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CANTERBURY TALES | January 6, 2022

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Where a Warm Welcome Awaits You!

Welcome to St. Augustine of Canterbury

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Join us for worship in person or at home on this First Sunday After the Epiphany. Download the Bulletin and watch our livestreamed service.

Worship Schedule>

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This week's Readers and Servers will be ...

Saturday, 5:30 pm: Jane Ferguson and Clarence Clarke

Sunday, 8 am: Cristine Vaccaro and Flo Green

Sunday, 10 am: Dakota Bennett, Heather Bennett and David Rowan

Sunday Morning Fellowship

Please come join us for Coffee Hour after the 8 am and 10 am Sunday services in the Parish Hall. Enjoy the fellowship of your fellow parishioners and some really great coffee!

New COVID Guidelines

The diocese has posted new COVID guidelines. There are really only two changes. I am pulling these lines directly from the document which you can see in its entirety at the link below.

  • Masks are mandatory indoors (regardless of vaccination status) effective immediately and will remain in place until your county has less than 10% new case positivity.

  • Social distancing has been proven to be less effective as a preventive measure than previously thought. There will be no mandatory distances set for indoor services.


I know that for some of you this is a scary time and this is welcome news. For others, this is frustrating and feels like a step backwards. It is important to remember what was uncomfortable for others when we opened up recently. No matter where you are on that scale, I hope that we can keep coming together to worship and grow in the Lord. While these decisions are out of our hands, we still have the ability to choose to make the best of this situation.

Keep praying for one another, for this church, the community, and the world. With God’s help we will come through this and be stronger for it in the end. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Fr. Wes

New COVID Guidelines

Looking to Deepen Your Faith?

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Join us this week for ...

Morning Prayer | Daily at 8 am

Join in on Daily Morning Prayer services over the telephone. Simply dial (339) 209-4611 before 8 am, Monday through Friday to participate. The service is easy to follow and is about 20 minutes long.

Christian Education Prayer Group | Mondays at 1:30 pm

In the Christian Ed wing.

Healing Eucharist | Wednesdays at 10 am

Join Fr. Wes for a Healing Eucharist on Wednesday mornings at 10 am.

Bible Study with Fr. Wes | Wednesdays at 11 am

Join Fr. Wes for Wednesday Bible Study at 11 am in the Conference Room. After a long hiatus, we are having Bible Study again! There is sure to be lots of fellowship and thought-provoking discussion. Come and see!

Upcoming Events and Programs


Pill Bottle Collection

Our parish will be collecting empty pill bottles of all types (prescription, vitamin, aspirin, etc.) to aid medical clinics in Haiti. A team from Missionary Flights International will clean the bottles and prepare them for shipment and use in Haiti. You do not have to remove labels. Just drop them in a basket in the church entryway. This is at no charge to our parish and is very beneficial to many in need. Bottles are sent to clinics for use in dispensing medications. Thank you for your generosity in this worthwhile project. Questions? Contact Gayle Twombly

The Celebration of Life for the Rev. John Hagood to be held Saturday, Jan. 8 at 11 am IS CANCELLED. A future date is to be announced.

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Everyone is welcome!

Invite someone!

Please sign up in the Narthex 

or call/text Carol 772-579-0315 

Volunteers are needed for our Hospitality Guild Ministry! Our breakfast meeting date has been CHANGED to Saturday, January 15 for our Hospitality Guild Breakfast Meeting at 9 am in the Parish Hall. Our HG teams host Celebrations of Life and special events. Each team rotates and serves only 3 months of the year. Our Sunday hosts and hostesses serve one Sunday per month. If interested, please sign up in the Narthex this Sunday to attend the breakfast or contact Carol Paris

Server/Acolyte Training Session

A short training session will be held on Sunday, January 16, after the 8 am Mass (between 9 and 9:45 am), in the Parish Library. All current servers or parishioners desiring to be servers are invited to attend. Ministry contact: Clarence Clarke


Daughters of the King

The Saint Michael the Archangel Chapter of the Daughters of the King invite you to their next Chapter meeting on Sat., Jan. 22 at 10 am in the Parish Hall. Ministry Contact: Nancy Kelly

Fr. Wes invites you to Annual Parish Meeting on Sun., January 23 in the Parish Hall after the 10 am service. Come rejoice in the wondrous ways God is moving among us! (Note: All heads of committees and groups who would like their report included with the annual report are asked to start sending them in to the parish office for the annual meeting. Deadline is January 13.)

