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Father's Reflections Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Aug 30, 2018

Dear St. Paul Family,

This weekend we bid our farewell and best wishes to Deacon Jeff who has served our parish on a volunteer basis these past three years.  After 37 years in the corporate world, Deacon Jeff has accepted a position as Pastoral Associate at St. Mary in Appleton.  He will now be able to work full-time in parish ministry.  We will certainly miss him here at St. Paul, but we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.  To thank Deacon Jeff for his time here with us and to allow us an opportunity to wish him well, we will have a light reception after every Mass this weekend in Vandenberg Hall.  Thank you, Deacon Jeff!  God’s Blessings to you!

It is that time of year again to register your children for our Faith Formation classes.  If you have not already done so, registration can be done in person this week during regular office hours.  Please be sure to sign your children up by September 7th.  It is very important to have exact numbers of students by September 7th so that we can order the correct number of text books and materials.  We are also in need of Catechists to hand on the faith to our young people for 1st , 3rd, & 4th grade, and for small group leaders for our high school program on Wednesdays.  Please pray about whether the Lord may be calling you to this very important role.  If you are interested please call Maggie Melchior in the Faith Formation Center.  Parents are the primary Catechists of their children but we as a parish are here to assist you.

Our Fall Festival will take place the weekend of October 20
th & 21st.  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.  We do have many more than 1,200 tickets printed but we only accept the first 1,200.  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 seven 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.

Many people have been asking about when our capital campaign will begin.  Currently the feasibility study has been completed, and the actual campaign is scheduled to begin in September and go through January.  We are currently working with Changing Our World, the company hired by the diocese to help facilitate the campaign, to put the materials together.  Please keep the success of this campaign in your prayers.  Many have come before us and have made significant sacrifices to give us the beautiful church building we enjoy today.  Let us all work together to do our part to keep our facilities up for many to come and seek our Lord in the Eucharist for years to come.

If you have not made a gift to the Seminary Appeal Collection yet, please do so this week.  Your generosity in helping to form our future priests in the seminary is greatly appreciated.

This coming Friday is First Friday and we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:00am to 4:00pm.  Please consider signing up for an hour of Adoration on Friday by the Mother of Perpetual Help icon at the West Entrance.  Have a Great Week!

Fr. Andy