March 6, 2016 - St. Augustine Catholic Church and Student Center
1738 W. University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603-1839
March 6, 2016
catholicgators.org | (352) 372-3533 | Fax (352) 378-9010
Parish Office Hours : M-F 10am-5pm
Home of the
The fourth Sunday of lent (Laetare Sunday)
YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR SEDER SUPPER
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016
6:30PM IN THE LOUNGE
9:00am Family Mass
12:00pm | 5:30pm
LITURGY OF THE HOURS
5:30pm Mass of the Sacred Heart
and Eucharistic Adoration
To be a member of our parish requires registration and participation in worship, sacraments, the life
of the parish, and regular financial
support of the parish. This is a basic
consideration when requesting
marriage, baptism, or to act as a
godparent/sponsor. Register in the
front office or on-line.
TICKETS - $12.00
at catholicgators.org and
in the parish office (limited number)
Children under ten eat for free.
for set-up, serving the meal, take-down
call the parish office (352.372.3533)
Mass Intentions AND SCRIPTURE READINGS
FOR THE WEEK OF march 6, 2016
The Tabernacle Candle is being sponsored this week
is in thanksgiving by Emma Labrador.
Sunday, March 6 – Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare)
9:00am Children’s Liturgy of the Word
3:00pm Spanish RCIA
3:00pm Hispanic Advisory Council
6:30pm Introduction to Ministry Formation
The deceased are indicated by a cross in front of their names.
Masses said for the living are for their special intentions.
Sunday, March 6 - The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)
Jos 5:9a, 10-12 | 2 Cor 5:17-21 | Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Or, for Year A - 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a | Eph 5:8-14 | Jn 9:1-41
For the Parish
Monday, March 7 - Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs
Is 65:17-21 | Jn 4:43-54
Tuesday, March 8 - St. John of God, Religious
Ez 47:1-9, 12 | Jn 5:1-16
Wednesday, March 9 - St. Frances of Rome, Religious
Is 49:8-15 | Jn 5:17-30
For families with special needs and world peace
Clark Russ by the Weber family
Thursday, March 10 - Lenten Weekday
Ex 32:7-14 | Jn 5:31-47
Tommy Weber by the Weber family
Michelle Marie Perez by her parents
Friday, March 11 - Lenten Weekday
Wi 2:1a, 12-22 | Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Connie Fitzgerald by the Schilling family
Saturday, March 12 - Lenten Weekday
Jer 11:18-20 | Jn 7:40-53
Maria Lourdes Martínez by Liliana Fernandez
St. Augustine Church
Father Marek Dzien
Father Anthony Eseke
Administrative Assistant to the Pastor
RCIA & Young Adult Ministry Coordinator
Liturgy & Music Director
Religious Education Coordinator
Hispanic RCIA Coordinator
Sr. Teresa Gomez, HMSS
Facilities & Operations Manager
Mary T. Wise
Parish Secretary, Bulletin Editor
Director of the Catholic Student Center
Father David Ruchinski
Men’s Book Group
Exposition and Holy Hour
Music Ministry Jam Session
High School Confirmation class
Hispanic Charismatic Prayer
Tuesday, March 8
4:30pm Student choir rehearsal
6:15pm Newman Club Dinner
Wednesday, March 9
4:30pm Confession and Exposition
6:15pm Adult Confirmation class
7:00pm Lecture on Abortion Healing
7:00pm Via Crucis
7:00pm Middle School Religious Education
7:00pm Choir rehearsal
9:30pm Ministry Formation
Thursday, March 10
12:00pm Mass on the Grass @ UF Plaza
6:00pm Upper Room
6:00pm Knights of Columbus
7:00pm Spanish Bible Study
7:30pm Spanish Choir rehearsal
Friday, March 11– No Confession
or 5:30pm Mass today!
8:15am Exposition and Holy Hour
12:00pm Noon Daily Mass
6:15pm Stations of the Cross
7:00pm Soup and Bread Supper
Clergy & Staff Members
Parish CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK
Saturday, March 12
5:30pm Vigil Mass
Contact Sabrina Sy at [email protected]
Call the office for information on First Reconciliation/First Communion, High School Confirmation, & Adult Confirmation preparation.
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
Couples should meet with a priest at least eight (8) months prior to the
wedding. We follow the requirements of the Diocese of St. Augustine in
our marriage preparation program. Contact Gail Fitzsimmons at
Ext. 113 or [email protected]
Ashley D’Emo | Sandra DeTeresa
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Baptism Preparation is required and both parents should attend our
monthly preparation class and coordinate with the parish secretary.
