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
  • CLICK HERE for a letter of clarification and context about the remarks cited a couple weeks ago by Pope Francis regarding civil unions.
  • Mass Schedule Changes:
  • Sunday 8:00 am Mass is instrumental only, no singing Mass. Masks required.
  • 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 Note from
Fr. Pisut
Friday, November 13, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

As you may know Governor Kim Reynolds has come out with new COVID safety protocols for the state of Iowa, which includes a mask mandate. As a result, Bishop Joensen has implemented a requirement for the wearing of masks at all Masses. We remind you to please continue to observe social distancing at Mass as well, which includes during the reception of Holy Communion. In addition, all social parish functions are cancelled effective November 23rd to January 9th. Activities for parish business, administration and faith formation may continue but food is not permitted as part of the program. The diocese has also strongly suggested that in order to manage Christmas Masses more effectively that people signup to reserve seats. St. Augustin has decided to do so as have the other parishes in the Des Moines area. The Diocese is very clear that we need to maintain safety protocols during Christmas Masses and that if needed people will be turned away (albeit charitably) if we are at capacity. Please look for upcoming parish communication on how to do so. We ask that you please respectfully follow these protocols for the health and well-being of all persons. We understand that these times and circumstances have been trying for people and will be felt especially acutely during the upcoming Seasons of Advent and Christmas when we normally look forward to spending time with each other. We ask for your patience and understanding as we all journey through this experience together.

As we near the end of Ordinary Time, this weekend will be the last Sunday in which the priest wears green during the celebration of Mass. Liturgically, the color green represents the hope of the Christian life. Despite the anxiety and stress caused by the COVID Pandemic and the various political and cultural issues that bombard on a regular basis it is important to remember that these things pale next to the promise we have been given as believers. Even though green vestments will not return until January the hope promised us by the Gospel remains to help us put these things in context and gives us the tools to navigate them. His name is Jesus Christ, our life and hope.

Fr. Pisut
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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.
 
Instruction which was issued for this year from the Apostolic Penitentiary on October 23rd expands the November opportunities for Plenary Indulgences which surround All Saint & All Soul’s Day.

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.