There will be no exchange of sign of peace at least by hand
6. We will advise that people should avoid as much hand shake as possible even at the doorway out.

Let us all cooperate with one another to help eradicate this decease with prayer and actions.

God bless
Fr. Francis Tandoh, C.S.Sp.
Pastor Region one of Dayton




Please keep in your prayers our shut-ins: Toni Moore



Ministry Fair

If you were unable to attend the Ministry Fair and you are interested in joining one of our ministries please contact the office 855-2289 and you will be directed to someone that can help you.

Sonshine in a Bag

ST. AUGUSTINE PARISH will participate and supports the FIRST CHURCH OF GOD with their “SONSHINE IN A BAG” food program. What is Sonshine in a Bag? The Sonshine in a Bag program provides bags of food for the weekend to students who qualify through a teacher/counselor/psychologist/staff referral. They refer students who they feel could benefit from receiving food from this program. Many of these children are on the free and reduced lunch program at school. For many of these children, the food they receive for lunch at school may be the only food they receive for the day. Ensuring that children have nutritious food available to meet their needs will help them to concentrate better during school, have less behavioral issues, and improve school attendance. The purpose of this program is to provide these students with nutritious food for the weekend. In return this will help the students be more successful in school and have a brighter future.

How Can I Help?

Donate By Check: Please make Checks to Germantown First Church of God and designate for Sonshine in a Bag. Checks can be mailed to Germantown First Church of God 760 Farmersville Pike Germantown, OH 45327

Donate Food Items: click below to see the list of needed items (please purchase items only on the list).

Donations will be accepted every Sunday after the 8:15 am Mass. For more information and the “Sonshine in a Bag”

Sonshine in a Bag Food List



The Spirit of Sister Dorothy Stang Award

Sister Dorothy Stang from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati served as a missionary in Brazil and died as a martyr. The Spirit of Sister Dorothy Stang award is given in every parish to a parishioner or group who has modeled an extraordinary level of commitment to serving those in need either locally, nationally or around the world. Angie and Michael Valenti and Family are this year’s award winner for St. Augustine. We appreciate all the work the Valenti Family does to support our parish and community. Congratulations to the Valenti’s for this well deserved recognition!



The St. Vincent De Paul St. Augustine Conference made 6 home visits providing assistance to 19 adults and children during the 3rd quarter of 2019.  Your donations were spent in the following manner:


    $ 1,000 for Utilities


Donations from St. Augustine Parishioners, along with financial support from the Dayton District enabled us to meet the needs of our neighbors.  The Kroger Rewards program for this financial quarter increased SVDP’s bank account by $72. Many thanks for your continued monetary support and prayers to help the St. Vincent De Paul society help others in our Germantown/Farmersville/New Lebanon community.

 If anyone who isn’t participating in the Kroger Community Rewards program is interested in signing up, please contact Barb Maichle for additional information. Many thanks for your continued monetary support and prayers to help the St. Vincent De Paul society help others in our Germantown/Farmersville/New Lebanon community.



Support St.Vincent dePaul When you Shop at Kroger

Help St. Augustine Conference/ St. Vincent dePaul earn dollars from Kroger fundraising program !!

1. Go to rewards.
2. Sign into your online Kroger account (or create an account if you don’t have one yet).
3. Click Kroger Community Rewards, search for “St.Augustine Church Germantown/St.Vincent dePaul” by name or by JP967, then click enroll. or call call 1-800-576-4377
4. Each time you use your registered Kroger Card, Kroger makes a donation to “St.Augustine Church Germantown/St.Vincent dePaul”. Your fuel points or discounts will not be affected.
If any questions about the program see St. Augustine parishioner, Barb Maichle before or after Sunday Mass.


2019 CMA

Archbishop Schnurr sends his thanks to everyone from St. Augustine, St. Benedict the Moor and St. Mary who has pledged to the 2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal. If you have not yet made your pledge, please consider doing so this week. These important local ministries depend on our help each year. You will find extra pledge envelopes in the pews for your convenience this weekend. To make a pledge securely online, please visit Thank you!



To my parish families and friends of St Augustine, St Benedict and St Mary, I would personally like to thank all of you for making me feel a part of your parish families over the past several years. I would also like to thank you for the kind monetary gift you recently gave me as well. It was always my pleasure to celebrate masses with you. Each one of you always made me feel welcome. You will all be in my prayers and may each and every one of you continue to receive the blessing and love of Our Lord Jesus Christ and of his Blessed Mother Mary. Thank You again.

Yours in Christ, Father Dominic




Fr. Francis is seeking a small committee to explore ideas and coordinate the execution of fund raisers to support church operations. Father is asking for two (2) representatives from each church to join the Team. Please Volunteer!! It will be a fun way to help our parishes! Everyone interested should see a Parish Council Member before leaving church today. You can also call your church office and leave a message.





Father Jim Willig’s Gospel teachings every Sunday on Sacred Heart Radio at 7:30 and 9:30 am. Sacred Heart Radio broadcasts in Greater Cincinnati on 740AM, Hamilton on 89.5FM, and Dayton on 910AM. Also listen anytime on Heart to Heart’s website:



Help care for elders. “Thanks to support from the Retirement Fund for Religious, we are now in a much better position to care for our elders,” writes a religious sister. Your donation helps her religious community and hundreds of others provide for aging members and plan for long-term needs. Please give to next week’s Retirement Fund for Religious collection



If your child is ready for First Communion or Confirmation, please call the parish office and leave your name and phone number. Classes for the year have begun.



A “Hearty Welcome” to all new members. Please call the church offices 268-6697 (St. Benedict) 256-5633 (St. Mary) or 855-2289 (St. Augustine) to register. Please notify the offices when moving or of any change in address. This will help us update our census information.


If you would like to become a Sacristan please contact Sylvia Hess or Fran Delegato!!



If you have some extra time and you would like to help the needy, the St. Vincent De Paul Conference at St. Augustine could always use some new members. If interested, please contact  Sylvia M. Hess at the church office at 855-2289 or home at 855-6649 for further information.