Covid Protocols and Returning to Mass
As a result of Gov. Cooper’s update to mask and social distancing directives for the state of North Carolina, the Vicar General sent out a set of updated directives for all of the Diocese of Charlotte. It makes changes to several of the covid protocols we have been following. The biggest is the lifting of the general dispensation from attending Mass on Sunday’s and Holy Days of Obligation as of next weekend, May 22/23 – Pentecost Sunday.Click Here for Important Details
WE WILL BE LIVESTREAMING MASS ON YOUTUBE
If you are not comfortable attending Mass inside or are in a vulnerable group, you are still dispensed. We are live-streaming and recording to our YouTube channel.
Daily Masses on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9:00am and the Sunday Mass at 8:00am will be livestreamed and the recorded versions will be accessible on the St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church YouTube channel at the start of Mass:YouTube Channel for St. Paul
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There is daily Mass on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9 am. No reservation is needed.
Masks and social distance are not required on the left side of the Sanctuary. The right side of the Sanctuary is still set aside for those who need or would like to wear masks and socially distance. Please arrive no later than 5 minutes prior to Mass. Doors open at 8:30 am until Mass begins. Following Friday’s Mass there will be adoration.
Please if you feel sick, stay home. Thank you for your understanding.
For an update on our parish protocols, please check for your parish emails. If you are a parishioner, who doesn’t have an email, watch for a letter that was mailed to you explaining the updates or please call the office at 336-294-4696.
Click Here for “How to Receive Holy Communion” by Fr. Jonathan Meyer
May God bless us all during these unsettling times and fill our hearts with peace and hope, our minds with wisdom, and a strong will to make good decisions for all Gods people.
- PRAYER (click to read)
Heavenly Father, as we conclude our prayer this day, we lift up our hearts to You asking for your Spirit of Wisdom to guide our hearts and minds to the fulfilling of Your will and allow your justice to permeate and transform our thoughts with the mercy made known to us through Your only begotten Son, Jesus. We ask the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary whom You specially chose amongst all others to bear Him; that with her motherly care we may humble ourselves before You to embrace your love for all of your children of every race; that the strife and injustices of our day may be defeated. We seek the fatherly care and protection of St. Joseph for your Church along with the mighty power of the Archangel St. Michael to protect her from all harm. We seek the help of the heavenly Dominions to know your will. And we seek the help of the heavenly Virtues and Powers in this time of civil unrest and public affliction to help us in this fight against the evil spirits, Satan and all the fallen angels that their diabolical plans to divide and destroy may be defeated; that the violence may be ended and Your Peace and Justice may triumph. Finally, we humbly ask you to send forth the guardian angels to watch over all law enforcement officers that they and all those they serve may be protected from harm, guiding their actions to preserve peace and justice. We humbly ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. — Amen.
- CONFESSION (click for info)
Confession will be offered in our Sanctuary Confessional on Saturdays starting at 3:00 pm with the last confession starting at 3:40 pm. You do not need to reserve a spot. Please come prepared!
OUR FOOD PANTRY — will remain open, Monday through Friday, from 10 am until 1 pm, to serve those in need in our Community.
Please Consider Online Giving. One-Time or Scheduled Donations can be Made by clicking Here:Click Here to Donate Online
As a parish family, let us continue to ask the intercession of our Blessed Mother, of St. Roch, St. Rosalie and of our parish patron, St. Paul to hold us up before God asking for protection from harm, especially from this virus; and to bring health and healing to those afflicted by it already and strength and comfort to their family and friends.
If you are not receiving emails from St. Paul and you want to get the latest updates, please email the office with your preferred email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Father Joe and the parish staff all wish you and your family health and wellness. You all remain in our prayers.
You can employ the option of viewing Mass on EWTN’s tv network or any of the following live-stream sites. I have also included a prayer for making a Spiritual Communion below.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
Spiritual communion is a great way to cultivate our love for Christ in the Eucharist for those times when we can’t make it to Mass.
It doesn’t matter when or where you are, as long as you practice the devotion with “renewed faith, reverence, humility and in complete trust in the goodness of the Divine Redeemer” and are “united to Him in the spirit of the most ardent charity,” as Pope Pius XII says in his encyclical Mediator Dei (The Sacred Liturgy).
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Diocesan Support Appeal
To donate to the 2021 DSA online click this link or use the envelope found in your DSA mailed packet, in the pews, at our check-in tables in the Narthex or write your own envelope/check and note for DSA 2021. Thank you in advance for your donation.
Stewardship Opportunities at St. Paul
If you have not had a chance to fill out a commitment card yet, or you thought of other areas you might like to volunteer, you may express interest in one or more of our wonderful ministries at St. Paul by simply clicking on the link below.Click Here to fill out commitment card
You may also pick up a commitment card in the Narthex and turn in the basket. Thank you in advance for your support of your parish and community.
A Commentary on Rodolfo Papa’s ‘Discorsi sull’arte sacra’ By Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments
ROME, MARCH 29, 2012 (Zenit.org).- This is a publication that has been long waited for, as it is one that is greatly needed: it is the work of Rodolfo Papa, who studies sacred art, its essence and identity with great depth. The essence and identity in question is born from the truth of sacred art, and from the truth of art as such, in which truth and beauty are inseparable, and in which faith and art, faith and beauty embrace one another in perfect reciprocity that constitutes an unbreakable union between them; something similar to that which occurs between faith and reason. Read More.
Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists
The Catholic Faith On Demand
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