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A Saint for Our Times

11-10-2019Father Gregory Wilson

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

November is National Black Catholic History Month. Next Sunday we will have a special commemoration.

One African-American who is on the path to sainthood is the Venerable Fr. Augustus Tolton. Father Tolton was born into the sad life of slavery in Missouri. His baptismal record merely records him as “a child, property of Stephen Elliot; … and the child’s birthdate of April 1, 1854.” The family escaped to the North, but struggled to find acceptance there as well. Through the intervention of a kind priest and after a painful experience of rejection at an all-white Catholic school in Illinois, Augustus was admitted to another Catholic school, where he received an excellent education. When it came time for Augustus to enter seminary, sadly he faced rejection again. It would be in Rome at the Pope’s own seminary at St. John Lateran that Father Augustus would be ordained. On June 11, 2019, Pope Francis issued the declaration that Father Augustus Tolton lived a life of heroic virtue thus advancing him to the title, The Venerable Father Augustus Tolton.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Nov 14, 2019: 11:15am - 12:30pm

in Smith Hall

contact Mary Ellen Jackson at mjackson@charlestondiocese.org or 803-642-2676

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The Lamb Triumphant: Exploring the Beauty & Complexity of the Last Book

Nov 14, 2019: 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Select Thursdays 6:30-7:45pm in Mother Teresa Hall, Oct 10 - Dec 5

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Fall Fundraiser Yard Sale

Nov 15, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019

at the Knights of Columbus Club, 1003 Spaulding Dr.

Call Marion at 803-648-0982 or Kevin at 803-514-0868

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Fridays with Francis

Nov 15, 2019: 10:00am (weekly)

Fridays at 10:00am in Deacon Waters Conference Room

Discussing Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

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Attention All Men — That Man is You is Coming to St Mary’s Aiken!

Nov 15, 2019 - Dec 6, 2019: 6:00am (weekly)

Becoming a Man After God’s Own Heart
Fridays at 6:00-7:30am in Mother Teresa Hall, Sep 13 - Dec 6

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Announcements

Operation Santa—2019

Bags are available after Masses Nov 23/24 and must be returned by Dec 7/8

Call Jeanne Malanowski at 803-648-7188 or 803-507-0834 or visit www.mha-aiken.org.

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Perpetual Adoration

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Mt. 11:28.

We have an urgent need for an adorer on Saturdays at 4:00am and Fridays at 6:00am! Can you help? If you’re interested in trying one of these hours or a different hour, please click here.

Singers are needed to form a children’s choir for the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass.

All singers should attend at least four rehearsals to prepare songs for Christmas Eve. Parents are welcome to assist or join in song.

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St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving Baskets

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we are assisting those less fortunate by providing a Thanksgiving dinner.

If interested, email Barb Carpen at blcarpen243@aol.com or call 803-642-0500

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