Saturday, December 9, 2017

PASTOR'S CORNER

Dear Parishioners,

Unfortunately, most of the time I only get to see you when we say goodbye after Mass at the doors of the church. I would love to be able to sit down with each of you and answer your questions and keep you up to date on what has been going on around the parish. Once in a while, I use this space to do just that!


I first want to thank our parishioner, Jenna Aoyama, for speaking at Mass about Relevant Radio. She is truly a joyful person who cares deeply about sharing Jesus with others. Make sure you check out Relevant Radio at 550AM or download the app through Saint Paul’s app (directions are on the cover of the bulletin.)


This week we had a waterproofing engineer visit the church building along with Paul Simas, who heads up the building committee. We are learning as much as we can about the structure and materials of the building so we can develop a plan for the future protection of the church. It would be nice to go from putting bandaids on problems to getting ahead of them!


Alpha has been going great! Our final session of the 10 weeks will be on the 20th. It has been a joy to see parishioners sharing, praying together, learning about the Faith, and seeing what God wants to do next in their lives! Over 100 people have experienced Alpha since we began last year. I can’t wait to see what good things happen as we continue in the future.


A blessed Advent,

Fr. Young 

The Advent Giving Tree…

is set up in the far right interior corner of the church. Each ornament represents a gift that someone needs this Christmas. When you return your gift, please follow these instructions:
  • Do NOT wrap it OR put it in a gift bag, but
  • Do attach the paper ornament securely to the outside of the gift.
  • A special secure place will be designated for gift cards.
Please return the gift to the church no later than NEXT weekend, Dec. 16/17.
Thank you in advance for helping us with this worthwhile parish activity.

Faith Formation News

Students in the Faith Formation program are collecting socks during the month of December to fill a giant red stocking that Mrs. Rowell has hung in the school building. The socks will be distributed at a Breadline in January. Any parishioner who would like to donate socks is welcome to do so! Simply place a package of socks in the food bins in the church and they will be collected and added to the stocking. Thanks!

Faith Formation Schedule
Sunday morning Faith Formation classes will meet this Sunday, December 10th and middle-school classes will meet on Monday, December 11th.


Faith Formation Holiday Class Schedule
Faith Formation classes will not meet on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st. Mrs. Rowell and Mrs. Bradley wish all of our catechists and Faith Formation families a blessed Christmas and a happy and holy New Year. We’ll see you again for classes on January 7th & 8th.

Christmas Mass Schedule Come, Let Us Adore Him!

Christmas Eve
Family Mass at 4:30PM
Solemn Mass at Night at 10:30PM
Come 30 Minutes early to hear 
the choir perform before each Mass
Christmas Day
Masses at 8:30AM and 10:30AM

The Fourth Sunday of Advent this year is followed that same night by Christmas Eve, and then Christmas Day falls on a Monday, which makes our Mass obligations a little nutty! 

  • Here is a helpful guide for our Mass options!

#1 Saturday Evening
Fourth Sunday of Advent
4:30 PM
+
Sunday Evening
Christmas Vigil
4:30 PM Family Mass
10:30 PM Solemn Mass at Night
 
#2 Saturday Evening
Fourth Sunday of Advent
4:30 PM
+
Monday Morning
Christmas Day
8:30 AM
10:30 AM
 
#3 Sunday Morning
Fourth Sunday of Advent
9:30 AM
There will be NO 8:00 AM or
11:30 AM Mass
+
Sunday Evening
Christmas Vigil
4:30 PM Family Mass
10:30 PM Solemn Mass at Night
 
#4 Sunday Morning
Fourth Sunday of Advent
9:30 AM
There will be NO 8:00 AM or
11:30 AM Mass
+
Monday Morning
Christmas Day
8:30 AM
10:30 AM 

 Advent Confessions
Advent is a time of preparation. What better way than to go to confession? Don’t worry about how long it’s been or if you have forgotten how to do it. None of that matters. Just come. There are confessions every Saturday at 3:45PM and additionally on Monday, Dec. 18th at 5:00PM.

“Our Lord Himself I saw in this venerable Sacrament . . . I felt as if my chains fell. My God, what new scenes for my soul!” -St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

December Youth Group

The Youth Group will gather on Sunday, December 17th from 6-8PM in Msgr. Canning Hall for an evening of holiday cheer. We will have a Yankee Swap and decorate gingerbread houses! All young people in grades 6 and up are welcome to join the fun. To participate in the swap, simply bring a wrapped gift (something small and inexpensive – think candy, fidget spinners, earrings, Christmas socks, or $5 gift cards to places like Dunkin', Subway, Sephora, FroYo, iTunes, Bath & Body Works, etc.) It’s sure to be a jolly good time – encourage a young person you know to get involved!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Parish Registration Weekend, Dec. 16-17

Remember the T.V. show "Cheers".  It was a place where "everybody knows your name".  We want St. Paul's to be a place where everyone is known, cared for, and helped on their journey to Christ.  One way to do that is to register in the parish!  It may seem like just paperwork, but it enables us to get a proper count of how many attend Mass here.  It also allows us to contact you if you are needed!  On the weekend of Dec. 16-17, there will be registration forms at the doors of the church.  If you are not registered officially, then take a minute to fill one out.  We want to make sure that we are doing all we can to be present to you and this is a great first step!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Patriots Tickets Raffle! Support St. Paul School

St. Paul School has raffle tickets for $5 each to win 2 tickets to a New England Patriots football game on Sunday, December 31st at 1PM. (New Year's Eve) at Gillette Stadium.  These tickets were donated by Phillips Plumbing and Mechanical - for which we can't thank them enough!!  John and Linda Phillips have even included the price for parking and a $50 gift certificate to Olive Garden!  We only have a limited amount of tickets so the odds of winning are in your favor!

The drawing will be held on Friday, December 15th in the school auditorium by one of our students after morning prayer.  Please support St. Paul School by purchasing your tickets now.  Tickets can be purchased at the school during school hours.