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ST. AUGUSTINE PARISH NEWS

 Soup , Video and Stations at St. Augustine Join us at St. Augustine Catholic Church each Friday in Lent for soup and bread at 6 pm, during which a 30 minute video will be shown from “No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk-Through Christ’ ’s Passion”. Stations will follow at 7:00 pm

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Lenten, Holy Week, Easter Schedule

Stations of the Cross: Feb. 16, 23, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22

8:30am Our Lady of Mercy Church
9:30 am St. Benedict School
11:30 am Queen of Martyrs Church
3:00 pm St. Benedict Church
7:00 pm St. Augustine Church

Holy Thursday

7:00 pm St. Augustine Church March 28, 2024
6:00 pm Corpus Christi Church March 28, 2024

Good Friday

Stations March 29, 2024

noon (noon) St. Augustine Church
1:00 pm Our Lady of Mercy Church
11:00 am Queen of Martyrs Church
3:00 pm St. Benedict Church

Good Friday Passion of the Lord Service March 29, 2024

5:00 pm Corpus Christi Church
7:00 pm St. Augustine Church

                  Holy Saturday Easter Vigil March 30, 2024
(Combined Mass for All Holy Spirit Family)
8:30 pm St. Benedict Church

Easter Sunday March 31, 2024

8:30 am St. Augustine Church
9:00 am Our Lady of Mercy Church
10:30 am St. Benedict Church
11:00 am Queen of Martyrs Church

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 Congratulations to Sylvia M. Hess as you retire after 34 years of service as the secretary and pastor’s assistant at St. Augustine Church in Germantown.

 

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Save These Dates

 

A Lenten Retreat for All Holy Spirit Family of Parishes

Saturday, March 9, at Queen of Martyrs Beginning with Mass at 8:30 am Then proceeding to McAuley Hall Retreat ending 2:30 pm Join us for our special Lenten Retreat Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist by Dr. Brant Pitre

How is the Eucharist the New Passover Meal? How is the Eucharist the New Manna from Heaven? What is the “Bread of the Presence” from the Old Testament?

Retreat includes coffee and donuts, and lunch! Registration is required by March 7. Look for retreat flyer in the coming weeks to get registered. Or register by calling the church office. QM Office 937-277-2092 Charlotte Minnelli 937-238-8146 Jacky Lovegren 937-276-3095 Retreat is free of charge, but donations are welcome.

 

Taize Prayer Service
March 21, 2024, 7:00 PM
Saint Augustine Church

 

Confirmation Mass at Saint Augustine Sunday, May 5th.

Need servers, lectors and Eucharistic Ministers Please Contact Deacon Ken

 

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Combined Family Masses for 2024

    We will continue our efforts of growing together as a community, with the 2024 Combined Mass. Recall, there will be a single mass each quarter dedicated as a combined mass for the entire Family of Parishes. On those days when we schedule a combined mass, it will be the only mass for that weekend. There will be announcements within the bulletin and at masses leading up to the scheduled combined mass.

Confirmation Mass at Saint Augustine Sunday, May 5th.

Need servers, lectors and Eucharistic Ministers Please Contact Deacon Ken

The Combined Mass 2024 schedule is as follows:
First Quarter Easter Vigil Mass, March 30, 2024, 8:30 pm at St. Benedict the Moor

Second Quarter – Pentecost; May 5, 2024, 10:30 am at St. Augustine

Third QuarterFamily Picnic, September 8, 2024, 10:00 a.m. To be Determined (TBD)

Fourth Quarter Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 24, 2024, 10:00 am at Corpus Christi

Thank you for your attention, please do continue to check the bulletin for future updates.

 

 ST. BENEDICT SCHOOL NEWS  

 

 

 

Recycled Plastic Bag Bench

A new bench was placed at the Grotto at St. Benedict School by Marie and Randy Klotz of St. Augustine Church. This bench is made from recycled plastic bags. We all can help make more benches by saving our plastic bags and giving them to Randy and Marie at St. Augustine Church. A special thanks to Randy and Marie, and to all who donate plastic for this cause.

