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 ashes remind us of our fragility and of our finiteness. They remind us where we came from. They remind us to where we shall return. We know that in our human imperfection we may always live under the threat of war, but we also know that united to "Christ, our peace" (Eph. 2: 14) we can safeguard and preserve that same precious gift of peace (GS, 78, 6).
Ashes will be distributed DURING MASS. We hope you can worship with us at one of the following Masses:
On February 25/26 we will be accepting donations for Easter lillies ($12.50 each) and for floral arraingements ($25.00 each x 8) to decorate the Sanctuary at Easter.
Payment is appreciated at sign-up, with check payable to "St. Paul Catholic Church.
Contact Denise Gran at 512-949-9437 or email@example.com for more infomation.
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!
The diocesan Ashes to Easter Lenten Mission Campaign begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1st. We invite each family to take a mission box home, after all Masses on the First Sunday of Lent, March 5th in support of the missionary works of the Diocese of Austin.
As the Catechism states, "The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and Each Friday in memory of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church's penitential practice. These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, and pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fasting and alms giving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works)" (CCC 1438). Please support this long-standing campaign.
We regret to inform you that the Parish Office will no longer be open on Sundays. The general business conducted on Sundays makes it impossible to justify keeping the office open. We are aware of the impact this closing may have on our parishioners, but rest assured that we will make every effort to answer any questions or concerns you may have during office hours Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the volunteer services provided by Julia Rivera for 14 years, Jo Gail Hearon and Vicki Jan. They have been wonderful, supportive volunteers for the Parish Office. The closing of the office on Sundays will afford them time to attend Mass with their families.