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  • Homily for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
     (10/18/2020)

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,
              Our allegiance to our country, the United States of America is important, but never more important than our allegiance to God. As Christians, our primary identity is not as citizens of a particular country, but as children of God. Our primary allegiance is to God. It is God to whom we all belong, first and foremost. We belong to him in whose image we are made and whose law is inscribed on our hearts. We must give back to God what is his, thus we give him our love, our first fruits, and our very selves, in union with Christ. This is the message of today’s readings.
              Our first reading from Isaiah is about Cyrus, king of Persia, to whom the Lord gave power to subdue the Babylonians, Cyrus then allowed the captive Israelites to return to Jerusalem. This rebellion was accomplished, not for the sake of Cyrus or his kingdom, but for God’s glory of primary importance is not belonging to the Babylonians or Persians but belonging to God and knowing that there is none other besides the Lord.  
              In the second reading, Paul, Silvanus and Timothy greet the Thessalonian Church with thanksgiving and affirmation. Paul thanks God for the faith of the Thessalonians, shown in action, worked for love and preserved through hope. This is how we are called upon to live our faith.
              In the Gospel, Jesus’ opponents try to entrap him on the question about the lawfulness of paying taxes. Jesus sees their hypocrisy. His response is, repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. Caesar’s image and inscription are on the Roman coin. Thus, they belong to Caesar. Jesus does not ask, but the next question is implied: Where do we find God’s image and inscription? The answer is, in us, his children. God created us in his image and inscribed his law on our hearts. No matter what their allegiance to Rome, Jesus’ message to his opponents is that they belong to God. Caesar may claim the coins to be his own, but he cannot claim people; they are claimed by God alone. The answer of Jesus is inescapable. Jesus’ answer is both practical and spiritual. Jesus wants to emphasize an important point, what is God’s. What belongs to God? Everything. All that we have, all that we are, all that is – indeed, all that ever will be – belongs to the creator of all things, except sin. God has given us the gift of life, and has preserved our lives until now in the midst of heaven. Knows – how many dangers to life. God has given us our talents to know and love him. Jesus teaches us that we must give God the first fruits – the first fruits was based on the truth that everything comes from God and  everything belongs to God. “Pay to God what is God’s” means that we must put God first in our lives.
              How do we do this? We do this by loving him with all our hearts, all our soul, all our mind. We do this by giving the best we have to offer, our first fruits of time, talent and treasure. We do this by giving God our primary allegiance; putting God first, before nations or kingdoms, political or economic systems, institutions or ideologies.
              Participating in the Eucharist, we are united with Jesus Christ and one another in offering our very selves to God. The grace of this sacrament strengthens our unity and allegiance to the one to whom we belong, now and forever let us rejoice in God’s promise of salvation and receive it with gratitude, as we prepare to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. And let us try to grow rich in what matters most to God, so as to glorify him on earth and live in his glory for eternity. May the Eucharistic Lord strengthen us to persist in our own mission with faithfulness and zeal.
              As was announced last weekend that each October the celebration of World Mission Sunday leads us to the heart of our Christian faith. Let us remember this day that our baptismal call to bring the Gospel to all! As Pope Francis explains in his message for this year’s World Mission Sunday. In this year marked by the suffering and challenges created by the pandemic the missionary journey of the whole Church continues in light of the words found in the account of calling of the Prophet Isaiah: “Here am I, send me” (Is 6:8). This invitation from God’s merciful heart challenges both the Church and humanity, as a whole, in the current world crisis. The COVID pandemic and now the wildfires have hit many people very had financially. We know this from our own experience. It is a global natural disaster. Even as many of us have had to make sacrifices, I ask you to remember the needs of the people the Church serves in her worldwide missionary work and offer financial help. Please be as generous as your means will allow for your generosity. The missionary work of the Church depends on each one of us. Thanks to you all on behalf on the Propagation of the Faith.
     
  • works of charity

    Wash your hands often.
    Keep social distance.

  • From our Pastor :

    Parish Life
    Regarding parish life, the Archbishop encouraged pastors and priests to move forward with parish activities, including in-person gathering for all ages while observing the health and safety restrictions of the state. Whenever possible, we need to prudently proceed with the life of the Church. We need to focus our efforts on strengthening the faith of our people, especially the religious knowledge and faith of our children. In these unique times, our church may become poorer and smaller, but more fervent.

    Religious Education
    Religious education lasses will be every Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. For  information please call the parish office at 541-994-2216.

    RCIA
    If you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic. Please let Fr. Sebasty know or have them call the parish office at 541-994-2216.
               
     

  • Weekly Readings

    Saturday October 31
    First Reading: Ephesians 4:7-16
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
    Gospel: Luke 13:1-9

    Sunday November 1
    First Reading: Exodus 22:20-26
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
    Second Reading: First Thessalonians 1:5-10
    Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40

    Monday November 2
    First Reading: Ephesians 4:32-5:8
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
    Gospel: Luke 13:10-17

    Tuesday November 3
    First Reading: Ephesians 5:21-33
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
    Gospel: Luke 13:18-21

    Wednesday November 4
    First Reading: Ephesians 2:19-22
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 19:2-3, 4-5
    Gospel: Luke 6:12-16
    Thursday November 5
    First Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 144:1, 2, 9-10
    Gospel: Luke 13:31-35

    Friday November 6
    First Reading: Philippians 1:1-11
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
    Gospel: Luke 14:1-6
     
  • 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.
    Amen
  • 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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