 

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Thanks to all who attended the Holy Spirit Family of Parishes Mass celebrating Queen of Martyrs 75th Anniversary!

Deacon Ken Stewart, Father Francis,
Archbishop Schnurr, and Father Benoit

 

Thank You

I want to say thank you to Queen of Martyrs for inviting the Holy Spirit Family churches to their 75th Anniversary Mass (Pontifical Mass) and the magnificent dinner after Mass. As part of our Holy Spirit Family of Parishes, I found the whole day to be blessed.

Randall Klotz
St. Augustine Church
Regional Parish Council Chair

 

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SAINT AUGUSTINE PRAYER CHAIN

If you would like to be a part of the St. Augustine Prayer Chain, please contact Marie Klotz at saintapraysingtown@gmail.com

SAINT AUGUSTINE ONE CALL

To be added to the St. Augustine one-call, please contact Fran Delegato at delegatof@outlook.com

 

Sonshine in a Bag

St. AUGUSTINE PARISH is participating and supporting “SONSHINE IN A BAG” food program. The Sonshine in a Bag program provides bags of food to refer students who they feel could benefit from receiving food from this program. Donation are Appreciated.

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While traveling and you wish to find Catholic Services near your visiting area go to this website.

http://CatholicMassTime.org

 

Saint of the Week 
February 24, 2024

Saint Gregory of Narek   

Saint Gregory of Narek, 951–c. 1003
Abbot and Doctor of the Church
Feast Day February 27

Widely venerated in the Armenian Church Declared a Doctor of the Church in 2015 by Pope Francis in 2021

     Evangelized by the Apostles Saint Jude Thaddeus and Saint Bartholomew, Armenia became – in 301 – the first kingdom to make Christianity its official religion. The Church thrived in Armenia, but in 451, the Armenian Church separated from the Church of Rome over disagreements on doctrine from the Council of Chalcedon. The Armenian Church remained an apostolic Church, its Sacraments and life of prayer continued, but the division remained. Attempts at reunification have intensified in recent decades, and the honoring of Saint Gregory of Narek is the Roman Church’s most recent attempt to more fully unite with the Eastern Church of Armenia.

      Gregory was born in 951, near Lake Van in modern-day Turkey. His mother died when he was young, leading to his deep devotion to our Blessed Mother. His father was the ruling prince of the Andzevatsiq province and an Armenian bishop and scholar whose support of some of the teachings of the Council of Chalcedon led to his excommunication from the Armenian Church.

     After their mother’s death, Gregory and his older brother were sent to live at the Monastery of Narek. At about the age of twenty-six, Gregory was ordained a priest for the monastery and remained there for the rest of his life, teaching theology in the monastery’s school.

     Shortly after his ordination to the priesthood, Gregory wrote a commentary on the Song of Songs. He also wrote commentary on the Book of Job, and numerous chants, homilies, and speeches that sang the praises of holy men. Toward the end of his life, he wrote his most famous work, The Book of Lamentations, or, as it is commonly known today, The Book of Narek.

     Gregory’s father taught him to remain in continuous dialogue with God, ever attentive to His divine presence. The Book of Narek is a compilation of ninety-five prayers that flow from that dialogue. Each begins with the phrase, “Speaking with God from the Depths of the Heart.” The prayers express a troubled – even tormented – soul’s deepest love of God. The torment is not despair, but an interior expression of hope from a soul in touch with its fallen humanity and sin, while also keenly aware of God’s mercy. His prayers reflect the psalms and are similar to Saint Augustine’s Confessions. Saint Gregory states that these prayers were written “by the finger of God” (Prayer 34) and that he saw God, as he says, “with my own eyes” (Prayer 27f).

