Faith Feature

Faith and Thanksgiving
As we prepare for our national celebration of Thanksgiving, St. Paul reminds us frequently to give thanks above all to God: "And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him" ( Col. 3:17).

St. Paul faculty, staff, and students gave thanks together on Tuesday, Nov. 22 during our annual candlelight Thanksgiving meal.

When we treat our time of table fellowship with reverence,
our meal becomes a "pre-Eucharistic" experience which prepares us for the ultimate thanksgiving, the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass.
The word "Eucharist," referring to the Sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood, comes from the Greek word "eucharistia," which means thanksgiving.
All families are welcome to join us at our Thanksgiving Mass TOMORROW
Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 11:00am at St. Gregory the Great Church.

May our hearts overflow with thanksgiving for the gifts we receive around our tables at home and at the altar. May our unity in Christ bring strength and healing to all of our relationships.


Giving Tuesday first started in November of 2012.
With the post-Thanksgiving sales day, Black Friday and then the online version, Cyber Monday, charitable groups wanted to start a new holiday tradition - it's called Giving Tuesday.

St. Paul will participate in our own  #GivingTueFalconsDay
by donating 10% of any funds which are donated to St. Paul on  #GivingTuesday to our Haiti Fundraising Initiative. *

Your gift to St. Paul's  #GivingTueFalconsDay will allow students the opportunity to sustain academic excellence as well as provide tuition assistance and scholarships for deserving students.

Make sure to share on social media (see below for links to our social media outlets)  this coming week a nd especially on 11/29/2016 !
Donations will be accepted on our website that day (mail in donations will be accepted as well - just put in the memo line of your check - #givingtuesday)!

*St. Paul's Haiti F undraising Initiative Reaches
$50,000 during 50th Anniversary Year
In September 2011, St. Paul initiated a community-wide outreach effort to reach beyond ourselves in the true spirit of our faith to bring improved health and comfort to some of the poorest people in the western hemisphere. 

We are thrilled to announce that we have now raised $50,009 during the last five years through student fundraisers, monthly Mass collections, coin jugs, etc. in support of this Haitian initiative.
Working with the Haitian Health Foundation, we have helped to build two concrete houses in the Makandal slum of Jeremie, Haiti.  The last several years, we have assisted the hot lunch program for the nearly 1,000 students in grades K-9 at the St. Pierre School in Jeremie. Recently, $4,000 was sent to assist the relief efforts in the Jeremie area as a result of the devastation caused in October by Hurricane Matthew. 
Several students, parents and alums have traveled
on life-changing summer mission trips with
Haiti 180 to volunteer at a local orphanage.

Thank you for your consideration!!!

Light Up St. Paul is a wonderful way to share the Christmas Spirit and to remember those that we hold dear, especially during the Christmas season.
The evening begins with an Advent Evening Prayer Service.
Immediately following the service will be carol singing, toasted marshmallow station, hot chocolate and apple cider station and a yummy soup station.

You may honor someone you hold dear by lighting a luminary.
Personalized luminaries may be purchased by downloading this form and sending into the main office of St. Paul  OR by ordering online.  Personalize  with your message and they will be lit the evening of  Light Up St. Paul.
Messages may include  "In memory of...", "In honor of...", "Peace on Earth".
For more information please contact Shelley Mendoza at 860.584.0911 x 21 or

This year please help us make the holidays special for local children. In addition to donations students will make during the school day on December 3rd, we will collect new, unwrapped TOYS during Light Up St. Paul.

The St. Paul Annual Trees & Wreaths Fundraiser IS HERE!

Hosted by our National Honor Society, 
this fundraiser supports NHS scholarships.
  • Beautiful fresh-cut trees and live wreaths,
  • All trees cut in northern Connecticut, only a few days before sale,
  • Most popular varieties, including Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, & Blue Spruce,
  • Most popular sizes: 6.5'-8' & 8'-10',
  • Live wreaths--all sizes-undecorated and decorated (by students & Moms).
Place your orders in advance or come that day. Either way you will have the opportunity to select your own tree and/or wreath.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ORDER FORM - send in to the main office or with your student!
Time & Date:
Thursday, December 1st, 4-9:00 p.m.
Friday, December 2nd,   4-9:00 pm.
Saturday, December 3rd, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4th , 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Place: Senior Courtyard (in back).

Performing Arts
Congratulations to the cast of Anne of Green Gables!
We are so proud of the cast, crew and director! Way to go! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this night so special and run smoothly!