Please call the parish office to arrange for Baptism and preparation,
preferably before the baby’s birth.
Daniel Conigliaro, Campus Ministry Assistant
FOCUS Missionaries (Fellowship of Catholic University Students}
Katelyn Miller | Ariadna Ruiz | Nolan Schmidt | Joseph West
March 6, 2016
Around the parish
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
HOLY WEEK TRADITIONS!
From the liturgy team
LENT SERIES: MERCY AND FORGIVENESS
One cannot speak of one without the other for it is
in having mercy that we can forgive. We are told that there
are certain things that we must learn in life, in other words
we are not born doing them as it is to breathe, see or hear.
Mercy and forgiveness are learned traits, taught to us since
childhood. A mother or father will teach the child to be
gentle, to care for little hurt birds or bury them. They
teach us how to love and be loved, and so we learn to be
gentle, loving persons when we grow up.
Pre-Palm Sunday Workday
Saturday, March 19, 9am
Holy Saturday Workday
March 26, 9am
Tasks for everyone!
Inside the church and on the grounds!
Today’s reading focuses on those learned traits of
love, caring, forgiving and being merciful. Lent and the
Year of Mercy touch our minds and hearts in remembering
the goodness of God towards us. God waits for our return,
not wanting to hear the wrong, which has been forgiven
already; it is the humbling soul that looks for God’s tender
love and understanding to be considered into the family
once more. Let us continue our Lenten journey and be
mindful of Mercy and Forgiveness.
Sister Teresa Gomez, HMSS
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Renew Your Heart
Florida Eucharistic Congress
Friday, March 11– Saturday, March 12, 2016
Prime Osborn Convention Center
1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL
For information visit dosafl.com.
Our Church reminds us of our moral responsibility to
treat people in other lands as our brother and sister.
Our brothers and sister in Burkina Faso suffer with a
poverty rate of nearly 50%, political unrest, and recurring food shortages due to cycles of drought and
On April 9, our parish will have a special opportunity
to help the people of Burkina Faso in two ways: we
will package and ship over 10,000 meals AND we will
help fund job training and community building programs.
Learn more at:
catholicgators.org and at helpinghands.crs.org
To register and/or donate, go to:
Our parish continues to feed the homeless at Grace Marketplace, four Mondays
each month. You can help fund our efforts by dropping a check for $10 or so
at the parish office or in the collection basket, making
the check payable to the parish, with “Grace” on the
memo line. You can also give through E-Giving, under
special collections. We can always use more help
with preparing the food (any Monday from 2:00-5:00
p.m.) and/or serving the meals (any Monday, 5:006:30 p.m.). For details, contact Bill at 352-378-4946
or [email protected]
The Women’ Book Discussion Group will
meet off-site this month on Sunday, March 20
at 9:15 a.m. This is a week early due to Easter.
Palm Sunday weekend this year coincides with
the Feast of St. Joseph, so we will be reading
“Joseph, the Just Man and Pioneer of a New Fatherhood”
by Aaron Milavec and the gospel of Matthew. Please contact Janet Allen at [email protected] for information.
fourth Sunday of lent
Masses on February 27-28, 2016
Third Sunday of Lent
Collection totals were not available
at press time.
See next week’s bulletin for figures.
Graphic courtesy of: [email protected] for Lent 4
STEWARDSHIP SPOTLIGHT – FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (LAETARE SUNDAY)
Today’s gospel is one of the most well-known and loved parables – the prodigal son. We all know how
it goes: the greedy, selfish son takes his inheritance and squanders it in a sinful life (probably a Las Vegas
equivalent), but then falls on hard times. He repentantly returns to his father willing to be a hired hand, but
the father welcomes him back with celebration. One of my favorite lines from a homily, which I remember
after more than 36 years, is how the father caught sight of the prodigal son while he was still far off. Was this
just by chance? No. The father was anxiously waiting and hoping for his son’s return. Then the steadfast
brother is angry over his brother’s treatment.
