Saturday, May 19, 2018

PASTOR'S CORNER

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend is “commitment weekend” for our diocesan capital campaign. A few weeks ago we watched the promotional video at Mass to hear about the good things that are going on around the state. The weekend before last, we heard fellow parishioners speak about what we are going to do with our share of the returns (put a forced air system in the church to waylay water leakage and renovate the interior of the church.)

This weekend, I would like you to consider making your pledge to the campaign. Be assured that none of this “goes to the bishop”, but it is all used for worthy and good causes. So far, only 15 parishioners have made pledges and we are already up to $69,000 raised of the $476,300 goal. The average pledge has been $3,000 over a 4-year period (which is what I have pledged myself).

You can fill out the pledge cards in your pews and put them in the collection basket or if you need more time, you can place them in the boxes at the doors of the church. These boxes will be out this weekend and next weekend.

I truly thank you for your patience, understanding, support, and generosity during this process. Please know of my profound gratitude to you!

 In the Risen Christ,
Fr. Young

PS: Today is the last official day of Easter! Alleluia!

Pivotal Players Series Continues...

Coming to St. Paul's this June...
Michelangelo
and
St. Thomas Aquinas
...following Eucharistic adoration on Monday evenings.
Watch this space for more details next week!

Come Ashore for a Vacation Bible Camp Adventure!

Rhode Islanders may be good sailors, but this summer our Vacation Bible Camp will be Shipwrecked in the school cafeteria! From 8:30-11:30AM June 25-29th the lower level of St. Paul School will be transformed into an unchartered island where we’ll discover how Jesus is the One who rescues us when life gets stormy. All children entering KG-grade 5 are invited to participate in the fun. Call your cousins and invite your neighborhood friends! There will be indoor and outdoor games, crafts, singing, skits, videos, food and FUN! Registration will open next week. The fees are $50/one camper, $75/two campers or $100/three or more campers. Get ready to come aboard for the best week of the summer!
VBC Volunteers: Middle and high school students are encouraged to get involved, and adults who have completed a BCI and Safe Environment training can also help at camp. New and returning volunteers are always welcome! Please contact Mrs. Bradley @ 941-5576 or faithform@saintpaulcranston.org for more info or to sign-up. 


An orientation and training for all volunteers will take place on Saturday, June 23rd at 10AM in the cafeteria. Decorating will take place after the meeting and throughout that weekend. Pack a lunch and bring theme-related props and lots of good ideas to transform the school into a deserted tropical island. Let’s make it the best camp yet!

Parish Pilgrims..... On the Road with St. Paul

Destinations: Arizona, Florida, Belize, Georgia, South Carolina

Miles: 18,096.6


Days Remaining: 40


Don’t forget to send your pilgrimage photos and mileage info to faithform@saintpaulcranston.org! We are tracking the miles and updating the display in the church vestibule weekly. Thank you for your participation and your prayerful support!

Faith Formation News

Faith Formation Schedules & Reminders
 
Weekly Faith Formation classes for elementary, middle and high school students have concluded for this school year. Registration for classes that will begin in the fall will open in August for new and returning students. Have an awesome summer vacation! See you at Mass! (Confirmation 1 students who are now Confirmation 2 students - don’t forget to continue signing in each week!)
 

Congratulations to the children who received their First Holy Communion last weekend! Photos that were taken by Mr. FitzGerald are available for pick up in the sacristy after any Mass this weekend.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Our Seminarian Arrives Soon

We are pleased to announce that Bishop Tobin has assigned Mr. Peter Cotnoir to St. Paul Parish. He will be spending the summer with us as well as the following academic year! He is completing his second year of theological studies at St. John Seminary in Brighton, MA. Peter is a Woonsocket native and is from St. Agatha Parish. We look forward to welcoming him to St. Paul’s soon.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

St. Paul Parish App: How to Download!

The Saint Paul Parish App is ready and available to be downloaded onto your smart phone or other electronic device that is able to download aps, i.e. tablets, some laptops, etc. The app is available on Android and Apple (iPhone) operating systems.

