Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Lord Needs Your Company!

There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule of the side door for
those who can commit to being an adorer (for one hour)
between the hours of 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM on Mondays.
Your commitment to fill the available hours would be greatly
appreciated. Come bask in the glow of Jesus’ great love!

Winter Heating Costs

Come, Lord of the spring!
  We know that heating costs have truly skyrocketed this season. For the winter months
of December, January and February, the heating bill for the church alone was
$9500.00! And that does not include St. Paul School, Canning Hall or the rectory. 
This also does not take into consideration increased electricity usage and
weather-related expenses of plowing and snow removal on the church and 
school grounds. For those who were fortunate enough to travel south for the winter 
and have now returned, welcome back! Please make every effort to“make up” any 
missed collections. If anyone can slightly increase their budget donations (including 
 our H.E.L.P collections for Heat-Electricity-Light and Power), please do so 
according to your means. Thanks for all your on going financial support. Let us 
pray for sunny and mild spring weather!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign...

officially begins on Wednesday, September 25 and
concludes on Sunday, November 3. During these 40 Days of
peaceful prayer vigils, fasting and community outreach, we
are asked to share 1 hour of our time on a day of our choice
between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. The vigils will
be conducted at Planned Parenthood, Point St., Providence
& the Women’s Medical Clinic, 1725 Broad St., Cranston. To
reserve your hour during the fall campaign, contact the vigil
coordinators: Mike Krzywonos (474-2285), Ray Piccirilli (644-3699) 
or the Office and Life & Family Ministry at 421-7833, ext. 218.

Faith Formation Registration

Faith Formation classes for grades K-8 begin September 22nd immediately following the 9:30AM Mass.  After Mass parents should escort students to the school cafeteria for opening announcements and prayer.  An orientation session for Confirmation I & II students and parents will be held at 10:30AM in the school auditorium.  Still need to register?  Download a form by clicking here.  Please return forms with full or partial payment ASAP to Mrs. Bradley via the collection basket at Mass or by mailing to 1789 Broad St., Cranston, RI 02905.  Fees are $50/one child, $75/two children or $100/three or more.  Checks should be made payable to Saint Paul Church.  Thank you!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

NEW SCHEDULE FOR RECTORY & PARISH OFFICE HOURS

Effective immediately, the Rectory & Parish Office will be
closed on Fridays. Both the Rectory & Parish Office will
continue to be open from Monday through Thursday (except
holidays), 9 AM to 12 PM and 1 PM to 5 PM. Please plan
your needs accordingly. Thank you for your continued
cooperation.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Bereavement Group Starting

For the past four years, I have been involved in
Bereavement Counseling on an individual basis and in a
group setting. I am interested in continuing this ministry at
St. Paul’s. I know that two years ago the parish was involved
in the “Our Lady of Sorrows Bereavement Group” that was
sponsored by the Diocese. I was involved in the same
program in my previous parish and I am familiar how the
group is run.
The meetings here at St. Paul’s will take place on the 2nd and 4th
Thursdays of the month, with provisions made for
holidays. The first meeting will be held on Thursday,
October 10th at 7:00 PM in the Rectory basement. The
meeting should last about 1 and ½ hours. This group
will give those among us who have lost a loved one an
opportunity to share with or listen to others and to learn that
others have gone through or are currently experiencing
similar difficult losses.
I am also available during the mornings, Monday through
Thursday, for individual sessions as well.
If you are interested in joining this group forming at St. Paul’s
or meeting with me individually, please contact me
at 461-5734 x 112 or pshea@saintpaulcranston.org
 
Deacon Paul

Our Newly Formed Men of St. Joseph...

will hold their first meeting NEXT Saturday, October 5 at
7:30 AM until 9:00 AM in the Rectory basement. (Mass will
be offered at 9:00 AM in church for those who wish to
attend). Prayerfully consider joining this group.
Contact Deacon Paul at the Rectory by calling 461-5734, 
extension 112 or pshea@saintpaulcranston.org. 
 
St. Joseph the Worker, pray for us!

