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Father's Reflections Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Feb 8, 2019

Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”  Luke 5:10

Dear St. Paul Family,

In today’s Gospel, Simon Peter and his fellow fishermen have a frustrating night of fishing. Simon questions Jesus after He suggests they lower their nets and give it another shot.  Why on earth would they catch anything now?  Jesus put these fishermen to the test.  He created a situation so the disciples would learn to trust Him; and Simon is deeply sorry for doubting Jesus who, of course, forgives him.  God’s mercy is there for all who ask forgiveness and all who have faith in Him. Furthermore, Jesus is telling the fishermen they have the ability to transform the world! 

Here in our Parish, we have fantastic faith formation educators who are catching young souls to be disciples of Christ.  Youth Ministry does the very thing Jesus did with the fishermen - they bring young people into experiences where they see the face of Jesus in others, where they encounter God’s mercy in an intimate way, and are forever changed because of these events.   Here at St. Paul Parish we have young people who have attended Mission trips, Camp Tekakwitha in Shawano, Youth Jam, and Green Bay Youth Conferences.  Students who attend Youth Ministry programs sponsored by the Bishop’s Appeal tend to become very connected with their Catholic faith and they truly become the future of our Church.

To help the work of evangelization, please make your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal today.  If you are able, I invite you to join me by becoming a member of the Crozier Society, or if you are currently a Crozier Society member to once again give at the Crozier level.  Those who give $500 a year or more to the Bishop’s Appeal are Crozier Society Members.  Members of the Crozier Society receive the Compass Newspaper in your homes each week, are invited to Mass and dinner with Bishop Ricken, and are a member of the Golden Circle here at St. Paul.  No matter what level you are able to give, please be as generous as you can with this year’s appeal.  There are many ways in which our parish benefits from the Bishop’s Appeal each year. 

Last week you should have received your pledge card in the mail.  If you did not receive a pledge card in the mail there are pledge cards and envelopes available at both entrances for you to make your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal.  You can also give at the Bishop’s Appeal website at  Please respond as soon as you are able so that we can make our appeal assessment for this year.  In 2018 we made our appeal goal by the end of April, the earliest ever.  With everyone’s help we will be able to meet our appeal goal even earlier this year.  Please make your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal today

Do you know that many employers make matching gifts to their employee’s gifts to the Bishop’s Appeal?  For Example, Kimberly-Clark will match any of their employee’s gifts to the Bishop’s Appeal dollar for dollar between          $50 & $10,000.  Check with your employer to ask if they would be willing to make a matching gift to the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal.  Their matching gift does count toward our assessment. 

Have a Good Week!

Fr. Andy