How do I download the Saint Paul Parish App?

 
1. Android users (Samsung, LG, HTC and Nexus are some the more popular brand names) will go to the Google play store and Apple users (iPhones, iPads) will go to the App Store.


2. Tap in the search area and type in Saint Paul Church Cranston. Hit the magnifying glass and the app should be your only choice. Tap the word GET. Then tap the word INSTALL.


3. Once the app is finished installing you will be prompted to open the app. Hit open and now you will have up-to-date information about everything going on in the parish!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

How may we pray for YOU?

Our parish Youth Group and the teens who will be attending the Steubenville East conference this summer would like to support you, the parishioners of St. Paul Church in their prayers.  Please stop by the table in the front vestibule to write down your prayer requests and place them in the collection box over the next few weeks.  The teens will be making pilgrimages and carrying your prayer request with them as they visit other churches and nearby shrines this spring.  And don't forget to remember our teens in your prayers, too!  Thank you!

Spring Pilgrimages with Saint Paul

Have you heard the good news?  Saint Paul is eager to get back out on the road, but he's going to need your help!  The youth Group will be selling paper icons of our Parish Patron that you can take on a pilgrimage during the months of April, May and June.  Saint Paul originally traveled about 10,000 miles on his missionary journeys, and we want to see how far we can collectively take him today!  Here's how you can participate:
  1. Purchase your icon for $15 after any Mass on the weekends of April 7th & 8th or April 14th & 15th.  All proceeds will support our Youth Group.
  2. Take your icon with you when you visit a holy site (a shrine like La Salette in Attleboro or the Shrine of the Little Flower in Nasonville,  attend Mass at a church while you're away on vacation, make a day trip to a monastery or retreat center, go to a daily Mass at another parish, etc.). Be sure to pray for our parish family while you are there!
  3. Before you leave, take a selfie with your icon of St. Paul.
  4.  Email your photo to faithform@saintpaulcranston.org.  Include your name and contact info, the name of your destination and the number of miles you traveled with your paper Patron.
  5. Multiple pilgrimages are encouraged!  Every time you send in a photo with the requested information the miles will be counted!
 All pilgrimages must be completed and photos received by Friday, June 29th, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.  The Youth Group will meet that weekend to tally up the miles and select winning photos.  Have fun, and thank you for your support! 

                        Vacation vs. Pilgrimage…
 
What’s the difference?
Many of us like to travel, but the reason we make a journey is the key to answering this question. Most people choose vacation destinations where the weather will be pleasant, delicious foods and drinks will be abundant, and where there will be plenty of ways to be entertained. Vacations are a welcome escape from the business of everyday life. A pilgrimage, however, is a different kind of journey. It is undertaken by someone who is seeking to grow in their faith by travelling to a holy place. A pilgrim may travel all the way across an ocean or may seek a sacred destination much closer to home, but their journey is always an act of devotion and involves prayer. The Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church (YOUCAT) says this about pilgrimages:
“It is very important for us to pray everywhere: in school, on the subway, during a party, in the midst of our friends. The whole world has to be drenched with BLESSINGS. But it is also important for us to visit sacred places, where God waits for us, so to speak, so that we can rest in his presence, be strengthened, replenished, and sent forth by him. A genuine Christian is never just sightseeing when he visits a church. He lingers a moment in silence, adores God, and renews his friendship and love for him.” #498
So this spring why not enjoy both a vacation (or a “stay-cation”) AND a pilgrimage? There are certainly a number of great reasons to do both!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Message From Fr. Mahar

Dear Friends in Christ,

It has been wonderful to be in residence at St. Paul’s for these past 9 months and to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass here with you. In that same spirit of joy, I share with you the news of my recent appointment to the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development. It is one of the largest and newest dicasteries, or ministries, in the Vatican. Pope Francis, in his letter instituting the dicastery, emphasized that it would focus on “issues regarding migrants, those in need, the sick, the excluded and marginalized, the imprisoned and the unemployed, as well as victims of armed conflict, natural disasters, and all forms of slavery and torture.” Additionally, care of creation is also a priority. The prefect of the dicastery is Cardinal Peter Turkson. His support and encouragement throughout this past year have been a tremendous grace for me. In September, Cardinal Turkson arranged for me to serve at the Holy See’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York City (while also coming back each weekend to celebrate Mass here at St. Paul’s!).


