CHURCH OF ST. AUGUSTINE, LARCHMONT, N.Y.
MAY 19, 2013
NOTE FROM PASTOR:
"All that is true, by whomsoever spoken, is from the Holy Spirit." Ambrose of Milan
WIND AND FIRE
These elemental forces of the universe are immeasurable, unpredictable and often uncontrollable. Wind and fire remind us that ours is a church that is characterized by mobility and not stasis, by charism rather than constraint, and by ecstasy rather than entrenchment. Wind and fire blow and breathe and burn with life and with an energy that cannot be quenched. Wind and fire attest to the difference the Jesus movement has made, is making and should be able to make in the world.
The imagery of wind and fire is not unique to Pentecost. Fire and wind have figured importantly in many encounters between God and humankind in both Testaments. Fire signified the presence of God sealing the everlasting covenant with Abraham (Gen 15:17). Fire summoned Moses to the presence of God (Exod 32) and purified him for his mission. Leading Moses and the escapees from Egypt through the desert, a pillar of fire assured them that their path was struck and protected by God (Exod 13:21). Fire burning on Sinai announced the presence of God and accompanied the gift of the law, regarded by the Israelites as a fire that lit their path (Exod 19:18). Fire also purified the prophets who were chosen to speak God's word (Isa 6; Ezek 1) and devoured the sacrifices offered in worship. A perpetual fire near the altar bore witness to God's choice to draw near and linger lovingly among the people (Lev 6:2-6).
From the beginning, as told in the book of Genesis, wind has also signified the power and presence of God. Sweeping over the primordial waters, wind brought forth life, order and a wondrous, symbiotic harmony in the universe. From creation onward, wind would be variously featured through the scriptures as the breath of God, the inspiration of God and a sign of God's Spirit, who blows wherever and whenever and in whomever God chooses.
For Moses and those leaving Egypt, an east wind sent by God enabled their safe passage across the Sea of Reeds (Exod 14:21-22). Job's encounter with God was depicted as a theophany within a whirlwind (Job 38:1; 40:6). The visions of Ezekiel (1:4) were similarly characterized. When his prophetic ministry was ended and his ministry had been assumed by another; Elijah was caught up to heaven and to God in a whirling wind (2Kings2:1,11)
Almost every time wind is referenced in the Lectionary, says Gail Ramshaw, its effects are vehicles of God's grace (Treasures Old and New: Images in the Lectionary. Augsburg Fortress Press, Minneapolis: 2002). Wind is no terror but the movement of God's mercy.
Celebration May 31, 2009
For those who are ill, including: Ellen R. Barbieri, Peter Benjamin, Frank Booth, Nelly Carillon, Teresa Cogan, Bernier De Comes, Maureen Doherty, Mary Ann Dolan, John Dziwura, Mark Elliott, Marty Gary, Robert Glickman, Alessandria Glickman, Eleanor Gordon, Robert Heyde, Mary Humphrey, Carol Hrabsky, Mary Jordan, Catherine Kiley, Theresa Kim, Dorothy Vandernoot Lakso, Rose Leghorn, Martin Martinez, Virginia McLaughlin, Doris Nogueira, Mildred Oswald, Jack Pastor, Richard Payne, Mary Rizzo, Theresa Schiavone, William Stefanisko, and Susan Testa.
May they find healing and comfort in Jesus Christ
Week of May 20th - May 26th
Monday, May 20th
9:00 am Joe Vandernoot
Tuesday, May 21st
6:45 am Maureen Fitzsimons (Living)
9:00 am Richard Concannon
Wednesday, May 22nd
9:00 am Kenneth Nixon
Thursday, May 23rd
9:00 am Kenneth W. Smith
Friday, May 24th
9:00 am Betty and Bill Gallin
Saturday, May 25th
5:00 pm Filomena & Giulia Smilari
Sunday, May 26th
9:00 am Dr. Louis DelGuercio
10:30 am Anthony Leuzzi (Living)
12 Noon Rita Carlton
5:00 pm Helen Malloy
We are grateful to all who contribute so generously each week. We do recommend that you use parish envelopes or ParishPay. Please call the Rectory for details or to register.
The Collection last weekend was $5,990
Total ParishPay was $2157
Total Collection $8,147
Ascension Thursday Total $2,683
Attendance last weekend was 781.
Thank you for your support.
