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A Daily Gospel Reflection
by Fr. Jim Livingstone

Friday, August 28, 2020
Matthew 25:1-13 The Revised English Bible

“When the day comes, the kingdom of Heaven will be like this. There were ten girls, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five prudent; when the foolish ones took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the others took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was a long time in coming, they all dozed off to sleep. But at midnight there came a shout: “Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” Then the girls all got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the prudent, “Our lamps are going out; give us some of your oil.” “No,” they answered; “there will never be enough for all of us. You had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.” While they were away the bridegroom arrived; those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the others came back. “Sir,sir, open the door for us,” they cried. But he answered, “Truly I tell you: I do not know you.” Keep awake then, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

Wedding customs in ancient Palestine required extra preparation for everyone involved. The bride and groom did not go away but celebrated for a whole week with their families and friends. The groom accompanied by his friends would take his bride to their new home. They would take the longest route so that many villagers along the way could join in the wedding procession. Once they arrived and closed the doors no one else could be admitted. If the groom decided to bring his new wife to their home at night, lights would be required to guide the travelers in the dark and narrow streets. No one was allowed to on the village streets at night without a lamp.

Meditation: Are you missing out on what is most important in life? Being unprepared can lead to unnecessary trouble and even disaster. What good is a life-jacket left on the shore when the boat is sinking? 

The ten maidens in Jesus’s story were unprepared for the wedding procession. They had not brought enough oil for their lamps. Waiting for a wedding procession in the middle of the night may seem strange to us, but the people of our Lord’s time knew all too well how easily this could happen to them. 

The consequences of being unprepared to meet the Lord.
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We can't let 2020 pass by without celebrating our Patron Saint:
Saint Augustin of Hippo! 

Thanks to our Knights of Columbus, Altar & Rosary, and Parish Council volunteers we are celebrating the weekend of August 29th & 30th.

On Saturday, following 5:00 pm Mass, meals will be handed out to parishioners in the parking lot (east hall in the event of inclement weather). MENU UPDATE: Meals will consist of a sliced pork loin sandwich, coleslaw, baked beans, a bag of chips, napkin, plastic-ware, cookie and water or lemonade pre-packaged in a to go sack.

You are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic (socially distanced) in the parking lot or in our prayer park - the green space east of our main parking lot.

On Sunday there will be a sweet treat individually wrapped to take with you after all Masses. 
STARTS THIS WEEKEND!
Hello St. Augustin Parishioners!
These past few months have been challenging to say the least. As we start to gather in community again, we want to offer you an opportunity to become part of a small faith-sharing community within St. Augustin Parish.
On Saturday August 29th, we are going to kick-off a new program called “City of God” prayer groups at Augustin Parish. The goal of “City of God” is to form small Catholic study groups of 5-8 people. We hope that these groups will enable you to grow closer to Christ through prayer, reading, discussion, and fellowship. Read the full invitation HERE. Sign Up HERE.
Special Collection for Disaster Relief Derecho & Beirut
The month of August has wreaked havoc in our backyards and across the globe. A terrible explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon was followed by a straight-line windstorm, known as a derecho here in Iowa. The explosion in Beirut cost at least 160 people their lives and thousands of people remain injured or homeless. The derecho caused severe damage to crops, businesses, and homes. Tens of thousands of individual and families remain without power while they assess damages and remove debris. The recovery process for both disasters is expected to be lengthy and costly.
 
In response to these local and global disasters, Bishop Joensen asks that a special collection be taken up at our parishes this weekend. Donations can placed in the collection boxes at the back of the Church with a notation that they are for disaster relief. Gifts can also be made online dmdiocese.org/giving or mailed directly to the Diocese of Des Moines (601 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50309). Contributions to disaster relief efforts in Beirut will be sent to Catholic Relief Services. The Diocese of Des Moines is working with our local Catholic Charities to help the individuals and families most severely affected by the derecho.

What You Should Know
The 2020 Christ Our Life Conference (Sept 26 & 27 at Wells Fargo Arena) will be offered in person and livestreamed for those preferring/unable to attend in person.
To find out details and purchase tickets, go to: ChristOurLifeIowa.com
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