January 2012

Our Newest Altar Boy

On Sunday, January 15, Charlie Davis, son of Father Steven and Stella Davis, served for his first time as an altar boy. Charlie, who is eight years old and who has been very dear and special to all of us all of his life, did an excellent job. We look forward to seeing him serve us in his special position for years to come.

In Höc Signö . . . .

In 2010 Bob Harlan had the 4 x 8 ft sign made for us by a professional sign maker. The design was approved by Abp. Thomas. Also during 2010 I researched the city ordinance and had Richard Robertson design a sign that would comply. We submitted the permit request, which was denied because our church property is in the

Central Business District (CBD), which is also called Old Town. The CBD has its own rules about signs. The sign that we need would not meet the CBD rules. So in June 2011 I met with a city planner to discuss our options. The best option seemed to be to apply for a variance to the CBD rules. The variance request was submitted in August. The Board of Adjustment meeting was held on late October, and the variance was approved. Richard contracted with a man that does professional landscaping and sign building to have the foundation and stone work done. The result is a very tasteful sign that compliments the surrounding neighborhood. And it is completely legal!


Submitted by Dave Robertson

The thanks of all us go to David and Richard Robertson and to Bob Harlan.

In Their Own Words: Literary Likes

LOVE BOOKS! Usually read two a week unless they are big ones like the SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series! I read the 1st book A GAME OF THRONES – GREAT and almost finished the 2nd A CLASH OF KINGS. There are still 5 or 6 books in the series YEH. Tyler got the first 2 from school library and I hope to buy the 3rd. I have my own library. Enjoy everything from War and Peace to Science Fiction/Fantasy etc etc. and all the Great Books – covered in Red Leather no less!

I love books by James Patterson. At this time I am reading The Anniversary. The last one I read was “Violets are blue” it was a very good one. I have read almost all of  his books. “Toys” was not very good so did not read it all.
– Annette

I don’t have a favorite book, but I have a lot of favorite writers.

I really like Anne McCaffrey, I know her son has taken over her Pern universe, but I don’t think his books are quite as good as hers. I also loved her “Ship” books. I am so saddened to know that she won’t write any more.

I love Orson Scott Card, and even can mostly overlook his “Mormon” influences in his books, some more than others. SongMaster is my favorite of his, though I also love his Ender books.

Mercedes Lackey writes really well; and, while I love her Valdemar books best, she has some other really wonderful ones too.

Lilian Jackson Braun is another favorite, I love her “The Cat Who…” books, and to make them even more special, I discovered St. Augustine’s because of them. I know I’m not the only person who is sad she never finished her last book.

I like Janet Evanovich a lot, I find her books, even her romances, so funny, and when she gets to the bedroom scenes, she fades to black… like that the best.

Robert J. Sawyer, he really can spin a convincing tale. I don’t always agree with him, but I always enjoy [his books].

And then there’s Tony Hillermann; I wish he were still with us as well; I really enjoyed his books. At least I felt that he had pretty well wrapped up personal threads in his last book so we weren’t wondering so much what was going to happen next. – Leah

I’d like to start by thanking Gaylan DuBose who has for the last 14 or so years really supported and strengthened my love of reading by steadily providing me with books and titles to keep me literate and well read. Having said that, I will continue with my favorite book. Dante’s Divine Comedy is my favorite hard cover book. It’s not the poem that I like, although I do love it; rather this particular book was given to me by my sister and has a great inscription on it by her. For that I will treasure that book for ever. As for a favorite read I’m not sure I can answer that and if I could I would hope there will always be another better read down the road. If pressed for an answer, I guess I can narrow it down to a few favorites. In no particular order I guess I would have to say: Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth. Frank Franklin recommended it and for that I will be eternally grateful. I think all young adults should read it. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude was the first book of any length that I read completely in Spanish; it took me a year but I finished and understood it. Junot Diaz’s Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao came along at a time when I was going to give up on fiction forever, [so]for helping to keep my mind open to novels it will always have a special place in my favorites.

These days I am back to nonfiction. I just finished reading a book written by a computer hacker, no real hacking information but I did learn some terminology. Currently I’m reading a book on Economics and a couple of other books on teaching.

Writing this makes me realize that I should be reading The Bible a whole lot more than I do. That having been written I think I will stop writing and start reading.
– Father Jerry

First of all, I have to say that I don’t remember not being able to read; and I have always been an avid reader. The first adult book I read was The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn during the summer between second and third grade. I still agree with Hemingway that all American literature really began with that book. Here are some other favorites. For humor, entertainment, use of symbolism, and moral value, To Kill a Mockingbird is my all-time favorite. Another favorite is One Hundred Year of Solitude, which I have read five times. Every time I read it I find something new. The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment, both by Dostoyevsky, are tremendously powerful. There are also other favorite authors with titles to numerous to mention. Norah Lofts and Steven Saylor lead that list. Both the late Mrs. Lofts and Mr. Saylor have been my personal friends as well as favorite authors. I also love the works of George Eliot, the Brontës, Charles Dickens, and oh so many others. It is, I think, not hard to see that I was an English major.
– Gaylan

The Newest Member of the Saint Augustine Family

Aubree Grace Patton arrived on January 9, 2012. Her parents are Thomas Patton and Crystal Martinez. Her extremely proud grandma Kay Patton says she is a beautiful baby and that Thomas is being a good daddy. We suspect that grandpa Ron and all the Pattons young and old would agree. We are so happy for Thomas and Crystal.

A Special Graduation

The Emergency Training Academy, EMTS Fire Academy in Round Rock, held commencement on December 16, 2011. Jimmie Johnson, Bob and Irene Harlan’s grandson, graduated with academic honors and was also awarded the “Bownds Leadership Award” for the exhibition of skills and traits of exceptional leadership. This award is given to only one person in each class.

Instead of thinking of where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success.
-Diana Rankin
Contributed by Frank Franklin

Annual Parish Meeting

The annual parish meeting will be on January 29 after a potluck luncheon.
Be there!

Some special notes . . .

  • Annette Anastasi had surgery on January 11. She is doing well. She is at the Reliance Rehabilitation Hospital in Round Rock.
  • Frank Franklin’s brother George has also been at the Reliance Hospital. He will be going into a nursing home in either Llano or Marble Falls on Tuesday. Please keep George in your prayers.
  • We are especially happy that Scott Phipps has come to join us. Scott is one of a very few of our number who lives in Pflugerville