     In the centuries after Gregory’s death, Armenia suffered greatly under foreign domination, culminating in the Armenian genocide when the Turks murdered an estimated 1 – 1.8 million Armenians in 1915-16. During their suffering, the Armenian people relied on Saint Gregory’s book of prayers. When Pope Francis declared Saint Gregory a Doctor of the Church, the book of prayers became accessible to the whole world. Let us conclude with the ending of Gregory’s final prayer.

     Prepare the earth for the day of light and let the soil bloom and bring forth fruit, heavenly cup of life-giving blood, ever sacrificed, never running dry all for the salvation and life of the souls in eternal rest. And though my body die in sin, with Your grace and compassion, may I be strengthened in You, cleansed of sin through You, and renewed by You with life everlasting, and at the resurrection of the righteous be deemed worthy of Your Father’s blessing. To Him together with You, all glory, and with the Holy Spirit, praise and resounding thanks, now, always and forever, Amen.

 

Saint of the Week 
February 18,

Polycarp of Smyrna

Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr c. 65–c. 155 (or 166)

Feast Day February 23

Invoked against earaches and dysentery.

      As a disciple of St. John, the Evangelist, St. Polycarp was able to hear about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection directly from those who witnessed it. Because Polycarp was ordained as Bishop of Smyrna by St. John, he is one of three chief Apostolic Fathers, along with Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch.
 

      During his life Polycarp defended the Church against heresies. His important writing, the Letter to the Philippians, quoted the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, stressing Paul’s authority in the Church and setting out clear arguments against the gnostic heresy that denied Christ’s divinity.

     The early period of the Church was a dangerous time to be a Christian and like many, St. Polycarp was martyred. He was captured by Romans and sentenced to burn at the stake. However, the fire did not touch him, instead rising up like sails around him. Seeing that the flames would not injure Polycarp, the Romans stabbed him instead. The Martyrdom of Polycarp is perhaps the earliest fully preserved account of a Christian martyr.

 

Saint of the Week 
February 11, 2024

Ash Wednesday             

February 14. 2024

      It was a common practice within the early Church that those who were found guilty of grave public sin needed to do public penance before they were admitted back into communion with the Church and admitted to the Most Holy Eucharist. The public sinners came forward in sackcloth forty days before Easter and were sprinkled with ashes, in keeping with many Old Testament examples of public penance. They fasted and prayed for forty days and then, on Easter, were readmitted into full communion with the Church. Eventually, prior to the end of the first millennium, this practice was extended to the entire Church as a way of highlighting everyone’s need for penance.

     Today, as a sign of our ongoing need to repent of our sins and do penance, the faithful are invited to come forward to be marked with ashes as a sign of their commitment to the penitential season of Lent, so as to celebrate with great joy the Solemnity of Easter. Lent is forty-six days long. Forty of those days are penitential days, and six of them are Sundays. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes with the Easter Vigil. The forty penitential days are an imitation of Jesus’ forty days in the desert.

     As we come forward to receive ashes, the minister traditionally says, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This line is taken from the Book of Genesis when God expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. To both of them, God said this curse would last “Until you return to the ground, from which you were taken; For you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). Thus, the final curse of original sin is death: “…to dust you shall return.”

     As we come forward to receive ashes, we should hear God saying to us that we also suffer the consequences of original sin and will die. While we acknowledge that the curse of death will endure, we also hold onto the hope of resurrection made possible through Christ. Ash Wednesday is our liturgical and public statement that we have chosen both repentance and redemption.

     As you come forward to receive the ashes today, make this act a prayer and one of deep interior devotion. Call to mind your sins and the sins of your whole life, as best you can. Acknowledge the just punishment of eternal death that you deserve for your sins. But then call to mind the infinite and unmerited mercy of God. He has reached down from Heaven to offer you the gift of eternal salvation through your repentance and humility. Humble yourself today in “sackcloth and ashes,” so God will use this Lent to more fully unite your soul with His through His glorious death and resurrection.

