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Father's Reflections Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 11, 2017

Dear St. Paul Family,

This weekend Deacon Jose Lopez, one of our diocesan seminarians, is with us to speak on behalf of the annual Seminary Appeal collection.  Again this year, instead of taking up a 2nd collection the diocese is doing a direct mailing to your homes.  Please be as generous as you can once again this year to support the formation of our seminarians.  They want to be your priests one day, let’s help them today so that they will one day be able to provide the sacraments for us.  On a personal note I want to thank you for your past support which has helped me through the seminary so that I am able to be your pastor today.  We should all be mindful that of the 157 parishes in the diocese, St. Paul Parish is one of only about 30 free standing parishes that has its own full-time pastor.  This should be a reason for all of us to give generously and joyfully for how God is blessing us.  Thank you on behalf of the seminarians for your generosity.

This coming Tuesday, August 15th is the Assumption of Mary.  This IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION.  We will have 2 Masses on Tuesday at 8:30am and again at 6:30pm.  Please make this obligation a priority in your schedules this week.

Our Fall Festival will take place the weekend of October 7th & 8th.  Raffle tickets are now available for pick-up in the back of Church with your name on them.  A special thank you to Jacobs Meat Market for sponsoring the printing of our raffle tickets this year.  Tickets are $20/each with the grand prize at $5,000 once again this year and 49 other cash prizes.  We will only be selling 1,200 tickets so your odds of winning are 1:24.  Please sell as many raffle tickets as you can to help make this year’s Fall Festival Raffle a success.  Everyone’s help is needed.  We only have about six weeks to sell 1,200 tickets.  Also, we are now accepting donations of new and handcrafted items for our silent auction.  Donations can be brought to the parish office during the week, or can be given to an usher or greeter on Sunday.  Let’s work together to make this year’s Fall Festival a wonderful celebration for our parish.

If you will be traveling out of town this summer and you need to find a parish to go to Mass please use www.masstimes.org to find a Catholic Mass.  It is always a good idea to call ahead just to confirm the Mass time at the particular parish that you will attend.

Have a Great Week!

Blessings,
Fr. Andy