Saturday, May 18th
5:00 pm - Luca Fanelli,Jaume and P J Pujadas
Sunday, May 19th
9:00 am - James Dziwura
10:30 am - Paul Castaybert, Lily-Katia Ghiglino and Cameron Robb
12:00 pm - Owen Fitzgerald and Emily Rios
5:00 pm - Fernando, Francesca, Sebastian Doctors and Kristen Forristal
The Annual Stewardship Appeal of the Archdiocese offers each of us the opportunity to support our Cardinal, Timothy Dolan, and to be responsible for the effectiveness of the ministries of our Archdiocese. The goal for our parish is $104,500.00 from a minimum of 200 gifts. To date, we have pledged $85,565.60 from 135 gifts. Please consider a sacrificial pledge to the 2013 Appeal or visit www.stewardshipappeal.org. Thank you.
The St. Augustine Clothing Drive , for the Little Sisters of the Assumption in Harlem, NY, is today, Sunday, May 19th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Cafeteria. Most needed items include: Men's, Women's and Children's clothing as well as bedding, linens, towels, accessories and shoes.
SAVE THE DATE FOR AUTISM WALK
A group of parishioners would like to join together as Team St. Augustine on Sunday, June 2nd, at the 2-mile walk in White Plains organized by the national organization Autism Speaks. Please save that date - and contact Lu Doyle to join up with our parish team.
ATTENTION ALL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
If you are a senior in high school but were not confirmed at St. Augustine, please contact Lu Doyle. Your parish community would like to honor you before you take off for college or your next venture in life!
THANK YOU - FOOD PANTRY
We would like to recognize and give THANKS to those dedicated volunteers who take turns every week to collect and deliver the contributed food gifts to Mother Theresa's Soup Kitchen on 145th Street in the old "Fort Apache" area of the Bronx. They are: Irma and Gilles Mellet, Paul and Kathy McCarthy, Cecelia Starich, Ed Randall, Michele Steichen, John Cuddy, Marion Robb, Maria Kim, and Kevin Coffey. If you are interested in joining us please contact John Feuerbach, 914-834-2641 or email email@example.com.
To honor the Blessed Mother Mary in a special way during the month of May, donations of flowers to our Lady's altar may be made in remembrance of one who has died, or in celebration of a living loved one, or anonymously. To schedule your delivery, please call Gina LePore, 914-654-0781, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Flowers have been donated:
From Frank Paonessa for Jean Paonessa
From Susan McGoey memory of Mary C. McGoey
From Veronica Kanchewa in memory of Matthew Kanchewa & Mayamiko Malika
From Anne-Mieke and Jan Karel Smeets in memory of Ton Smeets, Guiomar Smeets & Jos & Henk Melief
From Lorena Finnell for Pillar Finnell
From The Dowd Family in memory of Kathleen Dowd & Kathleen Dowd Murphy
From Mary Zampino in Honor of The Zampino and Bauer Families
OUR FIRST COMMUNICANTS
The parish of St Augustine would like to congratulate those members of our second grade who received the sacrament of Holy Eucharist for the first time on Saturday , May 18th, 2013. We are very grateful to Sister Suzanne, the second grade catechists, the priests of our parish and to the children's parents for guiding them to their very special encounter with Jesus.
Elizabeth Quinnlyn Astorina
Megan Jane Ausili
Thomas Maxwell Bausano
Larissa Skye Bertini
Brook Leigh Bizzard
Nicholas Franklin Boron
Antonio Jose Bravo
Alannah Kristine Brocklebank
Kiera Elizabeth Butler
Christina Marie Casey
Sonia Lea Chesimar
Sarah Elizabeth Colbert
Ann Estelle Coleman
Jason Thomas Cox
Lola Parr de Lasa
Amelie Najet Didda
Raymond Joseph Falci
Elizabeth Carey Federspiel
Lucas Miguel Fernandez
Mary Rose Fitzgerald
Edward John FitzPatrick
Eli Jonathan Friedman
Natalia Rose Ghiglino
Andrew James Glinski
Conor Patrick Greaney
Isabel del Carmen Guerrero
Ryan Matthew Herman
Reed Katherine Hewson
Lyla Jane Hurley
Spencer Francis Irwin
Royal Mason Jennings
Emma Grace Kearney
Emma Theresa Kringdon
Ava Madeleine Langhoff
Juliane Barbara Lella
Morgan Ashley Lella
Kevin James Longbucco
Harleigh Noel Lynch
Judith Kailee Mara
Jake Stoddard Mason
Catherine Mary McCarthy
Richard Jed McCarthy
Peter James McFarland
Alexandra Elizabeth Brachi McGrath
Alexander Francis McMillan
Dean Henry Minello
Church Murdock Moore
Terence Michael Moriarty
Caleigh Snyder Nason
Katherine Frances Nolan
Ryan Matthew Noll
Charlotte Genevieve Marie Patricot
Elise Egan Payne
Ellie Caroline Perkins
Jose Antonio Pino, Jr.
