From Karen Glen, Ministry Coordinator
“What are you looking for?”
St. Pope John Paul II said, “It is Jesus’ way of putting before you the basic question of life’s meaning and direction…. You want a life that is worth living…. You feel a powerful yearning for a world filled with goodness, with justice, with understanding and harmony between people and between nations. You want to live on the level of light and truth in human relations, and therefore of trust and genuine freedom…What begins as a discovery of Jesus moves to a greater understanding and commitment through a prayerful process of questions and discernment. In this process, our motives are purified.”
Can we even imagine what it must have been like to physically walk with Jesus on this earth? Yet, we are invited to do just that every day. Andrew was so excited and the first thing he did was invite his brother Simon to come see. Do we see Christ in the world around us? In the poor and the lonely, the addicted and neglected, the people who are different than us? Do we invite Jesus to show us? Are we like Andrew? I know that I try to be…. But I fall short over and over. My walk with Jesus is not so much a search, as I know I have found the way. My desire is to begin again each day, to see the Lamb of God, to follow His ways, to invite all whom I encounter to come along. “We have found the Messiah”
For more information about any of our projects and ministries, please contact Karen @ (510) 653-8631 or email@example.com
Mardi Gras Celebration on Sunday, February 11th following the 10:30 am Mass
Join us for the festive celebration while we prepare for our Lenten Season. If you would like to provide a dish for the celebration please pick up a flyer with links to the recipes we used previously. Don’t forget to put your name on the sign up sheet. Visit our Lenten Resource table that Sunday to pick up materials to prepare yourself and your family for a fully engaged Lent Season.
This year the Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 14th. Mark your calendars to join in the Parish Lenten Focus of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.
Parish Lenten Day of Prayer and Reconciliation
Friday, February 16th, will be a day of Catholic spirituality and recognition of God’s great mercy as our community will have the opportunity to celebrate Exposition, Prayer, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. In addition, during this day of there will be the opportunity to begin your Lenten disciplines with a true focus on conversion of heart by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation (aka Penance, aka Confession). This day of prayer and mercy is offered to the parish community as a way to continue with the devotions and lessons learned during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Pope Francis instituted two years ago.
There will be a sign-up sheet in the back of the church, (on the “Registration Table”) so that those interested in being in the church that day can express their interest for a specific hour of prayer; and we can begin to organize the day so that our Lord (present in the Blessed Sacrament) will not be left alone in the church for any of the time he is exposed in the monstrance. The church will be open on this Friday after Ash Wednesday. Thanks to all our parish prayer warriors who have expressed interest in resuming this special day of Lenten Prayer and Confession, and thanks in advance for signing up to spend a specific hour in prayer with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Noon Lenten Stations of the Cross devotional prayer will begin on Friday, February 23rd, and will continue through March 23rd.
RCIA: Inquiry classes for RCIA Are you interested in learning more about becoming a Catholic? Have you received the Sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion and desire Confirmation? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Inquiry begins on July 19th. Please contact Karen firstname.lastname@example.org or Jay Mitchell email@example.com for more information.
Family Faith Formation on Sundays The program is available for Kindergarten – 4th Grade. If your child is starting 1st grade they should begin classes this year to be ready for sacramental preparation when they are in 2nd grade. Faith Formation classes are held from 9:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. on Sunday mornings through Sunday, June 4th. Families can attend the 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. mass together, as classes are between the two morning masses. The Faith Formation registration forms are available in the vestibule of the church. The calendar for the year is also available on this form, as well as on our DOWNLOADABLE FORMS page of this website. For more information please contact Karen @ (510) 653-8631 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Augustine Parish provides four categories of ministries:
As a Christian community, we are committed to the life of Christ and the Church through our service to the greater community.
Often times in the Catholic faith we refer to this as Social Justice. Some of the ways our community seeks to reach out to the greater community include: Corazón, Oakland Elizabeth House, St. Vincent de Paul and Rosary for Peace.
Please visit our Social Justice page to read our weekly column, Joy of the Gospel: Social Justice Corner
As a Catholic community, prayer and sacraments are the center of our faith life.
These include: Infant Baptism, First Communion for Children, Confirmation, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), Reconciliation, Wedding, Funeral, Prayer
Liturgical Ministries are a vital part of our community.
These include: Altar Care, Altar Servers, Eucharist for the Homebound, Eucharistic Ministry, Greeters & Ushers, Hospitality After Mass, Lectors, Liturgy Committee, Liturgical Art & Environment, Sacristans and Music Ministries (Cantors, Choir, Instrumentalists and Concerts).
We welcome you to sign up for any of our various liturgical ministries by contacting those who lead each ministry.
Please contact specific individuals indicated on our Liturgical Ministries page, or the Parish Office by phone or email for additional information regarding any of the liturgical ministries.
Email: St. Augustine Parish
Our lay leaders help guide the mission of the parish in consultation with the Pastor.
We welcome you to learn more about our lay leadership opportunities. These committees are not currently enrolling new members, but we are always interested to learn of parishioner’s interests.
Please contact the Parish Office by phone or email for additional information regarding our lay leadership ministries.
Email: St. Augustine Parish