Friday, June 15, 2018

PASTOR'S CORNER

Dear Parishioners,

I have been thinking a lot this week about the uptick of suicides being reported. I can’t even imagine the anguish, emptiness, and distress that someone must endure to bring themselves to that decision. We can feel even more helpless since oftentimes we are unaware when a friend or loved one is suffering internally. What is the Church’s response to the taking of one’s own life?

1) It’s important to remember that we are caretakers and stewards of the life that we have been given, and not owners. Our lives and others lives are not ours to dispose of.

2) Suicide in order to set an example, ie: To end one’s life due to advanced age or terminal illness, is grave matter. Co-operation in suicide is also contrary to God’s law and intentions for life. We are seeing these cases more and more with “physician assisted suicide” bills being proposed.

3) This is very important: The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly states that “grave psychological disturbance, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture” diminishes one’s responsibility. I can’t imagine anyone choosing to end their life without these above mentioned pressures weighing on their hearts and minds!

The bottom line is this; we must ALWAYS, to the best of our ability, pray for, accompany, and listen to those who are in distress. Many times people who suffer from depression are also ashamed to admit it. We followers of Jesus Christ are to be reflections of God’s love in the world. Let’s try our best to make sure everyone we encounter knows they are loved. Please see elsewhere in the bulletin for the suicide prevention lifeline information.


In Christ,
Fr. Young

Pivotal Players

On Monday, June 18th, the next session of the Pivotal Players discussion group will be held in St Paul’s School auditorium, featuring the life of St. Thomas Aquinas.
 

From Bishop Robert Barron’s introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas:
 

“The relationship of faith and reason is under intense scrutiny in an age beholden to the competing claims of fundamentalism and secularism. So called “new atheists” insist that the claims of religion amount to mere superstition, a retrograde holdover from a time long ago. Others insist that the life of faith is a retreat into emotions and subjectivism. St. Thomas Aquinas anticipated these objections and trends and demonstrated that to believe is to think and that the life of the mind is integral to life in Christ”.
 

Prior to the video, an opportunity to learn about and recite Vespers, the daily evening prayer of the Catholic Church, and to spend a few minutes at Eucharistic Adoration together is offered to all who are interested (but is not required for those who’d simply like to enjoy the video and discussion at 7:00!). Coffee, other assorted beverages and dessert provided.

Vespers: 6:15 pm (in the church)


Benediction: 6:30 pm (in the church)


Video on St. Thomas (Part I): 7:00 pm (in the school)


Group Discussion: 7:30 pm (in the school)


This event is free, open-to-all and does not require pre-registration.
Sponsored by St Paul’s of Edgewood Knights of Columbus Council #2385.

Coffee Cake Social

Mark your calendars and come on out to meet new parishioners and greet old friends at the Coffee Cake Social after the 9:30AM Mass on Sunday, July 8th. If weather permits we will mingle outside, but if there’s rain the event will be in Msgr. Canning Hall. Come and meet Peter, our Seminarian, hear Deacon Paul tell tales of his adventures in Italy, meet members of our Youth Group, see the pilgrimage pictures from parishioners who traveled with their St. Paul icon, and enjoy some homemade treats with a cup of coffee, tea or lemonade. RSVP’s are not necessary, but if you would like to provide a baked good please contact Julie Bradley at 941-5576 or faithform@saintpaulcranston.org. Thank you! Hope to see you there!

Last Call to Register for Vacation Bible Camp!

Vacation Bible Camp is just one week away, so now is the time to enroll! It’s easiest through the parish app, but paper forms are also available at the entrances to the church. The fee is $50/one camper, $75/two campers or $100/three or more campers, which can be paid when you turn in your paper registration OR at the door on the first day of camp if you register through the app.

Where and when is camp? In the school cafeteria from 8:30-11:30AM June 25-29th.


Who can attend? All children entering PreK-Grade 5 are invited to participate in the fun. Call your cousins and invite your neighborhood friends!


What happens at camp? There will be indoor and outdoor games, crafts, singing, skits, videos, food and FUN!
 

