Remember the Wednesday mass is at 5:30 pm
and will be live-streamed.

SIGNUP TODAY - City of God small faith groups form this weekend!
A Note from Fr. Vince
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Hello everybody!

This weekend we will be celebrating our parish’s namesake: St. Augustin of Hippo. More than wanting details on St. Augustin, I think you may be wondering about Hippo. I know you are thinking hippopotamus, but you would be wrong, sort of. Hippo actually means ‘horse’. This ancient North African city where Augustin lived was named after a horse? Don’t you want to know the story behind that?

I digress! This 5th Century saint was far from being a saint in early life. We might presently have called him a self-absorbed playboy. His mother Monica deserved to become a saint simply in trying to get her wayward son to shape up. He pulled a ‘180 degrees’ and was transformed from a notorious sinner to a respected Bishop and teacher. So respected were his teachings, that they affected Church theology for centuries. 

Now we find ourselves in the 21st Century. 2020 will have a unique history. Although the election is consequential, 50 years from now, we will simply remember the ‘Covid-19 Pandemic’. Most people still alive then will remember, not only where they were, but how they felt.

More importantly, is how it makes us feel now. Mine are empty, sad, and lost. What is important about our faith is how we transform those feelings into what they mean for me and you. The purpose of our faith/religion is not to downgrade our feelings, but to help translate them. Some religious leaders will say that as Christians we shouldn’t feel this way. They think our immediate feelings ought to be positive and full of trust in God’s providence. I don’t know how it works for you, but that doesn’t work for me. It is a process of faith to move from initial feelings to what they mean. And we do that at different speeds. We must always be aware that people are in differing places along a spectrum of feelings. I can’t judge that people should feel one way or another. Yes, we hopefully come out of this stronger and see the hand of the Lord in our midst. We will be more powerful for having worked through our emotion and feelings during this never-ending crisis. A church community has to be there for one another! That’s our pledge.

Stay strong everybody!
Find our Wednesday 5:30 pm and Sunday 10:00 am Masses online through our Facebook, website, or YouTube Channel.
Fr. Vince and the staff have been working to layout guidance for resuming public Mass.
including our City of God small faith groups,
20-21 session RE registration, Christ Our Life Conference
& lots of other great information!
Hello St. Augustin Parishioners!
These past few months have been challenging to say the least. As we start to gather in community again, we want to offer you an opportunity to become part of a small faith-sharing community within St. Augustin Parish.
On Saturday August 29th, we are going to kick-off a new program called “City of God” prayer groups at Augustin Parish. The goal of “City of God” is to form small Catholic study groups of 5-8 people. We hope that these groups will enable you to grow closer to Christ through prayer, reading, discussion, and fellowship. Read the full invitation HERE. Sign Up HERE.
Special Collection for Disaster Relief Derecho & Beirut
The month of August has wreaked havoc in our backyards and across the globe. A terrible explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon was followed by a straight-line windstorm, known as a derecho here in Iowa. The explosion in Beirut cost at least 160 people their lives and thousands of people remain injured or homeless. The derecho caused severe damage to crops, businesses, and homes. Tens of thousands of individual and families remain without power while they assess damages and remove debris. The recovery process for both disasters is expected to be lengthy and costly.
 
In response to these local and global disasters, Bishop Joensen asks that a special collection be taken up at our parishes this weekend. Donations can placed in the collection boxes at the back of the Church with a notation that they are for disaster relief. Gifts can also be made online dmdiocese.org/giving or mailed directly to the Diocese of Des Moines (601 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50309). Contributions to disaster relief efforts in Beirut will be sent to Catholic Relief Services. The Diocese of Des Moines is working with our local Catholic Charities to help the individuals and families most severely affected by the derecho.

What You Should Know
The 2020 Christ Our Life Conference (Sept 26 & 27 at Wells Fargo Arena) will be offered in person and livestreamed for those preferring/unable to attend in person. Extensive protective measures are being taken to ensure the wellness of in-person attendees.
 
To find out details and purchase tickets, go to: ChristOurLifeIowa.com
 
Let’s Believe...Live...and Celebrate Our Faith!
 Christ Our Life Conference will follow guidelines to protect attendees from COVID-19. Attendees must protect themselves appropriately, assuming all risks associated with their attendance. Any individual with symptoms, a fever or exposure to COVID-19, is asked to refrain from attending the conference.