**URGENT** St. Augustine Catholic Church will not have Mass on Ash Wednesday due to the weather conditions.
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Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday 8:00 am
Sunday 8:00 am
Daily Mass Celebrations
Tuesday 9:30 am
Wednesday 8:15 am
Thursday 12:05 pm
|Our Mission to Serve|
The Mission of St. Augustine Parish, as an American Catholic Church Community of Faith and Service, is to promote the growth and holiness of the Church locally and beyond by:
Celebrating the Father's love with praise and thanks and keeping the worship of God first in our lives;
Learning and teaching what it means to be a Church by always seeking the truth;
Sharing our resources and our gifts to reach the community with hospitality, openness, compassion and mercy;
Nurturing individual and family life; and,
Providing opportunities for each individual to participate according to his or her gifts and talents.
|Isaiah 41:19 is the Scriptural Basis for Our Faith Symbol|
Honoring Heritage Within the Catholic Faith
African American Ancestry Acknowledged
The Catholic Church, by its name and by its practice, is universal. In Chicago, Catholics of Polish descent often worship together in the same Parish. In Memphis, most Latinos worship together at Church of the Resurrection on Newberry Drive, in East Memphis. In Florida, many recent Haitian immigrants or second and third generation Haitian-American descendents attend church in the same parish. In California many Korean Catholics worship together. Is it segregation of Catholics? Not at all!
It's a fact that people simply worship where they live, feel most comfortable in terms of cultural similarities, or have the most friends and/or family. In fact, while St. Augustine, in South Memphis, predominantly serves African American heritage, people of different ancestries and cultures attend, with many driving 20 minutes or more from East Memphis and Collerville. You might say, St. Augustine has a "southern culture," also.
On the national front the Office of Black Catholics, as a part of the National Black Catholic Congress, is a great resource for navigating the "Black and Catholic" experience. Explore the resources and learn more about the history and progress of Catholics of African descent.
|Diversity in Catholic Worship, But the Same Faith|
Symbol of Our Faith
19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia-tree, and the myrtle, and the oil-tree; I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane-tree, and the larch together;
20 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.
A Symbol That Endures From Generation to Generation...
The Acacia Tree is native to Africa and is mentioned in the biblical books of Exodus and Isaiah. The wood of the tree was used to build the Ark of the Covenant.
The book of Isaiah records it as a sign of the Messianic restoration in Israel.The Acacia has deep roots, and usually survives drought and famine. It is a strong tree that shelters animals from the searing heat of the African sun, while also providing food and nourishment.
Since biblical times, the Acacia, which is still found in many areas of Africa, has been a symbol of stability and resilience. Like the symbol of the cross, it continues to be a worthy symbol of the Black Catholic experience today, and it is an official symbol of the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC).