Ministries


 

From Karen Glen, Ministry Coordinator

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Pause in Gratitude

As we come to the close of our liturgical year, we pause with gratitude for all of the gifts and blessings we have received. Many people in our state, country and world are suffering from devastating losses. As a people of faith we can hold them in prayer constantly…often, we want to do something tangible. As a parish community we would like to pull together our resources to help make a difference where we can. As we all know, our neighbors in the Santa Rosa Diocese and the counties of Napa and Sonoma have been displaced by the wildfires in early October. We will be participating with the St. Vincent de Paul DSD initiative* to help those who are working to resettle, through the House in a Box program. This program helps to provide a family returning to a home with the necessary basics for a family of 4 people. We hope you will join us in this effort.  Helping Our Neighbors – We will be holding a fund drive to help a couple of families affected by the fires up north. Please participate with us in raising money for a House in a Box. Beginning November 11th and concluding December 17th. Please check the information at the back of the church or call the parish office.

 

*The DSD is assisting with grant management, disaster case management training, development and rollout of the House in a Box® Program (which provides people with essential items to furnish a home including kitchen and bathroom supplies, furniture, dishes, towels, food and clothing), centralized ordering, volume purchases and logistics training. Also, the DSD is training Council and Conference members on the National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters) process and the Coordinated Assistance Network (database for disaster management across the nation), an integrated and holistic disaster recovery process.

 

Don’t Miss the Holiday Boutique
Sunday, November 19th from Noon to 2 p.m.
Buy gifts ~ enjoy fellowship ~ benefit our music ministry!

Church Craft Fair

Holiday Boutique – Would you like to have a booth at the boutique? Baked goods, crafts, religious articles? Can you volunteer to help with one of the existing booths? Our annual boutique will take place on Sunday, November 19th. Help is needed for set up on Saturday, November 18th as well as Sunday, November 19th. Please call Karen at the Parish office for more information.

Holiday Potluck – Please join us in kicking off the holidays with our potluck at the Holiday Boutique on November 19th. Bring a dish to share while you spend some time shopping at the booths with local and fair-trade fare.

Book Donations – We are accepting book donations for the book sale that will be held at the boutique. Please bring your book donations next weekend and drop them off in the cafeteria. Books that we can accept: Fiction, romance novels, historical novels, children’s books, best sellers, sci-fi, autobiographies, etc.   We cannot accept: encyclopedias, magazines, National Geographic, textbooks.

For more information about any of our projects and ministries, please contact Karen @ (510) 653-8631 or kglen.staugustinemc@gmail.com


 

Fair Trade Small Study Groups  We will be holding workshops on Live Mercy: In the Marketplace. This study is made up of three sessions: #1 The Church and the Global Economy, #2 Ethical Trade and the Dignity of Work, #3 Living Mercy in the Marketplace. The purpose of this study is to help you understand the issues around Fair Trade, how to identify it, how to make it a part of your life. There will be several small faith studies set up to share the role of Fair Trade in our Church, Community and World. You can attend any or all Sundays of the scheduled sessions: Sundays October 29th, November 5th, November 12th; Noon-1:30 or 4:30-6 p.m. If you would like more information, please call the Parish Office.

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 kglen.staugustinemc@gmail.com or Jay Mitchell jwmstaugustine@live.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 kglen.staugustinemc@gmail.com

Safe Environment for Children Project It is once again our cycle for training all ministry volunteers in this important program. In order to take the online class please login to http://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/ create a personal profile and sign up for the online course.  You will receive an email confirmation to access the link to the course.  There is not a fee associated with the class.  Upon completion of the course please print your certificate and turn it in to the Parish office.   For more information please contact the Parish office. All ministers MUST complete this certification in order to serve in any capacity at St. Augustine’s.

SPIRITUAL BOOK CLUB  Father Augustine is leading a discussion on Making All Things New by Henri Nouwen. Tuesdays 1-2pm; Fridays 7-8pm. If you are interested in participating in the Spiritual Book Club, please call the Parish office.

 


 

St. Augustine Parish provides four categories of ministries:

Jesus and fisherman

Social Justice

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

 

Prayer and Sacraments

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

Please visit our Prayer and Sacraments page or contact the Parish Office by phone or email for additional information regarding any of the sacraments.
(510) 653-8631
Email: St. Augustine Parish

 

Liturgical Ministries

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.
(510) 653-8631
Email: St. Augustine Parish

 

Lay Leadership Ministries

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.
(510) 653-8631
Email: St. Augustine Parish