SENIOR PRIESTS RETIREMENT FUND

After decades of faithful service, many retired priests
continue to serve where they are needed, while others
require assisted living or nursing care. Since priests are paid
a very modest wage, they cannot rely on just Social Security
to make ends meet. No longer able to rely on parishes for
basic living needs, senior priests depend on support from
this challenged fund. Your generosity will make a difference
in the lives of many who have served faithfully for many
years in ministry - some of whom continue to serve well after
their ‘retirement.’ The collection is also our way of saying
“thank you” for that service. At Masses on September 14 &
15, our parish will join others throughout the Diocese in a
special collection in support of the Senior Priest Retirement
fund. The basket will be passed two times that weekend.
Please consider a generous donation in support of our
senior priests. To learn how this fund benefits senior priests
or to make an online donation, please visitwww.srpriestri.org.
Thank you for your support of this worthy appeal.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

STATUS UPDATE: ST. PAUL'S CHURCH CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

Our To Live Is Christ Capital Campaign has been a  tremendous success.
We are ever-grateful to the many generous individuals and families who 
have donated money and completed pledges. These payments have been
essential for us to be able to meet our debt obligations to the Inter-Parish Loan Fund. 
The current balance owed (as of 8/1/13) is $73,899.11. This amount is down considerably
from the $474,829.77 owed as of July 2010. In order to officially ‘wrap-up’ the collection 
phase, we are looking for anyone who is in arrears in monthly, quarterly, semi-annual
or annual payments to please makes these payments as soon as possible. Thank 
you for your continued generosity.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

ST. PAUL'S REACHES ANNUAL CATHOLIC CHARITY APPEAL GOAL!

Parish goal:  $74,000
Amount raised:  $74,008
Percent of parish goal:  100%
Total number of gifts:  444
Average gift amount:  $195.96
2012 goal:  $74,000
2012 raised:  $59,151 
 
We were just informed by the Diocese last week that St.
Paul’s has reached (even slightly surpassed) its parish goal
of $74,000 for this year’s Appeal. What an OUTSTANDING
achievement! You have every reason as a faith community
to be proud. Your generosity and sacrifice made it
happen.  This is the first time in many years that we have 
reached the goal set for us by the Diocese. Despite the 
difficult economic times, even many struggling made 
an offering. That shows the spirit of those who recognized 
the needs of others, even above their own.
In addition to all those who made donations and pledges,
thanks are due to Gregory Steinmetz, M.D. and Daniel
Hurley who served as this year’s parish Co-chairpersons.
Their efforts, along with those of our phone-a-thon
volunteers, made the difference. Thanks to them for their
leadership and service. In the name of all those who will
benefit from the 39 ministries served through the Catholic
Charity Appeal and all that St. Paul’s Parish does in
supporting the work of the Church, THANK YOU and GOD
BLESS!

EXTERIOR WORK ON THE CHURCH

Over the past two months, an historical masonry restoration
company has been rebuilding, cutting and repointing the
buttresses at the far rear of the church structure above the
rubber roof. This work was necessary because water and
age had deteriorated the existing stonework. It has also
resulted in marked damage to the interior of the church.
When major capital investments were made rebuilding
and repairing the outside of the church many years ago,
this was not included in the scope of the work performed due
to lack of sufficient funds. With these repairs, we have begun 
the process of repairing and waterproofing the masonry.
In addition, the granite steps on the side entrance of the
church had become a hazard from deterioration of the mortar due to
water and age. These steps have also been repaired and the
railing repainted and replaced.
We all know that St. Paul Church is a historical treasure and
an architectural gem that could never be duplicated. We also
share a responsibility as stewards to preserve and protect
these church structures for the generations of faith to come.
Thank you for your support. Together we can honor our past
and plan for the future.

UPCOMING PARISH EVENTS

(Mark your calendars!)

Sunday, August 25         Saint Paul School Ice Cream Social
                                       2 PM - 4 PM
Tuesday, September 3     Saint Paul School Opens for 91stYear
Sunday, September 15      Catechetical Sunday
Sunday, September 22      Faith Formation Classes Begin
                                Blessings of the Backpacks at the
                           9:30 AM Mass
Thursday, September 26    Parish Supper in Canning Hall
             (6 PM) prepared by Venda Ravioli

Sunday, July 28, 2013

SCHOOL BUS PROJECT

St. Paul Parish is asking for assistance in collecting new
school supplies to help needy children as they prep
are for the start of the new school year. 
 
Beginning this weekend (August 3 & 4), a poster of the
yellow school bus will be at the side of the church
(where the Giving Tree is usually displayed) with printed tags
attached.  The tags will list the items needed for school supplies or a
request for a gift card to purchase school essentials. 
 