In the several months that I was at the U.N., I learned a great deal about the very issues outlined above. The U.N. is organized to address not only situations of crisis, but to facilitate development that will avoid conflict to begin with. The Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Development has a similar mission, although one aided supernaturally by the grace of Christ and the charisms He has given to the Church. Now that the preparatory work is complete, I am excited about beginning service at the Vatican in the coming month. I am grateful for Bishop Tobin’s generosity and support and pray that I will represent him and the Diocese of Providence well in this new assignment. I am also grateful to Fr. Young for his spiritual friendship and support during this transition and look forward to keeping my residence at St. Paul’s so that I can continue to see all of you whenever I am back home! Let us continue to pray for each other as the great Solemnity of the Resurrection approaches.


In Christ,


Fr. Mahar

Friday, March 16, 2018

Catholic Charity Appeal

The 2018 Catholic Charity Appeal is underway.  Envelopes will be available in the pews again this weekend.  You may place them in the collection basket at any time or mail them directly to the rectory.  This appeal greatly benefits those most in need in our state.  Thank you for your generosity!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Sing a New Song unto the Lord… Sing!

In a recent Pastor’s Corner, Fr. Young described an experience he recently had at a funeral when everyone in the church sang. It made such a difference that he said he was “blown away”, and he went on to encourage all of us to sing at every Mass during Lent. I shared this invitation with our middle school Faith Formation students this week, and after they finished groaning about it they promised they would do something ELSE for Lent. Ha! Perhaps you are feeling the same way about singing at Mass, but did you know that singing:
· Releases hormones in your body which make you feel good
· Boosts your immune system
· Lowers your blood pressure
· Improves your breathing
· Lowers anxiety and stress
· Promotes social bonding
· Improves happiness
· Improves cognition
· Leads to a longer life
And now that you know all of this, how can you remain silent? Please join our reluctant middle school students and sing at Mass during Lent, and we’ll all be happier and healthier for Easter! Thank you!
Sincerely,
Mrs. Bradley

 And for those who really love to sing…Choir!
Lent is the perfect time to join the choir! Our adult choir is always ready to welcome new voices – see Mr. Salvadore or Fr. Young for more info, and the children’s choir for Easter is now being formed. Rehearsals will take place in the choir loft on Thursdays from 5-6PM beginning March 1st. Sign up at Faith Formation with Mrs. Rowell or Mrs. Bradley, or call 941-5576. Students in second grade and up are welcome to participate. The children’s choir will sing at the 9:30AM Mass on Easter morning, Sunday, April 1st.

“I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity, to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.” - Paul McCartney

Friday, February 2, 2018

Summertime Faith & Fun for Parish Youth

Attention teens:  Is the cold weather getting you down?  Are you looking forward to summer and hoping for something fun to do? If so, here is some good news for you...We are getting a group together to travel to the University of Massachusetts in Lowell to participate in a Catholic Youth Conference with thousands of other teens from our region for an entire weekend.  We stay in the university dorms, eat in the dining halls, attend awesome concerts, hear amazing speakers, participate in Mass and Eucharistic Adoration and have a great time.  About 30 teens from our parish have attended over the past few years and many have attended multiple conferences.  Reservations are being made soon, and YOU are invited!  Check out our video from last summer's conference that's posted on our parish app, and talk to one of the teens in the video, Fr. Young or Mrs. Bradley if you want to sign up for this summer.  The conference will be held July 13th-15th and is open for students who are currently in grades 8-12.  Hope you will join us!