A breath of fresh air

"I've been kicking the idea around since I was nine," he said, adding he grew up in a very Catholic family.

Prior to coming to St. Augustine's, Servatius was the pastor at St. Bernard's in Waterville.

While Servatius said he wants to learn more about the parish before making any significant changes, he will add an 8 a.m. Sunday Mass beginning Nov. 28.

"There was a good round of applause when I announced it at mass," he said.

His short-term goals include getting to know the parish, which includes just over 700 families. "[I want to] get a sense of this is where we've been, this is where we are and where do we want to go?"

In the long run, Servatius hopes to bring the parish a deeper sense of hope, a deeper sense of God's love for them and a deeper sense that through God's love, all are called to love.

"I'm not planting the seed, I'm nurturing it," he said.

In addition to the new 8 a.m. Sunday mass, St. Augustine's also offers a 10:15 a.m. Sunday mass as well as a 10 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mass, and a 7 p.m. evening mass Wednesdays during Advent.

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