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St. Paul Catholic Parish
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August 14, 2019
 

Summer Holy Day
 

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Assumption (tomorrow!) is a Holy Day of Obligation

MASS SCHEDULE

Vigil Mass (today) -  Wednesday, August 14th at  5pm

 Holy Day Mass -  Thursday,  August 15th  at 7am, 12pm & 7pm

 (all Masses at St. Paul Church)


Click to learn more about the Assumption

August Sunset
 

As we approach the last few weeks of warm weather and
the final restful days of family vacations ... 

we also turn our thoughts to tomorrow,
a new sunrise,  a new school year,
and hopefully a renewed effort to serve God and one another.

May God Bless our parish, our beautiful family of faith,
as we begin a new Pastoral Year.

Sunset at Holy Land USA in Waterbury

"Every sunset brings the promise of a new day."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

On The Horizon
 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Best wishes to all of our  students, teachers and staff
for a great year ahead!



Ah, back-to-school season. The time of year that most students (teachers?) dread and all parents rejoice. ....    more


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RELIGIOUS ED PARENT MEETINGS


Parents:  Add these dates to your calendar!

Tuesday, Sept. 10 Confirmation Parents 7:00-8:00pm
Wednesday, Sept. 11 Confirmation Parents 7:00-8:00pm
Monday, Sept. 16
Grade 6 & 8 Parents 6:30-7:30pm
Tuesday, Sept. 17 Grade 5 & 7 Parents
6:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, Sept. 18 Grade 1 & 2 Parents 5:00-6:00pm
Wednesday, Sept. 18 Grade 3 & 4 Parents 6:30-7:30pm

All Religious Ed Parent Meetings are in the Saint Paul School Gym

Parents with multiple students in the program need only attend one date. The exception is Confirmation parents who must attend both a Confirmation meeting and a Grade 1-8 meeting.
  

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YOUTH MINISTRY ~ SUMMER INTO FALL


The last Summer Basketball Night for High School students will be
Tuesday, August 20th from 7:00-8:30pm in the school gym. 

The last summer social gathering for the High School Youth Ministry group
will be this Sunday, August 18thJoin us for a COOKOUT and games on the Parish Green from 5:30-8:30pm.

Attention High School Students:
The new season for our weekly gatherings
will begin on Sunday, September 8th! 
7:00-8:30pm. St. Paul Parish Hall.
Join us and bring a friend!



Attention Middle School Students:
Weekly gatherings for students in Grades 6-8
will begin on Sunday, September 8th!
4:00-5:30 in the St. Paul Parish Hall.
Join us and b ring a friend!



Fun in the Sun
 


PARISH FAMILY MASS AND PICNIC

Join us for our biggest event of the year!

Saturday, September 7th

Outdoor Mass on the Parish Green at 4pm
Free Family Picnic after Mass!


This year's theme is Beach Party!
Don't miss this fun free family event that will include food, a  fire truck, face painting, water balloons, police K-9 visit, magician, basketball, volleyball, lawn games, raffles & more.

VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS OF RAFFLE ITEMS ARE NEEDED!


Confirmation Students:   * CLICK HERE to volunteer

We hope to see you there!


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BERLIN FAIR 2019

September 13th-15th


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Berlin Fair is  a wonderful event for our parish community and the Town of Berlin. Your time and support is welcome & appreciated! Please consider volunteering at our Food Booths before and during the 2019 Berlin Fair.


Adults:  If you would like to volunteer on the GRILL, please contact:
Helen 860.559.5695 or derito.aos@snet.net,  or
Ewa 860-637-9902 or ewa.whiteside@att.net   
  


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SAINT PAUL SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT


Thursday, September, 19th

Participate in this fun annual event to raise money for our parish school!
Many sponsorship opportunities available.

Stanley Golf Course in New Britain
11am Shot Gun Start



Family Time
 

Our parish family is strong and vibrant thanks to programs like these...

and people like you! 


 
 
Mobile Foodshare  is an anti-hunger organization  based in Bloomfield that receives donations of fresh and nonperishable food from farms, grocery chains, corporations and local food drives and then distributes that food to pantries, meal programs & food truck sites for those in need.
 
A Foodshare truck comes to Sacred Heart Church every other Friday.
(The specific dates are printed in our bulletin every week.)

