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A MESSAGE TO BEGIN THE LENTEN SEASON

Fr Coates

As We Approach The Season Of Lent, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Reminds US:

The 2020 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26, for Latin-rite Catholics with Easter Sunday on April 12.

During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to practice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).

During Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.

The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ. Catholics are also encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent. 

Lent is a favorable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ."-- Pope Francis

A Prayer for Lent

Invite Us Deeper

Almighty and ever living God, you invite us deeper into your world, your people, your Lent.
May this time be one of outward focus; seeking you in those we often ignore.
Help us live a Lent focused on freedom, generosity, and encounter.
Give us hearts hungry to serve you and those who need what we have to give.

- Author Unknown

Faith & Service

Mass At the heart of St. Augustine High School’s community is our spiritual atmosphere, which sets us apart from other area high schools. Students have the opportunity to explore, challenge, develop, and live out their faith through our theology curriculum, campus ministry, liturgy, retreats, and service program.

Lead by our Catholic tradition, we develop students to their fullest potential as leaders and as responsible citizens of the world. We are guided by a strong set of moral values, a sense of service and a love of learning.

Our four-year theology program encompasses theology, comparative religions, morality, philosophy and social justice issues. By taking an active part in the Catholic community at St. Augustine students not only live, but also share their faith with others.

Mass is offered to students and faculty daily in the campus Chapel. Once a month we celebrate Mass as a whole with the entire student body. Each year, students attend a retreat with thier class. These retreats provide a way to develop a deeper spiritual relationship with other members of the class, with the self, and with God in a holistic atmosphere.

Through service hours and community service projects, students carry out God’s message and manifest his love here on earth. We believe that Jesus calls us to minister to our neighbors in the everyday passage of life. Our programs are inclusive of all faith backgrounds and we seek to create a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere in our St. Augustine community.