The Epistle Online

St. Paul Catholic Parish
A Franciscan Family of Faith
St. Paul Church & Sacred Heart Church

March 2, 2019
Welcome to the Lent 2019 issue of The Epistle Online.
We hope this newsletter will be a helpful resource, providing information about happenings  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 Saint Paul, our patron, whose letters to the earliest Christians still guide and inform us today.

'Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel'

March 6, 2019 

7am,  8:45am  (School Mass), 12pm,  5pm,  7pm

(All Masses at St. Paul Church)


Daily Mass
Monday to Friday 7:00am and 5:00pm
Saturday 8:00am
Stations of the Cross
Fridays 7:00pm at Sacred Heart Church
Mondays 7:00pm-8:00pm
Saturdays 8:30am-9:30am and 3:00pm-4:00pm
Holy Hour
Mondays 7:00pm
Tuesdays 4:00pm
Those age 18-59 are  obligated to fast* on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday. Those  age 14+ are to abstain from meat  on Ash Wednesday,  all Fridays during Lent, and Good Friday. 

*Fast = one full meal and avoid food between meals.
Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions over the course of the day.

for FAQs about Lent and a
Printable Schedule
for Lent and Easter!
40 Days

During Lent, Catholics are asked to:


Give Alms

Read Scripture

Go to Confession

We have many opportunities to do all of these things here at St. Paul Parish.

Continue reading...

Pray without ceasing
- 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Whether on your own or with other members of our family of faith,
p raying for even a few minutes a day can change your life.
Can you find time in your schedule to...

Attend Daily Mass 
Why not meet a friend for Mass in the morning and then go for coffee?

Pray on your drive to work, or Sunday mornings, or when you go for a walk.
Perhaps you could say just one decade each weekday?

Say these prayers 
for transformation during Lent

Pray the Stations of the Cross
Could you walk a mile in Jesus' shoes?
Click here for an explanation and brief history.

Pray Through the Day
try these 9 simple ideas for your daily life

Stop Right There 
Click to find out why...

For I was hungry and you gave me food... 
- Matthew 25:35

There are many local opportunities to 'Give Alms'
during Lent & throughout the year.

Our St. Clare Food Pantry
You don't have to wait for a Food Drive!
Bring donations  to the Food Pantry anytime you come to Mass at St. Paul Church.

The Food Share program at Sacred Heart takes place every other Friday
throughout the year. Volunteers welcome. See t he bulletin for details.
Many hands make light work!

Hope Immanuel Mission (HIM)
This inner-city ministry is focused on providing basic necessities, prayer, and friendship to those in need. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month on the corner of Chestnut and Main Streets in New Britain.
Contact John Norton at for more information.

St Gerard Center for Life - Hartford Women's Center
Donate baby clothes and other baby items!
10 Jefferson Street,  Hartford  860-205-7178
This center encourages pregnant women to keep their baby or place their child for adoption, provides free, confidential pregnancy tests and free, limited obstetrical ultra-sound services for pregnancies up to 20 weeks.   

Social Action Committee Lenten Collection
for the Prudence Crandall Center in New Britain
March 6th through April 14th
The Prudence Crandall Center is in great need of these items for their clients:  g ift cards (Stop & Shop, Target, Walmart), v itamins  (for adults & children), c leaning supplies  (Clorox wipes, dish soap, hand soap), and c hildren's uniform outfits (white polo shirts and tan slacks , all sizes).
Please leave your donation at any of the entry ways to the church.  

Sharing the Joy of the Gospel for Generations
Donations to this appeal go to homeless shelters, food pantries, education, faith formation and much more. Click here for details.

2019 Saint Paul School Auction!

Give to Grow
Help support our beautiful little parish school!
Click on the image for more information on the school's auction page.
Even if you can't attend the auction,  you can still bid on items!
Your Word is a lamp for my feet
- Psalm 119:105

Fr. Joe has recently been sharing information about Luke's Gospel in his weekly column.  This Lent would be a great time to pick up the Bible (perhaps dust off the Bible?) and read Luke's Gospel.  To read online just click here .   Did you know Saint Luke was a doctor and is the patron saint of physicians and surgeons?

An easy way to start would be to follow along at home
with our St. Paul Scripture Study group.
After reading each section (see below) of Luke's Gospel,  our Scripture Study groups get together every two weeks or so for discussion.
Consider forming your own group with friends or family members, reading each section and stopping in between to reflect and discuss.

Chapter 1 
Chapter 2 
Chapters 3-5 
Chapters 6-7 
Chapters 8 - 9:51 
Chapters 9:51-11:54 
*Fr. Michael will provide a wrap up lecture on April 9th.

A schedule to help you  immerse yourself in the Word  every day.
It will change your life.
" There are a lot of Catholic stereotypes that don't make a lot of sense to me. I've never understood the concept of Catholic guilt when Catholics have a corner on absolution. Nor have I seen any Catholic worship an idol. But the accusation that Catholics don't read the Bible rings rather more true...more
Bless me Father for I have sinned... 

How long has it been since your last confession?

Months?  Years?   Decades?

(100% confidential)

Confession confusion?
If you're not sure what to confess, these guidelines can hep you prepare.

10 simple steps to making a grace-filled Confession

Confession Times at St. Paul Church during Lent:

Saturday 8:30-9:30am
Saturday 3-4pm
Monday 7-8pm
or by appointment
Men of faith 

To the Men of St. Paul Parish:

There's still time to register for these upcoming Men's Retreats:

ACTS Retreat for Men
March 14-17, 2019
Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington
ACTS Retreats are given by parishioners for parishioners, and serve to build Christian community. This retreat has been a tremendous blessing for several men from our parish. Prayerfully consider attending this year.
Click here for information or  email Bob Fischer

Men's Retreat
No Ordinary Path: Holiness in Everyday Life
March 15-17, 2019
Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford
God calls all of us to lives of holiness. We'll reflect on how living ordinary lives of holiness can lead to extraordinary happiness and peace. 
For more information, click here
All men from St. Paul and Sacred Heart are welcome!

Dads... your "fatherly witness of prayer, participation at church and actively teaching children the faith 'has a huge impact on children'"... more 

Guys, in celebration of Fat Tuesday and just for a laugh,
there's this:

Rock That Dad Bod
Rock That Dad Bod

One more laugh...   Jim Gaffigan gives the Pope advice

Our Family of Faith

This section of the newsletter aims to help you put names with faces and allow everyone in our parish family to get to know each other better.

If you call the parish office on a Wednesday, you just might have the pleasure of speaking with  Roz Durante , one of our parish office volunteers.  Roz has been volunteering once a week at the office for several years. She's always cheerful and always helpful, and the parish staff truly appreciates her time and talent.  Roz, a mother and grandmother, also works once a week in the lunchroom at Saint Paul School and volunteers twice a week in the SPS library where she can be found reading to the children. She's a busy mother and grandmother and we're blessed to have her as a member of St. Paul Parish!
Here's a list of just a few of the events coming up ... 

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

Boy Scout Pasta Supper Fundraiser
Saturday, March 9th, 5-8pm in the school gym

Registration Meeting for New Members
Monday, March 11th, 7pm in the St. Paul Church Hall

Saint Paul School Night at Bill's Pizza 
Tuesday, March 12th, 4-8pm

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive
Thursday, March 21st, 1-6pm in the St. Paul Church Hall

Saint Paul School Auction
Saturday, March 30th, 6pm in the school gym

Saint Paul School Night at Bill's Pizza 
Tuesday, April 2nd, 4-8pm

Pastoral Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 2nd, 7pm in the St. Paul Church Hall

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