The Office of Youth Ministry is proud to offer a summer service program entitled: "The Good Samaritan Project". It is a retreat that provides our young people the opportunity to joyfully serve the needs of the community and the Church. Please contact our Parish Youth Minister: Amy Persaud at email@example.com More Information
Vacation Bible School for 2015 will be a program called "Everest" for children entering Kindergarten through Fifth Grade in 2015. Register your children for a week of sensational skits, exciting Bible stories, creative crafts, and amazing music.
We need your help in building our Social Justice Minitry Network Team at Espiritu Santo. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has called on world leaders and us to fight poverty, for the sharing of the wealth and access to education and health care. Our current goal is to have over 150 ESCC parishioners attend the Nehemiah Action. We the Church should lead by example and give to others in both our words and in our works.
The Central Florida Foundation for Spiritual Direction, "Audire Program" is a 3 year formation program that trains people for the ministry of spiritual direction and provides listening and companioning skills which are beneficial to many ministries. Orientation days are designed for those interested in Audire program. A new term will begin in September. Please contact: Diane Francisco at (321) 254-1876 . More Information
In the life of the Espiritu Santo Catholic community, the seed of faith planted by the missionaries in 1569 has produced much fruit and continues to grow. Today there are more than 4000 registered families at Espiritu Santo.
Middle School: July 6-11 Cost $225
High School: July 5-11 Cost $225
Where: Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School in Spring Hill
F.A.S.T. Celebration: Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 pm Shiloh Miss. Baptist Church
Saturday, July 18 9:00 am - 12:30 pm at San Pedro Retreat Center in Winter Park
At the end of the sixth century anyone would have said that Augustine had found his niche in life. Looking at this respected prior of a monastery, almost anyone would have predicted he would spend his last days there, instructing, governing, and settling even further into this sedentary life.
But Pope St. Gregory the Great had lived under Augustine's rule in that same monastery. When he decided it was time to send missionaries to Anglo-Saxon England, he didn't choose those with restless natures or the young looking for new worlds to conquer. He chose Augustine and thirty monks to make the unexpected, and dangerous, trip to England.
Missionaries had gone to Britain years before but the Saxon conquest of England had forced these Christians into hiding. Augustine and his monks were to bring these Christians back into the fold and convince the warlike conquerors to become Christians themselves.
Every step of the way they heard the horrid stories of the cruelty and barbarity of their future hosts. By the time they had reached France the stories became so frightening that the monks turned back to Rome. Gregory had heard encouraging news that England was far more ready for Christianity than the stories would indicate, including the marriage of King Ethelbert of Kent to a Christian princess, Bertha. He sent Augustine and the monks on their way again fortified with his belief that now was the time for evangelization.
Augustine was consecrated bishop of the English and more missionaries arrived from Rome to help with the new task. Augustine had to be very careful because, although the English had embraced the new religion they still respected the old. Under the wise orders of Gregory the Great, Augustine aided the growth from the ancient traditions to the new life by consecrating pagan temples for Christian worship and turning pagan festivals into feast days of martyrs. Canterbury was built on the site of an ancient church.
Augustine was only in England for eight years before he died in 605. His feast day is celebrated on May 26 in England and May 28 elsewhere. He is also known as Austin,a name that many locations have adopted.
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