September 12, 2020 — Augustinian eNews

Augustinian eNews

Augustinian eNews
The Turmoil of Job Loss:
By: Fr. Jim Paradis, O.S.A.
There are few things that bring a person down to a low point as much as the loss of a job, whether it’s through being “fired,” “furloughed,” or “laid off.” And there are plenty of folks—millions, in fact—under each of these monikers, especially with the lingering impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Maybe you are one of them. Losing one’s job can be devastating. It attacks everything: one’s physical, emotional and spiritual health, including self-confidence and self-esteem. New life and opportunity come not from denying the pain or grief or emotional strain, but from naming it, embracing faith and taking charge. At the National Shrine of Saint Rita we are offering two avenues of help…
Next Healing Mass at the Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia
ADROP Awards Scholarships to Four Students
Thanks to a special grant from the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, ADROP recently awarded four students scholarships for the Villanova Interdisciplinary Immigration Studies Training For Advocates (VIISTA).
After completing the program, they will all be able to work as accredited representatives, representing people in immigration court. The chosen scholars are: Dora-Leigh Lewis, Pius Okoth, Nelson Sierra, and Deborah Torres. Congratulations and good luck to all of them!
Merrimack College’s An Augustinian Examen
In the summer of 2019, the staff of the Grace J. Palmisano Center for Campus Ministry at Merrimack College gathered for their yearly staff retreat. As part of their reflection and prayer together, they asked what an Augustinian version of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s’ “examen of consciousness” would look like. An Augustinian Examen, developed over the course of the following months, is their answer to that question. 
An Introduction to the Confessions of Saint Augustine 
Book VI in Spanish
Fr. Arthur Purcaro, O.S.A., presents An Introduction to the Confessions of Saint Augustine Book VI in Spanish.
Augustinian Volunteers Commission their
21st Class of Volunteers
Pictured: The San Diego Community, Carolyn Dreyer, Madi Jones, and Ryan Henderson, lead participants in the Responsorial Psalm.
On Sunday, September 6th, the Augustinian Volunteers commissioned their 21st class of volunteers in an untraditional manner. Due to the pandemic, volunteers were unable to gather in person. Instead, volunteers, alumni, friends, family, friars, and AV staff, gathered on Zoom for a virtual Mass. Volunteers each shared their commitment statement, an expression of their goals and motivations for their year of service. This year, volunteers will be serving in Philadelphia, PA, San Diego, CA and Ventura, CA. While this year will certainly be different, they are excited for the opportunity for a meaningful experience of service, community, and spirituality.
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The CARES Act was signed into law in March 2020 to provide increased tax incentives for charitable giving for individuals and corporations with the intent to stimulate philanthropy throughout the United States.
“God wants you to pray so that you may experience desire, itself a gift from him, and thus, having this desire satisfied by him, you will not take for granted what he gives.”
-Sermon 56, 3, 4
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