Friday, March 16, 2018


Dear Parishioners,

Last week we rejoiced (Laetare)! This weekend you may have noticed that the sanctuary looks a little different. We have entered Passiontide. These are the weeks of preparation for the sorrowful events of the Easter drama. The liturgies and readings of this time become a little more somber. The most obvious example is the veiling of the statues and crosses. This evokes in us a feeling of emptiness and longing for something more, something beautiful, which can only be fulfilled at the Resurrection!

On a lighter note, St. Paul’s was founded by Irish Catholics, so I hope you were able to celebrate the great Irish Saint. It is always good to remind ourselves that St. Patrick’s Day is not about leprechauns, dancing, and... good beer! St. Patrick was a missionary bishop who was wholeheartedly devoted to Jesus Christ and the Church. Here are some excerpts from his writings:

“Let every tongue confess that Jesus Christ, in whom we believe and whom we await to come back to us in the near future, is Lord and God.” – The Confession

“Jesus Christ has generously poured on us the Holy Spirit, the gift and promise of immortality, who makes believers and those who listen to be children of God and co-heirs with Christ.” – The Confession

“The truth of Christ urges me, for love of neighbors and children: for these, I have given up my homeland and my parents, and my very life to death, if I am worthy of that. I live for my God, to teach these peoples, even if I am despised by some.” –Letter to Coroticus

“I sold out my noble state for the sake of others —and I am not ashamed of that, nor do I repent of it. Now, in Christ, I am a slave of a foreign people, for the sake of the indescribable glory of eternal life which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Letter to Coroticus

St. Patrick, pray for us, that we may live the Faith, and share it as you did!

Blessed Lent,
Fr. Young

Faith Formation News

Faith Formation Schedules & Reminders

Middle School Faith Formation classes will NOT meet on Monday of Holy Week, March 26th.  Class will resume on Monday, April 2nd.

During Holy Week ALL Faith Formation students and families are encouraged to attend Holy Week celebrations, especially the Last Supper Mass at 7PM on Holy Thursday (3/29) and the Stations of the Cross at 3PM on Good Friday (3/30).  Of course there are no classes on Easter morning (4/1),  so please join us at 9:30AM Mass and enjoy the Easter Egg Hunt and other festivities hosted by our parish Youth Group immediately following the Mass.

Confirmation Reminder:  Service forms are due from ALL Confirmation students on April 8th.  There are several opportunities for students to participate in service at the parish and in our community during the next few weeks, including the Good Friday Walk for Hunger and Homelessness on March 30th, which can also be done with a parent or sponsor.  For more info please inquire with Mrs. Bradley before or after class.  Thank you. 

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!

8th Annual Datie's Kids FUNdraiser

Save the date! Please join us on Tuesday, March 20 for our Lenten Fun/Fundraiser for Katie’s Kids at Chelo’s on Post Rd. in Warwick. If you present the St. Paul Church flyer (which will be available at the doors of the church) for either lunch, dinner, or take-out orders, 15% of the money you spend will be donated to Katie’s Kids, our mission in Cameroon in Africa. The money raised secures school tuition, housing, and supplies for young girls seeking a Catholic Education under difficult personal and economic circumstances. Come and enjoy great company, food and the knowledge that you are making a difference in the lives of others!

Looking Ahead to Holy Week

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion, we begin a week like no other in the Church year.  With this liturgy, we mark the beginning of the days we call holy Week.  This is the holiest week of the Church year because it commemorates the events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus, but also because it is the richest week for liturgical celebration.  If you have never attended Mass on Holy Thursday, or the liturgy on Good Friday, or the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday evening, give yourselves a spiritual treat this year and come!  You will experience the Church in prayer at its best.

Good Friday Collection

Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps the Christians in the Holy Land.  Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools, and offer religious education.  The Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines.

The wars, unrest, and instability have been especially hard on Christians.  In these times of crisis, the Good Friday Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees.  When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land.  Please be generous!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Preparing to Celebrate Easter

While praying, fasting and almsgiving are the pillars of the Lenten season, it’s also time to begin planning for the traditions of Easter morning! Once again our parish Youth Group will facilitate an Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn outside of church after the 9:30 Mass on Easter morning, followed by piñatas in Msgr. Canning Hall for the little ones and coffee an’ for adults. Please help support the Youth Group by donating plastic Easter eggs and/or candy to fill the eggs and piñatas. All donations are greatly appreciated! Collection bins will be in the front and side vestibules of the church for the next two weekends, March 17th & 18th and March 24th & 25th. Thank you!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Youth Group News

 Any middle or high school student that would like to attend the opening night of the St. Paul movie, please let Mrs. Bradley or Fr. Young know by Monday, March 19th. Tickets will be pre-purchased at a discounted rate. Once the theater and movie times are made available we will finalize arrangements for transportation, etc. Don’t miss out on the fun – sign up today!

"Encourage one another, and build each other up."  These words of St. Paul from his first letter to the Thessalonians have been chosen by our parish Youth Group as a kind of theme for the group.  "We do that!  It's what this group does for each other," one teen said last Sunday night at our monthly gathering.  Everyone present designed their own t-shirt and incorporated these words of our parish patron.  If you know a middle or high school student who might like to get involved in Youth Group, please encourage them to give it a try.  This month we will gather twice:

Friday, March 23rd - Youth Group outing to the opening night of Paul, Apostle for Christ movie. 

Sunday, March 25th - 6-8PM Gather in Canning Hall for food and fun, including Easter morning Egg Hunt preparations and April fundraiser preparations.