Cardinal's Appeal

the Cardinal's Annual Appeal Update

To date our parish has received $74,912 from 221 parishioners in pledges towards the 2014 Cardinal’s Appeal.  Our parish number is 496 and our goal is $139,500.  For this Appeal to be truly successful, we must have the support of all of our families.  The Appeal is a vital source of funding for the programs and ministries that sustain the parishes across our Archdiocese.  It is not too late to make your gift.  Thank you for your kind support.


  About the Stations of the Cross at Saint Augustine Church
  Ministry at St. Augustine
  one human family, food for all
  Organizations and Societies
  Religious Freedom Resources
  St. John Vianney -- Catechism on the Priesthood
  The Respect Life Society of St. Augustine Parish
  Via Dolorosa  With Monsignor Franco

Our Pastor
  Our Pastor Father Brian T. McSweeney

  The History of St. Augustine Church
  Pastors and Assistants
  A History of St. Augustine School
  Historical St. Augustine Cemetery
  The Crucifix Overlooking the River

St. Augustine of Hippo
  Our Patron Saint St. Augustine of Hippo
  Saint Augustine Quotes




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We are always looking for advice on small projects in our parish. If you have experience in landscaping, contracting, carpentry etc. and are willing to offer recommendations or advice, please leave your name at the parish office

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The 2014 Confirmation Service Mass of Recognition will be celebrated
Saturday, September 27, during the 5:00 PM Mass.

Since 90 children and their families will be at this Mass, your cooperation in attending either the 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, or 6:00 PM Mass on Sunday will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

We need five (5) more Altar Servers for the 2:30 PM Confirmation Mass on Saturday October 25th.  If you would like to receive Community Service Hours and could serve the 2:30 PM Mass, please call Joan Pires at the Parish Office (941-0067).
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

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The Parish of St. Augustine
cordially invites you to attend
the 12:00 Noon Solemn Mass
on Sunday, September 21, 2014,
as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary
of the dedication of the new
St. Augustine Church.  

Reception will follow the Mass.



Bishop Sheen: Mentor and Friend

By Msgr. Hilary C. Franco, STD, JCL, MA SOC
(Msgr. Franco is assistant nuncio from the Vatican at the United Nations)

As a young priest, Msgr. Hilary Franco worked closely with Archbishop Sheen from 1959-1967, sharing in his travels and trials, his joys and his sorrows, and his prayer life. Then for 12 further years, the two stayed in close communication by letter, phone and visits until Archbishop Sheen passed away in 1979. In an easy, conversational style, Msgr. Franco now shares his precious memories of this time. Read his first-hand accounts of:

• the Archbishop’s friendships with many famous persons, including Bl. Mother Teresa
• his conversions of well-known atheists and Communists
• his sense of humor
• his daily schedule, including daily prayer pauses with his assistants
• his relationships with the poor and beggars

• how the Venerable Archbishop “convinced” an alcoholic actress to go to confession
• his worldwide travels and conferences
• his friendships with Popes John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II
• how he saw his work at Vatican Council II, and some of his insights at that historical time

• the inside story of his appointment to the diocese of Rochester, NY.

You won’t want to be without this unique view into the life of one who will surely be counted among America’s greatest saints!

BONUS: Includes an in-depth interview of Msgr. Franco in which he reveals Archbishop Sheen’s thoughts on reverence to the Eucharist, the formation of seminarians, the loss of thousands of priests and religious sisters, his prophetic insights about the future of the Church in America, and much more!

(Item Wholesale 3293, 160 pp. Softcover)

Price $19.95 + S&H


Pope Francis:
the shadow of Cain
looms over history
from 1914 to the present

Vatican City, 13 September 2014 (VIS) – Today, the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War (13 September 1914), Pope Francis chose to celebrate Mass at the Military Monument of Redipuglia, in the Italian province of Gorizia.

