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Father's Reflections Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear St. Paul Family,

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.  A special thank you to all of the catechists and small group leaders that have come forward to help pass on the faith in our Faith Formation program this year.  You are truly a blessing and we thank you.  Keep in mind that parents are the primary Catechists of their children but we as a parish are here to assist you.

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 26thRaffle 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.

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.  Plans are coming along for our new music ministry area, as well as some much needed lighting and electrical improvements inside our church.  We are actively working with the architect now to bid out the project with general contractors.  It is our hope to begin the actual construction in the next few months.

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