From Karen Glen, Ministry Coordinator
OUR LADY OF FATIMA ~ 100 YEARS LATER (PART 5 OF 5)
During one of the apparitions, Our Lady of Fatima foretold that Jacinta and Francisco would die soon but that Lucía would remain longer to spread devotion to her Immaculate Heart. After the events at Fatima, Our Lady of Fatima continued to appear discretely to each child individually from time to time. Francisco died in 1919 and Jacinta in 1920, both from disease. When Our Lady of Fatima appeared to Jacinta, she gave her information about her death. “You will die in a hospital, away from your family, alone.” Jacinta’s death was as Our Lady of Fatima said.
Jacinta and Francisco were saints from the first day Our Lady of Fatima appeared to them on May 13, 1917. They gave themselves up to prayer and sacrifice for sinners and prayer for the pope. Once the beautiful Our Lady of Fatima had appeared to them, they lost all interest in the worldly life. Lucía took the name Sister Maria Lucía of the Immaculate Heart of Mary when she became a Carmelite nun. In 2000, on May 13 in Fatima, Pope John Paul II beatified Jacinta and Francisco as Blesseds of Heaven. Sister Lucía was present.
The third part of the secret given to the children on July 13, 1917, was written by Sister Lucía in 1944, but the text was not revealed until 2000. On May 13, 1981, there was an assassination attempt on the life of Pope John Paul II. Shortly afterward His Holiness read the third part of the secret of Fatima but chose not to reveal it at that time.
Coinciding with the May 13, 2000, Beatification of Jacinta and Francisco, The Holy Father released the third part of the secret. This part refers to violent hands being laid on a pope and others as well – bishops, priests, men and women religious and various lay people. Sister Lucía recently said that it now appears ever more clear that the purpose of all the apparitions was to help people to grow more and more in faith, hope and love.
Our Lady of Fatima recalls frequently forgotten values. She reminds us that the future of humankind is in God, and that we are active and responsible partners in creating that future. Our Lady of Fatima wants all of us to stop offending God; the same message as at Lourdes to Saint Bernadette. She reminds us that hell exists. Ultimately, Our Lady of Fatima asks us to fervently pray the Rosary every day, pray for sinners and the pope, and perform sacrifices in reparation for our sins.
Safe Environment for Children Project
September 30th, 9a.m. – Noon: Safe Environment for Children Project – It is once again our cycle for training all ministry volunteers in the Safe Environment program. All ministers should plan to participate in this onsite class on Saturday, September 30th, or individuals can complete the program online. For more information please contact the Parish office.
For more information about any of our ministries, please contact Karen @ (510) 653-8631 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or Jay Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Why Do Catholics Do That? – Ever wonder about some of the things that Catholics do? Join us for 5 weeks each Sunday, from August 20th thru Sept 24th (no class on Aug 27th) from 9:10am to 10:10 in the Church chapel. All are welcome.
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. Forms are available in the vestibule of the church or more information please contact Karen @ (510) 653-8631 or email@example.com
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.
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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.
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