News/Save the Dates/Reminders
  • Mask Mandate implemented in Diocese November 12, 2020, In a letter to the faithful of the Des Moines Diocese, Bishop William Joensen announced he's implementing a mask mandate beginning this weekend. He's doing this to protect our ability to continue to publicly celebrate Mass and sacraments. READ MORE
  • LIVESTREAM Added for the next 2 Tuesdays: The parish has decided to livestream the 11/17 and 11/24 Tuesday morning 8:00am Mass, in an effort to see if there is enough interest to offer the weekday livestream Mass on a regular basis. Facebook and YouTube both track the number of people that visit the site to watch it “live”, or after the fact, so we will be able to gauge the participation level. We are continuing to work to do what we can in order to keep our parish life as active and alive as possible for those not yet able to join us in person. Thank you.
  • Mass Schedule Changes:
  • Weekday Masses offered at 8:00 am on Tuesdays & Wednesdays in the church.
  • School students only Mass with Covid-19 protocols Thursdays at 8:30 am
A Daily Gospel Reflection
by Deacon Joe Coan
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

While they were listening to him speak, he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem and they thought that the kingdom of God would appear there immediately. So he said, “ A Nobleman went off to a distant country to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return. He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins and told them, 'Engage in trade with these until I return.' His fellow citizens, however despised him and sent a delegation after him to announce, 'We do not want this man to be our king.' But when he returned after obtaining the kingship, he had the servants called, to whom he had given the money, to learn what they had gained by trading. The first came foreword and said, 'Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones.' He replied, Well done, good servant! You have been faithful in this very small matter: take charge of ten cities.' Then the second came and 'reported, 'Your gold coin, sir, has earned five more.' And to this servant too he said, 'You, take charge of five cities.' Then the other servant came and said, 'Sir, here is your gold coin; I kept it stored away in a handkerchief, for I was afraid of you, because you are a demanding person; you take up what you did not lay down and you harvest what you did not plant.' He said to him, 'With your own words I will condemn you, you wicked servant. You knew I was a demanding person, taking up what I did not put down and harvesting what I did not plant; why did you not put my money in a bank? Then on my return I would have collected it with interest.' And to those standing by he said, 'Take the gold coin from him and give it to the servant who has ten.' But they said to him, 'Sir, he has ten gold coins.' 'I tell you, to every on who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king, bring them here and slay them before me.” After he had said this, he proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.
 
Several years ago, a teenage Arab shepherd boy found the first Dead Sea Scrolls in a cave. These leather scrolls were 2,000 years old. From the point of view of time, Jesus could have read from them. The boy sold the priceless scrolls, cheaply, to a leather worker in Bethlehem. The buyer said that he fully intended to use the leather to repair shoes. Later he decided the scrolls were too valuable for that and turned them over to scholars.

This story dramatizes the point Jesus makes in today's reading. We can use God's gifts, like our talents, in a variety of ways – some worthwhile, others wantonly wasteful.

What are some of the talents God gave us?

Lord, help us use our talents even though they are not the best. Summer mornings would be a lot less cheerful if the only birds that announced their arrival were those that sang best.
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* A reminder, 10:00 am Mass has extra seating in the Parish Hall.
News: Mask Mandate Implemented in Diocese
November 12, 2020
In a letter to the faithful of the Des Moines Diocese, Bishop William Joensen announced he's implementing a mask mandate beginning this weekend. He's doing this to protect our ability to continue to publicly celebrate Mass and sacraments. READ MORE
Read our November 15th BULLETIN HERE
including photos of the Fall Youth Group All Souls Day & Halloween Party, a thank you to Hy Vee, Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids Campaign, Civilize It, & lots of other great information!
Looking for an opportunity to serve the church?
We are looking for volunteers to help with decorating in the coming weeks. 
St. Augustin Advent and Christmas Decorating
for dates Nov 19,
Dec 3, 10, 21, Jan 7, 11.

Please join in the preparation for Advent and Christmas at St. Augustin. All sign up times will have a leader present to direct the effort to decorate areas around the Rectory, Office, Parish Hall and Church in the coming weeks. All are welcome, including teenage students who may receive credit for service hours. SIGNUP HERE
Expanding the November opportunities for Plenary Indulgences which surround All Saints & All Soul’s Day. 
By the practice of Indulgences, the Church places at the charitable disposal of the faithful the inexhaustible treasure accumulated, from age to age, by the superabundant satisfactions of the saints, added to those of the martyrs, and united to those of our Blessed Lady and the infinite residue of our Lord’s sufferings.
 
Highlights of the decree include:
1.) The Plenary Indulgence applicable for visiting a cemetery & praying for the dead between November 1 -8 is extended through the entire month of November.
2.) The Plenary Indulgence applicable for visiting a Church on All Souls Day and praying for the dead by recitation of the Lord’s Prayer & Creed is extended through the entire month of November.
3.) The aged, the sick, and those who cannot leave their homes, or those who do not wish to visit these places due to social distancing, may, instead of visiting these places, obtain these indulgences by praying in front of a sacred image in their homes, with the intent to fulfill the usual obligation for an indulgence as soon as possible, and reciting a prayer of their choice, reading from scripture, or offering their present sufferings to God as a spiritual sacrifice.

Also, the Penitentiary reminds us of the March decree which extends the means and ways people may obtain indulgences at this time and that those means and ways remain in force.