The Epistle Online:  September 29, 2018
St. Paul Catholic Parish
St. Paul Church ~ Sacred Heart Church

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Franciscan Family of Faith

In this Fall issue of The Epistle Online, we celebrate our Franciscan Family of Faith
We have been blessed to have Franciscan Friars serving at St. Paul for the past 32 years. 

San Damiano
One day during prayer, Saint Francis  heard Jesus say, " Go Francis, and repair my house, which as you can see is falling into ruin ." 
Thus began Francis' life of prayer, penance, preaching and obedience to God's will.
Like Francis, we are  also called to build up the Church, to spread the Gospel, and to find time in our lives for prayer, penance and service to others.
" Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received...but only what you have given ."
-Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Francis Pray for Us
Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Thursday, October 4th, is the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi. 

Our Franciscan friars are  members of the   Order of Friars Minor Conventual a worldwide fraternity  dedicated  to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi.  For our friars, and for all Franciscans, Oct. 4th is a special day, and all parishioners are invited to attend Mass at 7:00am, 8:45am (school Mass) or 5:00pm.

Why "Friars Minor"?  Saint Francis and his followers were called Friars Minor, or "lesser brothers", because of their simplicity and poverty. They lived in communities, or "convents" and worked among the least in society, always seeking to imitate the humility of Christ.
On October 3rd the friars celebrate the "Transitus".

Transitus is the annual celebration of the passing of St. Francis from this life to life with God; t he word "transitus" means passage or crossing.  It is celebrated the night of October 3, the eve of Saint Francis' feast day. 

In the future, our friars would like to do something special within our parish to celebrate this event. Keep a look out for something new next year!

Blessing of Animals will take place on Saturday, September 29th

All parishioners, family and friends are invited to bring pets (in a crate or on a leash, please) to the Parish Green on 9/29 at 10am for a blessing.   This event honors the animals that share our lives also acknowledges and encourages respect for all of God's creation. 


Want to learn more about Saint Francis and his fascinating life?
Here are  7 facts about Saint Francis  might surprise you.  


Consistent with our Franciscan tradition, our Food Pantry is named after one of  Saint Francis' early followers, Saint Clare of Assisi. She founded a religious order for women which came to be known as the "Poor Clares".
Please continue to bring donations to the St. Clare Food Pantry each week when you come to Mass. Thank you!


One last item in this Franciscan block...  if you're looking to take a road trip this fall, why not visit  Fr. Tim at the  Shrine of Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda, NY? The shrine, a " sacred place of peace and healing", is less than three hours from Berlin.  H iking trails, gift shop, weekend Mass through Oct. 31st. 

Please keep our entire Franciscan Family of Faith in your prayers.
"If God can work through me, he can work through anyone."
-St. Francis
Saint Michael the Archangel Pray for Us
Defend us in battle

In response to the recent scandals, many Catholics are asking...


What is The Church going to do?
In a  Letter to the Public dated September 23, 2018, Archbishop Blair addressed this question. Listed below are a few of the solutions he outlined.   (Please read the entire Letter to the Public. This is just an excerpt.)
  • All claims of sexual abuse by personnel of the Archdiocese of Hartford have been reported to the State's Department of Children and Families without regard to how long ago the alleged abuse occurred and without regard to the credibility of the claims.
  • A Review Board comprised principally of lay people from different professions has been established to serve as a confidential consultative resource to review abuse claims and provide advice as to how the Archbishop should respond to them.
  • A Safe Environment Program established in 2002 has trained over 50,000 adults in how to recognize all aspects of sexual abuse and exploitation and how to respond appropriately if and when it is encountered. 
  • A Victim Assistance Coordinator position was established to reach out to victims and offer assistance of various types, psychological counseling, spiritual counseling, etc.
  • A separate program was established to offer victims the opportunity to meet and speak with Archbishop Blair or his designee to discuss their sexual abuse experience and related spiritual issues.
In addition, a  Letter and Decree  was issued to all priests in the Archdiocese of Hartford on September 11, 2018. The letter called for all parishes to:
Devote at least one hour per week to public Eucharistic Adoration 


Restore the practice of saying the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel  after every weekend Mass

Our friars at are currently in the process of determining which days/times we will be hosting Eucharistic Adoration. The information will be widely publicized once the schedule has been set. Please contact us with your suggestions as to the best time to hold this Holy Hour each week. Email your suggestions to or call the office at 860-828-0331.  

