Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pastor's Corner

Dear Parishioners,

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.

In Christ,

Fr. Young

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 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.

Faith Formation News

Faith Formation Schedule
 
All classes resume this week.  Sunday October 22nd grades 1-5 and Confirmation classes meet from 10:30 - 11:45AM and grades 6-8 will meet Monday evening from 6:45-8:00PM.

Children's Christmas Choir Forming Now

There are only 64 more days until Christmas Eve, which is when our Children's Choir will sing at the 4:30PM Mass.  Rehearsals will begin this Wednesday, October 25th and continue every Wednesday until Christmas.  Students as young as second grade up through high school are welcome and encouraged to join the choir - no previous experience is necessary.  Under Mr. Salvadore's guidance they will be very well-prepared.  Can't make it this week?  No problem, come next week!  Rehearsals take place in the choir loft of the church from 5-6PM.  Feel free to contact Mrs. Bradley at 941-5576 or faithform@saintpaulcranston.org if you have any questions or need more information.

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.  Thursday, 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"

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Knights of Columbus Have Returned to St. Paul's !

The Knights of Columbus are re-establishing the St. Paul Council.  We are Catholic men who are committed to living a life of faith, honor and charitable action.  Our new council members are men of all ages who are truly focused on helping others in need.  Meetings are held every third Sunday of the month after the 11:30 Mass in Canning Hall.

We're also looking for A Few Good Men!  If you have an interest in becoming a Knight, please contact Steve Bradley at: twobluehens@verizon.net or 401-528-9548.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Interested in Becoming Catholic? Need to Receive a Sacrament?

 Are you or someone you know interested in learning about the Catholic  Faith?   Have you been coming to church for a "long time" with your spouse but haven't decided if Catholicism is for you?   If any of these descriptions fit you, why not consider joining us to explore the Faith a little more deeply? Contact Deacon Paul at the Rectory at 461–5734 or email him through the app.