A Note From Fr. Vince
Hello everybody! You probably heard on the news that this week might be the most tragic week for Covid-19 deaths. We all know what that means for Christians and Catholics. What it means is that this tragedy is happening during Holy Week. By the time we get to Easter, there will be thousands more dead. Maybe it’s just a Good Friday type week. Easter might be in name only. But that is not the case. Our faith teaches us that we are always searching for a ‘resurrection’ moment(s). I always say this at funerals and counseling sessions: New life is in the air---breathe it in! I’ll have to hold my breath on that one. We are afraid to get within each other’s breath. We have so many Biblical images of breath, and we would hate to lose them. Primarily, it is the breath of the Holy Spirit that signals new life. Even when we are holding our breath, the breath of resurrection joy can be ours. We don’t want to be physically contagious ourselves, yet we hope that the breath of the resurrection is very contagious. The Spirit of the Lord’s Resurrection will continue to give us new hope. It will see us through these difficult weeks. 
Bishop Joensen held his weekly pastor’s video call. We talked a lot about the virtue of yearning. We are yearning for that which is not ours to have. Yearning for the Eucharist in our parish community is hard, and still may be weeks away. Let’s not get used to it. Remember, whatever weekend we are allowed to have services, St. Augustin Parish is planning on celebrating Easter. We can sing the songs, put up the flowers, and bring out the Easter colors. Let’s look forward to it!
Remember that you can participate in watching St. Augustin liturgies for Good Friday (after noon) and Easter (Saturday after noon). They will be carried on our website , Facebook page , and our parish YouTube site.
We are only beginning to see the financial hardship of our parishioners and families. People are laid off, businesses are in crisis, and on and on. Obviously, our parish is right in there with you. We are bringing in about 30% of a normal weekend. So our cash on hand is depleting fast. Nevertheless, it could be better than most of yours. So those who are able are welcome to help keep us afloat!

Stay strong everybody!
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 7 th , 2020
Daily Gospel Reflection by Deacon Kurt Heinrich
Gospel                                                          JN 13:21-33, 36-38
Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant. One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining at Jesus’ side. So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant. He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him, “Master, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.” So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him. So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him. Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or to give something to the poor. So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.

When he had left, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, ‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.”

Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.” Peter said to him, “Master, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.”

Dear Friends,

Did you ever wonder why Judas did it? After spending three years with Jesus, why would Judas turn on him and sell him out for thirty pieces of silver? The money is significant; it is the price one is paid for returning a runaway slave to its owner. But let’s focus on Judas’ motivation. Judas is looking out for Judas. He wants to be a part of the inner circle in the new Kingdom that Jesus is building. He has put in the time and now Judas want to see some results. He forces Jesus’ hand. The time is right for revolution, the city is full of Jews at Passover and Jesus has the power to lead them all. Of course, this is all speculation. But it is clear that Judas has put his will before everything else. Jesus on the other hand puts God’s will first and that makes all the difference. Judas is self centered and selfish; while Jesus is God centered and self sacrificing. One path leads to destruction, the other to salvation.

This invites us to consider our motivations, what moves us to action. It is not too difficult to slip into Judas’ shoes and put our will before God’s will. We might even think we are doing something good. We can imagine that Judas’ vision was the Sanhedrin would see Jesus as a King, they would rally Jewish forces behind Jesus and they would run the Romans out of their Holy City. Judas is truly stunned by the condemnation of Jesus. Judas’ vision is not realized and he is lost with no one to lead him. The shock of it all turns to despair and that despair leads to Judas’ self-destructive act. The mistake Judas makes is of course the betrayal, but an even bigger mistake is what he does after the betrayal. Judas could have been the greatest of Saints if he had just turned back to Jesus and said he was sorry. This is lesson for us all. The best motivation we can have is the one Jesus modeled, do the will of your Father in Heaven. But, if we find we have put our will before God’s will, as soon as we realize our poor judgment we can return to our God and say I’m sorry. This is the path that leads to redemption and salvation. This is the path that Peter takes and look at where he is today, a Saint in Heaven. This is the path God desires for us all. So let us pray that our motivations follow the example of Jesus Christ and if they fall short may we repent and let God’s Mercy and forgiveness reorient our lives and lead us home to our God.
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!