The whole St Paul Community is cordially invited to celebrate and participate in the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Virgin of Guadalupe Serenade - 6:00am:
Sing the praises, prayer flowers, offertory and “A bilingual representation of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Reception: In the parish hall at the end of the serenade, hot chocolate, coffee and Mexican bread.
Mass - 6:00pm: accompanied with offering and flowers with the children
Reception: In the Parish Hall with a Mariachi band and Mexican food.
Annually in December, various ministries are called with the opportunity to support and lead in the 9-day novena in preparation for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The complete schedule will be posted forthcoming upon confirmed details.
We invite you, our whole parish community to join us on this special nine-day novena beginning on December 15th from 6:30pm each day.
The origin of the Advent Novena “Simbang Gabi” traces its roots in Mexico when in 1587 the Pope granted the petition of Fray Diego de Sorio, to hold Christmas Mass outdoors as the Church could not accommodate the large crowd. During olden times the pre-dawn mass is announced by the ringing of the church bells.
The Advent Novena tradition of Simbang Gabi continues to this day. It is a significant moment not only because it strengthens relationships among family members, but also because it is the time when our faith is intensified. It is a spiritual preparation for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.
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Questions? Call the parish office 381-5200.
Loaves and Fishes have made a request for the following items. All can be delivered to the warehouse at 1351 North C St, Mon-Fri 7:00am to 3:00pm. You can also leave your donations at the rectory office and we will be glad to take them to Loaves and Fishes for you.
Dog food and pet supplies to help our guests and pets —pet food, collars, carriers, blankets, etc.
As the guests enter the Loaves and Fishes area there are so many stories of love, danger, pain and suffering, hope and strength. Loaves and Fishes has created a new website where you can read first hand accounts of the stories that take place daily at Loaves and Fishes.
Please visit: http://stories.sacloaves.org to start.
St. Paul Pastoral Council met on April 9, 2018.
Life Touch Update
Draft was presented to Council. Fr. Joyle will check and edit, and names need to be added to pictures taken.
Holy Week Feedback
Some improvements were suggested for the Easter Vigil service.
Safety Report Schedule
Ministry meeting is scheduled for last Thursday of the month to finalize materials for Active Shooter Awareness.
Our Heritage, Our Legacy Update Report
Over 200 tickets were sold. All choir groups are to be represented.
We have had a kick off meeting
Selling of raffle tickets will begin in October—drawing to take place in December
A suggestion to place “push and pull” signs on the double doors was presented and discussed
Sr. Beth thanked all for the participation and help with the SPYM Talent Show
Social Justice is collecting baby items.
Repairs have been made to the west gate. Cost was $1200 for the motor replacement. The installation was done free of charge by Steve McClean.
Plans are being made for an upcoming International Dinner.
The 2017/2018 CFF School year has been completed and we congratulate all our students on a successful year. We thank all our catechists for the excellent work they do.We will be registering for the 2018/19 year but first here are some important information to consider:
SPANISH CFF REGISTRATION DATES:
July 10, 11, 12 - 6:00pm-8:00pm (CFF Office)
July 17, 18, 19 - 6:00pm-8:00pm (CFF Office)
July 24, 25, 26 - 6:00pm-8:00pm (CFF Office)
Knights of Columbus Scholarship
The Knights of Columbus Council #6922 at St. Paul Parish is offering a scholarship grant to college-bound graduating high school seniors and continuing college students. A grant of $1,000 will be awarded this year. Applicants must be active, registered as parish members with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and with plans to attend an accredited university or college during the 2018-2019 school year. Applications must be completed and received at the Parish Office by June 24, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be notified by July 2, 2018.
For Applications Click Here
This year's successful Crab Feed was held last February. To view and downlaod photos click here:
2018 Crab Feed Photos
If you would like to find out more about becomng a Knight please ask any Knight, they s h o u l d all be wearing their name badges, or call Roger Tafoya at (916) 936-3810.
Abortion Hurts Women!
January 27, 2018 will mark the 14th Anniversary of the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. We invite you to join us at what has become one of the most even filled Catholic weekends in the Bay Area.
The Walk will begin at the Civic Center Plaza at 12:30pm, and, after the rally will proceed down Market Street towards Justin Herman Plaza. Before the Walk, Archbishop Cordileone welcomes you to Mass at 9:30am at St. Mary’s Cathedral
Click here to see photos os past years Walk by St Paul Parishioners
With the month of December we come to the end of the calendar year, but we enter a new “liturgical year” of the Church. During this past year we have reflected upon the six apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima, and the grace filled season of Advent. Now we prepare ourselves for the Second Coming of the Lord and recall and celebrate his First Coming at Christmas.
The “Spirit of Fatima” draws us in a profound way into the great solemnity of December 8, the Immaculate Conception. Along with that day we have another celebration on December 12. It is on this day we are invited to see and accept Our Lady as “mother.” During her appearance to St. Juan Diego, she assured him that she is his mother. Under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Immaculate Virgin stressed that she is with us to protect, strengthen and encourage us to center our lives in the Love that is God. It was hundreds of years later, at Fatima. That our Lady assured us: she is our refuge, and there is nothing to fear.
