2019 SVDP Raffle Results

Thank you all for making the St Vincent Raffle a success. We raised $1580. We would not have been able to raise this much without the help of the women who made the quilt and those who sold the tickets.

These are the results:

Quilt                                                     Rita Smallwood
Stain Glass                                             Carolyn Moore
Grill Basket                                            Stella Hoog
M&M /Games                                          Marie Klotz
Wine Basket                                          Bill Maichle
Vintage Collectable Dishes                        Katie Hale
Coffee Basket                                        Bill Maichle
Baby Basket                                            Donna Guffy
Porcelain China                                      Mary Rondeau



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



Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers

Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers

You are invited to a mandatory Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers workshop of Region One. The workshop will take place at St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church on 519 Liscum Drive, Dayton Ohio, on December 14, 2019 starting at 10 am and ending on 12 in the afternoon.

Receive greetings from Region One Below

Eucharist Flyer



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




This year we have as special mission appeal African Faith and Justice Network. The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) is a community of advocates for responsible U.S. relations with Africa. AFJN stresses issues of peacebuilding, human rights and social justice that tie directly into Catholic social teaching. AFJN works closely with Catholic missionary congregations and numerous Africa-focused coalitions of all persuasions to advocate for U.S. economic and political policies that will benefit Africa’s poor majority, facilitate an end to armed conflict, establish equitable trade and investment with Africa and promote sustainable development. AFJN works primarily with the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government to advance our message of social justice, though we are also registered as a UN-DPI organization at the United Nations. AFJN’s support base is primarily built on the Catholic missionary community in the USA and in Africa. AFJN is an extension of missionary witness in the difficult yet important arena of USA political decisions that affect African people. Teresa Philips of the Archdiocese mission office will be the one to represent the organization on July 27/28, 2019. She will speak at all our parishes in the Region.To learn more about AFJN, go to





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, December 8, 2019
Test Your Knowledge on Advent

1. The readings at Mass for the first weeks of Advent focus on Jesus’ second coming and the judgement of the world.



2. Advent lasts _____.

a. 40 days
b. until the Christmas sales end
c. until the Epiphany
d. four weeks


3. “O come, O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive _______ …

a. Israel
b. Pokemon
c. hostages
d. prisoners


4. Jesus’cousin’s name is _______.

a. Joseph
b. Myron
c. John the Baptist
d. George

Answers Next Week:

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Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Test Your Knowledge on Advent

1. The word Advent means.

a. Spend lots of money on Christmas gifts
b. Arrival/coming
c. Prepare/make way
d. Birth of a notable person or king


2. Which of these is not a meaning for the 4 candles on an Advent Wreath?

a. Hope
b. Joy
c. Patience
d. Peace


3. On the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, it is a tradition for the Pope to ______

a. Sing Silent Night in several languages
b. Sing Silent Night in several languages
c. Bless the Baby Jesus statues for children’s manager scenes
d. Bless the Christmas candle and all candles that will be used throughout the liturgical year

This week’s answers:

1. b, Arrival/coming
2. c, Patience
3. c, Bless the Baby Jesus statues for children’s manager scenes


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Test Your Knowledge of Saints

1. There are various seasons during the church year. Which season begins the church year?

a. Christmas
b. Easter
c. Lent
d. Advent

2. As different colors are associated with different seasons of the church year, which color is used during Advent?

a. red
b. purple
c. green
d. white

3. Which month is traditionally associated with prayer for the dead?

a. March
b. July
c. September
d. November

4. Who was the first saint born in America after it had officially become a country?

a. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
b. St. Kateri Tekakwitha
c. St. Katharine Drexel
d. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

This week’s answers:

1. d, Advent
2. b, purple
3. d, November
4. c, St. Katharine Drexel


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Test Your Knowledge of Saints

1. This female Saint is a Doctor of the Church and often considered the greatest modern day saint. Hailing from France, she was only 24 when she succumbed to tuberculosis on September 30, 1897. She is patron saint of missionaries and Russia. She is known as the Little Flower.

a. St Joan of Arc
b. St Kateri Tekakwitha
c. Saint Clare of Assisi
d. Saint Therese of Lisieux

2. This male saint is one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. He is a brother of another apostle and one of the Sons of Thunder. He is known as the Beloved Disciple. He survived all the other
apostles and lived until the year 100.

a. St. Andrew 
b. St. Jude
c. St. Peter
d. St. John the Apostle

3. This saint is a true warrior having battled for her country with a sign reading, “Jesus, Mary.” She is patron saint of France having lived from 1412 to 1431.

a. St. Margaret of Antioch
b. St. Teresa of Avila
c. St. Catherine of Alexandria
d. St. Joan of Arc

This week’s answers:

1. d, Saint Therese of Lisieux
2. d, St. John the Apostle
3. d, St. Joan of Arc


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Test Your Sacramental Knowledge
Sunday, November 10, 2019

1. The patron saint of first communicants is _______.

a. Blessed Imelda Lambertini
b. St. Ignatius of Antioch
c. St. Thomas Aquinas
d. St. James

