Thursday, April 19, 2018


Dear Parishioners,

On Thursday, Father Mahar jetted off to Rome to begin his assignment at the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development. This is a very large office in the Vatican that works on “issues regarding migrants, those in need, the sick, the excluded and marginalized, the imprisoned and the unemployed, as well as victims of armed conflict, natural disasters, and all forms of slavery and torture”. Father Mahar will be working for this impressive dicastery (office) for an undetermined amount of time, although assignments to Rome typically last 5-6 years.

Father has asked that he keep his residence here at St. Paul’s. That means we are his official home in the United States. Of course I happily agreed! He will most likely be home for a month in the summer and often during the holidays. In the last year, Father Mahar has been a great presence in our parish with his fantastic homilies, reverent celebration of the Mass, and his joyful personality. He has become a part of the family. (My cat finally warmed up to him too!) In future bulletins, I will put his mailing address in Rome if you wish to send him a note. I’m sure he would appreciate kind words from home.

In other news, you may have noticed the ribbon around the tree in the driveway. Unfortunately, the poor tree is on its last leg. It is also causing the driveway in front of the garage to collapse in. I’m always afraid Claire or the Deacon will fall right through in the morning! We are looking at how to restructure that area to optimize parking, fix the driveway, and possibly put in our school playground. I’ll keep you updated.

In the Risen Christ,
Fr. Young

Faith Formation News

Faith Formation Schedules & Reminders
Faith Formation grades 1-5 and Confirmation prep meet on Sunday, April 22nd and middle school (grades 6-8) will meet again on Monday, April 23rd.
Other dates to remember:

Sunday, April 29th – Last Confirmation Prep class

Monday, April 30th
– Last Middle School Faith Formation class

Saturday, May 5th
– First Communion rehearsal: 10:00-11:30AM in church
            Confirmation rehearsal: Noon-12:30PM in church

Sunday, May 6th – Last class for 1st-5th grade Faith Formation
         Parent & student meeting for current Confirmation 1 students: 10:30AM in the auditorium (Letters to Fr. Young due)
     Sacrament of Confirmation at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter & Paul at 3PM.

Monday, May 7th
– Parent & student meeting for current 8th graders enrolling in Confirmation Prep for the fall: 6:45PM in the auditorium

Wednesday, May 9th – First Communion rehearsal: 3:15-4:15PM in church

Dinner with the Knights

Join the St. Paul’s Knights of Columbus for a night out at Chili’s THIS Thursday, April 26th. 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the Knights to fund future parish events. Pick up a flyer at the entrance of the church and be sure to present it to your server at any Chili’s location in RI on April 26th. Enjoy your meal, and thanks for your support!

Breadline Ministry Returns May 11th

All are welcome to come and make ham & cheese sandwiches at 3:30PM on Friday, May 11th in Msgr. Canning Hall. The sandwiches will be distributed in Cathedral Square in Providence later that evening. Making the sandwiches is simple, and it’s a wonderful way children can participate in this Corporal Work of Mercy. So bring your children or grandchildren and join the sandwich assembly line! Along with the sandwiches, we will also be handing out individual cups of pudding, which have been very gratefully received in past breadlines. Chocolate, vanilla, tapioca and butterscotch pudding are all very popular with the crowd! 

Collection bins will be in the vestibules of the church over the next few weekends for anyone who would like to donate pudding cups. To ensure freshness, other food items will be purchased with monies donated thru the Advent Giving Tree.

Are you interested in going to Cathedral Square to distribute our food? This eye-opening and heart-warming experience is best for older kids (middle and high school) and adults. A small group usually loads up at St. Paul’s around 5:15PM and returns by 7:30PM. Please call the rectory at 461-5734 to sign up by Wednesday, May 9th. Thank you!

Youth Group Meeting

The next Youth Group meeting will take place on Sunday, April 29th from 6-8PM in Msgr. Canning Hall. All young people in grades six and up are welcome to come and see where our parishioners have been on pilgrimage with St. Paul, and learn how many miles he has traveled so far. We will also make plans for our own pilgrimages, play games, eat, laugh and have fun. Teens going to Steubenville East this summer will receive important forms to take home and complete, so please be sure to attend! Thank you!

St. Paul Parish App: How to Download!

The Saint Paul Parish App is ready and available to be downloaded onto your smart phone or other electronic device that is able to download aps, i.e. tablets, some laptops, etc. The app is available on Android and Apple (iPhone) operating systems.

How do I download the Saint Paul Parish App?

1. Android users (Samsung, LG, HTC and Nexus are some the more popular brand names) will go to the Google play store and Apple users (iPhones, iPads) will go to the App Store.

2. Tap in the search area and type in Saint Paul Church Cranston. Hit the magnifying glass and the app should be your only choice. Tap the word GET. Then tap the word INSTALL.

3. Once the app is finished installing you will be prompted to open the app. Hit open and now you will have up-to-date information about everything going on in the parish!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

How may we pray for YOU?

Our parish Youth Group and the teens who will be attending the Steubenville East conference this summer would like to support you, the parishioners of St. Paul Church in their prayers.  Please stop by the table in the front vestibule to write down your prayer requests and place them in the collection box over the next few weeks.  The teens will be making pilgrimages and carrying your prayer request with them as they visit other churches and nearby shrines this spring.  And don't forget to remember our teens in your prayers, too!  Thank you!