Welcome to the Parish of St. Augustine in Ossining New York. Our lovely parish has served the Catholic community of Ossining and the surrounding area since 1853. We continue to be a vibrant parish, active in our prayer life, spiritual development, social ministries and education. Please take a moment to peruse our website to see all that we are and all that we do! And please feel free to come and worship Almighty God with us!
With prayers and best wishes, I am,
Faithfully yours in Christ,
Archive -- Father McSweeney's homilies
Let us remember relatives and friends who may have strayed from attending Mass and the Sacraments. Consider asking someone you know to come with you to Mass. Your encouragement may be all that they need.
Attend Daily Mass
Do you sometimes wonder what you are going to do during the day? Have you ended your day feeling that you really did not accomplish much? Perhaps you have time on your hands? Have you asked yourself: how can I make a difference in the lives of family, friends, strangers, even the world? Well, have you ever thought about attending Mass daily or a few times a week? If you think about it, there is no better way to spend part of your day; no better way to praise God; no better place to pray for yourself or anyone for whatever intentions, including your own! Join fellow parishioners, along with people who work in the area, in adoring, praising and petitioning God in his house and at the table of the Lord. Here at St. Augustine’s, we have two daily Masses at 6:30 and 8:30 AM. Give it some thought.
How (and Why) to Return to Sunday Mass
and on the bottom of the same Page is:
How (and Why) to Return to Confession)
Short Helps to Make the Best Confession in Your Life
1. Improving Your Reception. As Catholics two of the most important actions we can accomplish are to go to Confession and to receive Holy Communion. In these Sacraments we have a direct contact with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This being the case, we should make a concerted effort to improve our encounters with Jesus in these Sacraments.
2. Pray Beforehand.
3. Prepare even the night before. Have a good examination of conscience booklet and then find a quiet and contemplative place to examine your conscience.
4. Self-knowledge. One of the classical steps to make a good confession is contrition but also firm purpose of amendment. This entails rewinding the film of your life and seeing the various falls into sin. But also to capture what were the preceding causes that led to the sin.
5. Biblical Passages to Prepare Yourself. By praying Psalm 51 you have one of the best “Act of Contritions” ever composed, by none other than King David after having committed adultery with Bathsheba and killing an innocent man. Praying with the Word of God adds extra power to one’s prayer!
6. Frequent Confession. The saints highly recommend frequent confession as a most efficacious means of growing in sanctifying grace. Confession either restores sanctifying grace or it augments it. Of course this presupposes a thorough preparation.
7. Sacramental Grace. Each sacrament communicates grace. However every sacrament communicates a specific grace pertinent to that specific sacrament. For example, the specific sacramental grace communicated in the Eucharist or Holy Communion is that of nourishment. It is the Bread of life for the journey on the way to eternal life. The Sacramental grace of Confession is different. It is healing! Jesus came to feed us with His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Furthermore, He came as Divine Physician. Time and time again in the Gospels we see Jesus healing. The blind, deaf, deaf-mute, lepers, paralytics, even the dead, were healed and brought back to life by Jesus. Even now within the context of the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, Jesus heals us. The Sacraments of healing are the Sacraments of Confession and the Anointing of the Sick.
8. Qualities of a Good Confession.
1) complete sincerity and openness;
Adhering to these qualities one cannot go wrong. Remember, we want to strive to make better Communions and Confessions until the end of our lives.
9. Avoid Discouragement. Even though one might fall frequently, never give in to discouragement. As St. Paul reminds us, “Where sin abounds God’s mercy abounds all the more.”
10. Mary and Mercy. Never forget to invite Mary to be present in your remote preparation for Confession, your immediate preparation for Confession. Behind many powerful conversions is of course the grace of God but also the maternal intercession of Mary!
“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”
― Saint Augustine of Hippo
PRAYER FOR OUR TROOPS
Heavenly Father, we place our troops in Your loving hands. Guide and protect them always ~ especially during this time of the year when they are so far from their loved ones ~ keep their families in your loving care, bless them for their sacrifice in protecting us and our nation. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
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We have ten seats in the back of Church marked for handicapped parishioners. Others may use them if they are not needed for the elderly or the handicapped.
We are also looking into more handicapped parking spaces outside.
If you have Celiac Disease, please stop by the Sacristy prior to Mass to let us know that you would like to receive a gluten free host during Mass.
Deacon Cliff Calanni is a Chaplain at both facilities and would be more than happy to provide spiritual and or emotional support to your loved one. Contact Deacon Cliff at (914) 523-5507. All visits would be strictly confidential.
Need of Assistance of A Personal Matter?
If you are or know a parishioner who is in need of assistance of a personal matter, please contact Deacon Steven DeMartino at (845) 260-5637. All calls will remain confidential.