Father's Reflections Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Nov 21, 2018
Dear St. Paul Family,
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our boiler replacement fund. Your help with this need is greatly appreciated. Our boilers are now up and running, although the technicians are working very hard to regulate the heat in every part of our buildings. Our new boilers are working with our existing pneumatic thermostat system. At some point in the future we may have to switch over to electronic thermostats, but we are hoping that the pneumatic system will work great once they get everything fine-tuned. Thank you for your patience with this project. At least we now have heat! Something certainly to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend. If you have not had an opportunity to contribute to our new boilers yet there are contribution envelopes available for this purpose at each entrance.
Thank you to everyone who brought food to Church at Thanksgiving for the Local food pantries. Your kindness is greatly appreciated by the less fortunate of our area. If you would like to still contribute to the local food pantries, food can be dropped off in the Narthex of Church at any time throughout the year. Let us especially be mindful of those who need our help this Christmas, and throughout the cold winter months.
I often hear from parents how difficult it can be to attend Mass with young children. If a parish is warm and inviting, parents have positive experiences and want to return. If however, the parish is not welcoming, parents often leave for another parish unfortunately, taking not just their family with them, but also other friends and family members. With Advent and Christmas approaching, this is a time when our parish will welcome many families that are not regularly practicing their faith and is a wonderful evangelization opportunity for us. Do your best to welcome all of our families, especially those with young children. If infants and toddlers make a little noise, smile at them and their parents, don’t scowl or yell at them. If we want our parish and our Church to grow, we need to welcome all families and make them feel as comfortable as possible among us as they come to worship the Lord with us at Mass.
Participating in Mass together as a family, while challenging, can be a positive experience for parents and children. Children have the opportunity to spend time in the presence of Jesus and be formed by the community of faith gathered together to worship Him. They are especially privileged to see the example of their parents at Mass, even with the challenges and distractions that may accompany attending Mass with children.
We will be offering a First Saturday Mass on Saturday, December 1st at 8:00am.
Have a Great Week!