From Karen Glen, Ministry Coordinator
FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast day of Joseph, the Father of Jesus. His life is a testimony to the call to seek and embrace the will of God over our own. In such a special way he puts Mary and Jesus first instead of considering himself.
Joseph and Mary were dwelling in Nazareth; they were not yet living together, because they were not yet married. In the meantime, May, after having welcomed the angel’s announcement, came to be with child by the power of the Holy Spirit. When Joseph realized this, he was bewildered.
The Gospel does not explain what his thoughts were, but it does tell us the essential: he seeks to do the will of God and is ready for the most radical renunciation. Rather than defending himself and asserting his rights, Joseph chooses what for him is an enormous sacrifice. And the Gospel tells us: Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to send her away quietly (Mr. 1:19). This brief sentence reveals a true inner drama if we think about the love that Joseph had for Mary! But even in these circumstances, Joseph intends to do the will of God and decides, surely with great sorrow, to send Mary away quietly….
This Gospel passage reveals to us the greatness of Saint Joseph’s heart and soul. He was following a god plan for his life, but God was reserving another plan for him, a greater mission.
Joseph was a man who always listened to the voice of God; he was deeply sensitive to his secret will; he was a man attentive to the messages that came to him from the depths of his heart and from on high. He did not persist in following his own plan for his life, he did not allow bitterness to poison his soul; rather, he was ready to make himself available to the news that, in such a bewildering way, was being presented to him. And thus, he was a good man. He did not hate, and he did not allow bitterness to poison his soul…And Joseph thereby became even freer and greater. By accepting himself according to God’s design, Joseph fully finds himself, beyond himself. His freedom to renounce even what is his, the possession of his very life, and his full interior availability to the will of God challenge us and show us the way.
Are we willing to make an enormous sacrifice, abandoning ourselves to the will of God?
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 email@example.com
Noon Lenten Stations of the Cross devotional prayer continues on Fridays at 12:10 pm 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.
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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.
Email: St. Augustine Parish