There is a Wednesday night mass at 7:00 pm.
(none on Wednesday July 22)
A Note from Father Vince

Hello everybody!

Here we are in mid-July. My homily last Sunday was basically on ‘sadness’. It’s the one that got the most responses back to me. That tells you where we are at if a talk on sadness is a hit! But it’s true. In Polk and Dallas Counties, we are struggling to flatten our curve. The Governor today was skeptical about our chances. Now we are anxiously fearing having to go back to staying at home. I’m happy I’m not a superintendent who can’t win no matter what they decide about school.

My family reunion for the 1 st weekend of August is off. We’re all too old to gather. How pathetic! Now I’m here for that weekend. Steve, my brother priest from Dubuque, and I are still going on Sunday. I purchased an expensive vase that is a traveling trophy for those celebrating 50 years of marriage. (pronounced voz, not vace if it’s over $300). My brother Dick and wife Mary Ann received it a few years ago. Last year was brother Dave and wife Liz. So they have the vase. My brother Tony and wife Pat are this year. They live in Phoenix and aren’t coming. And we are not sending him the vase. You have to be present to win. So we’re stalled, with I and my sister Kate and Mike, closing in on the magic number. We plan on getting the vase in the proper year, no matter who has it last! So don’t chip it!

We’ve had several hundred parishioners who participated in the live-stream mass or watched it later. Our in-person masses have been between 40-70 people. So that’s not surprising. We are kind of in neutral gear for the foreseeable future. 

You may have noticed the sanctuary is set up a little differently. There is a reason for this actually---beyond what any individual priest may prefer; myself or anyone else. The liturgical norms in the U.S. talk about the fact that the presider and the congregation are in relationship with one another as one community. That relationship needs to be visual in at least two unique ways: *the altar table should not have an obstructed view between celebrant and congregation, which includes additional candles and crosses, *the celebrant’s chair should be visible to the congregation for the prayers that are proclaimed there. They are important because, by their nature, it makes the liturgy more open and participatory.   

Find our Wednesday 7 pm and Sunday 10 am Masses online through our Facebook , website , or YouTube Channel .
Adoration Chapel & Office Entrance:
42nd Street from Grand Avenue to Ingersoll Avenue will be closed beginning at 9:00 am on Monday, July 6, 2020, through 5:00 pm on Friday, July 24, 2020. Eastbound and westbound traffic on Grand Avenue and Ingersoll Avenue will be maintained. This street closure is necessary for storm sewer installation and street replacement as part of the 42nd Street Reconstruction project. A detour will be posted using Grand Avenue, 31st Street, and Ingersoll Avenue.  
Fr. Vince and the staff have been working to layout guidance for resuming public Mass.
with a Congratulations to our RCIA class as they came into the Church through the sacraments, Conversations with the Family Virtual Event, Virtual VBS, 2020-21 RE registration & lots of other great information!
Please join us for a ZOOM call to get your family talking at home! Register HERE . Sign up for the grade session that is closest to your child’s age (i.e. 2nd graders can participate in 1st or 3rd grade session). 

Two sessions are available to fit your family’s needs and schedules! 
 3rd, 7th, Returning High Schoolers* • Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 • 6:30 pm 
1st, 5th, High School • Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 • 6:30 pm  
 
For more information, contact Janis at (515) 255-1175 ext. 210 or janis@staugustin.org 
 
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