To give our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate the chance to have a warm meal, a chance to sit and relax and a chance to enjoy conversation with others is the stewardship opportunity this group offers. Peggy Forrest, coordinator of this group, invites everyone to sign up to prepare a dish that for the dinner on the first Thursday of every month at the Spooner House in Shelton. On the specific evening, the committee gathers and finishes preparing the meal, serves the meal to our guests and then also relaxes and enjoys the meal and the company of our guests. A wonderful opportunity to brighten someone’s day!
Contact: Dot Kisson, Linda Vignola, Joyce Bulinski
Helping our brothers and sister in time of need is the theme of this committee. Throughout the year we collect an assortment of food items as well soaps, shampoo, toothpaste and other personal hygiene belongings for distribution as needed. At Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, special baskets are put together for distribution to those in need.
Our Social Committee is an outgrowth of St. Augustine’s 150th Anniversary Committee in 2006. Today this group is an avenue which encourages parishioners to become active by socializing at the numerous parish community events which the committee sponsors throughout the year. These include themed dinners, winter movie night party, and many more fun activities. The group, although hard-working, always has a good time working together toward the common goal. The committee looks forward to continuing a number of different fun events in the coming year to bring the family of St. Augustine closer together.
Sunday Envelope Counters
This committee works at the rectory in teams of two to three people on Sunday mornings after the 8:30am Mass until around 12 noon. Their job is to count and record the offertory envelopes for the weekend and holy days. The teams work one Sunday a month and schedules are sent to members showing 4 months at a time. Knowledge of how to operate a calculator is helpful.
Building and Grounds
This important group works to insure the facilities of the Church meet the needs of its members. These facilities include the Church grounds, the exterior and interior of the Church, the Rectory and the Parish Center. Members with professional and technical skills and/or expertise are needed, to oversee and advise the Pastor as to immediate and long term needs, and review and up-date plans as necessary. New members, skilled in the many different areas to maintain our facilities or those who just like to “tinker” with small projects are always welcome.
Contact: Alese Kummer
Quilters of St. Augustine
St. Augustine’s quilter’s are a group of dedicated women who gather together to share ideas and talents that result, once a year, in a magnificent queen size quilt and two pillows that are raffled to benefit the church. The group has been meeting for many years and each year the size of the group may fluctuate but the dedication and the enjoyment of each others company is constant. The quilters meet during the day in St. Monica’s Hall in the lower church.
PARISH NURSE PROGRAM
The function of this program is to maintain a level of education and wellness within the parish community, for our young to our elderly. This is established through a variety of educational programs, reading materials, screenings and providing health check-ups performed by medical personnel from the Griffin Hospital. Our two nurses encourage anyone interested in the health field in any capacity to give either one of them a call.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Our knitters have been making prayer shawls since 2005 and have comforted many people who are ill or grieving with the warmth of these handmade blessed shawls since that time. Shawls have also been donated to the Birmingham Group and Yale New Haven Hospital. If you enjoy knitting, working independently yet part of a group give a call.
Knights of Columbus
This ambitious and energetic Catholic Men’s fraternal organization was founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney to provide assistance to widows, orphans, the church and their membership at large while also providing social and intellectual fellowship. The members of the order still remain true to their founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity today. Our church men belong to the Aurora Council # 53 which is located on Main Street in Seymour. They meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm
Contact: John Fanotto
League of the Sacred Heart
The League of the Sacred Heart was established to emphasize the spread of prayer and devotion of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus to our parish community. For the women of our parish, women of all ages, this organization provides spiritual and social benefits to its members and provides financial and spiritual support to the parish. Throughout the year they are kept busy sponsoring several fundraisers as well as several spiritual and social programs that vary in theme each year.
An organization for the men of the parish that helps promote Christian Fellowship within our community of faith. The group meets the second Monday of each month in St. Monica’s Hall at 7:00pm for a business meeting and socialization. Service projects for the benefit of the church as well as fundraising activities are held throughout the year. All parish men are encouraged to join.
Join St. Nicholas’s Bocce league! The Bocce season runs from May through September. The games are held Wednesday nights at 6:30pm and usually end by 8:15pm. Games are played on the bocce courts behind the Parish Center across from St. Augustine Church . No experience necessary. Come for an evening of fun and camaraderie.