Our Gospel begins with the Pharisees asking if it is lawful for a husband to divorce his wife. This was a trap and Jesus knew what they were up to. If one is married or single there are challenges. Today Jesus talks to us of marriage and some of its challenges.
It is clear that Moses made certain rules on divorce once it occurred. By the time of Jesus, however, divorce among Jews was lawful, but not frequent. The question in our Gospel is more specific with the Pharisees asking if a man could divorce his wife for any cause. Some rabbis would allow divorce only in a serious case while others allowed divorce if the wife burned dinner or the man found himself attracted to another woman.
Jesus did not get pulled into their question of what was lawful or unlawful. He simply said there should be no divorce at all. Then he refers to the story of creation (from our first reading) helping then to understand God's intention that he made man and woman to become one flesh. Jesus knew, however, that people would need to separate if they were in a toxic or even lethal relationship so he adds that such people should remain unmarried. Those who would seek to get re-married have the opportunity to pursue an annulment in the Church and I would like to offer my encouragement.
About three hundred years before Christ, Aristotle, the philosopher said: “divorce is to family life what civil war is to the state." Divorce is often painful, so it is helpful to remember that Jesus intends not to cause pain, but to set a clear vision of marriage as a covenant of personal love between a man and a woman which reflects the covenant relationship with God and his people. Let us pray for all who suffer in their relationships; particularly those carry the wounds of divorce.
This Thursday is the Patronal Feast of our Diocese Our Lady of the Rosary. It originated in 1571 when an invading Muslim army was defeated in Greece when St. Pius V called on people to pray the Rosary for the protection of Europe. When we pray the Rosary, we are immersed in the lives of Jesus and Mary and have a powerful weapon in the spiritual warfare faced by every Christian.
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SNACKS NEEDED FOR CONFIRMATION RETREAT
On Sunday, October 3, we will be hosting the Confirmation Retreat that we join with Defiance St. John and St. Mary. Along with the Net retreat leaders, we will be hosting about 65 people. We are looking for dona- tions of snacks and drinks (no pop). These items can be dropped of at the Ministry Center. Jen Roth, Director of Religious Education, will have the Ministry Center open to drop off on Saturday, October 2, after Mass. ~ Thank you in advance for your donation to our young confirmants. ~
Justin Wharton, Annual Catholic Appeal Manager, has reached out to us this week congratulating us on our progress thus far. It is his hope that we can still make our goal of $26,004. We have only $2,179.25 to go!!! If you haven't yet considered your gift, please take the time to do so soon so that we can reach 100%. Currently, we are at 91.62%. We are so close!! Bishop Thomas would like to extend his thank you to all who have taken the time to pledge money to the Annual Catholic Appeal. Your generosity is a blessing. We are 99.85% of the way to our goal of $3 million. Thank you again for your attention. Thank you for considering a gift to this Appeal. And most of all, thank you for being for my parish family.
DISCERNMENT GROUPS FOR YOUNG WOMEN
will be meeting throughout the 2021-2022 school year. There are young women who are interested in learning more about the vocation to which God is calling them, with a particular focus on religious life. There are two groups available: one for young women in high school and one for those in college or beyond. The groups meet in Toledo, but are open to all. For details regarding meet- ing dates/location or other information, please contact Sister Rose Marie Timmer, RSM (firstname.lastname@example.org)
GOING ON VACATION
Please use Online Giving to catch up on offertory contributions. Go to www.staugie.net and click on the Online Giving link, it's quick and easy.
Welcome all high school students! Life Teen cluded. Come together with your friends to grow in community
We are still in need of people to sign up to bring food to our weekly Life Nights. There is a sign up sheet in the vesti- bule of church. Or just shoot me an email with your contact info.
We are also looking for adults that are passionate about serving teens on our core team! Please reach out to me and I would love to talk with you more about this mission within our parish.
To get connected and keep up to date on announcements, follow us on Instagram @st.augustinelifeteen, on Snapchat at staugustine yg, or joining us on Remind by texting @blble to 81010
PARISHIONERS IN NEED
Two meal trains have been set up as follows: the Maria Pullen Meal Train can be ac- cessed by going to https://www.mealtrain.com/ trains/26k878 Joe and Dora Hunyor delivered their baby via emergency c- section on Aug. 2. The baby weighed 2.5 lbs. and was 2 months early. Friends of the family have set up a meal train as they have 3 small children at home. It can be accessed by going to https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/g2gw7o/ updates/.
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
Daniel Thomas in welcoming Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, as principal celebrant and homilist. Join in celebration at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blv., Toledo, on Thurs., Oct. 7 with the Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Holy Mass will be offered at 7:00 p.m. Join in preparation by praying a Rosary Novena from Sept. 28- Oct. 6. To reg- ister for the Novena, visit www.toledoprays.org.
2021 DIOCESAN CELEBRATION OF WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
to take place at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blv., Toledo, on Sun., Oct. 24 at 3:00 p.m. If you are celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary in 2021 -25,40, 50, 60, or 60+ years, there will be a mass honoring you celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas. Every registering couple is guar- anteed an anniversary certificate. To register go to HTTPS://WWW.EVENTBRITE.COM/E/MASS-ON- THE-ANNIVERSARIES-0F-MARRIAGE-2021- REGISTRATION-153512543149. For questions please contact Alice Jacobs at 419-214-4978 or email@example.com.