It’s a good exercise to place ourselves into each of these characters. No matter who we choose, we’re
stuck with some discomfort. Of course, we would never be so bad as the prodigal son, would we? But we are
all sinners, and Jesus chose a particularly brazen sin to make the point of God’s infinite love and mercy. We
shouldn’t be so quick to pat ourselves on the back for not living up to the terrible example, for we rely on the
Father’s mercy as much as the most terrible sinner. Then there is the oh-so-human son who always obeyed
his father but failed to share in the joy of his brother’s salvation. Most of us find it easy to identify with this
guy because we would like to think of ourselves as the good son and having our righteous indignation. However, this son sinned against his brother and his father by wishing ill of his brother (perhaps he should have
been treated like a hired hand) and disrespecting his father’s love and mercy. Finally, and most difficultly, is
the father. Clearly he represents our heavenly Father and his infinite love and mercy. How could we be him?
Because we are called to be the loving presence of God among his people and in his creation. We must
be merciful as he is merciful. The measure with which we measure will be used to measure us. Every time we
say the Lord’s Prayer we say, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” There
are two ways to look at this. Forgive us because we forgive others or forgive us in the same way that we forgive others. Either way, we are either liars or setting ourselves up for harsh judgment if we are not also infinitely merciful.
What does this have to do with stewardship? We are the stewards of God’s love and mercy bestowed
on us. We are good stewards in this case when we share it with our brothers and sisters, even those who sin
against us. It is the Year of Mercy. May we all live it every day.
Chair of Stewardship Committee
center and parish
March 6, 2016
Message of mercy for march
From the Office for Vocations
A quote from scripture…
March 6, 2016 - Fourth Sunday of Lent
Ephesians 2:4-7 - “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were
dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ
(by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him,
and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus,
that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
God welcomes us home with extravagant love. Let the call
to holiness draw you home into a deeper relationship with
God. (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32). If you have a question about a
vocation to the priesthood or religious life, contact Father
David Ruchinski, Vocation Director, at (904) 262-3200 ext.
101, or email [email protected]
Carta a los Efesios 2:4-7 - “Pero Dios, que es rico en misericordia, por el gran amor con que nos amo, precisamente cuando estabamos muertos a causa de nuestros
pecados, nos hizo revivir con Cristo ustedes han sido
salvados gratuitamente, y con Cristo Jesus nos resucito y
nos hizo reinar con el en el cielo. Así, Dios ha querido
demostrar a los tiempos futuros la inmensa riqueza de
su gracia por el amor que nos tiene en Cristo Jesus.”
From the Justice and Peace Commission
“Work so that the world becomes a community of brothers
who respect each other, accept each other in one’s diversity, and take care of one another. We are all children of one
heavenly father. We belong to the same human family and
we share a common destiny.”
- Pope Francis, New Year’s Eve 2013
Something new and beautiful for Easter...Hydrangeas join the line-up with the traditional Easter lilies for this year’s Easter celebration. You may purchase your plants on-line at
catholicgators.org or by check/cash by taking this form. with your payment to the parish office.
Plants are $15.00 each.
Your name: ____________________________________________________________________________________________
Number of Plants: ____________Placed in honor of or for_____________________________________________
fourth Sunday of lent
Equipo de liturgia
Cursillo de Cristiandad
Cursillo, en espanol quiere decir “curso pequeno” o
“corto.” Es de tres días para hombres y mujeres de
cualquier edad. ¿Deseas tener un encuentro real con
Cristo? Es una experiencia maravillosa. ¿Deseas ser
parte de una comunidad Cristiana comenzando desde
tu propio hogar?
SERIE CUARESMAL: MISERICORDIA Y PERDÓN
Uno no puede hablar de uno sin el otro pues es en
teniendo misericordia que uno puede perdonar. Se dice que
hay ciertas cosas que tenemos que aprender en la vida, que
no nacimos sabiendolo hacer como lo es de respirar, el oír,
comer, etc. La Misericordia y el Perdon es un aprendizaje en
la ninez. El padre o la madre, ensena a su nino/a como ser
tierno y carinoso con los animalitos, especialmente si estan
heridos, o de enterrarlos si es que mueren. Los Padres les
muestran amor y son amados y desde ahí aprendemos ser
tiernos, amables y carinosos.
Los cursillo seran en espanol.
HOMBRES: Febrero 11 al 14, 2016 #117
MUJERES: Febrero 18 al 21, 2016 #116
No olviden de Reservar en su calendario la fecha del
Encuentro Regional que es:
Las lecturas de hoy se enfocan en ese aprendizaje
de amar, perdonar y ser misericordioso. La Cuaresma y el
Ano de la Misericordia tocan nuestros corazones y nuestro
espíritu en recordarnos de la grandeza de Dios hacia nosotros. El aguarda nuestro regreso, sin tener que escuchar el
mal que hemos cometido, eso, ya lo ha perdonado; El espera
ver el ser amado que humildemente lo busca para ser admitido de nuevo a la familia con esa ternura de amor y misericordia. Continuemos esta jornada de cuaresma llevando en
mente la Misericordia y el Perdon.
