The Epistle Online:  May 3, 2018
St. Paul Catholic Parish
St. Paul Church ~ Sacred Heart Church

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The Month of May
Devoted to Our Blessed Mother
Behold your mother.

Wishing a very happy and blessed Mother's Day to all of our mothers and to all who enrich our lives with maternal love, care and support.

Happy Mother's Day!

"When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son."  Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home."  Jn 19:26-27
Spring and a Prayer
Click to read "How Beauty Will Save the World"
Spring has finally sprung! There is much to celebrate and enjoy during this month of May, from holy days to national holidays, and of course, the beauty of nature and all of God's creation.

Today, May 3rd, is  National Day of Prayer an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation. It started in 1952. This year's theme is "unity". Click to learn more.

May 10th is the  Feast of the Ascension , a holy day of obligation.   Join us for the Vigil Mass on  Wednesday, May 9th at 5pm or on Ascension Thur sday, May 10th at 7am, 9am* or 5pm.

*Saint Paul School Mass and May Crowning. All are welcome.


Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13th.   Mother's Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Click for an amusing video on the origins of the day from the History Channel. Are the days of personal hand-written letters long gone?
*See Mother's Day  Flower Sale info below!
Mother Mary

Catholics refer to Mary by many different titles and honor her on several special days throughout the year.
Chris Stephanic gives a clear and powerful answer.

Would you be able to explain, perhaps to a non-Catholic friend, what we as Catholics believe about Mary?   Hint: She  leads us to Jesus. 

Click for 5 key Catholic teachings about Mary, the most famous woman in history.  -Dynamic Catholic

Throughout history, the Church has 'approved' several apparitions of the Virgin Mary:  Fatima  (Portugal),  Knock  (Ireland),and  Guadalupe  (Mexico).  Believers come from all over the world to visit these holy sites and to pray to Our Lady.  
Today, countless numbers of faithful pilgrims continue to flock to a small town in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina where they believe Our Lady has continually appeared since 1981 with a message asking us to re-center our lives on God through prayer, fasting, and confession
[The Church investigation into the apparitions at Medjugorje are ongoing; it has neither approved nor denied the authenticity of the events at this time.]

One of the best devotions we have to honor Mary is the Holy Rosary. The word rosary means a garland of roses, as the rose is one of the flowers used to symbolize the Virgin Mary. Families are encouraged to Pray the Rosary together, perhaps even just one decade together each day to start. 

Our parish has many opportunities to pray the Rosary together:
  • 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 Saturday of each month at 10am
Fun and Games
Like a weed that suddenly pops up in the middle of the sidewalk, here are a few random items...
First, a few words about every mom's favorite topic, video games. 

Are your children addicted to Fortnite? You are not alone. Take heart and read  'Parenting the Fortnite Addict'  by psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour.

Wondering if a particular game is appropriate?
Read this article all the way to the end. 

Not sure if Fortnite or any other game is appropriate for your child?   Check out  Plugged In a Focus on the Family publication that offers "detailed information about what's really in popular movies, videos, television episodes, songs and games."   Plugged In gives Fortnight a "T" rating for Teen.  Click for the full description .

Finally, on the outside chance that both you and your child share a love of rap music, this video is a must see...
Beautiful Sacraments
Congratulations to all of our beautiful young people who received the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation this Spring. 

These photos are from the April 21st Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. 

These photos are from the April 29th Masses. 
Photos from the May 6th Masses will be posted on our website next week.

Video recordings of the First Communion Masses at St. Paul are available for download through Friday, May 4th at 10am.  Visit our home page for the links.

Many thanks to Robin Veronesi and Margaret Sznaj for all of their hard work in making these events so special and well organized. Thanks also to all of our dedicated catechists and to our wonderful Friars!

Here's some feedback from our parishioners about First Communion:

Hi, I just wanted to take the time to tell Father Robert what a wonderful First Communion Mass he held today. Our entire family remarked at what a wonderful church we have.  There were tears in their eyes when you spoke of entering the church family again and how we will accept anyone into St. Paul's as "we are all sinners just trying to find our way home." 

On Facebook:  
God bless all our 3rd graders and a HUGE thank you to the photographers!! Pictures came out Great! 

Dear Father Robert, 
I wanted to thank you and Robin and the entire staff for giving us a wonderful First Holy Communion this past Sunday.... What a beautiful service... Thank you for giving us such a wonderful memory of this beautiful day. God Bless you.
Ministries in Bloom
It's not too late! 
Our annual HomeFront home-improvement project sponsored by our Social Action Ministry will take place Saturday, May 5th. CLICK to for more info. This year's project will help a local military veteran! 

Our Knights of Columbus will sponsor a Mother's Day Plant & Flower Sale from Friday, May 11th through Sunday, May 13th. It will take place on Farmington Ave across from Rite Aid.  CLICK for details.


Our Youth Ministry program will be hosting a Bake Sale during the weekend of June 2/3. This fundraiser will support our high school students who will attend the Steubenville East conference this summer. More details coming soon.

Saint Paul School invites you to a shopping Extravaganza on  Wednesday, May 9th at Good Cause Gifts in Berlin ( 384 Main Street) from 4-7pm.  A portion of the proceeds will go  directly to Saint Paul School  when you mention Sa int Paul's.
Just in time for Mother's Day!  
Parish Calendar
Here's just a preview of some upcoming events.

For a complete listing of all of the great things happening at our parish
visit our  online calendar.

Thursday, May 3
Friday, May 4
First Friday Breakfast, St. Paul Church Hall
Food Share Truck at Sacred Heart 
Saturday, May 5
HomeFront Project

Sunday, May 6
First Communions!   9am, 9:30am, & 10:30am Masses

BCYM High School Meeting
Monday, May 7
First Communion Breakfast at Saint Paul School
Tuesday, May 8
New Day Bereavement Group
Wednesday, May 9
Fundraiser for Saint Paul School at Good Cause Gifts
Thursday, May 10
Feast of the Ascension - Holy Day of Obligation
Friday, May 11
Plant & Flower Sale Friday through Sunday!
Saturday, May 12
Sunday, May 13 HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

13th of the Month Rosary (at St. Paul Church)
Monday, May 14
Registration for new members
Monday, May 28
Memorial Day

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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