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From Karen Glen, Ministry Coordinator

Flood Relief Thank You Letter
St. Augustine Parish
400 Alcatraz Ave
Oakland CA 94609-1106, USA

Dear Parishioners of St. Augustine,

We extend our sincere thanks to you for your generous contribution of $9,984 (Indian Rupees
727 716.00) in view of the relief work for the flood affected people of Kuttanad in the Archeparchy of
Changanacherry. It is the goodwill and timely assistance of many generous people that enabled us to rescue the trapped ones and to extend relief during and after the floods to all concerned.

Cooperating with the Government of Kerala towards the reconstruction of Kuttanad, the Archeparchy
has already drafted a major project. We feel duty-bound to implement this uphill task in a span of three
years with the unreserved support of other dioceses, religious congregations, parishes, social service societies, charitable agencies and individuals’ Your assistance will definitely speed up the process of implementation. It is our humble prayer that the good Lord grant you blessings a hundred fold. Holding hands
with the people of Kuttanad, we do say, ‘Thank You’.

Yours Sincerely in Lord Jesus Christ
Archbishop Joseph Perumthottam
Metropolitan Archbishop of Changanacherry


From our Ministry Coordinator, Karen Glen:

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

In our catechesis on the Creed, today we consider the Church as the Body of Christ. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, received in Baptism, we are mystically united to the Lord as members of one body, of which he is the head. The image of the mystical body makes us realize the importance of strengthening our union with Christ through daily prayer, the study of God’s word and participation in the sacraments. Saint Paul tells the Corinthians that the Body of Christ, while one, is made up of a variety of members. Within the communion of the Church, and in union with the Pope and Bishops, each of us has a part to play, a gift to share, a service to offer, for building up the Body of Christ in love. Let us ask the Lord to help us reject every form of divisiveness and conflict in our families, parishes and local Churches. At the same time, let us ask for the grace to open our hearts to others, to promote unity and to live in harmony as members of the one Body of Christ, inspired by the gift of love which the Holy Spirit pours into our hearts ~ Pope Francis 6/21/2013

Altar Linen Society: The Altar Linen Society of St. Augustine is in need of a volunteer to join the team and help with washing, drying and ironing the linen used for the altar and Mass. The volunteers rotate every four months (3x a year). Your commitment would be to launder the items weekly for a period of 30 days. For more information please contact Karen at the Parish Office (510-653-8631)

Hospitality Ministers Needed: Do you enjoy hospitality after the morning Mass? Our wonderful volunteer team has been serving us faithfully over the years. There is a great need for many more volunteers to help keep this wonderful ministry alive. Please consider making a commitment to help on one Sunday a month. For more information please contact Karen at the Parish Office (510-653-8631) or Steve Miller @

Liturgical Ministers Needed: We are inviting all to consider serving in a liturgical ministry. We have a great need for Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Acolytes and Ushers/Greeters. Why not serve while you are already here? For more information please contact Karen Glen, the Ministry Coordinator @ or call the Parish office @ (510) 653-8631.


Please visit our Social Justice page to read our weekly column, Joy of the Gospel: Social Justice Corner. For more information about any of our projects and ministries, please contact Karen @ (510) 653-8631 or