Friday, August 17, 2018

Pastor's Corner

Dear Parishioners,

Some of the most important figures in my faith journey have been my godparents (sponsors). My grandfather was my sponsor for Confirmation and I credit him, among others, for fostering my vocation to the priesthood. My godmother is probably reading this right now! She has always been present in my life and continues to support me even attending Masses that I celebrate! How lucky am I?!

Many people call the rectory asking what the “rules” are for choosing a godparent. The Rite of Baptism asks godparents this question: “Are you ready to assist these parents to bring the child up in the practice of the faith, and to see that the divine life which God gives them is kept safe from the poison of sin, to grow always stronger in his/her heart?” So the first criteria is that the person you choose takes their Catholic faith seriously. Do they go to Mass? Do they love God? Do they pray? Don’t just choose a godparent because they were your best friend in college!

There is a Latin saying: Nemo dat quod non habet. You can’t give what you don’t have! The godparent you choose must be “able and ready to help the newly baptized…on the road of the Christian life” (Catechism 1255). At the bare minimum, godparents must be fully initiated Catholics who have been baptized themselves, received their first Holy Communion, Confirmation, and if married they should be married in the church. They also must live this faith.

If you have someone in your life you want to be a sponsor for baptism or confirmation, this might be an opportunity to evangelize! Let them know that you are thinking of asking them, but they need to really practice their faith. It might be the little spark to get your loved one back to church!

 In Christ,
Fr. Young

PS: I know you’ve been reading and seeing much about the misconduct and abuse that has continued to shake the church in the US to the core. I plan on addressing this more once I am over the shock myself and can collect my thoughts.

Faith Formation News

New and returning elementary students (grades 1-5), middle-school students (grades 6-8), and high-school students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation can be registered for Faith Formation classes any time during the month of August via the parish app. To download the app please refer to the directions on the front cover of the bulletin, or, if you prefer to register in person, please stop by the table in the vestibule after any Mass on the weekend of August 25th & 26th. The fee is $50/one student, $75/two and $100/three or more. Cash or checks made payable to St. Paul Church can be paid on the first day of class.

Classes for grades 1-5 will take place on Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:45AM, beginning September 16th. Parents are asked to escort their students to the cafeteria (lower level of St. Paul School) to meet their teachers and classmates after attending the 9:30 Mass. High-school students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation will meet at the same time each Sunday, but in the school auditorium. At least one parent is asked to please attend the first session with their high-school student on the 16th to sign forms and receive a schedule of required events.


Middle-school students (grades 6-8) will meet on Monday evenings from 6:45-8:00PM in the school auditorium. At least one parent is asked to please attend the first session with their middle-school student on September 17th. Important information and program expectations will be discussed.


Are you interested in volunteering as a catechist or a classroom assistant? We would love to answer your questions and talk to you about the opportunities that are available. Please contact Fran Rowell or Julie Bradley at 941-5576 or faithform@saintpaulcranston.org. Thank you!

 

From Fr. Mahar

Dear Friends at St. Paul’s,

I just arrived back home on Friday evening and it is wonderful to be back at St. Paul’s. August in Rome is typically hotter than it is here (although it feels pretty much the same now!), so almost everyone gets out of town. That means you are stuck with me for the next two weeks! My first few months working at the Vatican have been exciting, engaging and encouraging. I am working with people from all over the world and am currently the only American in our Dicastery. Several times I was able to travel, representing our mission in India and England. My St. Paul icon has accompanied me on my journeys, as have the prayers of so many of you. Please know that you remain in my prayers each day, and I am grateful for the chance to be home.

Fr. Mahar

“Following His Footsteps” Walking Group

Our walking group is off to a great start! We have a name and a walk scheduled. Come and join the ‘Following His
Footsteps’ walking group and help us to explore our neighborhood.
We will meet at St Paul’s on Tuesday evening, 8/21 @ 6:30pm.
Please call Pauline Bailey @ 439-3177 with any questions.


Blessings for New Beginnings…

 It has been a tradition at St. Paul’s for a number of years that school children of all ages bring their backpacks to Mass one Sunday in September and receive a blessing for the start of a new school year. It’s always adorable to see young children, wearing backpacks bigger than they are, making their way to the altar, alongside much bigger kids who coolly select LL Bean and North Face over Sponge Bob and Star Wars to tote their gear. We look forward to welcoming back our JWU students, too, and hope they will come with or without book bags to be blessed for the new school year. The Blessing of the Backpacks will take place on Sunday, September 9th during the 9:30AM Mass.

A Message from Sister Mary Ann Rossi CND

On behalf of the children of Cameroon and their parents, I thank those who made donations to Katie’s Kids at this year’s Vacation Bible Camp. Your generous financial assistance will help the children’s parents with school fees, uniforms, and supplies. A
special word of gratitude goes to Mrs. Julie Bradley who each summer keeps the children of St. Paul Parish aware of the needs of the “brothers and sisters” in Africa. Her effort reminds us of the words of Jesus:  “Whatever you do to the least, you do to me.” Thanks to Katie’s sister Kerry whose presentation at the VBC
keeps the memory of her sister fresh in the parish’s memory.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Alpha is Ahead

Alpha, the series of videos that explore the basics of the Christian faith, will return again this fall! This time around the series will be offered on Thursday evenings in Canning Hall, beginning September 27th. As always, it will include dinner, a video and small group discussion. Watch for more info over the next several weeks, and consider whether you might like to attend, and who you will invite. Anyone interested in participating on the Alpha team is most welcome. Please contact Julie Bradley at 941-5576 or faith-form@saintpaulcranston.org. Two training sessions will be held in September.