St. Augustine Catholic Church     314-385-1934


Dear Church Family,

Alleluia! 23 years later we are
celebrating our Unity Mass once again. God has been so good to us. I don’t know about you but I feel wondrously blessed and I am so glad I have shared almost half of my priesthood with you. Alleluia! We begin a new Church Year with this first Sunday of

We now celebrate the Advent words that are a part of our life: “Be vigilant, be prepared, be ready, belonging with love, be still, and be aware.” Be watching, be in love with these types of attitudes. We are ready and this Holy Season will really prepare us for the coming of the Lord. Even though there will be a lot of noise and fanfare of Christmas cheer and Christmas buying, we will be able to keep this meditative spirit which is a good way to really begin these four weeks of sacred Advent. “May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you, so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His holy ones. Amen.”

Our Thanksgiving worship on Thursday was filled with powerful feelings of being so thankful. Thanks to all who made special efforts to pray during the 24 hours of praise and adoration for peace, love, and charity in our community, homes and hearts. Thanks to Sister Luci Rucker and the Sisters United organization for providing nourishing, filling dinners for our sisters and brothers in the community. When you are thankful, you are willing to reach out to others. When you fill yourself with thankfulness, you are “prayed up” and are willing to do so much more than you thought you could ever do.

Church enjoy the Advent symbols, purple and white, lighted candles, and the advent wreath—symbolizing the Lord coming deeper into our lives. Enjoy the theme of “peace,” taking the sword and turning it into a plow share, so that we can walk in the light. Alleluia!

Love, Fr. Bob

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