News/Save the Dates/Reminders
  • New 2021 Classic Art Calendars are available from the ushers after Mass, or in the Parish Office.
  • If you participated in the photo directory, they're ready for pick up in the Parish Office next week.
  • Bishop Joensen Mask Mandate in the Diocese: READ MORE
  • Bishop Joensen has released a statement on Covid Vaccines READ HERE
  • Monday Men's Group canceled until further notice.
  • Confirmation will be celebrated at our Noon Mass on Sunday, February 7th. Due to social distancing, the Confirmation families will fill the mass with each of the 32 families given one pew to distance. The Parish Hall will offer live-streaming with communion, and mass will live-stream on Facebook and YouTube.
A Note from Fr. Pisut
Friday, January 8, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

Today, with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord we end the Christmas Season. This feast is the last of the three feasts of the Christmas Season which mark the various ways in which Christ revealed himself to the world. At Christmas we have contemplated the human birth of the Word incarnate, Jesus taking flesh and being born as an infant by the Virgin Mary. In the mystery of the Epiphany, we then meditated on Christ’s manifestation to all nations that was represented by the Magi, the wise men from the East, who came to adore the Child. Now with the Baptism of the Lord in the river Jordan by John the Baptist the Church recalls Our Lord's beginning of his public ministry, his manifestation of himself to the world. With Jesus’ baptism he descended into the river to sanctify its waters and to give them the power to beget sons of God. The event takes on the importance of a second creation in which the entire Trinity intervenes.

In the Eastern Church this feast is called Theophany because at the baptism of Christ in the River Jordan God appeared in three persons. The baptism of John was a sort of sacramental preparatory for the Baptism of Christ. It moved men to sentiments of repentance and induced them to confess their sins. Christ did not need the baptism of John. Although He appeared in the "substance of our flesh" and was recognized "outwardly like unto ourselves", He was absolutely sinless and impeccable. He conferred upon the water the power of the true Baptism which would remove all the sins of the world: "Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him Who takes away the sin of the world".

Many of the incidents which accompanied Christ's baptism are symbolical of what happened at our Baptism. At Christ's baptism the Holy Spirit descended upon Him; at our Baptism, the Trinity took its abode in our soul. At His baptism Christ was proclaimed the "Beloved Son" of the Father; at our Baptism we become the adopted sons of God. At Christ's baptism the heavens were opened; at our Baptism heaven was opened to us. At His baptism Jesus prayed; after our Baptism we must pray to avoid actual sin.

With the completion of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord we will now put away the joyful liturgical colors of gold and white and return to the hope filled green of Ordinary Time. In a way this mirrors the reality then as now. With the beginning of Jesus’ ministry people would follow him wherever he went, they would walk with him from town to town, filled with the hope that he was the promised one, the Messiah. Now with Ordinary Time we will walk with Jesus, also filled with the hope that he brings to us in the ordinariness of our daily lives.

On the 14th of January, is the Feast of the Infant of Prague. Has our statue of the Infant of Prague caught your eye? He is in the church on a pedestal on the wall between the cove with Mary and the ambo/pulpit. Beneath the statue is a devotional candle stand with red votive holders. You are always invited to light a candle and offer a prayer. Learn more about this Feast Day in the bulletin next weekend.

I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge in a special way Deacon Kevin Heim. While we have four deacons here at St. Augustin various things have legitimately prevented the others from being present at the parish. With all the COVID restrictions one of the last ways, and the most important way, that the clergy can be present to the faithful is in the context of Holy Mass. Deacon Heim has stepped in on his own to be present at all the Masses, including Christmas, along with his other roles that he has with RCIA, baptism and lector preparation. He truly has been an example of service. Thank you, Deacon Heim!

Fr. Pisut
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Mask Mandate Implemented in Diocese

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 January 10th BULLETIN HERE
including Feast Day articles, sacraments received,
Knights of Columbus offer to deliver groceries or offer rides
in the new van to parishioners in need, & other great information!
~Please support our Vendors on the back page too!
2021 Classic Art Calendar
Pick up your 2021 Catholic Classic Art Calendar, with Feast Days and Holy Days and more listed, from an usher after mass this weekend, or in the Parish Office.
POINSETTIA'S
We are taking down the Christmas decorations on Monday, if you would like a poinsettia, pick one up in the Parish Hall beginning Monday afternoon. If you have time to help on un-decorate, see below!
St. Augustin Advent and Christmas Un-Decorating
on January 11th

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
The Knights of Columbus and parish are coming together to offer two new services. One is a Thursday only food delivery from Price Chopper to your home. The other service will be to offer rides to appointments on an “as needed” basis. 

Please call the office at (515) 255-1175 for help with either. Also, watch our website and Facebook site for updates.
If you are homebound or in the hospital and would like a visit, please contact the parish office with your contact information at
(515) 255-1175 or info@staugustin.org.