2. The Mass is structured into two main parts: the Liturgy of the _______ and the Liturgy of
the Eucharist.

a. book
b. word
c. readings
d. preaching

3. In Greek, eucharist literally means _______.

a. city by the sea
b. u r Christ
c. holy meal
d. thanksgiving

4. At the Last Supper, which was the first Mass, Jesus not only instituted the Eucharist, he
also _______ the disciples’ feet.

a. washed
b. healed
c. smelled
d. put sandals on

5. The earliest Christians all believed in and celebrated the Eucharist just like Catholics

True or False

This week’s answers:

1. a, Blessed Imelda Lambertini
2. b, word
3. d, thanksgiving
4. a, washed
5. True


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Test Your Confirmation Knowledge
Sunday, November 3, 2019

1. _________ of the Lord is a gift of the Holy Spirit that is also known as “awe and wonder”.

a. service
b. obedience
c. knowledge
d. fear

2. The gift of _______ gives the confirmed person the ability to do what is right in difficult and even dangerous situations.

a. understanding
b. fortitude
c. piety
d. gab

3. _______ is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit seen in Catholics who fully live out their Baptism and Confirmation.

a. joy
b. papaya
c. membership in the choir
d. self-respect

4. _______ is the fruit of the Holy Spirit that gives us the ability to desire what is good for others even if they hurt us.

a. patience
b. love
c. peace
d. kindness

5. How many times do Catholics get confirmed?

a. every time they go to Mass
b. it depends on the parish
c. twice
d. once

This week’s answers:

1. d, fear
2. b, fortitude
3. a, joy
4. b, love
5. d, once


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Test Your Confirmation Knowledge
Sunday, October 27, 2019

1.The Bishop ________ Confirmation candidates with sacred Chrism to signify their new life in Christ.

a. washes
b. anoints
c. salutes
d. paints

2. The confirmandi are anointed on the _________

a. hands
b. feet
c. lips
d. foreheads

3. Sacred chrism has perfume in it.

True – False

4. Sacred _________ is the holy oil used for anointing the candidates at Confirmation.

a. grease
b. baby oil
c. chrism
d. suntan oil

5. Confirmation is the first sacrament Catholics receive.

True – False

This week’s answers:

1. b, anoints
2. d, foreheads
3. True
4. c, chism (once a year during Holy Week bishops bless the oils that parishes will use locally for the sacraments)
5. False


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Test Your Confirmation Knowledge
Sunday, October 20, 2019

1. _________ is the sacrament that confirms the promises made by parents and godparents at an infant’s Baptism.

a. First Communion
b. Confirmation
c. Holy Orders
d. Anointing of the Sick

2. ________ is the main symbol of Confirmation

a. Sacred chrism
b. water
c. bread
d. a candle

3. To show a connection to _________, the Confirmation liturgy begins with a renewal of
the promises made at ________.

a. birth
b. the Vatican
c. school
d. Baptism

4. The gift of _______ given at Confirmation helps Catholics measure decisions based on the truths of God.

a. wisdom
b. piety
c. courage
d. chocolate

5. A Catholic needs to be ________ in order to be a disciple of Christ.

a. confirmed
b. a priest
c. baptized
d. a nun

This week’s answers:

1. b, Confirmation
2. a, Sacred chrism
3. d, Baptism
4. a, wisdom
5. c, confirmed


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Are You Smarter Than a Catholic 5th Grader?
Sunday, October 13, 2019

1. How many Books are there in the Bible (old and new testament)?

a. 103
b. 77
c. 82
d. 73

2. What is the first Book of the Bible?

a. Exodus
b. Psalms
c. Genesis
d. Matthew

3. What is the greatest act of worship for Catholics?

a. Baptism
b. Religious Ordination
c. Eucharist
d. Confirmation

4. What is the first Miracle of Jesus recorded in the Bible?

a. changing water to wine
b. walking on water
c. healing the sick
d. healing a paralyzed man

5. All 7 sacraments have their origin in scriptures,


This week’s answers:

1. d, 73
2. c, Genesis
3. c, Eucharist
4. a, changing water to wine
5. True


Test your Catholic IQ! (Courtesy of OLGH)
Are You Smarter Than a Catholic 5th Grader?
Sunday, October 6, 2019

1. How many brothers did Joseph have?

a. 0
b. 11
c. 3
d. 7

2. John the Baptist lived off the land. What did he eat?

a. Goat’s milk and bread
b. fish and berries
c. locusts and wild honey
d. oats & grains

3. What is the name of the mountain where Moses was given the 10 Commandments?

a. Mt. Olympus
b. Mt. Sinai
c. Mt. Ararat
d. Mt. Zion

4. What does the name Christ mean?

a. Healer
b. cherished
c. anointed
d. son

5. Noah sent two birds from the Ark, one of which was a Dove. What was the other bird?

a. raven
b. peacock
c. finch
d. eagle

This week’s answers:

1. b, 11
2. c, locusts and wild honey
3. b, Mt. Sinai
4. c, anointed
5. a, raven


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.