VBC Volunteers: Middle- and high-school students are encouraged to get involved, and adults who have completed a BCI and Safe Environment training can also help at camp. New and returning volunteers are always welcome! Please contact Mrs. Bradley @ 941-5576 or faithform@saintpaulcranston.org for more info or sign-up by completing a registration form. An orientation and training for all volunteers will take place on Saturday, June 23rd at 10AM in the cafeteria. Decorating will take place after the meeting and throughout that weekend. Pack a lunch and bring theme-related props and lots of good ideas to transform the school into a deserted tropical island. Let’s make it the best camp yet!

Parish Pilgrims: On the Road with St. Paul

Distant Destinations: Arizona, Florida, San Pedro (Belize), Georgia, South Carolina, Nebraska, Montana, Virginia, Rome (Italy), Dingle (Ireland), Bermuda, New Jersey
 

Destinations closer to home: St. Mary’s (Bristol, RI), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Bristol, RI), St. Barnabas (Portsmouth, RI), St. Timothy (Warwick), St. Benedict (Warwick), Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul (Providence), The Chapel at Providence College, St. Mary’s (New Haven, CT)
 

Miles: 38,176.2
 

Days Remaining: 12
 

Don’t forget to send your pilgrimage photos and mileage info to faithform@saintpaulcranston.org! We are tracking the miles and updating the display in the church vestibule weekly. Thank you for your participation and your prayerful support of our Youth Group!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Rome Reports

Dear Friends in Christ,

I pray this finds you well. It has been over a month and a half since I arrived in Rome and the experience has been filled with many graces and gifts. The men and women I am working with at the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development have been wonderful. There are priests, religious sisters and brothers, and lay faithful from all over the world, all working together to make the Gospel message of Jesus Christ known and loved. Some days I have to run errands at the Vatican, and I cut through St. Peter’s the way people go through our parking lot at St. Paul’s to get to CVS!  Instead of walking around that great big crater by the garage, I walk past Michelangelo’s Pietà! On Pentecost Sunday, I had the wonderful opportunity to con-celebrate Mass with Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Basilica. My Mass intention for that day was for all of you, and for our esteemed Pastor, Fr. Young. 

Every day here in the Eternal City is a blessing and I have met so many good and holy people.  The men I live with—American priests serving in various capacities within the Vatican—are so encouraging and helpful. Priestly fraternity and great Christian friendship has sustained me well in this transition. With that said, I do miss my time at St. Paul’s a great deal. I miss celebrating Mass with all of you, and the warm community life that is so alive in our parish. Please know that I pray for all of you every day, and I ask that you would please continue to keep me in your prayers, as well. 

A Presto (See You Soon!),
Fr. Mahar

              Mailing Address for Fr. Mahar
Living and working overseas can be difficult since you are
away from friends and family. If you would like to send a
note to Fr. Mahar in Rome, his mailing address is: (postage
to Europe is $1.15)

Rev. Christopher Mahar
Villa Stritch
Via della Nocetta, 63
00164 Roma
Italia

Greetings from our Seminarian

I am originally from Woonsocket RI. My home parish is All Saints, which is one of the first combined parishes in the state. I am the youngest of three children and have two older sisters. I am lucky to also have a big extended family.

When I was younger, altar serving was a big part of my life, and was something that I always enjoyed doing. It was a big influence on me in my vocation. As I got older, I became involved in the local CYO center. I would enjoy both going on retreats and leading them, though I liked the second one better. It is good to be able to help people grow in their faith and grow closer to God. After doing a year of college at CCRI, I entered Our Lady of Providence Seminary to study Philosophy. I have now just finished my second year of Theology at St John’s in Boston.


Growing up I really enjoyed acting and would regularly perform at the Stadium Theater in Woonsocket. I’ve also always had a big interest in music and singing. Both my mom and sisters were in the choir at my home parish for a while. Though I don’t have much time anymore, I also like to go camping and hunting. Something that many in my family ended up getting into as we got older was motorcycle riding. When we can coordinate things on a nice day, we’ll sometimes get between 9 and 12 of us that go out. Unfortunately, I eventually sold my motorcycle in order to replace my car.
In the short time I have been here at St. Paul’s I have received a very warm welcome from everyone. Thank you! I am looking forward to spending this year with you all.


Peter Cotnoir
Seminarian