Lenten brochure 2020


ST. AUGUSTINE Sewing Group


The St. Augustine Sewing group will meet  Monday February 17 at 10am. We will continue to sew purses for the Sew Powerful  Purse Project. All are welcome. Contact Joan Cameron after if you have questions.


“What Catholics Believe”

      Beginning February 5th, Adult Faith Formation will be discussing “What Catholics Believe”. Each class time is roughly forty-five minutes to one hour long depending on discussion time. Tentatively scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month for 5 months, this class may evolve into the first and third Wednesdays of the Month for 2 1/2 months.
      Additionally, the same class will be conducted following Mass beginning on Sunday February 9th at the Rectory. They will determine class dates on the 9th. Contact Deacon Ken for the Wednesday evening class or Fran Delegato for the Sunday morning Class. Since the class utilizes handouts help us to get good count so that we have enough handouts. Late comers are welcome, we’ll get you a handout!




Please keep in your prayers our shut-ins: Toni Moore, Robert Schell, Wallace Winter., Ray Metzger and Donna Guffey



St. Mary Fish Fry returns on Feb. 7 from 6-11:00 PM. We’ll serve the usually fantastic fish, fries, Cole slaw, sausage and whistleberries. We’ll have games of chance, door prizes and raffles. You must be 21. PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS ARE $18 IN ADVANCE AND $20 THE DAY OF THE EVENT. Please see an usher after Sunday services at St. Augustine  or contact the rectory for tickets. 




Thank you to the group who cut all the greens and put together our beautiful advent wreath and streamers with advent candles. Each year it is more breathtaking. Thank you so much.

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!



Homily and Song (“Rescue Story” by Zach Williams.) for the 24th Sunday OTC by Deacon Ken Stewart can be found on Pastors Corner

Pastors Corner

Rescue Story

Addiction: Joshua Stewart




Online Donations

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



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.


St. Augustine Catholic Church’s Annual Report for the Fiscal Year 07/01/2018 to 06/30/2019 is now available Below.

St. Augustine Annual Report




Thank you, Betty &Tim Stueve, for all the work they have done to make our flower beds look so pretty.
Thank you to all the people who keep our church looking beautiful with banners etc.



A big thank you to Joe Devillez for installing new kneelers where needed at St. Augustine. They are very nice.


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.




Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Ash Wednesday

1. What is Ash Wednesday?

a. A holy day of obligation
b. The day marking the beginning of Lent
c. The day Jesus rose again
d. The last day of Lent

2. Ash Wednesday is a holy day of obligation?


3. Easter affects the day Ash Wednesday lands on.


4. The ashes on the forehead represent ______.

a. mourning and repentance
b the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
c. commitment to God
d. a cool sign of faith

5. Can you eat meat on Ash Wednesday?

a. Yes, you only must abstain from eating meat on Fridays
b. No, meat is prohibited on Ash Wednesday

Answers Next Week:


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Sacrament of Matrimony

1. The exchange of vows, called the “giving of_______,” is when the sacrament of Matrimony actually occurs.

a. consent
b. Flowers
c. rings
d. wedding cake

2. A divorced Catholic cannot remarry in the Catholic church unless his or her first marriage was __________.

a. performed in a foreign country
b annulled
c. celebrated before 1990
d. forgotten

3. Catholic couples celebrate their marriage ceremonies _______.

a. on a beach
b. in a church
c. at home
d. anywhere they want

4. It is possible for a Catholic to marry a non-Catholic in a valid Catholic wedding.


5. Saint _______ is the patron saint of married people.

a. Joseph
b. Tietheknot
c. Katharine Drexel
d. Michael

This week’s answers:

1. a, consent
2. b, annulled
3. b, in a church
4. True
5. a, Joseph


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Saints of the Week

1. St. Scholastica, whose feast is Feb. 10th, is the sister of _____________.

a. St. Augustine
b. St. Benedict
c. St. Francis
d. Constantine

2. St. Scholastica is the patron saint of __________.

a. librarians
b. dentists
c. nuns
d. newborn babies

3. Sts.Cyril & Methodius, whose feast is Feb. 14, were brothers who believed in ___________.

a. receiving the Eucharist daily
b. receiving the Eucharist daily
c. the importance of celebrating the Eucharist in
your own language
d. weekly family dinners

4. St. Valentine was a kind hearted priest imprisoned by Claudius II for aiding young Christians. While he was in custody St. Valentine __________.

a. healed a fellow prisoner of a heart ailment
b. converted 46 members of the guards families
c. made conversation hearts
d. fasted for 46 days

This week’s answers:

1. b, St. Benedict
2. c, nuns
3. c, the importance of celebrating the Eucharist in your own language
4. b, converted 46 members of the guards families


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Test Your Knowledge

1. Candlemas is a Christian Holiday celebrated on Feb. 2nd. It celebrates three occasions according to Christian belief: the presentation of the child Jesus, Jesus’ first entry into the temple and _______.

a. Jesus’ first outing
b. purification of the Virgin Mary
c. the light of Christ
d. the groundhogs shadow

2. The feast of Saint Blaise is celebrated each year on_____.

a. Feb. 1
b. Feb. 6
c. Feb. 3
d. Feb. 4

3. Saint Blaise is the patron saint of _______.

a. doctors
b. firemen
c. illnesses of the throat
d. candle makers

4. Some Catholic parishes commemorate the feast of St. Blaise by _______.

a. lighting extra candles
b. blessing throats
c. handing out candles
d. blessing animals

