Fr. Bill's Weekly Letter

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September 23, 2018   

Dear Parishioners:

Do we have any 7th or 8th grade students who would like to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation? Jackie Lanza is about to lead this process. If anyone is interested, please let me know and I will get you in touch with Jackie.

 We had a great deal of activity here last week and we will as well this week.

This weekend we are going to the parish at-large to ask for your support for our Capital Campaign. There are a great deal of improvements that have to be addressed. Some have already been addressed (new windows on 4th Street side in the residence for The Women of Hope, renovations of restrooms in the back of the church, the beginning of building a wheelchair accessible restroom in the back of the church. Plans are underway to restore the painting of the Crucifixion in the sanctuary of the church, replace the lights in the church with LED lights, and replace 216 sq. ft. of louvers in the steeple of the church. In addition, we have to do approximately $200,000 worth of façade work, assess the condition of all the artwork in the church, replace the two skylights in the church, repoint the church masonry work, provide a wheelchair accessible restroom in Carr Hall, and a number of other projects. As of now we have approximately $530,000 pledged of a goal of $750,000 (70%). We will be approaching foundations to ask for assistance, but before we do we need to demonstrate the commitment of our parishioners to the parish. As of now the Augustinians have demonstrated their commitment to St. Augustine's by pledging $160,000. The video and the talk this weekend will hopefully give a broader picture of the needs and the dynamics of the Campaign. There are various options of how to participate (one time giving, weekly, monthly, yearly over three years, cash, electronically, stocks, etc.). There are many different plans, e.g. $1,800 over three years would amount to about $2.00 a day. However, and to what degree you participate, we are very grateful as we "Celebrate the Past and Cultivate the Future." 

There were about 25 students from Villanova here last Saturday. They were just one group of many from Villanova who did  volunteer work last Saturday in many different areas. They really accomplished a great deal in the short amount of time they were here. They did gardening in the courtyard, trimmed trees by the parking lot, polished brass railings in the sanctuary of the church, cleaned handrails in the friary, painted some of the fence in the courtyard, painted a shed in which equipment is kept, and painted a rear door going into Carr Hall. All of this was able to happen thanks to the great planning and supervision of Bob Zigmund, our Facilities Director. The students also had an opportunity to hear about the history of the parish. They were especially impressed to learn that Villanova began right here at St. Augustine Parish. Please see on the cover of this bulletin the pictures of the students working as well as visiting their roots, "St. Augustine Academy."

This week also will see a lot of activity at the parish. As I mentioned last week, a film entitled, 17 Bridges, starring Chadwick Boseman (The Black Panther) will be filmed here. There will be a scene of a flashback to a funeral which will take place in our church. They will be here on Monday setting up, filming on Tuesday and cleaning up on Wednesday. On Tuesday, as well as the church, they will be using Carr Hall and our parking. Fourth Street will be blocked off on Tuesday. There has been a great deal of preparation (many, many details) that already has gone into this and that will go into this in the next few days. We apologize for any inconvenience, but it will be fun to once again (The Sixth Sense and The Shooter were also filmed here) to see our historic and beautiful church on film.

 Would you like to serve the parish as a Lector or an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion?  Jesus talks in the Gospel this weekend about serving. These ministries are truly a service to the parish as they help the flow of the celebration of Mass to go smoothly. There will be a workshop for new Lectors on Thursday, October 11th and one for new Extraordinary Ministers of  Holy Communion on Wednesday, October 17th. If you are interested, there are signup sheets in the back of the church.

 Have a great week.

Fr. Bill