The Holy Father left the Vatican by helicopter at 8 a.m. and landed shortly before 9 a.m. at the airport of Ronchi dei Legionari, where he was received by the archbishop of Gorizia, Carlo Alberto Maria Redaelli. He transferred by car to the Austro-Hungarian cemetery of Fogliano di Redipuglia, the resting place of 14,550 soldiers who fell in this area. At the entrance there is the phrase “Im Leben und im Tode vereint” (“United in Life and Death”). The Pope placed a floral wreath at the central monument to 7000 unknown soldiers.

The Pope subsequently proceeded to the Military Monument, a large cemetery dedicated to the memory of the more than one hundred thousand Italian soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War, in foothills of Mount Sei Busi, a contested territory in the early phases of the conflict and where the tomb of Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia Aosta, commander of the Third Army, is located. The monument was designed by the architect Giovanni Greppi and the sculptor Giannino Castiglioni, and building work commenced in 1933; it was inaugurated by the then head of government, Benito Mussolini, in 1938, in the presence of more than 50,000 First World War veterans.

The first reading narrated the story of Cain and Abel, and in his homily the Holy Father commented on the murder of Abel to condemn indifference in the face of war.

“After experiencing the beauty of travelling throughout this region, where men and women work and raise their families, where children play and the elderly dream, I now find myself here, in this place, near this cemetery, able to say only one thing: War is madness. Whereas God carries forward the work of creation, and we men and women are called to participate in his work, war destroys. It also ruins the most beautiful work of his hands: human beings. War ruins everything, even the bonds between brothers. War is irrational; its only plan is to bring destruction: it seeks to grow by destroying.

“Greed, intolerance, the lust for power … are the motives underlying the decision to go to war, and they are too often justified by an ideology; but first there is a distorted passion or impulse. Ideology is presented as a justification and when there is no ideology, there is the response of Cain: 'What does it matter to me? Am I my brother’s keeper?'. War does not look directly at anyone, be they elderly, children, mothers, fathers. 'What does it matter to me?'

“Above the entrance to this cemetery, there hang in the air those ironic words of war, 'What does it matter to me?' All of the dead who repose here had their own plans, they had their own dreams, but their lives were cut short. Why? Because humanity said, 'What does it matter to me?'. Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction. In all honesty, the front page of newspapers ought to carry the headline, 'What does it matter to me?'. Cain would say, 'Am I my brother’s keeper?'.

“This attitude is the exact opposite of what Jesus asks of us in the Gospel. We have heard: He is in the least of his brothers; He, the King, the Judge of the world, He is the one who hungers, who thirsts, He is the stranger, the one who is sick, the prisoner. Those who care for their brother or sister enter into the joy of the Lord; those who do not do so, however, who by their omission say, 'What does it matter to me?', remain excluded.

“Here, and in the other cemetery, lie many victims. Today, we remember them. There are tears, there is mourning, there is grief. From this place we remember all the victims of every war. Today, too, there are many victims … How is this possible? It is so because in today’s world, behind the scenes, there are interests, geopolitical strategies, lust for money and power, and there is the manufacture and sale of arms, which seem to be so important! And these plotters of terrorism, these schemers of conflicts, just like arms dealers, have engraved in their hearts, 'What does it matter to me?'

“It is the task of the wise to recognise errors, to feel pain, to repent, to beg for pardon and to cry. With this 'What does it matter to me?' in their hearts, the merchants of war perhaps have made a great deal of money, but their corrupted hearts have lost the capacity to weep. Cain did not weep. He was not able to weep. The shadow of Cain hangs over us today in this cemetery. It is seen here. It has been seen from 1914 right up to our own time.

“With the heart of a son, a brother, a father, I ask each of you, indeed for all of us, to have a conversion of heart: to move on from 'What does it matter to me?', to shed tears: for each one of the fallen of this 'senseless massacre', for all the victims of the mindless wars, in every age. Brothers, humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep”.

Following Mass and after greetings from the military archbishop for Italy, Santo Marciano and the Chiefs of Staff and General Commanders, the bishop of Rome presented to those in attendance the “Light of St. Francis” Lamp, which will be lit in the respective dioceses during the events commemorating the First World War. The lamp was donated by the Holy Convent of Assisi and the oil was given by the “Libera” Association of the priest Don Luigi Ciotti.

