Dear Lord: You have already given St. Paul parish the land for a new Church Building, and now you inspire us to take the next steps towards its realization. You make us aware that a Church needs to be built from the inside out: with living stones you build yourself a worthy tabernacle of your divine presence among us.
Each one of us is a vital part of your Mystical body: our adoration, our prayer groups, our Religious formation, our work with the children, our efforts to renew the family as domestic Church, our fund raising and the work of all our ministries. These spiritual, pastoral and social efforts are all part of our striving that you can give us the necessary means to erect a worthy, dignified new Church building in your honor.
We humbly call for help from you, St. Paul, our patron saint, and from you, our Lady of Guadalupe and our Lady of Schoenstatt; we call on you, St. Joseph and St. Michael, and on you, dear Cure of Ars, to intercede for us and to inspire us as we venture into an uncertain future of our country and the world. Nothing without you, nothing without us!
At its core, tithing is an acknowledgement that the gifts or talents we have were entrusted to us by God, and are intended to be used for His glory and to spread the gospel. Tithing allows parishes to meet day-to-day needs, allocate funds for emergencies and fund future projects. It is understood, that as a community of faith, we are to provide for the needs of the Church. Fr. Hector Vega recommends that we fulfill the needs by tithing 5% of our income to the parish, 4% to charities of our choice, and 1% to the Diocese.
Listed below are tithing guidelines that may help you in deciding your recommended weekly sacrifice to the parish.
Mark your calendar for these two very important events.
1) Parish Lenten Retreat: April 2nd from 2-4 pm in both English and Spanish. The theme is "FAMILY".
2) Lenten Penance Service: Thursday, Aptil 6th at 7 pm
We hope to see you here.
St. Paul Parish will have Saturday morning Marian focused devotions during Lent again this year. The devotion will be "Mary's Way of the Cross". We will walk the stations outside among the trees to the west of the church (weather pemtitting). We will walk with Mary as she watches her son be condemned, tortured, and finally crucified. If there is inclement weather on any Saturday, we will move into the church for the devotion. The devotion will begin at 8am eacb Saturday, beginning on March 4. Join us if you would like to experience this Devotion with us!
A Women's Lenten Retreat will be offered at Mary's Encounter on March 25 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt in Austin. All women are invited to attend this morning of prayer and reflection to conclude with Mass to celebrate the feast of the Annunciation. A registration fee of $10 will be collected at check -in. To register, please e-mail info@schoen statt.us or call (512) 330-0602.
Stations of the Cross continue every friday in Lent. They begin at 7pm followed by a Lenten meal about 7:45pm.
Hosts for Lenten Meals