St. Paul Athletics Update
Girls Swim - Congratulations to Emily Hasse who swam her personal best time of the season at the CT state championship and earned a 12th place finish in the 100 breaststroke.  And a congratulations to all of the girls who represented St. Paul on the the three relay teams who competed at the championship; Madison Shea, Victoria Bosio, Gabriella Kuzawa, Emily Hasse, Molly McAllister, & Morgan Middletown.
Girls Soccer - congratulations to the girls soccer team who advanced to the class S state quarter round before losing to Old Saybrook 3-1 at home on McPhee Field. The following players were named to play in the
Waterbury CO All Star game last week; Briana Senese, Julia Dess,
and Kendall & Addison Davis.  
Junior Kendall Davis was named to the prestigious CT All State Soccer team.  She lead the lady falcons this year with 30 goals on the season.
The Boys Soccer  team advanced to the second round of the class S state tournament and were knocked off by Wamogo High School by a score of 3-1.
The Boys & Girls XC teams had excellent season as well.  The boys placed 10th and the girls team placed 13th at the class S state championships.
The Girls Volleyball team earned a trip to the NVL tournament where they lost to Torrington H.S. (the eventual state champion runner-up).
The Football team will play their final game of the season at Oxford H.S. at 6:00 on Wednesday night, their Thanksgiving game rival and look to finish their excellent season with a record of 7-3.
A full listing of St. Paul Sport Schedule for all teams is available on our website - click here!

Alumni NEWS
St. Paul Alum, Caleigh Lozito '15 has released a Christmas CD. The CD will be available for purchase at our Light Up St. Paul event on December 2nd. 
See below for Caleigh's story behind the making of this Christmas CD..

Hi, everyone! I am really excited to share with you all, that I have made a
Christmas CD and it is finally ready! The CD is titled, "A Time for Giving",
and there is a big meaning behind this title. This summer, I went on a
mission trip to Haiti. I stayed at the Kay Mari orphanage and met many
people who had a serious impact on my life. The Kay Mari orphanage, as
well as an elderly home and school for the children, was built by the
Haiti 180 foundation, started by Mr. Sean Forrest. After returning from my
trip, I felt that my mission was not over and there was still more I could do.
I had been planning on making a Christmas CD for a few years now and I
thought this would be the perfect opportunity. With that being said, all net
proceeds made from the sale of this CD, will be donated to the Haiti 180
foundation. The purchase price for this CD is $10.00 and would go a long
way in helping these people in need.
Thank you so much for your consideration!
Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!

SCRIP Gift Cards Available for Purchase for your 

Great Lakes SCRIP has fantastic percentage rebates for the school this time of year! Now is your chance to purchase!**

** Please note that the higher percentage rebate is only available for SCRIP NOW purchases (which are electronic gift cards sent to your email or app - but you can use those to purchase "actual" gift cards from that store if you choose).

Ordering is simple-you can see the list of retailers SPCHS Scrip carries in house by downloading this order form . If you are interested in ordering, drop off the completed order form in the main office (orders will be filled on Wednesday) OR you can also order online! Order one-time or recurring weekly orders by clicking here.  Enroll with St. Paul's Enrollment Code: DCACE4AC14275. 
Not familiar with the SCRIP program?  It's an incredible way to support St. Paul Catholic High School and for you to earn discounts on your student tuition just by purchasing gift cards to pay for your everyday shopping or as gifts. This program is not required but highly recommended. Purchase gift cards for gifts or for your everyday shopping. Retailers provide a % rebates back to the school. Once  you  earn $250 in  gift card rebates for St. Paul's you then earn credit towards your family SCRIP rebate  that can be applied to tuition. (Rebates are calculated by the discount percentage per merchant - i.e. Stop & Shop @ 4% x $100 purchased = $4.00 earned).

If you have any questions regarding SCRIP, please email

Calling All St. Paul Alumni

 Visit our Alumni Page on our website to keep up-to-date on
all the happenings here at St. Paul!

If you have news you would like to share
Recently married?
New baby?
Other Fun News and Photos?
email and we will update our alumni files and possibly share in upcoming school materials!

Share with your fellow classmates too! This in particular is such an exciting year as we celebrate our 50th Year and we want to celebrate you too!

  Class of 1976 - 40th Year Reunion Planned

Date: Saturday November 26, 2016 
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Where: Chipannee Golf Club Bristol, CT 
For more information please contact Brian Baker at
Class of 1991 - 25th Year Reunion Planned
Date: Friday, November 25, 2016
Time: 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Where: Avon Old Farms Hotel in Avon , CT
Interested in helping coordinate the reunion or attend? Email:
Class of 1996 held their 20th Year Reunion!

Open House or Placement Exam Lawn Signs 

If you have an Open House or Placement Exam lawn sign,
you can return those to the main office at anytime! 

Thank you for your continued support of St. Paul!

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