News/Save the Dates/Reminders

  • 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
  • Youth Group for High School Students, Wednesdays at 7:30 pm Lower Level
A Note from
Fr. Christopher Pisut
Friday, November 6, 2020

A note from the Pastor,

I have enjoyed immensely being back at St. Augustin and engaging with the parishioners once again. It is a joy being a priest and serving in Christ’s name. As focused as we can be on life in our own parish, however, it is important to remember that we still are members of the universal Catholic Church, more specifically, the Diocese of Des Moines. Just as we have our responsibility to support the parish we also, along with the other 79 parishes, have a part to play in supporting the Diocese of Des Moines so that the Bishop can fulfill his mandate of proclaiming the Gospel to the people of southwest Iowa. Yet there are many practical aspects to making that possible. For this we have the Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA). We were getting ready to promote the ADA when the COVID-19 Pandemic descended upon us, which also happened at the time I departed. Despite the many difficulties that the pandemic has caused people the parishioners of St. Augustin have still been very generous in the support of the parish and we have fared better than we expected. However, we are behind in meeting our goal for the ADA. Currently, we are about $49,000 short of our $124,000 assessment. These monies help, among other things: Catholic Charities, Office of the Diaconate, Vocations Office, the Catholic Schools Office, Hispanic Ministry, Office of Worship and Liturgy and the Office of the Tribunal, where I serve as the Judicial Vicar as well as being Pastor of St. Augustin. In the end the ADA covers about half of the operating expenses of the Pastoral Center. However, we recognize that many persons have been negatively affected by the Pandemic, not only physically and spiritually, but financially as well. Still, we ask you to prayerfully consider what you can contribute to helping us meet our goal and remember that no gift is too small.

I mentioned above that not only do I love being a priest but that one of the major areas that the ADA helps to support is the Vocations Office for the education and formation of our seminarians. On that note this is Vocations Awareness week. Please remember that we need men to study for the priesthood, an institution established by Christ to serve the people of God in his image. It takes much prayerful discernment, time, study and financial resources to prepare for the priesthood. Please remember to always keep this cause in your prayers and to support our seminarians in any way that you can. Especially, keep in your prayers Seminarian Nick Smith, from our parish. (See an update from Nick below.)

Fr. Pisut
Find our Sunday 10:00 am Masses online through
* A reminder, 10:00 am Mass has extra seating in the Parish Hall.
Read our November 8th BULLETIN HERE
including an invitation to join City of God small faith sharing groups, Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids Campaign, Civilize It,
& lots of other great information!
A Note from Our Seminarian, Nick Smith
Dear St. Augustin Parishioners,

Greetings during this Vocations Awareness Week! I pray that all of you are staying healthy and hopeful in the Lord. It is hard to believe that the year 2020 is in its last two months. For many, the year has been full of changes in the daily routine and plans for the future have been put on hold. But answering God’s call and continuing to grow in holiness can never be thwarted by a mere pandemic. No matter what the situation or circumstances, God continues to call laborers for his harvest. I encourage you to pray daily for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life for our diocese and from our parish.

I want to extend my continued thanks for all those who have continued to pray for my brother seminarians and me over the years. This fall, I returned to the Saint Paul Seminary (MN) for my third year of theology studies. This is my second-to-last year of study before becoming a priest. Next June, I will be ordained a deacon by Bishop William Joensen before completing my final year of studies at the seminary. I look forward to this ordination in June with great anticipation and with gratitude for all the people at home who have supported me every step of the way.

While I have not been able to see many of you in-person because of Covid-19 and various cautionary measures, know that I keep you and your families in prayer. If every vocation is a seed planted, St. Augustin Parish has certainly been a piece of that seedbed, and so I am aware of how much I am indebted to the parish and to your prayers. I look forward to seeing you all again soon. God bless you.

Nick Smith
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St. Paul Seminary
2260 Summit Avenue
Post 128
St. Paul, MN 55105

PATRIOTIC PRAYER SERVICE:
All are invited to an all night, 1st Friday Prayer Service at St. Augustin Adoration Prayer Chapel tonight, Friday, November 6th to pray for the good of our nation during these difficult times. You are welcome to come and go throughout the evening, while some people plan to stay for the entirety.  

Join at 7:30 pm for a Patriotic Rosary 📿 followed by a rosary, song or prayer recited at the top of each hour from 8:00 pm until 8:00 am with silence in between. Following the service you are invited to join those who are planning to proceed to St. Anthony for their 1st Saturday Mass at 8:30 am.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing!
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Please continue to practice social distancing in the chapel.
View more All Souls Day Mass photos 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. Read HERE

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.