May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always!
We welcome you to the website of Saint Augustine Church! We are a Roman Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Our parish is located in "Barry Square," the City of Hartford's historic South End, named after its founding pastor the Rev. Msgr. Michael Barry.
The church structure has been popularly called, "the Cathedral of the South End of Hartford," because of its beautiful Romanesque style (Italian Renaissance) architecture. Saint Augustine School, as Msgr. Barry stated in its dedication ceremony, "stands as an expression of parent's desire to see their children educated in the Faith which they love and as a local monument of the Catholic Church's contribution to civilization, her gift of education." This continues to ring true today. For decades now our school has been an institution in the South End of Hartford educating some of the finest men and women who have and continue to make positive contributions in our Church and society as a whole.
However, what is at the heart of the church structure, the school, and the community of Saint Augustine Church, is the person of Jesus Christ. We are disciples of Jesus Christ who are in a continual process of conversion seeking to grow in the love of God and our neighbor. Seeking to respond to the Lord's call to seek out the lost, making disciples of all nations in our local community. Seeking to respond with fidelity, with the entire body of Christ, the Church, to become missionaries of the New Evangelization, a re-proposal of the timeless Good News of the Gospel. If you desire to know, love and serve Jesus Christ. If you desire meaning and fulfillment in your life. As Jesus says, "Come and see." (John 1:39-41)
Building Hope...Providing Help
The theme of the 2014 Archbishop's Annual Appeal is Building Hope...Providing Help. The Appeal is our faith in action across our Archdiocese. The dollars raised are just numbers until they are used for a purpose. And every dollar makes a difference to those who are without shelter, adequate food, health care or mental health services; those without access to education; and those who are ill.
2014 Saint Joseph Medal of Appreciation
Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Crecenzo DeLuca who are this year's recipient of the Saint Joseph Archdiocesan Medal of Appreciation. Both longtime parishioners of Saint Augustine Church, Hartford will receive the medal of appreciation at an Award Prayer Service on Sunday, March 15, 2014 at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford by the Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D., the Archbishop of Hartford. Crecenzo, known as "Chris", a lifetime parishioner, married Laurie at Saint Augustine Church. Laurie is the Coordinator of the RCIA program which prepares Adults to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation), she is a lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Coordinator of Growth in Faith (a Faith and Bible sharing group), and a member of the Liturgy Committee. We are profoundly grateful to them for their selfless dedication to Christ and His Church and congratulate them!
The Lenten Season
During this 2014 Lenten Season, "repent and believe in the Gospel." This is a sacred season to avail yourself of the many different spiritual activities of the parish that can assist you in your relationship with Jesus Christ and our neighbor. In the entrances of the church you will find calendars for the month of March and April in English and Spanish.
Fasting and Abstinence: Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting means partaking of only one full meal. Some food (not equaling another full meal) is permitted at breakfast and around midday or in the evening--depending on when a person chooses to eat the main or full meal. Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent. People who are sick and/or for health reasons are excused from fasting and/or abstinence.