A Note From Fr. Vince

Hello everybody! I know we’re all thinking we are devolving into chaos. It feels like it now, and the worse is yet to come. Really? Remember when we said that the world is still spinning and we were at work, school, or in our homes…..that’s 3 weeks ago. Not to go ‘all science’ on you, but Einstein was right when he said all time is relative. It’s true because 3 weeks ago now seems like 3 years ago. It doesn’t matter what the clock says; it’s ticking very, very slowly. 

So welcome to Holy Week! There’s no better time to move through the cycle of life, to death, to resurrection. Each of us will have to measure how long it takes to get from one to the other, to the other. But we are also in this together. Our faith teaches us to travel together. Now its our families, our friends, our nation, and the world. Jesus always asks us to come follow him on the journey of life. Our faith is not meant to be sedentary; we are always on the move. Here’s our problem…..we now have to ‘move in place’ . We are going to feel the journey even if we are confined to our homes. 

So our Holy Week services are listed below these notes. There’s a few actions we invite you to participate with at home.

I also want to announce that Bishop Joensen has appointed me as administrator of St. Augustin Parish. Just what you needed, huh? I’m administering to an invisible congregation. But we are all in the same boat; we can’t gather, but that doesn’t mean we are separated in spirit. We’ll keep in touch! This gives Fr. Pisut more time to work on his personal health. Let’s remember him in our thoughts and prayers.  
St. Augustin Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday
  • We will have a Mass, but will use the Palm Sunday Gospel rather than the entire Passion. We are asking you to go outside and cut down a small branch or vine because we are blessing those at the same time in your home as blessing palms in the chapel. We are saving the actual palms for you on the first week we return. You can view this mass anytime after noon on Saturday.
Holy Thursday (no service)
Good Friday
  • We are proclaiming a simple version of the Gospel rather than the whole passion. I will be giving a Homily. We will be asking you to scour your home for a cross/crucifix and we will bless them as we venerate a cross in the chapel. You can view this service anytime after noon on Good Friday.
Easter Vigil (no service)
Easter Sunday
  • We will have a full Easter celebration to view anytime after noon on Holy Saturday. Dress up if you want!

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April 3 rd , 2020
Daily Gospel Reflection by Deacon Kurt Heinrich

Gospel                                                          JN 10:31-42
The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.
Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father.
For which of these are you trying to stone me?”
The Jews answered him, “We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.”
Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods”‘?
If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and Scripture cannot be set aside, can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
Then they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power.
He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained.
Many came to him and said, “John performed no sign, but everything John said about this man was true.”
And many there began to believe in him.

Dear Friends,
           “Believe the works.” Jesus cuts through all of the drama and gets down to the core of how we will all be measured. “If I do not perform my Father’s work, do not believe me.” What a powerful and challenging way to approach life during these uncertain times. Do our lives witness to the faith in a manner that will inspire others? Are we able to keep the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving so that we’re prepared to celebrate that Christ is Risen? These are trying times, but they are also times that afford us great grace, a grace that draws us closer to Christ. Never before have so many obstacles been removed from our lives so that we can rediscover what is most essential. Never before have we had the chance to spend real time with our families. Never before have we had the opportunities to pray from the heart, because the many distractions of life have been removed. 
           We may still be afraid, but consider the works of Christ. In many varied ways, physically and verbally Jesus repeats a phrase that we should carry with us, “Be not afraid.” Our spirits should be lifted by His work, our hope should live in the understanding that no matter what comes our way, Jesus is with us though it all. We should not live recklessly, but rather with a hope and courage that no matter what happens in the coming weeks and months, my faith and my life is with God. We are about to enter into a very unique Holy Week, let our faith, our hope, and our works show our world that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. What is my work today? Some of us are working from home, others have been laid off from our jobs, but is that the work the Lord speaks of in today’s gospel?
           Let my work today include the words of kindness that are directed to my spouse or children, even when I am tired or frustrated. Let my work include intentional times for prayer as a family. Let my work be reaching out via a written card, a phone call, Facebook or social distancing to those in my life who are vulnerable or lonely. If I have the means, is my work allowing me to continue to tithe to my parish, or to donate to a person in need? What work is Christ calling you to today? We may never know who will see our work, but we know our God does, and let us hope, that our works may inspire others to believe in him.
Are you passionate about Catholic Education? Are you willing to share your time, talent and treasure to ensure that St. Augustin leads the way in preparing our children to live faith filled lives? Are you willing to share your thoughts and ideas to constantly improve the future through the education of our youth? If so, please prayerfully consider submitting your name for consideration of a three-year board term. Board applications can be downloaded at this link .
Applications must be returned by April 24th, 2020 to the school office .
Looking for a Lenten Activity for children? Checkout this Stations of the Cross Craft purchased for your use! DOWNLOAD HERE
  1. You do not need any glue, tape, staples, NOTHING to assemble these! Just print them and cut them out!
  2. When you are finished praying your stations of the cross, just slide the little slots back apart. They store FLAT so you can put them in an envelope for next time!
How To Use These Stations Of The Cross With Kids
After assembling your stations of the cross, set them up around your house in various locations trying to make a circle in order. This could also be set up outside given good weather.
Then travel around your house praying the stations like you would at church!