Kindly take a tag, purchase the item and return it with the tag
no later than the weekend of August 24 & 25 and place them
in front of the school bus poster. This will enable us to
distribute the supplies as the new school year begins. 
 
Thank you for all you do for the children.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summer SPOONFULS!

St. Paul’s Ecumenical Food Pantry
Shopping List 
 
Cereal
Canned spinach, beets and kale
Canned fruit
Cake and muffin mixes
Peanut butter
Jelly & jam

Cut out this list and bring it
with you when you go shopping!
Thank you and God bless!

INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC?

Beginning in the Fall, a group will meet here during the year
to inquire into the Catholic faith, to come to know Jesus
through the Gospels, to learn the teachings of the Church,
and to pray and to prepare for the Easter Sacraments. This
process is also open to those Catholic adults who have not
received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism,First
Communion and Confirmation). 
 
For more information about this process,
which is called the
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Contact Deacon Paul at 461-5734, ext. 112
or pshea@saintpaulcranston.org

Friday, July 12, 2013

STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH THIS SUMMER

Feeling sluggish from the heat? Don’t let your faith suffer
from a lack of energy during the summer. Here are some
simple tips for building on and strengthening your faith:
Count your blessings really!  Every evening for one week,write 
down three things that went well  during the day. This short exercise 
 can help refocus your thoughts on the positive, rather than the 
negative, and enhance your well-being and outlook. 
Make a gratitude visit:  Identify someone from your past who
did or said something that changed your life, but whom you
never truly thanked. Write a letter of gratitude, being specific
about what the person did and the impact on you, then visit
the person and read it to him or her. You will not only feel a
sense of satisfaction, but you may bring some much-delayed
happiness to someone else. 
Structure your summer days: Time is often one of those
elusive gifts that we can take for granted. Putting
structure into place can often set us on a path of fulfillment and
accomplishment. If possible, create a flexible weekly
schedule with time for prayer, work, exercise, recreation,
friends and a favorite pastime. We can often encounter
God in our daily routines. Do we take the time to introduce
him to others?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

"WITH BLESSED JOSEPH, HER SPOUSE..."

On May 1, 2013, a new decree came from Rome by the
authority of Pope Francis that the name of Saint Joseph,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, should be inserted in the
Eucharistic Prayers. So, as you may have already noticed,
from now on in the Eucharistic Prayer after we
commemorate the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
the priest will also say, “with blessed Joseph, her Spouse.”
The decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship and
Discipline of the Sacraments explained that St. Joseph
“stands as an exemplary model of the kindness and humility
that the Christian faith raises to a great destiny, and
demonstrates the ordinary and simple virtues necessary for
all to be good and genuine followers of Christ. Through
these virtues, this just man, caring most lovingly for the
Mother of God and happily dedicating himself to the
upbringing of Jesus Christ, was placed as guardian over
God the Father’s most precious treasure.”
St. Joseph, pray for us!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

SUMMER HOURS FOR RECTORY AND PARISH OFFICE

During the months of July and August, the Rectory and
Parish Office will be closed all day on Fridays. Both the
Rectory and Parish Office will continue to be open
from Monday thru Thursday, 9 AM to 12 PM and 1 PM to 5 PM.
Please plan accordingly. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

CHANGE IN BENEDICTION AND ADORATION SCHEDULE

Beginning Monday, July 1, Eucharistic Adoration after the
12:05 PM Mass and Benediction at 6:30 PM will be
suspended for the summer months. Both Eucharistic
Adoration and Benediction will resume on Monday,
September 9. Thank you for your acceptance and
understanding.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

SUMMER "TEMPS"

We are looking for individuals to “fill-in” some vacancies as
Lector and Eucharistic Minister for the summer. Maybe
you have served in these ministries awhile back and 
would not mind a “temp” position or perhaps, you are 
looking for a trial period before you commit to a scheduled 
service. During these months, many of our “regulars” are 
 away and additional help is greatly appreciated. Please 
 contact Deacon Paul at 461-6534 x 112 if you can serve in 
 the summer and/or beyond.

Monday, May 20, 2013

CHILDREN'S LITURGIES AND HOMILIES AT THE 9:30 AM SUNDAY MASS...

have concluded for the summer months. Thanks to Mrs.
Bradley and her Children’s Liturgy instructors and assistants
for their preparation and commitment in sharing faith lessons
with our little ones. We look forward to resuming our
“regular” schedule in September.