"The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament... will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth ."  - Saint Teresa of Calcutta


St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Saint Paul Pray for Us
Be transformed by the renewing of your minds...
Romans 12:2

Religious Ed classes are underway!

As our children start a new year of learning about our Catholic faith, now is a great time for adult Catholics to review their own knowledge and to look for ways to continue growing in faith. 

So, are you smarter than a 5th grade religious ed student?  

See how well you do on this 10 Question Quiz from our 5th grade book!
  1. What is a sacramental?
  2. Catholics celebrate _____ to receive forgiveness and to be better followers of Jesus.
  3. What are the 4 main parts of the Mass? 
  4. What is the 4th Commandment? 
  5. What is the name for the oil used on Confirmation?  
  6. When did the Holy Spirit come with power to the apostles?    
  7. T or F   God can bring good out of suffering?
  8. Which book contains all the prayers for Mass?     
  9. What is the name of the small pitchers that hold the water and wine?
  10. The ways we can ease the physical suffering of those in need are called ________.

Here are just a few simple resources that can help us on our journey of faith and search for knowledge...

For a simple and old-fashioned library, stop by the bookshelf in the hallway near the sacristy in St. Paul Church. Browse the 
selection of books after Mass and take what interests you! 

Fr. Mike Schmitz from Ascension Press has a large library of videos on topics on everything from Confession to Christmas to Captain America.  The videos are only a few minutes long and are well worth a watch.
This video catechism series  called the  Face of Prayer   is a Bridgeport based project that invites individuals to submit questions about their faith. Bishop Caggiano and other catechists answer the questions via video.

Christian media sites such as Aletia offer interesting religious content, unique stories, and current news from a Christian perspective. Aletia offers a nice alternative to the major news sites. Reading through one of their inspiring stories over your morning coffee could just make your entire day.
Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for Us
Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners...
-Our Lady of Fatima
October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, and the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is October 7th. 

There are many opportunities to pray the rosary here at St. Paul Parish:

 * Weekdays 7:30am (after 7am Mass) at St. Paul Church
 * 13th of the Month at Noon at St. Paul Church
 * Wednesdays 6:00pm at Sacred Heart Church
 * Children's Rosary at Sacred Heart, 1st Sat. of the month, 10am

*On Saturday, October 13th, there will be a Rosary Rally at Noon on the Parish Green. Join us near the Pieta statue to pray for peace in our country and in the world.

Saint Clare, Pray for Us
Love God. Serve God. Everything is in that.
Here's a list of just a few of the events coming up this Fall. 

For a complete schedule of all the great things happening at St. Paul Parish,

September 26 -  November 4

Monday, October 8

Saturday, October 27
(online registration opening soon)

Tuesday, October 30

Friday, November 2
Parish Memorial Mass

Saturday, November 3
(tickets go on sale Oct. 1st)

Our Staff
Thank you Mrs. LaVette!
Our St. Paul parish staff will be saying goodbye to Patty LaVette next week. Patty has worked at the parish office for the past 18 years. She published our weekly bulletin and has also been in charge of Membership  for the past seven years , warmly welcoming all new parishioners at our Monday night Registration meetings.
Patty is also a former Saint Paul School parent and music teacher. She has been a member of many ministries and over the years and has volunteered for everything from Italian Night to the 8th Grade Bake Sale.

Consistently going above and beyond to make people feel special, giving extra attention to the little details and to the little ones, and frequently tossing funny one-liners to make us laugh, Patty has been a blessing to our parish staff and she will certainly be missed. Thank you Patty for your dedication to our parish and school. Wishing you all the best as you move on to new adventures.

Going forward, Maura Gaffney will be publishing the weekly bulletin. All submissions should be sent to two weeks prior to the requested publication date. 
The Epistle Online
We hope this newsletter will be a helpful resource for you, providing information about what's  going on in our parish and sharing content on both spiritual and practical matters related to our Catholic faith.  The Epistle  is so named as a tribute to our patron, Saint Paul, whose letters to the earliest Christians still guide and inform us today.
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-Saint Francis of Assisi

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