Fr. Bill's Weekly Letter

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January 13, 2019   

Dear Parishioners:

As we are moving into a new calendar year, I would like to draw your attention to several important happenings in the next several months.

One of the highlights of our parish year is the "Winter Sinulog." The Sinulog is celebrated in the Philippines each year on the third Sunday of January. But because of the very real possibility of cold, snow, and ice, we do a smaller version of it in January and the big (very big) version in August. Nonetheless, the January celebration here is fantastic. This year the celebration will be at the 11:00 AM on January 20th.  Being part of this day is a wonderful way for us to support our brothers and sisters from the Philippines. It also is a wonderful way for all of us to be inspired by the very enthusiastic expression of faith of so many people. Please mark January 20th 11 AM on your calendar and plan to be with us.

The second thing I would like to draw to your attention is a Day of Reflection for married couples on Saturday, February 23rd beginning at 10:30 AM and concluding with the renewal of Marriage vows at the 5:15 PM Mass. In addition, from myself, this is an opportunity to receive some input from married couples about their experiences of the joy and the challenges of married life. It is an opportunity to discuss some of these things with other couples, and primarily it is an opportunity to have a great deal of quality time for couples to share with their spouses on important topics. If you are interested, please email me at pastorstaugustine@gmail.com. The following are a few comments of those who have been part of this day in the past two years. I will share more comments as time gets closer. 

From 2018 participants:

“I loved the part describing the difference between joy and happiness. I will try to bring it to life with more simplicity-more being in the moment.”

“I found the day very educational. I will use it to grow.”

“The day was a respite for me from the hecticness of life.”

From the 2017 participants:

"We are hoping to do more activities together. We are going to do more listening and praying together."

"We are going to do more things as a couple: pray as a couple, talk as a couple, and hold hands when we walk."

"I liked hearing we have to re-evaluate relationships and to be intentional to keep the growth going.”

Lastly, I would like to inform you very briefly about an important Lenten activity we will be doing as a parish. Last November 10th our Parish Pastoral Council had an all day workshop to discuss the role of the Council and discerning the pastoral needs of the parish. Mr. Dan Cellucci of the Catholic Leadership Institute joined our discussion in the afternoon and explained a tool called, "Disciple Maker Index." This tool involves a survey which has been used in 400 parishes in over 22 dioceses throughout the United States. The feedback will help our Parish Pastoral Council to create a vision and execute a pastoral plan to best meet the needs of our parish.  Stay tuned for more details.

Have a great week.

 Fr. Bill