The Pope subsequently bade farewell to those present and transferred to Ronchi dei Legionari airport, where he departed for the Vatican.


BATON ROUGE, La. --- The Catholic News Service reported that the Diocese of Baton Rouge has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a Louisiana Supreme Court decision that a priest may be compelled to testify as to what he heard in the confessional. The legal step is the latest in a case involving Father Jeffrey Bayhi, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Zachary, Louisiana, and the sanctity of the seal of confession. The state Supreme Court opened the door for a hearing in which the priest would testify about what he heard in the confessional. Under canon law, the seal of confession is sacred under the penalty of excommunication.



DENVER --- The Catholic News Agency reported that, from Conan O’Brien to little kids inspired to help those in need, people across the country have taken up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the past few weeks. The campaign has achieved astronomical success, raising $53.3 million for efforts to find a cure to Lou Gehrig’s disease. Instead of directing donors to the ALS Association, the archdiocese of Denver is asking people to give to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, or the Stem for Life Foundation. This is because the ALS Association funds an embryonic stem cell research project. Funding embryonic stem cell research cannot be glossed over because it involves serious moral issues. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains in paragraph 1753 that a “good intention ... does not make behavior that is intrinsically disordered ... good or just. The end does not justify the means.”

Religious Education Classes
  are held on
Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the School.  

Catechesis is an integral part of the mission of the Church.  As such, a special time is set aside each year to celebrate this special ministry.  The 10:00 AM Mass this weekend was dedicated to our Religious Education teachers to honor them as they share their faith with our Religious Education children. 

This year’s Catechists are:  Grade 1 – Alyssa Mann; Grade 2 – Cindy Paribello and Mimi Fultz; Grade 3 – Kristina Jenney and Carmen McCallum; Grade 4 – Mary Mussalli and Paulette Sirakos; Grade 5 – Janet Birrittella and RuthAnn Connolly; Grade 6 – Nancy Kennedy and Peter Marengo; Grade 7 – Tony Corda and Joanne Kovar; Grade 8 – Dorothy Tabio and Eileen Cohen.



Bring a friend to Church

Let us remember relatives and friends who may have strayed from attending Mass and the Sacraments.  Consider asking someone you know to come with you to Mass.  Your encouragement may be all that they need. 



How (and Why) to Return to Sunday Mass
and on the bottom of the same Page is:

How (and Why) to Return to Confession)

Come let us adore Him! 

Eucharistic Adoration 

The Blessed Sacrament is exposed every Thursday
here at St. Augustine's from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. 
We pray for vocations.

Please join in a Holy Hour from 9:00 to 10:00 AM
each Thursday for Morning Prayer from the
Liturgy of the Hour, Rosary and
the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Compline and Solemn Eucharistic Benediction are at 7:00 PM.

 On the First Friday of the month,
(From October until June)
the Blessed Sacrament is exposed
between the end of the 6:30 AM Mass
and the beginning of the 8:30 AM Mass.

Take some time out of your busy schedule
to spend an hour with the Lord. 
Many blessings and graces are waiting for you!

We will be looking at the organization of our parish Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the weeks ahead. Our main concern is complete coverage of the times that our Blessed Lord is exposed. According to our Bishops:"Every effort should be made to ensure that there should be at least two people present. There must absolutely never be periods when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and there is no one present ..."  (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops publication, Thirty-One Questions on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament- page 11)

We have been given permission from the Vatican
to insert the Vatican Widget on our website.

Pray the Rosary

for Peace, Vocations,
Right to Life and Religious Freedom

Our Pastor Father Brian T. McSweeney
Father Brian Thomas McSweeney was born in New York City, the fourth of five children of Dr. John T. McSweeney and Virginia Mahony. Baptized at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scarsdale, N.Y., he attended IHM Parochial School under the guidance of the Sisters of Charity and later, ...
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