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Father's Reflections Fifth Sunday of Lent

Apr 5, 2019

Dear St. Paul Family,

In addition to Saturday afternoon confession times, the opportunity for individual sacramental Reconciliation will also be available from 5:00-6:00pm on Wednesday evenings during Lent.  The area Communal Penance services are listed in the bulletin as well.  The last one for our area is this coming Wednesday at St. John in Little Chute at 7:00pm.  Also, the Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 4:00pm every Friday during Lent.

We are now nine weeks into the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal.  Thank you to everyone who has already made their gift to this year’s Bishop’s Appeal.  If you have not yet made your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal please remember to return your pledge card soon.  We really do need everyone’s help to make our appeal goal.  As of this week we are about 82% to our Bishop’s Appeal goal for 2019.  If you have never given to the Bishop’s Appeal or if it has been a while since you have contributed, please consider making a gift this year.  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 that level.  Those who give $500 a year or more to the Bishop’s Appeal are Crozier Society Members.  Members of this society receive the Compass Newspaper, 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.  Nine weeks ago you should have received your first pledge card in the mail, and if you didn’t give a gift yet this year a second letter was sent to your homes last week.   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.  Please respond as soon as you are able so that we can make our appeal assessment for this year.  With everyone’s help we will be able to meet our appeal goal.  Please make your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal today, and help in the missionary work of our local Church

Ever since our new boiler system was installed last fall, our boilers have gone down several times and we had to call the service techs to get them going again for us.  It has been discovered that there is a leak in our hot water system that has been gradually getting worse to the point that we were losing up to 500 gallons of hot water a day through our heating system which caused the boilers to shut down due to low water pressure.  After isolating several heating zones in our building, the service techs from August Winter now believe the water is leaking into the ground through the in-floor heat in the church basement.  This may require us to install overhead heating or some other reasonable option that August Winter will be proposing to us.  This of course will be additional cost to us.  As we learn more information we will be letting you know of their recommendations to us.  As buildings age, they certainly require a lot more maintenance. 

Planning ahead is essential.  To fully conclude the season of Lent, it is important for everyone to be at the liturgies of the Triduum – Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday.  This is the central mystery of our faith.  Be sure to make these days a priority for you and your family.  So please mark your family calendars now for these dates:

~Holy Thursday, April 18th:  the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00pm
~Good Friday, April 19:  the Passion and Death of Our Lord at 1:30pm with Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm (Sacrament of Reconciliation at 3:00pm)
~Holy Saturday, April 20:  the Easter Vigil, the first Mass of the Easter Season 8:00pm
~Easter Sunday, April 21st:  Mass at 8:30am and 10:30am

Have a Good 5th Week of Lent!

Fr. Andy