Weekly gatherings at the Parish Centre every Thursday morning; drop in between 9:30 -- 11:30 am. Coffee's on and the toys are waiting!
"In your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. (1 Peter 3:15-16).
Our parish offers something for everyone in the family: movie buffs, children and youth, inquirers into the Catholic faith, Year of Faith renewal, moms 'n babies, etc. etc. Please consult the Sunday bulletin and the list of upcoming events on the right side of this page for further details. Hope to see you at Mass or at any of our events! Read more »
Third Sunday of Advent, December 15, 2013
Gospel Matthew 11:2--11
Last Sunday, we heard John the Baptist preach the coming of a strong Messiah who would restore order and punish evil people, and ensure that justice would prevail. Now Jesus has arrived, and John has doubts while in prison, so he asks Jesus the question: “Are you the one?” Jesus points to what is happening: healing, new life and Good News proclaimed. But this is not what John had envisioned: that salvation is not punitive but salvific. Instead of judgment, Jesus announces God’s mercy. Instead of imposing a new world order, Jesus invites people into a new covenant that transforms their lives, and Jesus shows special care to the excluded and the suffering. Questions to ponder:
1. What do you learn in this reading about the relationship between John and Jesus?
2. How has your life been touched and transformed by Jesus and his message of God’s mercy?
3. What are the distinguishing marks of a prophet? Read more »
Pope Francis has given the Church and the world a beautiful vision of our call to bring the Gospel of Christ to all peoples. It is readable and contemporary; consider reflecting and discussing the text with family, friends and fellow parishioners, even with sisters and brothers in other churches:
APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION EVANGELII GAUDIUM (The Joy of the Gospel) by THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE BISHOPS, PRIESTS AND DEACONS CONSECRATED MEN AND WOMEN AND THE LAY FAITHFUL ON THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL IN TODAY'S WORLD
THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come....
See the attached PDF for complete text. Read more »
Our diocese has launched a wonderful new initiative with our one and only Bishop Don Bolen on TWITTER: http://www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/ibelievebecause/
Twitter hashtag: #ibelievebecause
Make sure to watch the video, then join in and share why you believe ...
We are once again offering the DVD-Series CATHOLICISM featuring Fr. Robert Barron. By journeying around the world and deep into the faith, Fr. Robert Barron created the ground-breaking 10-part CATHOLICISM SERIES as a thematic presentation of what Catholics believe and why, so all adults can come to a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith. Filmed in 50 locations throughout 15 countries, the CATHOLICISM series reveal the truths of our Catholic faith in a breath-taking and compelling way, visually pleasing and spiritually challenging. Read more »
A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, suddenly stopped coming. After a few weeks, the Pastor decided to visit ...
The Pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. The man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the Pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone.
Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and lifeless. The Pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.
As the Pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday.”
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Every Friday for 15 minutes following the morning Mass, and every first Friday of the month from 9:00 am -- 9:00 pm. Benediction at 8:45 pm.
"We do not live by bread alone" says Jesus. How do you attend to our spiritual hunger? Where can you belong to a faith family? Ever considered joining the Catholic Church? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) invites non-baptized women and men to enter a period of inquiry - a period of asking questions about the faith of Catholics and of life in our parish community. Read more »
Whether you are a new parishioner, a new resident to our community of Humboldt, or simply wondering about joining a church, we extend a warm welcome. Thank you for making the effort to get to know our faith community of St. Augustine! Please click "Continue reading ..."
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The financial support of St. Augustine's parish by parishioners makes possible the programs, faith education opportunities and services available to all parishioners.
Participating in the work of the Lord – in the work of the church – is a practice that must be established early in life. Waiting for the day when one “has enough and can now afford to share,” interestingly, never arrives. God deserves God's portion – in fact, it all belongs to God. We are merely called to be good stewards of God’s generous gifts.
We strongly recommend that parishioners register and actively participate in supporting our parish through the sharing of your time, talents and treasure. In order to be Christ’s witness in the world we are called to be a living, breathing and active community of faith. Our parish needs your presence, your input, and your enthusiasm for God.
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