The Sacrament of Confirmation
is a true sacrament instituted by
Christ and different from baptism. It is administered
by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer.
The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop
administers the sacrament. All baptized persons
can and should be confirmed. The effect of the
sacrament of confirmation is to give strength in
faith and for the confession of faith and to impress
an indelible character.
Bishop Filipe Estevez is administering the Sacrament
of Confirmation to 16 of our Faith Formation
and St. Paul School children on February 25th at
9.00 am Mass. Let us pray for these young women
and men of our parish to receive the gifts and
fruits of the Holy Spirit and to strengthen them in
their witness to Christ by word and deed and in
their work to bring to its fullness the Body of
Please join their reception at the parish hall right
after the 9.00 am Mass. Thanks to K of C and the
ladies guild for arranging the reception to honor them.
What is LENT?
Lent is a 40-day period leading up to Easter, beginning
with Ash Wednesday on February 14th. Lent is
a season of penance. That means it is an opportunity
to examine your life, give your struggles to
God, and invite him to help you become the best
version of yourself.
During Lent, there is a strong focus on prayer, fasting,
and almsgiving. All these spiritual exercises
help prepare us for the celebration of the passion,
death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Consider making a commitment to visit St Paul’s
Church Adoration Chapel or attend daily Mass.
In addition to fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good
Friday, consider something else in your life that you
can give up for Lent. Try to replace that time with
something that will make you a better version of
Attend our Friday Fish Dinners which support St
Called to Be Stewards
Holy One, You have called us by name to be Stewards—responsible for assuring that the right of each person to basic health care is respected. To be visionaries of a future without limitations – a future of accommodations and access that promotes equity of care.As Stewards, we promote the good health of all the community – reaching out to fill the void that exists for the elderly, the sick and the disadvantaged. As Stewards, we are a transforming, healing presence within the communities we serve.
Are there treasures your heart desires that promote only your own good?
FR. GEORGE’S CORNER
One of the most effective means of learning
to see ourselves as we really are and to
cultivate a sense of humility is to develop a
profound sense of gratitude. The moment we
conclude that we are responsible for who we
are, what we have done, and what we
possess, then we are in big trouble. When we
recognize that God is the source of all the
blessing our lives, we respond with an attitude
of gratitude. A profound sense of gratitude
reminds us of the source of all good gifts. It
reminds us of the responsibility we have to
share those blessings with others.
– Excerpted from 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness
by Joe Paprocki
Called to Be Sacred Vessels
Holy One, You have called us by name to be
Sacred vessels—to be witnesses to our inner
conviction for the presence of God in all that
To be a community of healing and
compassion—sharing your gift of hope and
well-being for all.
As Sacred vessels—we are balm for the
wounds of the sick and the dying.
We are your healing hands and warm
As your Sacred Vessels, we are a transforming,
healing presence within the communities
Will others see your inner conviction—or be
moved by your own sharing of hope and
This Life Will Go By Fast
Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so
much, don’t complain so much.
Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person
that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go
and keep seeking your happiness.
Never stop being a good parent. Don’t worry so much
about buying luxuries and comforts for your home,
don’t kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for
your family. Those benefits should be earned by each
person, so don’t dedicate yourself to accumulating
Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places,
give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to
get closer. Don’t put away the fine glassware. Utilize
the new dinnerware; don’t save your favorite
perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your
favorite sports shoes; repeat your favorite clothes.
So what? That’s not bad. Why not now? Why not
pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep?
Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so
long for Christmas; for Friday; for Reunions; for
another year; for when I have money; for love to
come; when everything is perfect… look…
Everything perfect doesn’t exist. Human beings can’t
accomplish this because it simply was not intended to
be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.
So take this challenge that is life and do it now…love
more, forgive more, embrace more, love more
intensely and leave the rest in God’s hands. AMEN
From Pope Francis