Sister Teresa Gomez, HMSS
Abril 22 y 23 del 2016 y esta Diocesis es la coordinadora de este evento.
Y los proximos Cursillos de este ano son:
Octubre 13 al 16 Hombres 2016 #119
Octubre 20 al 23 Mujeres 2016 #118
Para mayor informacion comunicarse con: Awilda
Merced (787) 448-7968 o Angela Chiriboga (352) 331
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Cantar es Orar Dos Veces
Nuestro coro - sigue creciendo y otorgando a la Misa
en espanol la musica que mas nos acerca a Dios. Siempre se buscan y desean nuevos miembros. Si quiere
unirse al coro, por favor comuníquese con Doug Ghizzoni. El coro ensaya a las 12:30 p.m. cada domingo en
la biblioteca de la iglesia.
Cafecito y dulces
Se les invita a pasar al salon de la iglesia cada domingo
despues de la Misa de la 1:30 p.m. para compartir
amistad y cafecito. Vengan y conozcan mejor a sus hermanos en Cristo. Si desean, pueden traer donaciones
de galletas o bebidas.
Círculo de Oración Carismática
El Círculo de Oracion Carismatica en espanol se reune
todos los lunes a las 7 p.m. en la iglesia para orar, leer
la biblia, y alabar al Senor con canticos. No necesitan
inscribirse. Los esperamos. Para mayor informacion,
llamen a Wilson Colmenares (561) 260-3422.
Adoración del Santisimo
Adoracion esta ofrecido el tercer jueves de cada mes
en la parroquía.
March 6, 2016
The diocese and greater
Please help us in our journey to
educating pregnant women by
donating your gently used baby
and maternity items.
Address: 1707 NE 9th Street,
Caring Choices provides baby and
maternity items to those in need
through our Earn While You
Learn program, which teaches
valuable parenting skills through
videos and homework.
Cribs and Mattresses
Baby Books and toys
The 3rd Annual
Shamrock 5K Walk/Run
Clothing (Newborn to
Infant Car Seats
( S to XXL)
Diapers and Wipes
is March 19, 2016!
Online registration is now open and sign up
early to get the best prices for t-shirts as well
registration price. Walk, run or roll through the
beautiful Duck Pond neighborhood starting at
9:00 a.m. from St. Patrick Interparish School.
100% of the proceeds benefit the school and
lots of food, music and fun along with great
prizes make this an event you don't want to
miss! Go to our website clintlacinak.org or call
352-562-2824 for more information.
the St. Vincent de Paul Society
March 6 – Fourth Sunday of Lent
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is quite
clear in his message: “bear fruit or
be cut down.” This Lent we are
called to cultivate and fertilize our
spiritual lives through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Is there a family you know who needs
assistance? Please call the Society of St. Vincent
de Paul so that together we can help the suffering and poor. For assistance, call 352-2220588.
Want to Join the Knights?
Yes, Our St. A’s parish has its own Knights of Columbus
Council and you can become a member if you are a practicing Catholic male over 18 years old. Please contact our
Grand Knight, Bradley Nartowt at [email protected]
“Abortion Healing in the Year of Mercy”
A public awareness presentation on the psychological effects of abortion.
Keynote speaker Maureen Curley, PhD.
Psychiatric nurse, professor & researcher - University of Florida
Wednesday, March 9th at 7:00 pm
St. Augustine Parish Hall
A Woman’s Answer Medical Center (local area crisis pregnancy center), Project Rachel (the Post Abortion Healing
Ministry of the Diocese of St. Augustine), and the Fiat Center of Gainesville (house of prayer) are working together to develop and bring post abortion healing services to the greater Gainesville community. Project Rachel is a confidential network
of Catholic priests and licensed mental health professionals, who have been trained and approved by the diocese to minister to those who seek healing after abortion.
We will gather at the 5:30pm Mass to pray for the success of this ministry in Gainesville. A potluck dinner will follow the
Mass at 6:15 pm; the presentations will begin at 7:00 pm. Please bring a food item to share at the potluck dinner.
All interested persons are welcome and encouraged to attend this informative workshop!