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I am celebrating the 10:30 TV Mass this weekend. This is one of the great ministries which is possible because of the Bishop's Appeal. We have a lot of homebound parishioners watching the Mass on TV.

Our parish Chili Cook-Off is coming up soon, on February 28. I have been told that this is a great, fun parish event. [May I take a moment to brag? I once won first prize at a Fort Wayne Celebrity Soup Cook- Off. The organizers ran low on celebrities and invited me. I proceeded to advertise in the parish bulletin. Despite my lack of celebrity and my very meager cooking skills, I had dozens of parishioners dropping in to vote for my soup.] Parish cooks: Fear not. My competition days are over. Join us on February 28.

Celebrate the Gift of God’s Love

Saturday, February 15, 2014, After 5:30 p.m. Mass - Parish Center Hall

Polish Dinner Buffet - Music by DJ Jamie Higginson, Sound FX
Cost: $15 per person, (21 and over), Beer/Wine Available

Tickets are available in the Gathering Space after Mass or at the Church Office.
Our new Church Directory will contain color portraits of all the families, candid pictures of our activities and updated addresses and phone numbers. Each family photographed will select a pose for the directory and receive free an 8x10 portrait or 9 wallets, and a church directory. There is no obligation; however, you will have the opportunity to order portraits.

Please sign up as soon as possible to lock in your preferred date.

I am in Chicago this weekend at a conference. I return Wednesday night. I am grateful to the priests who are covering Masses this week. Next weekend I will celebrate the TV Mass, which is broadcast live at WNDU at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Santone will cover our 9:30 and 11:30 Masses in the parish.

This weekend is the deadline for ordering tickets for the Valentine's Dinner on February 15. We will have a Polish dinner buffet, music, and a good chance for fun for just $15 per person.

Many people have made appointments for photos for the parish picture directory, but we also have a lot of parishioners who have not yet made an appointment.

Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Chicago, IL will offer a presentation on:

The Cause of Sainthood of Father Augustus Tolton

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
St. Augustine Parish, 1501 W. Washington St, South Bend, IN 46619

4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass - Music by Notre Dame Voices of Faith Gospel Choir

Sponsored by: Black Catholic Advisory Board of the Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend and the St. Augustine Parish Tolton Society.
This weekend we celebrate the Presentation of the Lord. This day is also called Candlemas, a traditional day for the blessing of candles. We will bless candles at the beginning of Masses this weekend. Monday is the feast of St. Blaise, a fourth-century bishop of Armenia who gave his life as a martyr. St. Blaise is reported to have offered prayers for a boy who was choking on a fish bone and the boy then coughed out the bone. Since that time, the Church has asked St. Blaise to pray that we will be delivered from all disease of the throat and from every illness. We will offer the St. Blaise blessing of throats at the end of all Masses this weekend.

We are organizing a new parish picture directory. This is one of our best tools in building up the parish — it is a chance to get to know one another. If you wonder who the person is who sits near you each Sunday, you will be able to match a face and a name. If you are interested in a parish organization or ministry, it is a chance to identify the person to talk to. If you want to contact someone in the parish, it is an easy source for telephone numbers and addresses. We would love to have everyone in the parish pictured in the directory.

I am sorry to leave the Christmas season; it flies by much too fast. We are now only 6 ½ weeks from Lent.

Please remember in prayer this week our second graders, who will have First Reconciliation on Saturday. Our youngsters are ready for a wonderful sacrament.

I again offer thanks to all who put so much effort into our celebration of the Christmas season. The liturgies were beautiful and there were many acts of service and charity taking place quietly behind the scenes. I am reminded of our parish service prayer as I see people acting as the hands and feet of Christ.

Let me point out one beautiful act which quietly took place in this parish. Lovability is a group which meets at our parish, serving handicapped adults. This year the group provided Christmas baskets with food and gifts for the families of jail inmates. Deacon Greg was able to identify many such families in the area, and drivers were organized to deliver those gifts to families who were surely having a difficult Christmas.