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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.
Our Golden Hearts Social will be on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 1-5 PM in Grace Hall. Our luncheon will be Domino's Pizza, salad, dessert and a drink for $7.00 a person. Please come out and enjoy the fun and camaraderie and play Bingo. Please don't forget to bring a can good to support our St. Paul food pantry.
The Respect Life Ministry received $1,055.68 in donations during the Respect Life Weekend and from the annual Baby Bank Campaign (representing a 13% increase from last year). Thank you to all who returned baby banks (72 total) or made a donation at the Respect Life Table! One-half of the monies collected will fund Diocese of AustinRespect Life Activities while the remaining one-half will help fund St. Paul's Gabriel Project. Please periodically check the brochure display in the foyer for timely information on a wide range of"Respect Life" topics. Be informed! Don't forget to mark your calendar for the Annual Texas Rally for Life scheduled January 28, 2017. St. Paul Catholic Church continues to "build culture of life" through prayer, formation and witness.
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he Knights of Columbus conducted a poster contest for children ages 5-14 with the theme "Keep Christ in Christmas" and this was an excellent way to get the young people in our parish thinking about the true spiritual meaning of Christmas. We want to thank Ana Jackoskie, the Religious Education instructors and all the children who participated as we received over 60 entries. Please congratulate this year's contestant winners: Aaliyah Angeles, Emiliano Juarez, Joshua Casarrobasa, Jazmyn Arroyo, Yesenia Sanchez, Paola Garcia, Sofia Navarro, John Rivera, Fernanda Ibarra and Diego Ibarra..