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Father's Reflections Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 9, 2019

Dear St. Paul Family,

This coming Thursday, August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven.  This is a Holy Day of Obligation.  We will have two Masses on Thursday at 7:30am and 6:30pm.  Please make this a priority for you and your family this week.

Next weekend will be our annual seminarian appeal.  James Canning, one of our seminarians will be here with us to speak about the seminarian collection.  This year, Nicholas Stellpflug, from our parish is entering the seminary for our diocese.  Let us show our support by being generous with the annual seminarian collection.  This collection is done through the mail, so please respond to the request that you receive at home in your mailbox.

This past winter about half of our parking lot lights were burned out.  I am happy to report that this past week we have updated all of our parking lot lighting with brand new LED lighting.  You will not notice a difference so much this time of the year with the length of daylight, unless you come by after sunset, but come winter, the lighting in our parking lots will appear much improved to you.  Focus on Energy and Kaukauna Utilities rebates have helped us to keep the cost of this project under $2,000, and we will also see additional cost savings on the electric bill since by doing this we were able to go from 400 watt bulbs to 100 watt LED bulbs.  We are told these new LED bulbs should last for 17-25 years.  Thank you for your parish support to help make this improvement possible.

Mark your calendars for our Fall Festival on the weekend of October 26th and 27th.  We will once again have a polka Mass at the 4:00pm Mass on October 26th.  More details will be coming soon.

Our parish/diocesan capital campaign is now underway.  Because we have such great needs that need to be addressed over the next few years we do need all parish members to do your part to help us achieve our goals which will help us remain a strong vibrant parish for years to come.  Many have come before us to leave this parish as a gift to us.  Now it is time for us to do our part to ensure we leave this parish as a gift for future generations, while at the same time working together today, will even help us grow in our faith as a parish community now and for years to come.  In the coming weeks all St. Paul families will be asked to make a pledge to the One by One Campaign.  Please be generous.  Addressing these critical needs will ensure that our parish is well prepared to face the current and future needs of our parish, while continuing to meet the spiritual, educational, and pastoral needs of our parish for years to come. 

Summer is a time for rest and renewal, and wherever your travels take you this summer I hope you enjoy yourselves.  Just make sure to take time for the Lord even while on vacation.  If you will be traveling out of town this summer and you need to find a parish to go to Mass please use 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 Wonderful Week!

Fr. Andy