Friday, November 16, 2018

PASTOR'S CORNER

Dear Parishioners,

Let me share with you a letter that our parish staff sent to Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser of Temple Sinai in Cranston:

Dear Rabbi,
          Words cannot express the emotions that we felt when we heard of the senseless attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The deliberate extinguishing of human life is always heinous, but that it was carried out in a place of worship compounds the evil.
          Our particular parish has made a special effort to pray for the victims and their families this past weekend and offered the Vesper Service of the “Office of the Dead” on Monday evening, which meditates in a particular way on Psalms 121 and 130.
          Please share with your congregation our commitment to eradicating any forms of hatred based on race, color, or creed; especially anti-Semitism in all its forms. We also wish to express our solidarity in prayer and fraternity with the Jewish communities of Cranston and all of Rhode Island.

Many people say that “thoughts and prayers” don’t work. When that sentiment is used as a cliché or a throw away sentence, then it certainly is useless. When we do keep people in our thoughts, it helps us to keep them in mind. We cannot forget to care for our brothers and sisters. It also helps us remember that violence is not the norm. And prayer ALWAYS works! It changes minds, it softens hearts, it converts people to God. Whenever you say that someone is in your “thoughts and prayers”, make sure you mean it!

 In Christ,
Fr. Young

PS: Come join me Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3PM at Holy Apostles for the Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer service. I know it will mean a lot to our Jewish brothers and sisters who will be attending.
 

Thanksgiving Day Mass



Thanksgiving Day MassThere is so much to be grateful for! What better way to give thanks than to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Come to Mass on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 22nd at 9:00AM. The turkey will be fine in the oven for an hour! Don’t forget to bring cleaning supplies which will be donated to the residents at Kingstown Crossings.

Thanksgiving Cleaning-Supply Drive

Many people know Crossroads as a homeless shelter in Providence, but did you know they also own hundreds of permanent supportive-housing units in RI? Kingstown Crossings, located near Quonset Point, is one such place for families. This community is designed to provide homeless/at-risk families with a safe, secure, and affordable place to live. Residents must be employed and are responsible for their own gas and electric utilities, but still need support to get on their feet. If you plan to attend Mass on Thanksgiving morning, please help the families of Kingstown Crossings by bringing a bucket of cleaning supplies with you. Other items that are especially helpful are toilet paper and paper towels. Every family needs these things but they can be costly. Thanks to Richard Stublarec, a St. Paul’s parishioner who is organizing this project, and to all who are able to participate.

Faith Formation News

Faith Formation Schedule

Faith Formation classes for grades 1-5 and Confirmation Prep meet this Sunday (Nov. 18) after the 9:30AM Mass, and Middle-School classes (grades 6-8) will meet Monday evening (Nov. 19) from 6:45-8:00PM. Please note that Sunday morning classes will NOT be held over Thanksgiving weekend, but Middle-School Faith Formation WILL meet on Monday, November 26th. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Advent Wreath-Making Event


All are welcome to come out and make an Advent wreath on Wednesday, November 28th at 7pm in the St. Paul School auditorium. The beautiful tradition of lighting a candle on the Advent wreath during the four weeks that lead up to Christmas is a wonderful way to keep focused on WHO the season is really all about. Registration is required for this event so we can be certain there will be enough supplies for everyone. The cost is $10, payable at the door. Please register via the parish app or by calling the Faith Formation Office at 941-5576.

Youth Group

This month the Youth Group will meet Sunday, November 18th, from 6-8PM in Canning Hall, rather than over Thanksgiving weekend. We’re having our first Corn Hole Tournament! We have one set, but if anyone else has a corn hole set that we could borrow for the evening please text Alex Barnes at 626-2803. All middle- and high-school students are welcome to come out and join the fun. There’s always plenty of food and no RSVP is necessary. See you there!

The Giving Tree



The Giving Tree will be up starting the First Week of Advent, December 1-2, 2018. The purpose of the tree is to help the least of our brothers and sisters at Christmas Time. The goal is explained below.

The “agencies” who will receive the presents from our GIVING TREE represent St. Paul’s commitment to respect life in its every stage and to make efforts to alleviate the suffering of the poor, those living in difficult economic conditions: St. Gabriel’s Call (reaches out to women and children in poverty); McAuley House (ministering to the poor of all ages); R.I. Right to Life (assisting poor women and toddlers); Jeanne Jugan Residence (caring for vulnerable elderly; this residence is run by the Little Sisters of the Poor) Elizabeth Buffum Chace (a shelter for abused women and their children) as well as the Breadlines Project; Society of St. Vincent de Paul (helping the poor of our community). In addition, this year we reach out once again to our own parishioners who are feeling the effects of hard economic times.

Please do not wrap the Giving Tree gifts just be sure to attach the tags to the gifts which makes it easier to sort them for delivery.


A suggestion, if you chose an ornament that requests a gift card please consider purchasing it from the Scrip Program in the Vestibule which will help our school.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Annual Collection

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Annual Collection! You can still return your envelopes in any collection basket or return them to the rectory by mail.
 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Week 9 of the Alpha Film Series

Alpha will not meet during Thanksgiving week, but we’ll look forward to gathering again on Thursday, November 29th for week 9. The video and discussion topic will be “How and why should I tell others [about Jesus]?”
Thank you to all of the parishioners who support Alpha with donations and prayer, and a very special thank you to Marty Henderson, Hope Pilkington, Sue Bowler, Rich Stublarec and Fran Rowell - the Alpha Hospitality Team. They greet guests at the door each week, help serve the meals or wherever they might be needed, and they create a wonderful atmosphere where everyone feels welcomed and loved. Alpha wouldn’t be the same without them and we are all very grateful for their kindness!



