Fr. Valan – Diocese of Vellore Mission Appeal Thank You

Dear Brothers and Sisters at St. Paul’s,

Easter greetings from your Fr. Val!

I have no words to express the outpouring of love that I have been receiving at St. Paul’s from day one of my arrival in May 2018 and even now, four years later.  It is more vivid with your selfless, incredible contribution toward the noble cause that my home Diocese of Vellore is undertaking for the faithful in need. The phenomenal response on your part is mindboggling. God bless your good hearts. I will be visiting India in May and I will certainly extend your love and support to the children, the seminarians, and the folks of my diocese. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our Bishop Felipe Estevez for his consent for this Mission Appeal, and to our Pastor, the Episcopal Vicar, Monsignor Houle, for his wholehearted support of this great cause in spite of the many needs of our parish. I also very particularly thank each one of you for making this Mission Appeal for the wellbeing of your extended family members in the Diocese of Vellore a great success. The Church is ever alive and will keep witnessing because of good hearted and generous faithful like you.

Yes, Christ is really Risen.

Thank you! Thank you!  Thank you!

With my humble regards and sincere thanks, Fr. Valan

 

St. Martha’s Circle

St. Martha’s Circle, which is the ministry that provides funeral receptions for our parishioners, is encouraging anyone interested in contributing items for our menu or their time as kitchen help to become part of the “Call Me List”.  You may be contacted to provide something for the menu from time to time as we get requests for receptions.  We are also looking for someone to fill a leadership role as we move forward.  This is a wonderful way to practice your faith and serve your parish.  Please email pam265@gmail.com and we would be delighted to add you to the list.


O Sweet Jesus, Saint Martha lived in Bethany with her brother and sister, Saints Lazarus and Mary.  She attended to Your physical needs while You rested and fellowshipped with good friends.  I ask her to pray for my gift of hospitality.  Teach me, dear Lord, how to truly welcome friends, family, and strangers.  Increase in me the same respect for them as I would give to You if You appeared in the flesh.  Give me a spirit of holy hospitality.  Saint Martha, pray for me.  Amen.

– Gnm.org

 

 

Pray The Rosary Live

Have you thought about praying the Rosary but just didn’t know how to get started? Perhaps you never understood what’s the big deal about praying the Rosary. Maybe you feel that repeating the same prayers over and over again seems such a bore. What if there was a way to gain a new appreciation of the Rosary and to deepen your relationship with the Blessed Mother and our Lord Jesus? Help is at hand. A Facebook group, Pray the Rosary Live, has been formed by two new members of St. Paul’s Church, Pat and Bernie, the Rosary sisters. Along with four other leaders of the group, the Rosary is streamed nightly live at 8:00 pm EST on Facebook. Following the model set out in The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis De Montfort, the standard prayers are supplemented by readings about each mystery. The group leaders read from a variety of books designed to deepen our understanding of the power of the Rosary and increase our ability to meditate and focus our thoughts more deeply on the mysteries. If you want to increase your own spirituality and gain a deeper connection with our Blessed Mother and our Lord Jesus, please consider joining our Facebook group as we Pray the Rosary Live nightly at 8:00 pm EST.

Here is the link to join our group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/praytherosarylive