"Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature." ~St. Augustine
In Sunday’s Gospel , we see Jesus preaching that the kingdom of God - a kingdom of restored peace, hope, truth, immortality - is now present for those who repent (change) and believe that Jesus is the Son of God sent to save us from sin and darkness of the world. This is immediately followed by the calling of the first disciples to help bring people to Jesus. These are ordinary men, like us, who were chosen not for what they were but for what they were capable of becoming under His power and direction. When Jesus calls us to serve, we must not think that we have nothing to offer for when we allow Him to direct our lives, He uses what we have for greatness in his kingdom. We can “catch” people for the kingdom of God if we allow the light of Christ to shine through us by what we say, by our actions, and by our witness to the joy of the gospel. For reflection: How can I witness to the joy of the Gospel to those around me?
This Weekend...

  • Please keep in prayer, our second grade children in the Religious Education program and at St. Augustine School and the students from the Sacramental Prep program, who will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time this Saturday and on Tuesday afternoon.
  • The Children's Liturgy of the Word will be celebrated at this Sunday's 9:30am Mass - our very youngest parishioners (age 4-6) are invited downstairs during the homily to hear the word of God proclaimed for them and to participate in some fun activities.
  • We have TWO socials this weekend - join us for coffee and donuts after both the 8am Mass and the 9:30am Mass.
Our Parish Prays For Life

  I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.
Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live (Dt 30:19)
 
Please join us in a Holy Hour for Life this Monday, January 22nd, 6:30pm in St. Augustine Church as part of the Archdiocesan observance of the National Day of Prayer for Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Led by Deacon Mike Curren , this Holy Hour will be held in conjunction with parishes throughout the Archdiocese to pray for those who have been wounded by abortion, for respect for the dignity of human life from conception to natural death, and that those who govern us may be guided by justice, truth, and a love for the gift of life.
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