Friday, February 16, 2018

Deacon's Corner

Dear Parishioners,

Well as many you may be aware the “Good” Pastor has been under the weather this week and so he has called on his “favorite” Deacon to write his column.

This past Wednesday (Ash Wednesday) we began our Lenten Journey towards Easter. As we all know we as Catholics are called upon to pray, fast, and help those less fortunate than we are, better known as Almsgiving. All of this involves some sacrifice on our part which does not even come close to the sacrifice that Jesus made for us by his passion, crucifixion and death on the cross.

As we make this yearly journey once again let us keep this in mind. We also need to remember that this journey of ours is not always easy, and just as Jesus was tempted by the devil, so we too will face temptation to give up on the sacrifices
that we have decided to make during Lent. Hopefully, we will try our best to resist that temptation. However, we should remember that we are human and can fall very easily. When we do, we should pick ourselves up just as Jesus did three times on the way to Calvary, and start over again.

One of the ways that will help us on our journey is by the beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation. Remember it doesn’t matter how long it has been since we received this Sacrament, Jesus is always waiting with open arms to forgive us. So in the words of our Savior, “Be not Afraid” to come to confession.

My hope for all of us is that this Lent will renew our faith and bring us into a closer relationship with Jesus.

God bless,
Deacon Paul

Faith Formation News

Faith Formation Schedules & Reminders:

Faith Formation classes will not meet on Sunday, February 18 or Monday, February 19 due to the observance of President's Day.  Elementary Faith Formation classes and Confirmation Prep will resume Sunday, February 25 after the 9:30AM Mass and middle school classes will resume on Monday, February 26 at 6:45PM.

First Reconciliation Reminders:
Parent & student retreat - Saturday, March 3rd from 9:00-11:30AM in the St. Paul School Cafeteria
The Sacrament of (First) Reconciliation - Saturday, March 10th at 1:00PM in the church.

Confirmation Reminder:  Sponsor certificates are due from all Confirmation 2 students at the next class.  These are the forms sponsors fill out with their parish priest and then return to you.  Please contact Mrs. Bradley if you have any questions.

Pivotal Players

This Wednesday, February 21st, the first session of the Pivotal Players discussion group will be held in the St. Paul School auditorium, featuring the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

From Bishop Robert Barron's introduction to St. Francis:  "Rebuild my Church!  That's the mission Christ gave to St. Francis and it's the perennial task of the Church in every age of life.  But how is the reform and renewal of the Church to be accomplished?  The life of St. Francis demonstrates that Christ intends the foundations of true and lasting reform to be built on the solid rock that is the radical witness of the saints".

Prior to the video, an opportunity to recite the Holy Rosary in a group 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.

6:30PM Recitation of the Holy Rosary

7:00 Video on St. Francis:  The Reformer

7:30 PM  Group Discussion on St. Francis & the Saints

This event is free and does not require pre-registration

Sponsored by St. Paul's of Edgewood Knights of Columbus Council #2385

Friday, February 9, 2018

Looking Ahead to Lent

Abstinence:  Catholics (14 and older) abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent.  

Fasting:  Also, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting; those between the ages of 18-59 should eat less, meaning take no solid food between meals and only one full meal that day.

Parents are encouraged to ensure that minors who are not bound by the law of fast and abstinence are educated nonetheless in an authentic sense of penance. 

Lenten Mission with Fr. Liam Bradley - Monday, March 6 and Tuesday, March 7 at 7PM

Have you ever wondered what is would be like to experience Christ's Passion through the eyes 0f Simon of Cyrene? Veronica? The Women of Jerusalem? Joseph of Arimathea?  Join Fr. Bradley as he leads us through a meditation on Calvary through the eyes of those who were looking on...

