A Message from Bishop Wack
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What is Amen Generosity?
Amen Generosity is a new way for us to plan for our mission, to Love God, Serve Others and Make Disciples, and how we provide the funding needed for it. We are trying to create a Catholic Culture at St. Paul’s that anchors our lives in the nourishing truth of the living Christ. In what practical ways can we make this vision a reality:
Outstanding Liturgy: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the source of our lives in Christ and from which our life of grace flows through our life and into the world.
Education: Knowledge is freedom! We must give reasons for our faith in Christ. Faith isn’t merely rooted in intellectual
knowledge but intimate knowledge of Christ’s love for you. Feeding our lives in knowledge of the truth, gives us the ability to grow in faith and strengthen our love for Christ and neighbor.
Evangelization: Whatever we do and wherever we go, we either communicate Christ’s love or we don’t. Our ministries, activities form a Catholic culture and ethos, that should reach beyond our parish boundaries.
As a parish family, we need to feed this vision with our time, talent and treasure. By dedicating our first fruits, we can ensure a genuine momentum in creating a dynamic Catholic parish and culture that feeds the community and is able to face the challenges of the present age.
"Amen Lord, live in us and let your loving generosity flow freely through us as the Church on mission to our world."
Amen Generosity is an act of love that begins with God and flows through us. We find joy in praying....
Ministry Successes 2021-22
Young Adult Ministry: this ministry welcomes all college age parishioners through early 30's parishioners to. once a month meeting that incorporates Bible study and social activities.
Seniors on the Go: this group meets regularly for seesions that include health and wellness, safety, financial issues and recently, a two-day trip to the EWTN campus.
Missions: there is a plan to sponsor two annual missions, one during Advent and the other during Lent. Last years 2 day Lenten retreat with Immaculée Ilibagiza was very successful! This year's Advent mission is a Bible study using four of the most significant stained-glass windows in our church followed by a small social gathering.
ACTS: we have reinstituted our mens and womens Spring ACTS retreats!
Family Social Events: bimonthly coffee and donuts, Mardis Gras and Octoberfest family dinners, Lenten Fish Fries, monthly adoration and prayer services for Respect Life ministries.
Ministry Enhancements and New Initiatives: added prayer shawl, compassion card and greeter ministries, Ministry Fair hosted 600 parishionerswho learned more about our 35 ministries with many signing up as new volunteers, St. Paul Council of Catholic Women, the Burse Club, Christmas Boxes of Joy, TNT for youth, Presence, Life Runners and our school's Rosaries for the Homeless.
I grew up attending St. Paul, went through CCD classes here, was confirmed here, and now have the privilege of raising our little boy here. I love that Jamie will get to grow up with the same church family that I did.
Kaeyla Villanova Van Sickle
St. Paul parish has been an amazing church family. Our own family has flourished in our faith by being a part of both St Paul Catholic School and St Paul Church. We feel connected to our whole catholic community through the opportunities and ministries presented by our parish. We feel very blessed to call St Paul’s our home.
With opportunities, programs, and groups open to all ages, each member of my family has been able to be involved in the parish in order to grow in faith and form friendships. I have immense gratitude for Saint Paul Parish in helping lead my family spiritually.
The Lord had led me to where I needed to be. The warmth of the people and the opportunities to serve the Lord through the ministries at St Paul Catholic Church have enriched my soul and made my life more rewarding
St. Paul's has enriched my life since my first visit! The priests address uncomfortable truths in their homilies, but do so in a way that is full of love and compassion that it genuinely instills in you a desire to do and be better.. I'm so grateful to the entire community at St. Paul's, because my soul feels at home at this community
My family is one of the charter members of the parish, and I was in my mid-teens when St. Paul was established. St.Paul Parish is truly our extended family; baptisms, weddings, funerals; happy times, sad times, everything important in our lives has been intimately wrapped in the exquisite cloth that this parish is made of. We are grateful beyond words.
Deacon Bill Whibbs
St. Paul parish gives me a place to belong, to grow my faith through works and services and to connect with others who want to serve the Lord. It is my spiritual home.
The community is welcoming, the liturgy is reverent and prayerful, the preaching and music is excellent, yet most importantly, Jesus Christ is at the heart of everything St. Paul’s does. We are also very grateful for the ministry of St. Paul Catholic School.
St. Paul’s various ministries that I have participated in has introduced me to so many new people that have helped my marriage and my faith in so many ways. Service to others drew me to feel more deeply the love of God.