At 10am on the Thursday before each "Foodshare Friday", volunteers transport food from the St. Clare Food Pantry at St. Paul Church over to Sacred Heart Church Hall and set up for the Friday distribution.

The Foodshare truck at Sacred Heart opens at 11:45am. Many people in need come to the truck for fresh items and then head down to the Church Hall for non-perishable items that were donated by our parishioners!
 
  In addition to providing a much needed supplement to the FoodShare truck, the non-perishable items that are donated to our St. Clare Food Pantry benefit Berlin families in need as well as other local organizations such as the Friendship Center in New Britain.
 
  Our St. Clare Food Pantry is currently in need of all items. Due to many parishioners being away on vacations, our supplies are low!   Items needed now include juices/drinks, canned fruits & vegetables and cereal.
 
For information regarding the St. Clare Food Pantry or Mobile Foodshare, including information about volunteering,
please contact Ed Como at 860-841-7151 or Nancy Timbrell 860-601-7866.
 
Thank you to our parishioners for your continued support!

 
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All men of the parish are invited to  participate in this new program!

THAT MAN IS YOU!   is an interactive men's program combining the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive. By honestly addressing the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, That Man is You! seeks to form men who will be capable of transforming homes and society.

Join us on
 Saturday, September 21st
6:30am-8:00am
St. Paul Church Hall
Coffee and light breakfast will be served.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged!
Fall Session: 13 weeks, September to December



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BLESSED IS SHE



Our parish has a new Blessed Is She women's group!

The group meets on the first Sunday of the month
at 6:30pm in the Parish Office for prayer, discussion and fellowship. 
All women age 18 and up are welcome!
 



GROWING SEASON
 


HELPING OUR FAMILY GROW IN FAITH

St. Paul Parishioners now have access to FORMED!

 
FORMED is a subscription service offering access to thousands of studies, films, audios, and ebooks that can help us grow in our Catholic faith. Discover great digital media from some of the best Catholic content producers including the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, the USCCB, Catholic Answers, EWTN, St. Paul Center, Marian Press, Sophia Press, Knights of Columbus, FOCUS, and more.




Natural Beauty
 

Did you see these?

Some recent photos of our beautiful parish family:









(Steubenville East Youth Conference, Summer HS Basketball,
Movie Night, College Dinner)





Including pics of a hawk family living on the Parish Green. Fr. Peter is a great photographer!



If you have photos from any of our parish events, baptisms, weddings, ministry gatherings, etc, please send them to us at ourphotos@stpaulkensington.org  or ourchurch@stpaulkensington.org



LUCKY STARS
 

2nd Annual Parish Raffle

Two of our lucky parishioners held winning tickets!

 Congratulations to Jean and Donna!

Prize Rank #
Prize
Name
Tix#
Parish
#tix sold at parish
1st
$30,000
Eileen Costello
13175
St. Marguerite, Brookfield
251
2nd
$3,000
Sly Pecora Jr.
5275
St Roch, Greenwich
2634
3rd
$2,000
Ron Struski
3941
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Danbury
623
4th
$1,000
Ingrid Florentin
12046
St. Clement, Stamford
134
5th
$1,000
Maryanne & Mike Fatterusso
6315
St Paul,
Greenwich
362
6th
$1,000
Luis Mendizabal
913
St Peters, Bridgeport
1308
7th
$1,000
Jean Hughes
14074
St Paul,
Berlin
1023
8th
$1,000
Donna Bovee
14409
St Paul,
Berlin
1023
*this is an informal disclosure. Official winners are based on recordings by the ticket drawer and official witness.


Thank you once again to all who participated in this raffle to support our parish and school!

Special thanks to Paul Miano, our raffle coordinator!

Last Light
 

Fr. Michael spoke about the "Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires" in his homily a few months ago. We received a few questions and comments on this, so we thought we'd share a video about it for those who missed it or for anyone who would like to learn more about this amazing event.

The Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires
The Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires


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Today is the f east day of Saint Maximilian Kolbe!

Click on the video to learn about this Franciscan Friar:

St. Maximilian Kolbe
St. Maximilian Kolbe

Saint Maximilian Kolbe is the patron saint of
drug addicts, prisoners, families and the pro-life movement.

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.
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Save the Dates:


Trunk O' Treat  - Saturday, Oct. 19th
(Rain date Oct. 26th)


Italian Night - Saturday, November 2nd
Meeting on August 28th at 7pm, Church Hall - Join us!



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