Sometimes we have to get rid of the old to make room for what is new. On Thursday, I had the large tree in front of Canning Hall removed. Most of the limbs were dying or dead and they precariously hung over cars, the hall, and the road. It was time. I’d like to plant a new tree there to make sure the old wasn’t removed in vain!
Alpha is going really well! We have nearly 40 people participating in various ways. It is our largest group yet. If you’d like to help make our guests feel welcome by providing part of a meal or defraying the cost, contact the rectory. Most importantly, pray for all who are seeking to deepen their faith. I celebrated Mass for the Johnson & Wales Newman Club last Sunday evening. This club is a student-run association of Catholic students from all over the country who support each other in their faith. I know it isn’t easy for them to be away from their families and friends so I made sure to offer St. Paul’s for whatever they need. If you see any young college-age person at Mass, make sure you introduce yourself and make them feel welcome!
The Annual Collection will be next Sunday. Most parishes have this important collection each year. I have made sure that each year we earmark the collection for a particular project. The Annual Collection is responsible for our nice new kneelers and refinished pews! This year, I would like to focus on repairing certain troublesome leaks, especially in the spire. The roof is in very good condition, but water can sneak in through hidden angles and corners. Just look around the plaster stains in the interior and you can see just how annoying water can be! Once these are addressed, we can begin to focus on the
beautiful interior of the church.