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.
The Fall Festival was a huge success thanks to you! In spite of the rain, the festival attracted large crowds both Friday and Saturday. Everyone appeared to enjoy themselves. This event could not have been accomplished without the countless number of committee members, volunteers and sponsors.
The online Religious Education registration forms for K-8, RCIA for children and high school will be closing soon. You can register and pay onlline. Follow the links below to register. (CLASSES BEGAN THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19TH. YOUR CLASS DAY IS DEPENDING ON YOUR CLASS ASSIGNMENT.)
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the love, support and prayers we received preparing and attending World Youth Day in Poland. Without your support this could not have happened.
Above are just a few pictures provided by Gaby Garcia and the USCCB of our adventure. For additional pictures from Maritza Gloria check out the "Photo Alblums" section. As other photos are received I will add them there. UPDATE 8/17/16: More pictures added. Pictures provided by Amanda Dugas.