Friday, February 2, 2018

Summertime Faith & Fun for Parish Youth

Attention teens:  Is the cold weather getting you down?  Are you looking forward to summer and hoping for something fun to do? If so, here is some good news for you...We are getting a group together to travel to the University of Massachusetts in Lowell to participate in a Catholic Youth Conference with thousands of other teens from our region for an entire weekend.  We stay in the university dorms, eat in the dining halls, attend awesome concerts, hear amazing speakers, participate in Mass and Eucharistic Adoration and have a great time.  About 30 teens from our parish have attended over the past few years and many have attended multiple conferences.  Reservations are being made soon, and YOU are invited!  Check out our video from last summer's conference that's posted on our parish app, and talk to one of the teens in the video, Fr. Young or Mrs. Bradley if you want to sign up for this summer.  The conference will be held July 13th-15th and is open for students who are currently in grades 8-12.  Hope you will join us!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Flags of St. Paul's

One of the highlights of our beautiful church is the flags which represent the 12 Apostles.  They were commissioned as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the building of the church in 1979 and installed for Christmas in 1981.Each week, we will describe the details of one of the flags.  See if you can find it!

Saint Paul, while never one of the apostles, is usually given the respect as if he had been one.  Before his conversion to Christianity, Saul of Tarsus had been persecuting the Christian community.  After his conversion he wrote many of the Epistles and preached and thus his device symbolizes his new life, the Gospel, being placed over his former life, the sword.  The sword was also the method of his martyrdom.

When Christ founded His Church He entrusted to Simon-Peter, in what is called the Apostolic mandate, the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.  These keys are placed on an inverted cross because tradition tells us that when Peter was martyred by the Romans, he was crucified upside-down because he did not feel worthy enough even to die in the same manner as Jesus.

Saint Philip's device depicts the symbol of his faith in Christ, the cross, for which he suffered a cruel death.  Reportedly when scourging did not silence him, he was stoned, crucified, and finally run through with a lance.  The two loaves of bread are to represent his commitment to Christ at the feeding of the multitudes, "Two hundred silver pieces would not buy enough bread for them, even to give each a little." (John 6:7)

Saint John, when represented as an Apostle, rather than his role as an evangelist, is represented by the snake coming out of his chalice.  Tradition tells us that Saint John was the only Apostle not to have been martyred and to have died of natural causes at an old age, even though many attempts were made on his life.  The most notable attempt was with a poisoned chalice.

Saint James, the Less, used to differentiate him for the other Apostle Saint James, was reported to have been taken to the top of the Temple in Jerusalem and pushed off.  After hitting the ground and being grievously injured, he pulled himself to his knees begging forgiveness for those who had injured him, whereupon another of his assailants caved in his skull with a fuller's bat.  When dead it is told that his body was sawn asunder, and thus the significance of the charge in his device

Saint Matthias, who was that Apostle elected to fill the twelfth seat vacated by Judas Iscariot, is represented by a battle-ax. It is the instrument of martyrdom for having preached the Gospel in Judea. The ax is placed on the book of Truth for which he gave his life. 

Very little is actually known about Saint Bartholomew, except that some accounts believe him to have been Nathaniel, about whom much is said in Saint John's Gospel ( John 1: 45-51).  Reportedly, Saint Bartholomew was martyred by being flayed alive before being crucified and thus the reason for the flaying knives on his flag.

Saint Jude, brother of Saint James, also known as Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus, traveled widely with Saint Simon to preach the Gospel, and thus he was given the sailboat to signify his many journeys. There is no record of the manner of his death.

Saint Matthew, when he is represented, like Saint John, as one of the Apostles, and not as an evangelist, is represented by three bags of money reflecting his position as a tax collector when he was called by Christ to follow Him.  Saint Matthew is reported to have been crucified on a Tau cross and then beheaded in Ethiopia where he was preaching the Gospel.

Saint Simon, who was the companion of Saint Jude on many missionary journeys, is represented by a fish resting on a book because he was a great fisher of men through the power of the Gospel.  The actual method of his death is uncertain but it is believed that he was beheaded for his faith.

Saint Andrew, the first to be called by Christ to be an Apostle, along with his brother Simon, now called Peter, is believed to have been crucified on an "X" shaped cross in Greece after preaching the Gospel there.