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Augustine was an Italian monk who was living a quiet life as the head of a group of monks in Rome. All that changed when his friend, Pope Gregory decided that Augustine was just the person to take leadership of the Christian faith in Britain.

Augustine and his missionary team of 30 monks started from Rome on their journey. When they got as far as Provence, in southern France, they heard some frightening tales. Britain, they were told, was still a place of uncivilized tribes. The monks convinced Augustine to tell Gregory the trip was a bad idea. But Gregory said he wished he could join them himself, and he was sure that the time was right.

It turned out that Gregory was correct. After several years, King Ethelbert of Kent in England was baptized. His people followed his example. Before long the English people would themselves be sending out missionaries. Augustine worked among the English for eight years before he died. He is honored as the apostle of England.

St. Augustine of Canterbury, pray for us.

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Catherine of Siena could barely read, but by the time she died she had written 400 letters and a book. She has been honored with the title "doctor (teacher) of the church." Catherine of Siena was the 23rd child in her family. In those times, girls were told by their parents whom they would marry and where they would live. But Catherine convinced her parents that she must not marry. She willingly took on the duties of a maid within her own home. She became a member of the Third Order of St. Dominic. While still living at home, she prayed, cared for the sick and visited people in prisons.

Although she was young, she developed a reputation for being wise. Priests, politicians, and nobles came to her for guidance. She called them all her family and built them into a group of spiritual and social workers who influenced the whole region. Italy was loaded with quarreling families. The church itself was badly divided. More than one person claimed to be pope. Catherine and her spiritual companions worked to restore peace.

Catherine spent two years in Rome working to make peace in the church. The stressful situation affected her health. She suffered two strokes and died. Catherine’s deepest love was for reflective prayer. Yet she also achieved much good in the world. In her brief lifetime of 33 years, she counseled popes, healed divisions within her country, and shaped the church of time.

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

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Exactly nine months before Christmas, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, when the angel brought to Mary the amazing news that she would be the Mother of God’s son. On this day, as in Christmas Time, we contemplate the wonder of the Incarnation: in Jesus, God took on our flesh, becoming like us in all things but sin.

This solemnity almost always falls during Lent, and this seems appropriate because it was the Incarnation that made the Passion possible. In becoming one of us, Christ became capable of suffering as we suffer; he made himself vulnerable as we are vulnerable. "Beyond our grasp, he chose to come within our grasp," wrote Saint Leo the Great. "Existing before time began, he began to exist at a moment in time. Lord of the universe, he hid his infinite glory and took the nature of a servant. Incapable of suffering as God, he did not refuse to be a man, capable of suffering. Immortal, he chose to be subject to the laws of death."

The Annunciation is a Solemnity of the Lord, but it is also a day to give thanks to and for Mary. The Gospel account of the Annunciation in Luke reveals a great wonder: God sought the free consent of a young girl to carry out his plan for us. God asked for help! Many artists throughout the ages have chosen to depict this moment of decision that changed the world for ever.

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Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion:

To OMMS parents wishing sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion for their children in May 2014. The last day to turn in sacramental request form to the Religious Education Department is October 19th. Please be sure to fill out Sacramental Request form, include a copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate, and $20 documents and processing fee. Larry LaGrasta, R.E. Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Thursday, October 3rd – Special liturgy will be held in the Historic Church on the anniversary of St. Francis’ death. Dessert reception following in the Sacred Garden.

Sunday, October 6th – Parish Celebration of the Feast of St. Francis & Welcome Sunday

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There is a required meeting for parents requesting 1st Communion for their child scheduled for October 17th @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Parish Dining Room. A repeat session will be offered Saturday, October 19th, @ 9:00 am to 11:00 am, in the Parish Dining Room.

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 Parents please remember to register with our parish to enroll your child if you are requesting the Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion for 2013/2014.

 There are required meetings to attend for parents and some for the children plus interviews and rehearsals.   Please watch for further information to be included in future newsletters.

 If you have any questions please contact

Larry LaGrasta – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or 760-547-0712.

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