HOLY HOUR OF PRAYER FOR LIFE
sponsored by Project Rachel, will be held the last Monday of each month (0ct. 25) at 7:00 p.m. p.m. at St. Rose Church, 215 E Front St., Perrysburg. Each month the hour will begin with a short reflection before we enter into silent prayer and adoration. Contact Kerstin Pakka, Project Rachel Coordinator at 419-260 -5811 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Are you or someone you know hurting from a past abortion? Contact Project Rachel for confidential help in starting your healing journey. God's mercy is abundant and waiting for you. Go to email@example.com- www.hopeafterabortion.com Or call 419-260-5811.
COMMUNITY HOUSING IMPACT & PRESERVATION (CHIP) PROGRAM
is now accepting pre-applications for home repair and rehabilitation programs. Do you own and live in a home that needs repairs, have homeowners insurance, current on your property taxes, and household income below 80% of median income? Call Maumee Valley Planning at 419-784-3882 or visit www.mvpo.org for more information. Brochures are available in the back of church.
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40 DAYS FOR LIFE FALL CAMPAIGN
is built on prayer and fasting, peaceful witness and a public community outreach mission to end abortion in our community. We invite you to pray for an hour from 7 a.m. -6 p.m. in front of Capital Care Network, the Toledo abortion clinic, located at 1160 W. Sylvania Ave. To learn more or to sign up for daily prayer intentions, hours of prayers and information on upcoming events, visit www.40daysforlife.com/toledo. Since 2007, over 19,198 lives have been saved, 221 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 112 abortion facilities have shut down! Questions? Email Peter Range, Office of Life and Justice Director, at 419-214-4933 or Veronica Leguire at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio!
To show our faith and thanksgiving, we can return a part of God's gift to us to help the church carry out its work
The "JOY-FILLED MARRIAGE" WORKSHOP
is an enjoyable, interactive and comprehensive program for engaged couples, which will delve into practical “life skills" and the sacramentality of marriage, guided by a dedicated and well-trained team of married couples and individuals. Continental breakfast, lunch, materials and additional resources, each day, are included. This workshop for engaged couples is in two parts: Living a Joy-Filled Marriage, which approaches “life skills" through an emphasis on virtue, and God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage, which discusses the sacra- mentality of marriage. Cost: $185 per couple Credit, Debit, and Checks are accepted (a minimal processing fee will be applied, and will vary depending on form of payment) *Scholarships are available for couples with financial hardship. Registration can be completed by logging on to ToledoMarriagePrep.org, which will lead you to the Eventbrite website. A workshop for 2021 in our area is St. Mary, Defiance - October 23-24.
HAITIAN HUMANITARIAN RELIEF DONATION
Our prayers go out to the people of Haiti as they suffer from the recent earthquake. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is reaching out to help. You may donate on our secure website: www.catholiccharitiesnwo.org, noting Haitian Relief as your donation designation. Please make checks out to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, with a notation designating Haitian Relief. Please mail checks to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604. Thank you for generously supporting those in need.
MASS FOR LIFE AND EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION WITH BISHOP DANIEL THOMAS
Will take place on Sat., Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Par- ish, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo. Bishop Thomas will lead the procession after Mass at Capital Care abortion facility, where the participants will chant the Divine Mercy Chaplet, then process back to St. Catherine's. October is designated as "Respect Life Month." For more info, call Peter Range, Office of Life and Justice Director, at 419-214-4933, or email email@example.com.
the Zelie Ministry is a miscarriage ministry sponsored by the Toledo Diocese. If you are interested we will send you a free care package of helpful resources. For more info, go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-769-4427.
To use the convenient online giving option, please visit: www.staugie.net and select online giving from the side menu.
MAY THEY RESTNPEACE
Remember those who have gone before us, please pray for them. Due to space we are listing only the past 25 years. If you would like a parishioner listed who passed away longer than 25 years ago, please contact the office.
will take place each First Friday of the month after 8:45 a.m. Mass until 5:30 p.m. We will have a sign-up sheet in the back of the church and would appreciate folks filling the day so that our Lord is not exposed on the altar without anyone present. If you are not able to come for your hour of adoration, please call Jane Recker at 419- S08-0711. The day will end with Benediction at 5:30 p.m.
AMERICA NEEDS FATIMA
Please join us in praying a community Rosary as we pray for our country. We will join together on the front steps of St. Augustine Church on Wed., Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. You are welcome to join us for the Holy Mass immediately after the Rosary recitation.
FROM THE SCHOOL
St. Augustine Catholic School has secured a spot to sell food and drinks during the Applebutter Fest in Grand Rapids, OH on Sunday, October 10, 2021, from 7:00am to 5:00pm. In order for this fundraiser to be suc- cessful, we need your help! If you are able to work a 2- hour shift, donate bottled water, cases of canned pop, or money to purchase other products, please visit the St. Augustine Catholic Church Facebook page for the link to sign-up. If you prefer to call the school office to sign up, please do - 419.592.3641. Thank you for your generosity and support!
Blessings to your family, Ginny Minnick, Principal
DISCIPLES LIVING AND SHARING OUR FAITH PROGRAM
Over the next few weeks, you will be hear- ing about our upcoming renewal program Disciples Liv- ing and Sharing our Faith." This effort continues to be very important as we move forward with the mission and vision of St. Augustine Catholic Church. We, as a parish family, have changed so many lives in our community! In order to continue our mission and ministries, we encour- age all parishioners to spend time in prayer and discussion with your family reflecting on the work we do. Our special Commitment Weekend will be celebrated on October 30 and 31. If you have any questions regarding the "Disciples Living and Sharing Our Faith" Program, please feel free to contact the parish office.