  Most glorious and Triune God, as I enter this season of Lent, I wholeheartedly acknowledge my sin and repent. Please be merciful to me, a sinner. Help me to make this Lent a truly penitential season so that my soul will be more disposed to receive You this Easter. Jesus, I trust in You.

 

 

Saint of the Week 
February 4, 2024

Our Lady of Lourdes     

Our Lady of Lourdes January 11–July 16, 1858
Feast Day February 11th.

Patron Saint of the sick, asthma sufferers

      Bernadette Soubirous was the eldest of nine children born into a poor family in Lourdes, France on January 7, 1844. All eleven members lived in a relative’s one-room basement, a former prison or dungeon. Bernadette spoke the local Occitan dialect and learned some French as a teenager. Frequently ill, she received a simple education from the Sisters of Charity and Christian Instruction.

    At age fourteen, Bernadette, her sister, and a friend were gathering firewood to heat the Soubirous home. Bernadette fell behind as they searched for wood near a rock grotto. Hearing the sound of rushing wind, she saw only a wild rose moving. Then, from within the grotto, she saw a dazzling light and the figure of a small young lady in white with yellow roses on her feet. When Bernadette’s sister told their mother about what Bernadette reported seeing, their mother punished the girls for lying and forbade them to return to the grotto. 

     Three days later, Bernadette and the two girls received Bernadette’s mother’s reluctant permission to return. Thus began a series of trips to the grotto, with a growing number of townspeople joining the three. Only Bernadette, though, saw the lady. On the third appearance, the lady spoke to Bernadette for the first time, in Occitan, asking Bernadette to return for the next fourteen days.

     During the next two weeks, the lady appeared to Bernadette twelve times. She instructed Bernadette to tell the priests they were to build a chapel there, that she should wash in the fountain, and that she was to pray for sinners. The lady also revealed three secrets to Bernadette, enjoining her silence.

    Even as more people flocked to the grotto, many doubted Bernadette, criticizing her and her family. During the ninth vision, the lady asked Bernadette to drink from a spring of water in the cave. Finding and drinking from a small muddy puddle, Bernadette emerged with mud on her face and encountered the onlookers’ ridicule. Over the next two days, the little mud puddle turned into a flowing spring of clear water. After a woman with a paralyzed arm bathed her limb in the water and was cured, many began to believe that Bernadette was seeing and talking to the Blessed Mother, although the lady had not revealed her name.

    Bernadette returned to the grotto on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation. When she asked the lady’s name, the lady responded, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Bernadette repeated the name to herself over and over so she wouldn’t forget. When she told the parish priest, he was stunned. Only four years prior, the pope had issued the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception. This fact, especially, convinced Church leaders that the apparitions were authentic.

     Several years later, Bernadette entered religious life. She died in 1879 and was canonized in 1933.

     Today, the waters in Lourdes continue to flow. The faithful have professed countless healings, and the Church has confirmed seventy healings through a rigorous scientific process. Millions of the sick flock to this holy grotto every year to seek a cure by bathing in or drinking the miraculous water, making Lourdes one of the most frequented pilgrimage sites in the world.

     Dearest Mother, you chose the humble Bernadette to proclaim your universal message of repentance and your title as the Immaculate Conception. Please pray for me, that I may one day share in your glory in Heaven. Saint Bernadette, pray for me. Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, pray for me. Jesus, I trust in You.

 

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ST. AUGUSTINE PARISH NEWS

Sunday October 1st. St. Augustine presented the (The Top 3 Reasons That I Became Catholic… and Always Will Be. The Dr. John Bergsma, a former Protestant Pastor’s story) was shown immediately after the 8:30 am Mass. Please fill free to view this presentation.

To View click below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06F4i4TtS1c

 

ST. AUGUSTINE PARISH NEWS

Ben Mersch son of Joyce and Steve Mersch was ordained a Deacon at the Cathedral today April 29th 2023.