A Celebration of Life for Dick Polhamus will be held Mon., January 24 at 11 am. The parish is invited to attend and a reception will follow. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

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The new Caregivers Support Group will meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 2 pm. The first meeting will take place January 25. If you are feeling weighed down by caregiving worries or concerns, connecting with other caregivers is great emotional support.

Come share your practical advice on managing challenges in caregiver relationships. Contact: Br. Rick Lorino, BSG

The Celebration of Life for Joe Lurgio will be held January 29 at 11am at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Sebastian. All are welcome. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

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Health & Wellness Monthly Blood Pressure Screening

Come have your blood pressure checked by our RN's on Sunday, January 30 after the 8 am and 10 am services. Education informational will be provided. Ministry contact: Sally Munson

The Health and Wellness Team will meet Sunday, Jan. 9 at 11:15 am in the Parish Hall.

Farewell to Chuck & Judy

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St. Augustine parishioners regretfully said goodbye to Chuck and Judy Covarrubias on Sunday, Dec. 26, their last Sunday with us. Fr. Wes expressed his sincere gratitude for Chuck's service as Senior Warden, and both their hard work and dedication to St. Augustine's over the years. Chuck and Judy are moving to Wake Forest, NC.

News & Notes

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Christmas Decoration Pickup

If your family members participated in the ornament making/decorating of the narthex tree OR the pageant, please pick up a packet on the welcome table in the narthex this Sunday. Each youth/family has a baggie with ornaments and photos. A few ornaments did not have names. If you can identify them, please take them as well. Thank you!

Sharing the Love!

St. Augustine of Canterbury continues to reach out in love to local teachers and healthcare workers by delivering "thank you" cards to those dedicated professionals committed to caring for our community. Most recently, we have delivered thank you messages to the faculty and staff of 4-5 schools, Indian River Medical Center and 100 thank you cards delivered to the Indian River Health Dept. Our goal is to collect 500 cards to deliver to local Hospice facilities. Join in on this outpouring of gratitude by writing your own personal message; thank you cards are available in the Parish Hall and Narthex after Sunday services.

Daughters of the King

The Saint Michael the Archangel Chapter of the Daughters of the King made a Christmas donation of $40 to Canterbury Retreat Center in Oveido Florida. The Central Florida DOK held its Spring Retreat at Canterbury. Canterbury is also our Service Project for 2022. Join us at our next Chapter meeting on Sat., Jan. 22 at 10 am in the Parish Hall to learn more. Ministry Contact: Nancy Kelly

New Website is Launched!

Be sure to visit our new website and see the beginnings of St. Augustine's whole new online presence! Check back from time to time and see the new developments we have in store. Send us your suggestions!

Got News?

St. Augustine's has a new way to submit your news for publication!

There is now an online form for St. Augustine ministry leaders and parishioners to submit church event and program information intended for publication on the website, newsletter and social media, and also posted to an online church calendar. When you click on this link, you will be taken to a simple, online form where you can input the name of your event, the date, time and location, plus a short description. Feel free to test drive this form by using it to submit your next program or event. 

We Love Your Church Stories and Pictures!

With a new website and weekly eNews to feed, we also welcome your church stories, articles, pictures and anecdotes. Questions? Contact: Barbara McGowan

Please keep in your prayers ...

This Week, We Celebrate

Birthdays - January 2022

09 - Shirley Hagood

      Julie McPartlin           

13 - Philippa Norman

       Pat Ianotti

       Gayle Twombly

14 - Ray Carr

       Charlie Beck

       Billie Hamilton


15 - Carol & Richard DelValle

This Week, We Remember

10 - Leo Norikus

12 - George Kirchoff (2018)

      David Dobson Hamman (2019)


Prayer List

Please pray for Russ, Shirley, Terry, Benjamin, Pam, Denise, Maggie, Kathryn, Nancy, Kathleen, Paul, Gary, Jill, Melanie, Ronald, Elizabeth, Caitlin, Manny, Gayle, Laurie, Patrick, Betsy, Jacinth, Ginny, Celeste, Pat, George, Cookie, Alicia, Kate, Gabriella, Ruth, Mary Beth, and Angie.

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