"To adore God is to praise and exalt him and to humble oneself, as Mary did in the Magnificat, confessing with gratitude that he has done great things and holy is his name.
The worship of the one God sets man free from turning in on himself, from the slavery of sin and the idolatry of the world." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2097)
To worship God is to adore and honor Him. The parish community gathers as an assembly to worship God together, publicly--this is called "liturgy." We celibrate the sacraments in liturgy. However, the parish also supports and enriches the private worship of each member, in large part through music and Christian formation.
Liturgy is the Church's public worship of God, when we worship, not individually, but together, as the Church (CCC 1136). Liturgy includes the Holy Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and the Liturgy of the Hours. At St. Augustine's, we enjoy all of these forms of liturgy.
We celebrate the Mass on weekdays at noon and 5:30pm. On weekends, we have the Saturday vigil at 5:30pm and the Sunday celebrations in English at 9:00am, 11:30am, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm. We celebrate the Mass in Spanish at 1:30pm on Sundays. Celebramos la missa en español a la 1:30 pm todos los Domingos.
The Church sanctifies the day by praying the psalms every few hours. These are the same prayers that Mary and Joseph taught Jesus to pray. They are best prayed in community. You can find the prayers here and here. At St. Augustine's, we pray the hours in community at the following times:
|Lauds||Morning Prayer||Monday-Friday||8:30 am|
|Vespers||Evening Prayer||Monday-Friday||5:00 pm|
|Compline||Night Prayer||Sunday-Thursday||10:00 pm|
In Eucharistic Adoration, we place ourselves before the Blessed Sacrament. Our Eucharistic Lord is exposed these days:
Monday night from 7:00 to 8:00,
Wednesday evening from 4:30 to 5:30, and
Thursday morning from 8:15-9:15, and also every
First Friday of the month after the 5:30 pm Mass.
We also have Eucharistic Adoration during Nightfever, after the 9:30pm Mass, until 1:00am. The upcoming Nightfever dates are:
January 23rd, 2014
March 27th, 2014
April 24th, 2014
If you're interested in helping us offer more fitting and beautiful worship to God as a liturgical minister, please check out our liturgical ministries page and contact our liturgist Doug Ghizzoni or our liturgy intern Daniel Conigliaro.