This week’s answers:

1. b, purification of the Virgin Mary
2. c, Feb. 3
3. c, illnesses of the throat
4. b, blessing throats


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Test Your Knowledge on Anointing of the Sick

1. Only a ________ can anoint a sick person.

a. Doctor
b. miracle worker
c. teacher
d. priest

2. _________ is the final Eucharist that is given to a person in danger of death along with the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.

a. First Communion
b. The Last Supper
c. Viaticum
d. Baptism

3. If a dying person is too sick to be baptized but would seek baptism if they could, this is called a “baptism of _______,” and that person can also be anointed.

a. procrastination
b. Anointing
c. too little too late
d. desire

4. A protestant can never receive Anointing of the Sick.


5. During the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the person is anointed on his _______ and hands

a. forehead
b. feet
c. tongue
d. heart

This week’s answers:

1. d, priest
2. c, Viaticum
3. d, desire
4. d, FALSE
5. a, forehead


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Test Your Knowledge on Sacraments

1. The two sacraments of healing are Anointing of the Sick and _____.

a. Recuperation
b. Recovery
c. Penance / Reconciliation
d. Holy Orders

2. Anointing of the sick is always celebrated with only the priest and the sick person present. Families are not invited.


3. God heals people though _______.

a. miracles
b. medical science
c. eating healthier food
d. all of the above

4. Anointing people who are sick or dying expresses how the Church _______.

a. owns Catholic hospitals
b. says good-bye before we die
c. is anti-death
d. brings God’s comfort and presence to all situations our lives, good or bad

5. The main symbol used in the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is ______.

a. Hire
b. water
c. oil
d. bread and wine

This week’s answers:

1. c, Penance / Reconciliation
3. d, all of the above
4. d, brings God’s comfort
5. c, oil


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Test Your Knowledge on Baptism

1. Parents _______ their babies to begin the child’s Christian life in the Church community.

a. Baptize
b. feed
c. marry off
d. bathe

2. The person who baptized Jesus was _____ the Baptist.

a. John
b. George
c. Frank
d. Larry

3. After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a _____ upon him .

a. pterodactyl
b. pigeon
c. dove
d. gust of wind

4. St. Peter baptized _____ even though he was a Roman centurion and a pagan Gentile.

a. Bruno Mars
b. Optimus Prime
c. Julius Caesar
d. Cornelius

5. Ananias baptized _____ after _____ heard Jesus’ voice and was told to stop persecuting Christians.

a. Nero
b. Paul
c. Valentine
d. Blase

This week’s answers:

1. a, Baptize
2. a, John
3. c, dove
4. d, Cornelius
5. b, Paul


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Test Your Knowledge on Epiphany

1. The Magi who visited the newborn Jesus were _______.

a. Wise men from the East
b. types of bugs
c. young magicians
d. from Magiopolis

2. How many gifts did the magi bring to Jesus?

a. 1
b. 10
c. 3
d. 5

3. What reason did the wise men give for coming in search of the babe?

a. To see the baby that was born king
b. to give Him gifts
c. to worship Him
d. to look for the child born of a virgin

4. Which of the gospels speak of the visit of the wise men?

a. Mark
b. John
c. Luke
d. Matthew

5. The three gifts that Jesus received from the wise men were frankincense, myrrh and _______ .

a. essential oils
b. baby rattle
c. gold
d. silver

This week’s answers:

1. a, Wise men from the East
2. c, 3
3. c, to worship Him
4. d, Matthew
5. c, gold


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Sunday, December 29, 2019
Test Your Knowledge on Christmas

1. Jesus, Mary and Joseph are members of the Holy_______ .

a. Name Society
b. Club
c. Trinity
d. Family

2. Christmas lights are a symbol of Jesus, who is the” _______ of the world”.

a. sun
b. light
c. Rudolph’s nose
d. flashlight

3. Which animals does the Bible say were present at Jesus’ birth?

a. cows, sheep, goats
b. cows, donkeys, sheep
c. only sheep and donkey
d. the Bible never says

4. How many days after the birth of Christ did Joseph and Mary give him the name Jesus?

a. 30
b. 8
c. 3
d. 7

5. Who spread the news about baby Jesus throughout Bethlehem?

a. shepherds
b. angels
c. wise men 
d. town crier

This week’s answers:

l. d, Family
2. b, light
3. d, the Bible never says
4. b, 8
5. a, shepherds


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Test Your Knowledge on Advent

1. According to tradition, approximately how far did Mary travel to visit Elizabeth?

a. 10 miles
b. 50 miles
c. 100 miles
d. 500 miles

2. Why are the Advent candles arranged in the shape of a circle?

a. Makes a wreath, & wreaths are Christmassy
b. Circles symbolize eternity
c. It takes up the least space
d. It is the easiest way to see all four candles

3. What is a Jesse Tree?

a. Another name for a Christmas tree
b. The tree decorated with Chrismons
c. A representation of Jesus’ family tree
d. A tree that blossoms at Christmastime

4. What is the meaning of the Hebrew word “Emmanuel”?

a. Mighty king
b. Christ child
c. God with us
d. Prince of Peace

This week’s answers:

1. c, 100 miles
2. b. Circles symbolize eternity
3. c, A representation of Jesus’ family tree
4. c, God with us


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.