Spring News 2018
Pentecost Sunday/Women's Day
Eastertide is coming to an end and we are preparing to celebrate Pentecost, which recalls the day the apostles were given the gift of the Holy Spirit and sent into the world to proclaim the Good News. Pentecost is one of the dates set aside for baptism. Pentecost Sunday is also when our parish celebrates Women's Day and highlights the achievements of women of faith in our church and in the larger community. This year our guest speaker will be Linda Dorcena Forry. She is a former state senator and is currently serving as Vice President of the Northeast Region for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations at Suffolk Construction. Women's Day is one of our annual fundraising events. Women's Day envelopes are available at the church or you can just include "Women's Day" in the memo line of your check. Donors will be acknowledged in the bulletin that Sunday.
Activities for Seniors
With our mission hub partners we are happy to be able to offer several events and activities for seniors during the month of May.
Tai Chi classes are being offered on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30 from May 8 through June 12 at our church. The cost for the six weeks is $15, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay.
Monthly Senior Lunch - This month's lunch is being held Monday, May 21 from 12-2 at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library. The address is 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan. There is no charge. Please rsvp so we can plan. Leave a message at 857 452-1626 or go tohttp://tinyurl.com/rdpicseniorlunch.
Memory Cafe - Our first Memory Cafe is being held on Tuesday, May 22 from 12-2 at St. Mary's in Dorchester. Memory Cafe's are open to those suffering from memory loss, their caregivers, friends and anyone who would like to join us for lunch and an activity. There is no charge.
Scholarships are available for those who have completed at least one year of a post high school education program and are affiliated with Church of St. Augustine and St. Martin. Scholarships range from $500-$1500. Applications are available at the church. If you wish to apply you will need a copy of your current transcript, a summary of the extra-curricular activities in which you have participated in high school and in your current school. You will also need a single page letter outlining your personal goals and how you plan to achieve them as well as a letter of recommendation from someone who is not related to you but knows you and is familiar with the work you are doing. Applications are due no later than June 30, 2018.
B-SAFE Registration Underway
Registration has already begun for the 2018 B-SAFE (Bishop's Summer Academic & Enrichment) Program. The B-SAFE Program is a five-week, full day program serving young people from first grade through high school. The goal of the program is to build a community where all people feel safe, feel big, and feel connected. This summer St. Stephen's Youth Programs will be running ten programs in six Boston area neighborhood including one here at Church of St. Augustine and St. Martin. Each site will include academic programs in reading, writing and math; visual and performing arts workshops; science activities; recreational activities and many field trips. A healthy breakfast and lunch will be served each day along with a snack at the end of the day. The program runs from July 9 -August 9. To apply or for more information go to www.ssypboston.org/bsafe. Church of St. Augustine and St. Martin will be providing the food and organizing a field trip to Houghton's Pond for our site during the last week of the program. Let us know if you would like to volunteer.
Mission Hub Worship & Celebration in Franklin Park
Planning is already underway for Roxbury/Dorchester Power in Community Mission Hub's annual worship and picnic in the park. It is scheduled for Sunday, June 24 in the Playstead area of Franklin Park near the back of the Franklin Park Zoo. Worship will begin at 10:00 followed by a picnic and activities for all ages. There will be barbecued chicken, hamburgers and hotdogs provided by the mission hub. Each church will bring sides, desserts and beverages. Participating parishes have agreed not to hold morning worship at our parishes that day so that we can all worship together. There is a planning meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 at St. Mary's - 14 Cushing Avenue in Dorchester. All are encouraged to attend.