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  • Homily for the Ascension of the Lord     (05/24/2020)

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,
              Today we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord. It is interesting that today’s Gospel from Matthew does not mention the Ascension of the Lord. Today’s Gospel ends with an appearance of Jesus after the resurrection. The Gospels of Mark, Luke and John deal with the Ascension. John only mentions the Ascension in Jesus’ comments to Mary Magdalene when he appeared to her. Mark has a very brief mention of the Ascension, without giving any detailed or visual description of it. The image we all have of the Ascension comes from both the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles which Luke wrote. In the Acts of the Apostles, Luke informs us that Jesus ascended forty (40) days after Easter. During that brief period of time between Easter and the ascension, Jesus’ many appearances: to his women followers, to his apostles and to other disciples, instructing them and assuring them he had truly risen.
              Resurrection of Jesus is the glorification by the Father. The ascension is also understood as the glorification of Jesus. Jesus being seated at the right hand of the Father is also the glorification by the Father. The appearance of Jesus to the eleven in Galilee which we just heard in today’s Gospel. Jesus said in the Gospel, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Today’s Gospel is often referred to as the Great Commission. Matthew stresses the teaching part of Jesus’ ministry as he commissions the eleven to carry on his teaching mission. They are to teach all nations what Jesus taught them and baptized them, and they are to know that Jesus is still with them. Matthew begins his Gospel with them when he quotes Isaiah the Prophet that “the virgin will be with child and bear a son, and they will call his name, Emmanuel” and he ends his Gospel with commissioning the disciples (28:16-20). Jesus promised them that he would be with them always.
              In a way, we are more fortunate than the disciples. As he promised at the ascension, Jesus Christ is with us continually in the Church, which is his Body. He promised to send us the Holy Spirit, a spirit of wisdom and revelation as we heard in the second reading, to guide and strengthen us in our faith. We have each other to learn on and to share our faith – and even our doubts. Most important, we have the Sacraments. What a gift it is to have the opportunity to receive the Body of Christ daily to nourish and sustain us. He remains with us, teaching and encouraging us. He trusts us to believe that he is the way, the truth, and the life that leads and guides us until his return. He is with us – always – until the end of time.

                                    Father Joseph Sebasty

  • works of charity

    Wash your hands often.
    Keep social distance.

  • Weekly Readings

    Saturday, May 23, 2020 -

    First Reading: Acts 18:23-28
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 47:2-3, 8-9, 10
    Gospel: John 16:23-28

    Sunday, May 24, 2020 -

    First Reading: Acts 1:1-11
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
    Second Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23
    Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20

    Monday, May 25, 2020 -

    First Reading: Acts 19:1-8
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 68:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
    Gospel: John 16:29-33

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020 -

    First Reading: Acts 20:17-27
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 68:10-11, 20-21
    Gospel: John 17:1-11

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 -

    First Reading: Acts 20:28-38
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 68:29-30, 33-35, 35-36
    Gospel: John 17:11-19

    Thursday, May 28, 2020 -

    First Reading: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
    Gospel: John 17:20-26

    Friday, May 29, 2020 -

    First Reading: Acts 25:13-21
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
    Gospel: John 21:15-19

  • From our Pastor:

    Let us pray the Our Father to keep our solidarity as a parish at 12 noon every day. This will be a way for our parish to connect spiritually.

    I put each one of you on the altar of God when I offer my private daily mass. You may join me spiritually at 10:00 am Tuesday - Sunday.

  • A Prayer in the Time of a Pandemic
    May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those
    whose lives are at stake.
    May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
    May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
    May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.
    May we who have to cancel our trips remember those
    who have no safe place to go.
    May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.
    May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those
    who have no home.
    As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
    During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
  • Vatican News

    Pope Asks Faithful to Add Two Prayers to Rosary
    During the month of May, Pope Francis has asked the faithful to pray the rosary and add two prayers at the end to the Blessed Mother.
    “I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May.” Read the text of the Pope’s letter and find the two prayers  HERE . See article  HERE

    “Be very close to the people of God, make each one feel loved and accompanied, help everyone to perceive that the church does not close its doors to anyone, but is concerned that no little one risks life or is forgotten,” Pope Francis.


  • Special Request from our Pastor:

    I want to thank everyone who has continued to support our church financially throughout this difficult time. As you know, while masses are suspended church expenses will continue. Therefore, once again, I am prayerfully asking for your continued financial support. You can continue to support St. Augustine by sending your weekly/monthly offering through the mail. Your continued financial support of our church will be greatly appreciated. I pray that you stay healthy and safe in your homes until this pandemic is over. 

    Father Joseph Sebasty

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