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Sheldon by Dave Kellet
A Daily Gospel Reflection
by Deacon Kevin Heim

Monday, August 24, 2020
Philip found Nathanael and told him,
“We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law,
and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
But Nathanael said to him,
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” 
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened and the angels of God
ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Little is known about St. Bartholomew ("son of furrows" (i.e., rich in land)). He only appears in lists of the Apostles and is believed to be the Nathaniel (“Gift of God”) referred to in today’s Gospel. He is the patron saint against neurological diseases and of leather workers. The reason behind those designations is why there is no included picture representation with this reflection – he was by legend flayed alive and beheaded by King Astyages in Armenia. And most paintings and statues show him holding a flense knife (used to remove skin/hide) and his skin over one arm.

“We can say that despite a scarcity of information about him, Saint Bartholomew stands before us to tell us that attachment to Jesus can also be lived and witnessed to without performing sensational deeds. Jesus himself, to whom each one of us is called to dedicate his or her own life and death, is and remains extraordinary.”—Pope Benedict XVI

Prayer
Strengthen in us, O Lord, the faith, by which the blessed Apostle Bartholomew clung wholeheartedly to your Son, and grant that through the help of his prayers your Church may become for all the nations the sacrament of salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (from The Roman Missal)

“We call for an end to the killing of one another, and we denounce the violence and fanaticism that threatens life. The victory of the resurrection must be experienced as a victory of life, of brotherhood, of the future, of hope.” -- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople

(closest Bartholomew I found. His efforts to promote religious freedom and human rights, his initiatives to advance religious tolerance among the world's religions, as well as his efforts to promote ecology and the protection of the environment, have been widely noted, and these endeavors have earned him the title "The Green Patriarch".)
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Fr. Vince and the staff have been working to layout guidance for resuming public Mass.
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20-21 session RE registration, Christ Our Life Conference
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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 baskets at the back of the Church that are noted 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.