If a person is privileged to visit the shrine at the Cove da Iria in Fatima, one will be surprised to discover a Nativity scene across from the square from the site where Our Lady appeared. It is a great reminder that the “reality of Christmas” is always with us. It reminds us of He who was born into this world to save us from our sins. The call to repentance, prayer and penance for the conversion of sinners is the message which echoes throughout, not only the Sanctity of Fatima, but also throughout every Advent and Christmas season.
During this special time of the year, may the Blessed Virgin,
Our Immaculate Mother, pray for us.
Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, pray for us.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Bishop Myron J Cotta
THE GABRIEL PROJECT NEEDS YOU!
Many women faced with crisis pregnancies are abandoned by their families, the fathers of their babies and their communities. More and more, they are poor and in their teens. Some are homeless. Most feel afraid. For too many reasons, abortion seems the only answer. Churches and pro-life service groups have sought ways to expand their embrace of women in crisis pregnancies.
Now comes a way they can do so together ... a way to combine the special power of prayer with a commitment to service - The Gabriel Project!
The Gabriel Project is a church-based outreach whose volunteers offer assistance to women and families facing difficult or crisis pregnancies. Participating churches will "advertise" this commitment by placing a "Sign of Hope", with its "800" number Helpline, which assures any woman that the local Christian community cares for her and is prepared to offer immediate and practical help with her pregnancy. Callers to the Helpline are referred to the nearest appropriate church coordinator. The coordinator and the church volunteers - “Angels”- work with local community resources to meet the mother's needs.
“Spiritual Bouquet” envelopes are available for the upcoming Mothers Day celebration. You will find them in the entrance ways of the church. You are invited to list the names of your mothers, living and deceased, return the envelopes and they will remain on the altar for the remainder of the month of May.
Continuing Pope Francis’ call during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Sacramento invites all Catholics to celebrate 24 Hours for the Lord to experience the Lord’s loving mercy in the sacrament of reconciliation.
This year’s Lenten celebration will be marked with 24 hours of continuous confession in each of the 12 deaneries.
Southern Deanery: At Good Shepherd Church, Elk Grove
March 9, Friday, at 12 noon until March 10, Saturday, at 12 noon
Penitential Services by Parish in the deanery all at 7:00 PM
March 07, 2018 Saint Joseph
March 13, 2018 All Hallows
March 14, 2018 Saint Charles
March 20, 2018 Saint Rose
March 21, 2018 Good Shepherd
March 27, 2018 Saint Maria Goretti
Special Schedules for Confessions:
Saint Stephen the first Martyr Church will host confessions during Lenten season from Thursday after Ash Wednesday until Wednesday of Holy week; Monday to Saturday at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
Saint Paul will host confessions on the last three Fridays of Lent, March 09, 16 and 23, 2018, during Stations of the Cross from 6pm to 9:30pm.
Flu season is here. If you are sick, or think you might be sick, or are concerned about contracting an illness, you should refrain from receiving the Blood of Christ. Be assured that “since Christ is sacramentally present under each of the species, communion under the species of bread alone makes it possible to receive all the fruit of Eucharistic grace.” [from the Book of Catechism, #1390]
Angelo Mendoza: (916) 682-6938 (R) 761-6565 (C)
Mike Vasquez (916) 804-2502 (C),
Credit card: Dylan Pletcher: (916) 296-5739 orTickets will also be available at the Parish Office and our Religious Goods Store. Call 916-381-5200, M – F 8am – 4pm.
The Spanish, Primera Comunion and English, First Holy Communion was recently held May 12 and 19th respectively. Congratulations to all the children worked hard this year in CFF and were awarded for their hard work by receiving their First Holy Communion!
To view and download the Primera Comunion photos click here.
To view and download the First Holy Communion photos click here.
We know that everyone of you has a unique talent or ability to share. This is one good reason to join the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) at St. Paul Parish.
It is easy, and we meet once a month, 2nd Tuesday at 6:15pm in Classroom of the Religious Education Center. No age limit once you are 18. We are a fellowship of women who enjoy each other’s company socially. Our motto is Unity and Charity. Call Nellie Basquez a (916) 381-1365 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The preparation program used in our parish is called Unitas. This program provides the coupes with:
Information to help the marriage succeed Faith formation an essential ingredient toward sacramental marriage:
And a supporting group to build connections and grow with our parish.
Couples are provided with an excellent workbook and informational materials that are used during the program.
The registration form can be downloaded from our website, and registration needs to be completed by February 15th, 2018. After registration the couple will receive instruction to take an on-line FOCCUS inventory. (Diocese requirement)
Classes are held at St. Paul Church from 7:00 to 9:30pm. Please note that participants are required to attend all sessions in order to receive the Certificate of Completion.
Thank you to those who have already made a onetime, or an ongoing donation to the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal. Your gift will make a difference in someone’s life.
If you have not yet made a donation it’s not too late!
Envelopes are still available in the church. Don’t forget... 25% of what you donate is returned to our parish to assist people in our community who need help.
Thank you for your generosity!