 Alpha Prayer
 
Heavenly Father we are about to
embark on the Alpha Program
in which we will invite people to
develop a closer relationship with you.
We know that many obstacles will be
placed in our way, but we must follow
the words of your Son, Jesus, who
told us to go out and preach to all nations
as well as going after the lost sheep.
And so we ask you to watch over our Pastor,
Father Young, and the team who will run this program. 

We ask you to send your Holy Spirit upon
those who will participate; to open
their hearts, their minds and souls, and
be moved to draw closer to you.
We ask all of this in your Son’s name,
Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
Saint Paul, our parish patron, pray for us.

Edgewood-Pawtuxet Food Closet Thanksgiving Baskets



The food closet has asked St. Paul’s to provide Jiffy Pie Crust mix and canned yams for their Thanksgiving baskets. These and other donations can be left in the large wooden donation bins in the vestibule of the church.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Children’s Christmas Choir


Young ladies and gentlemen in grade 2 through high school are invited to participate in the children’s choir for Christmas. No prior experience is necessary! Mr. Salvadore, our Music Director, will begin rehearsing with the kids THIS Thursday, November 8th from 5:00-6:00PM in the choir loft. Rehearsals will continue every Thursday through November and December until the children’s choir sings during the 4:30PM Mass on Christmas Eve. Encourage a young person you know to get involved in this beautiful ministry! To sign-up or if you have questions, please contact Mrs. Bradley at 941-5576 or faithform@saintpaulcranston.org.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Save the Date!

St. Paul School Jingle & Mingle Event 2018!
Friday, December 7th
6PM-9PM
$25 Per person
Reservations will begin on Wednesday, November 7th!

 

Friday, August 31, 2018

Help St. Paul School raise CASH by shopping at Stop & Shop!

St. Paul School, ID# 05803, has the opportunity to participate in and earn CASH from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Stop & Shop. Use your registered Stop & Shop card each time you shop at any Stop & Shop, and you will earn cash for our school!

1.) Visit stopandshop.com and select SIGN IN at the top right to log into your online account. Once logged in, select MY ACCOUNT, MANAGE MY ACCOUNT, then REWARDS & SAVINGS to select your school. (You do not need to re-register if your school selection(s) remains the same as last year)


2.) If you do not have an account visit stopandshop.com and click REGISTER. Follow the prompts to create your online account and once logged in follow the instructions listed above.


3.) You will need your 13-digit Stop & Shop card number and the School ID number listed above. If you need assistance call 1-877-366-2668, Option #1.


At the end of each month, your points are calculated and converted to CASH rewards. St. Paul's will receive one CASH rewards check at the end of the program and can use this cash for any of our educational needs.


This year's A+ Program runs from September 7, 2018 through March 16, 2019.

Thank you for your support!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

“A Scout is Reverent”... Is Scouting for You?

Did you know we have an active Cub Scout pack AND Boy Scout troop right here in our neighborhood? Cub Scout Pack 9 is chartered through St. Paul Church and meets regularly in Canning Hall. To inquire about joining or for more information, contact parishioner Dan Reed at danreed17@gmail.com.


Boy Scout Troop 22 was founded at St. Matthew Church in 1951 but has been meeting at Edgewood Congregational Church. They will be working in close partnership with our cub scouts. For any older boys interested in joining the Troop 22, please contact Paul Kelley at paulkelley14@msn.com.

Friday, August 17, 2018

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

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, July 28, 2018

Seminarian Speaks

Two weekends ago I journeyed with Fr. Young and members of our youth group to U. Mass. Lowell for the Steubenville East Conference. Though designed to engage teenagers more deeply in their faith, I will admit that I was also moved by some of the talks and speakers. When we play a sport, sometimes it is good to go back to the basics. I wish to share one of these foundations with you.
On Saturday night, the speaker talked about the Cross. Though central to our faith, we can become desensitized to it in our repeated exposure. This speaker wanted to make the passion real for us. He described the events of the passion with detail and heartfelt commentary. When he came to the point of Christ hanging from the Cross – recounting how it would be difficult to breath, the nails would be piercing the nerve endings in his wrists – he spoke of how often our image of the Cross can be weighted down with our own feelings of guilt and shame. The speaker said that so often he would look at the Cross and see nothing but his own sins. What he was missing was the understanding of the love that our God has for us, to allow His only Son to suffer and die in that way.


Truly, the Cross reveals something about the love and mercy that God has for each one of us. So often we see God as an angry judge who always wants perfection. Instead, the Cross reveals a God who so loves us that he was willing to give his life.


It’s too easy to get caught up in out sinfulness, or putting ourselves down because we feel ashamed. And that can make us blind to the good things that God wants to give us: forgiveness in confession, virtue through grace, and being intimately united to Him in the Eucharist. This week, look at the Cross more closely and see the face of Christ, not a face of anguish but of love.


-Peter

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Going Away on Vacation?

When traveling this summer, log on to www.masstimes.org for Mass times and church locations anywhere in the world.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

New Parishioner Registration

Are you new to the parish? Have you been coming for a while and just haven’t made it official? We at St. Paul Parish welcome you and invite you to take some time to register. Simply call the office, stop in for a visit, or download the form from our website! It’s that easy!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Grateful for God’s Providence Campaign Update

Amount Raised to Date:    $252,684
Total # of Donors:             116
Goal:                                  $476,311
% of Parish Goal:              53.05%
Avg. Gift Amount:            $2,218.05