Nicholas James Powell
Abigail Margaret Prezorski
Lauren Grace Rayner
James Andrew Reda
Thomas James Reilly
Camille Monique Ryan
Samantha Margarita Sawhney
Will Charles Schlamme
Lucie Stephanie Schmuck
Austin Ronald Sheppard
Lucy Kathleen Sullivan
Annissa Xu Li Tan
Daniella Maria Vecchinoe
Samantha Rae Vetere
Anthony James Walsh
Kathryn Vollman Warwick
John Bernard Weis
Mason Barclay Wilson
Charlotte Margaret Wise
Sofia Cecilia Zapata
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
Registration for the 2013-2014 New Year has begun. Please note the early bird special deadline of June 1st for a $50 reduction of the total fee. Registration will close on June 30th. This information is available on the website, and especially noteworthy is the newsletter The Augmenter that outlines the vision of religious education and the times the program will be offered.
If a new family to the parish of families with children for the first grade wish this information, please contact Religious Education with name, address and phone, call 914-834-9523 or check our website.
CATHOLIC WIDOWS & WIDOWERS
We are reactivating our Junior Division and cordially invite you to attend a meeting for Spiritual and Social Support at St. Pius X Church, 85 Palmer Avenue, Scarsdale, NY, on May 20th. Mass for deceased spouses is at 7:00 pm, Meeting at 7:45 pm, For information: 914-948-4682.
FREE 6-WEEK EMPLOYMENT/NETWORKING SUPPORT GROUP
May 20 and June 3, 2013. At The RDC Center for Counseling & Human Development, 52 N. Broadway, White Plains, New York. 914-949-0504.
"IT'S THE BEST PART OF MY WEEK"
After the various small groups ended our parish's study of the Gospel of Luke, we met together to evaluate what we'd done and to plan for our next study. The above comment was made at that meeting. All of those present and all those who sent a written evaluation expressed a desire to participate in another study; a discussion ensued of how to share such a fulfilling experience with others in the parish. (Early notice in the bulletin was one of the suggestions!)
In the early fall, there will be a study of The Acts of the Apostles open to all who are interested as well as the chance for some to have an introduction to the Bible with Wendy Gittings as facilitator. Keep your eye on the bulletin or talk to a friend about their experience - or contact Pat McNamara at email@example.com and 834-0663 or contact Lu Doyle and 834-1220
The items requested for May are CEREAL AND SOUP
BANNS OF MARRIAGE
1st Time - Catherine Fugazy and Jean Bave; Linesay Hackey and Eric Wafer
2nd Time - Shannon Fallon and Luke Doherty
ADULT LEARNING CENTER
Learn English - The Adult Learning Center of New Rochelle - a Mission of Ursuline Social Outreach - will hold registration for its Summer Semester on May 28 - 30 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Morning and evening classes in English as a Second Language will run Tuesday - Thursday from June 4 to July 25. Citizenship and Basic Computer Literacy courses will be offered as well. Tuition is $60 and complimentary onsite babysitting is available.
The Center is in urgent need of volunteers. Please call Sr. Mary Burke, OP at 914-633-7298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The leader of a Long Island's men's spirituality group, Brendan Singleton, spoke to a group of men of our parish community in May about the 'journey of illumination' described by Father Richard Rohr's MALE (Men As Learners and Elders) spirituality: For more information about these spiritual practices or about the possibility of a mentor, please email email@example.com Copies of the informational brochure are also available in the rectory.
JUNE 9TH 5:30 - 8:00 PM
The RCIA is a process that welcomes unbaptized adults who wish to explore the possibility of becoming members of the Catholic Church as well as baptized Christians from other faith traditions who desire to know more about the Catholic faith. The journey of faith varies according to the individual needs of each person. Please contact the Rectory, 914-834-1220 or contact Sr. Muriel for more information.
GIVE US THIS DAY
A group of parishioners have subscribed to a new, personal prayer periodical from Liturgical Press which is deeply rooted in the Catholic tradition. Give Us This Day helps you to establish prayer as a part of your life, enhancing your existing practices and deepening your encounter with God by providing daily prayer for morning and evening as well as the prayers and readings for daily Mass. The selections on the Scriptures and the biographies of saintly people inspire. Join our group subscription and pay only $30 per year. (Please contact Lu Doyle)
ARE YOU REGISTERED AT ST. AUGUSTINE'S ? ?
A SPECIAL EFFORT IS BEING MADE TO REGISTER ALL PARISHIONERS
If you are not registered, we ask that you complete the online registration form and submit it via e-mail or print it out and mail it to the Rectory. This will help us keep files up-to-date and meet newcomers.