Saint Paul Boutique Event
This year the Altar and Rosary Society’s Boutique Sale is scheduled for March 7th and 8th. The major part of the work is done in the preparation for those two days. Please look around your homes, garages and storage spaces for good items that could come to the boutique. Please plan to bring your good quality, new or used items to the parish hall on Thursday and Friday, March 5th and 6th between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (NO CLOTHNG)
40 Days for Life Campaign
Saint Paul the Apostle Parish has participated in the 40-day campaigns before. This Lent the parishioners are encouraged to participate in praying in front of the Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic in San Luis Obispo. This does place a burden on those who participate—time is required; concentration on God is the focus; there will be distractions; the weather may be a trial; and more. The benefit may not ever be known by those participating. Please call Celine at 805-478-1093 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can still sign up.
Annual Ministries Appeal
There are a group of ministries which are coordinated by Bishop Garcia and his office. These usually cannot be accomplished at the parish level. So this annual appeal supports the efforts which benefit all the parishes. Please consider this a type of Lenten penance or almsgiving. Responses can come any time. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR RESPONSE GOES TO THE PARISH OFFICE. This is the only way to insure a DOUBLE checking of the contributions—first at the parish, then at the Bishop’s office.
Future Projects on Site
The parish hall is presently undergoing an exterior painting. Thus far the results have been very gratifying. Construction has begun on a double garage/double carport in the rear parking lot. There will be disruption to the availability of the back area. The painting of the hall’s exterior and the construction of the small building are seen as necessary before the asphalt is redone on the parish property.
Abstinence During Lent
The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Abstinence is required of all Catholics over the age of 14 (no upper limit). This means that no meat or meat products (soups, gravies, consommés, etc.) are to be eaten on the Fridays of Lent. This regulation is considered to be a serious obligation for all Catholics. However, those who are ill, pregnant, on medication or special diets for health concerns or those who must work at extremely physical jobs may be exempt from abstinence.
Father Michael Bell, who said the Latin Mass for six or more years here at Saint Paul Parish, suffered a debilitating stroke. He is recuperating slowly. Please pray for his well-being.
Pray for Those in the Military
There are several members of the parish family who are in the military. Please pray for Matthew Owen, Christopher Valine, Nicholas Villegas, Richard (Richie) John III, Jessie Davis Long, James F. Maloney, Antonio P. Ramos, Mitchell Howard, Maria Kuhnes, Nicholas Cabansag, Daniel O’Connell, Matthew O’Connell, Markus Jones, Robert James Gassmann, J.P. Castech, Anna Martin, Max Catalina, Ashley Valine and Grace Anderson.
Coffee and Donuts
Coffee and donuts will be available Sunday morning in the hall. Please join your fellow parishioners after the Sunday morning Masses. Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know.
First Friday & First Saturday
First Friday, March 6th, occurs this week. Immediately following Mass there will be a Holy Hour with prayers and Benediction.
First Saturday, March 7th, also occurs this week. It is in honor of Our Lady of Fatima with recitation of the Rosary to restore World Peace.
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday: Dn 9:4b-10; Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13; Lk 6:36-38
Tuesday: Is 1:10, 16-20; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23;
Wednesday: Jer 18:18-20; Ps 31:5-6,14-16; Mt 20:17-28
Thursday: Jer 17:5-10; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 16:19-31
Friday: Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a; Ps 105:16-21;
Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
Saturday: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 103:1-4, 9-12;
Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Sunday: Ex 20:1-17 [1-3, 7-8, 12-17]; Ps 19:8-11;
1 Cor 1:22-25; Jn 2:13-25
Alternate readings (Year A): Ex 17:3-7;
Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Rom 5:1-2, 5-8;
Jn 4:5-42 [5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42]
Continue to pray for those who are ill
Mary Louise Brady, Shawn Clarke, Therese Lawrence, Michalle Hammond, Claire Brescia, McKenzie Tompkins, Rosalea Garces, Joe Tondre, Anne Sterline, Tyler Borges, Patrick Johnson, Romeo Zuech, Hilda Souza, Judy Wedin, Emma Coehlo, Vince Filippi, David Sterling, Hunter Ormonde, Bruce Springer, Jerry Williams, Samantha Kohler, Kathy Moritz, Simona Giovando, Shannon Carpenter, Regina Clarke, Annette Herbst, Joan Gaugush, Elaine Denton, Elsie Bough, Rey Cacabelos, Leandro Tompkins, Roger Boggs, Martha Hosier, Lawrence Wedin, Destry Ramey, Donnie Ornellas, Patrick Matthias, Mary Avila, James Willette, David Woodruff, Kate Wels, Anatol Jordan, Joe Crescione, Paul Adame, Mark Gil Go, Jimmy Harrington, Carla Silva, Jeff Williams, Sr., Anna Ramsey, Phineus McKenna, Judy Marine, Sister Carol, Lorinda Toscas Manheimer, Anita Landry, Steve Skibinski, Florence Kotlarek, Mary McDonell, Tom Shaffer, Jeannette Scarpelli, Nancy Ochs, Bro. Christopher Saidon, Clint Albao, Eric Danilewicz, Madeline Mackie, Sylvia Cazier, Yolanda Ravelo, Carmela Marino, Father Michael Bell, Fred Graf, Veronica Boulais and Theresa Ramirez.
LISTEN AND FOLLOW
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” And listen they did. From that moment on, Peter, James, and John were ardent followers, forsaking everything to follow in their Master’s footsteps. Like the psalmist crying, “O Lord, I am your servant,” the three disciples committed themselves to lives of incredible hardship and indescribable joy. After that day on the mountain, they never again wavered in their chosen vocation.
Though our tests may not be as severe as Abraham’s and our peak experiences not as dramatic as the Transfiguration, we all face the daily challenges of walking “before the Lord in the land of the living.” As we follow our varied calls to love and serve, let’s be comforted by Paul’s reminder to the Romans: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.