Encouraging the Culture of Encounter with Jesus Christ, His Church, and All People
January 22, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Our Feast Day and Eucharistic Devotions
Today we celebrate the Conversion of St. Paul. On the Church calendar the celebration is on January 25, but since this is our patronal feast the Church allows us to move it to the closest Sunday, which is today! I find it a great advantage to celebrate this way in the beginning of the new year, with so much going on. Thank you to our decorators who have prepared the church for this weekend. Thank you to all our past, present, and future parishioners for your love and support of this wonderful parish. May we all be renewed in our mission to Form Disciples of Christ in Community and Proclaim the Gospel. I am so blessed to be your pastor ministering among faith filled and joyful people. There will be St. Paul Prayer Cards in the Narthex this weekend. Don’t be afraid to take one (or a few) home with you to pray ceaselessly as our patron exhorts us to do.
Speaking of praying ceaselessly, as we have done the past couple years, our Eucharistic Devotions begin this weekend as well. Adoration will begin immediately following the 8:15 Mass in order that our PSR students have some time with the Lord while they are here for class (of course everyone can be there as well, not just the PSR). Then again after 11am Mass will be adoration until 4pm, when we will conclude with a small service and Benediction.
On Monday evening will be adoration all day and at 6:30 will be Evening Prayer with Benediction. On Tuesday morning will be a service and Benediction at 8:20 for the school children (but all are invited). Finally, the closing service with guest preacher (Fr. Daniel Hoffman), Procession (with some of our young people), and Benediction will be at 6:30pm. I am so looking forward to this time! I can’t wait to see your presence there and the graces God will bestow upon our parish through this time.
Be sure to check out the new website. There is a slightly different name, so change your favorites to include the new one – www.stpaulakron.org – The parish and school are all combined on one site now. There are still a few parts under construction, so please be patient as we continue to add content and make it as user friendly as possible. I want to thank Chris Cochran especially, who helped us develop it and get it going. Thanks also to our principal and school staff and PTO for their ideas and suggestions.
Be sure to keep our little ones in your prayers as they finish their preparations for their first confessions this Saturday, January 28. They are continuing their journey to the Eucharist in fine fashion. They realize the importance of repentance and receiving God’s forgiveness before receiving Holy Communion. They can be a great example to us adults as well. When was the last time you went to confession?
Through the Intercession of St. Paul, may God Bless you abundantly!!!
Sincerely in Christ,