"Let us praise the Lord with the whole of ourselves, not only with tongue and voice but with conscience and life and deed." ~St. Augustine
This Sunday we begin our celebration of Advent – a word that means “coming” – in which we prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord. Throughout Advent, the readings from the Old Testament, and in particular from the prophet Isaiah, reflect the anticipation of the ancient Israelites of the coming of God into the world to rescue them. The Incarnation of Jesus, God made flesh, marks the first coming of God which fulfilled the ancient expectation. The New Testament readings anticipate the second coming, when Jesus returns at the end of time, to restore the world. What is our role in this? As Jesus tells us in Sunday's Gospel , it is to be watchful and alert for his return. Reflection: What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me? What can I be doing each day to seek out Christ? 

In addition to our regular weekly Mass schedule , this week we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There are three "feast" days celebrated each year specifically in honor of Mary. At this one, we praise God that she herself was conceived without the stain of original sin, a divine grace which made her worthy for the task of bearing the Son of God into the world. Masses for this celebration are held:
Thursday, December 7th - 4pm Vigil
Friday, December 8th - 8am, 10:30am, and 7pm.


One of the ways we can prepare for the coming of Christ is by sharing our blessings to help ease the suffering of others. Our parish ministries provides many ways in which we can do this, including:

Angel Tree - help brighten the Christmas season for our neighbors who are unable to afford basics such as food or clothing. Take a tag from the angel tree at the entrance to the church, buy the gift indicated, and return it to the tree (with the tag attached) by December 17th. Gift cards should be returned to the parish office.

Silent Night Project - join our Religious Education program in supporting the clients of Bread and Roses, Lazarus House, and the Pregnancy Care Center by bringing any of the following to the parish center before December 19th: cuddly toys, baby bottles, baby blankets, baby sleepwear, bath towels, children's slippers and toiletry items including body wash, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Check out this action packed video of the teens from our Youth Ministry who participated in Serving Saturday - an annual parish event which provides volunteer service to area non-profits on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
For complete information about parish events please read our weekly bulletin
or visit our website at  www.staugustineparish.org

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