Friday, October 19, 2018

PASTOR'S CORNER

Dear Parishioners,

Often in the mornings I go over and visit the school for morning prayer and the pledge of allegiance. This past week I was surprised by the students who were celebrating “Pastor’s Day”. Each class made cards with words of support and prayers for me. Of course you know I have to share some of their thoughts with you!

Thank you for being here at our school. Sometimes I think you should play basketball, but it’s more suitable for you to be a priest.” –Jenesis

I’ve always wanted to go to this school since I was eight years old- this is my dream. Now I am living my dream.” – Hector

Thank you Fr. Young for helping me with the sacraments I have made and preparing me for the ones I am going to make. You are the best priest I have ever known” – Alessandra

Hi my name is Jon. I love my life! Thank you for everything you do. I especially think you’re a nice guy and sometimes you’re goofy.” – Jon

These are just a small sample of the heartfelt and humorous messages from the students. When I read things like these, I am always confirmed in my own priestly vocation. After receiving the notes, I thanked the students and told them that I am convinced that there are young men and women in the school right now who are being called to be priests and religious. I expressed that there is no better life than serving God in the world! Now let’s pray that these young people listen and hear that call.

 In Christ,
Fr. Young

Faith Formation News

Faith Formation Schedule

Sunday, 10/21
– Grades 1-5 and Confirmation Prep meet after the 9:30AM Mass until 11:45AM.


Monday, 10/22 – Middle-School Faith Formation meets from 6:45-8:00PM in the school auditorium.


Week 5 of the Alpha Film Series

After a lovely dinner out what’s better than going to the theater to see an epic production that is uplifting and inspiring, and then chatting with friends about it over a hot cup of coffee and a delicious slice of pie? And what if the whole evening didn’t cost you a dime? This is real, and it happens every Thursday right here in our parish at Msgr. Canning Hall. You know it as Alpha! We dine in the “bistro” and then move to the opposite end of the hall where the video is shown in the “theater.” This week’s video is entitled “Why and how do I pray?” Guests are welcome in the bistro at 6:15PM and dinner is served at 6:30, followed by the video and small group discussions. The evening concludes at 8:30PM. If you want more information or are interested in supporting Alpha, please contact Julie Bradley at 941-5576 or faithform@saintpaulcranston.org. Thank you!



 Alpha Prayer
 
Heavenly Father we are about to
embark on the Alpha Program
in which we will invite people to
develop a closer relationship with you.
We know that many obstacles will be
placed in our way, but we must follow
the words of your Son, Jesus, who
told us to go out and preach to all nations
as well as going after the lost sheep.
And so we ask you to watch over our Pastor,
Father Young, and the team who will run this program. 

We ask you to send your Holy Spirit upon
those who will participate; to open
their hearts, their minds and souls, and
be moved to draw closer to you.
We ask all of this in your Son’s name,
Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
Saint Paul, our parish patron, pray for us.

October Youth Group – Halloween Fun!

The youth group will gather for a pizza party in the school cafeteria at 6:00PM on Sunday, October 28th and hop on a bus to head to the Haunted Labyrinth at the Rejoice in Hope Youth Center at 6:30PM. Only the bravest of souls will make it all the way through the labyrinth, which has the theme “Escape from Wonderland” this year. The cost is $10 and permission slips are still available from Mrs. Bradley for any middle-school or high-school students who are interested. Contact her at 941-5576 or faithform@saintpaulcranston.org.
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All Souls Mass

The month of November is a time dedicated to praying for our dear departed. Praying for the dead is an important aspect of our faith which is found throughout the Scriptures. Our prayers can help the souls of those who have died reach heaven. Friday, November 2nd is All Souls Day. We will pray for all who have died in our parish this previous year and for all our loved ones. All are welcome to come and pray for the peaceful repose of those who have died.

“Eternal Rest grant to them, O Lord. Let Perpetual Light shine upon them. Amen.”

 

Saint Paul 12th Annual Luminaria - In Memory of the Faithful Departed

After the 7:00PM Mass of All Souls, St. Paul’s will continue its tradition of the lighting of the Luminaria. These help us to remember and to pray for those who have gone before us. If you wish to have someone remembered, you can cut out this portion of the bulletin and return it in the mail or in the collection basket. Also, you may sign up after Mass on the weekend of October 27-28.

Eternal Rest Grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
 
Saint Paul 12th Annual Luminaria
Friday, November 2, 2018
Please list the names to be listed on the Luminaria
In Memory of: ___________________________________
________________________________
________________________________
________________________________

$10.00
 

Children’s Christmas Choir


Young ladies and gentlemen in grade 2 through high school are invited to participate in the children’s choir for Christmas. No prior experience is necessary! Mr. Salvadore, our Music Director, will begin rehearsing with the kids on Thursday, November 8th from 5:00-6:00PM in the choir loft. Rehearsals will continue every Thursday through November and December until the children’s choir sings during the 4:30PM Mass on Christmas Eve. Encourage a young person you know to get involved in this beautiful ministry! To sign-up or if you have questions, please contact Mrs. Bradley at 941-5576 or faithform@saintpaulcranston.org.