Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
To All Parishioners
November 30, 2020
This is to bring all of you up to speed on a maintenance issue that the maintenance staff, finance council and I have been working on over the last 8 months.
The barrel vault skylight over the main sanctuary has, since it was first installed back in 1993, been a source of leaks into the sanctuary, especially when the rainfall is significant. It has had several repairs done to it trying to stop the leaking (one time costing over $6,000), but the problem continues. Currently, every time there is a forecast for rain, we are laying absorbent drop cloths down the main aisle to protect the new carpet.
Back during the summer we had the roofing company we usually use come in with one of their big cranes to take a closer look at it. In addition, a parishioner’s friend brought his drone to do a flyover and take photos of it.
End result, the skylight is now well past its projected life span. The acrylic material is showing signs of significant solar/uv damage (spider cracks and two major ones) and in many places the caulking and the screws holding the tiedown straps are coming loose.
In short, the skylight is no longer repairable and needs replacing. To go back with a new skylight will cost between $180,000 to $220,000 and have a 5 year warranty against further leakage. Within 20 years it would have to be replaced all over again.
We also explored replacing it by completing the roof up to the peak. That will only cost us $63,000 and comes with a 10 year warranty for the materials, but as you well know, traditional shingle roofs last much longer.
In consultation with the diocese’ chancellor and Property management office, and the Parish Pastoral and Finance councils, we will be going with the option of finishing out the roof.
We are currently working with the roofing company and the diocese to get the engineering and architectural work done so we can begin.
We are coming to you with this to ask you to please consider making a contribution towards this project so that we do not have to dip heavily into our reserve funds. Again, that cost is: $63,000. If you do choose to contribute towards this, please mark the donation “roof project.”
Click Here for Photos and a video from the drone.
CHRISTMAS OUTREACH AT ST. PAUL
The need to help others is greater than ever this year. Due to the pandemic, our Annual Giving Tree will be virtual. Click on the button below for more information, to view the gifts requested and to select your virtual tags. Thank you for your generosity and kindness in supporting those in need in our community!Click Here to go to Our Virtual Giving Tree.
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 10:30am 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
Click on the ‘Subscribe” button to receive notifications of new videos when available. Simply click on the video you want to watch.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Masses are being held at 9 am in our renovated Sanctuary. You do not need to reserve a spot for the daily Masses. The maximum of 250 in attendance will be followed, however for daily Masses we should not come near that amount. Remember to wear a mask and to maintain social distance. Call the office with any questions at 336-294-4696. We will have a staff member at doors by the Narthex on the Main Parking Lot side to let the people in before Mass, starting at 8:30 am and stopping at Mass time. Please if you feel sick, stay home. Thank you for your understanding. We will update you as the situation changes.
To reserve a spot for the Saturday at 4:30 pm or Sunday at 8 am or 10:30 am Masses, please check your parish email. If you are a parishioner, who doesn’t have an email, 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 on Saturdays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. Please call or email the office between the hours of 8:00am to 1:00pm Monday through Friday to reserve a time. and do come prepared! (336-294-4696 or email@example.com)
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. Going forward our weekly bulletin will not be printed but will be available on our website until further notice.
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.
To donate to the 2020 DSA online click this link or use the envelope found in your DSA mailed packet, in the pews or at our Welcome Desk in the Narthex. 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
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