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!