As of May 26th, we have received commitments to the Debt reduction fund totaling $1,006,253.00 towards the $2.2 million goal.
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Paul,
Last Fall, our stewardship committee held a series of gatherings to emphasize and focus on gratitude; gratitude for all that St. Paul Parish has been blessed with by God, and gratitude for the good works and support of so many of you within our parish. We want to add to the list of things that we both are grateful for by expressing our thanks for the warm way you have welcomed us to St. Paul Parish. We also want to encourage and support the effort to reduce and potentially retire our debt at St. Paul’s. It will be a wonderful day when we can burn our mortgage and declare our parish to be debt free.
Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7 We have chosen Building Community - Living Our Faith as our appeal theme. These are simple but profound words deeply rooted in biblical principles. In the book of Matthew we are told, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” This appeal effort is an opportunity for us to come together, to support one another in this worthy endeavor. United by a common goal of reducing and eliminating our debt we will experience further strengthening of our St. Paul Community.
Some have wondered if it was possible to raise the kind of support necessary to accomplish our goals. Our consensus process in January led us to the conclusion that the parish is willing to try, to trust in God, to trust in our leaders, to trust in a process. In 2 Corinthians we are reminded “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” We take these steps not with our eyes closed but rather with them open to the belief that all things are possible through God.
Building Community - Living Our Faith, simple words that imply profound possibilities. Thank you for opening your hearts and minds to what might be possible and for your willingness to support one another. Though we are many, we remain one body in Christ.
-Fr. Ralph and Fr. Chuck
Gracious God, We, the people of St. Paul Parish, pray that we
continue to grow in our knowledge of you.
Being strengthened by that knowledge and by your abundant graces and gifts
which you so freely offer to us, may we reach out to serve others, and by doing so, bear
much fruit in our parish and in the wider community, thereby leading more souls to you.
Help us to be a generous people with all of our gifts, not only because of our ability
to share, but also because of your abundant generosity toward us.
Fill us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, particularly those of Knowledge, Wisdom, and Understanding, as we Build Community while Living Our Faith.
We ask these things through the intercession of our patron, St. Paul,
in the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.