Visitors are always welcome.
We pray the Rosary every Sunday at the conclusion of the 8:00 am Mass. Everyone is welcome.
Tuesday 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Thursday 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday 10:00 – 3:15pm
with Divine Mercy Chaplet
“One Hour with Jesus” Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. First Friday of the month at 8:00 pm.
First Saturday Adoration from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Nocturnal Adoration 2nd Saturday of the month from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am
We will register children on two days; July 24 and July 31 before and after the 10:00 am and 12:30 pm Masses. We will be in the parish hall. Fees for registration are: $35 per child, with a max of $90 per family. First Communion fees and Confirmation Year 1 fees are an additional $20 per child. For details, please see Religious Ed link above, or the insert in the July 17 bulletin, also above.
We are looking for volunteers to become catechists or assistants. You must pass a criminal background check. You must also be a practicing Catholic, attending Mass regularly, and following Church doctrine. We provide a teacher’s manual for you, which makes it very easy to make a lesson plan. All classes are taught in English. Come and join our terrific teaching team! Contact Laurie Vitek, DRE if you can help.
Believe it or not, the fall festival is only about 10 weeks away. This year’s festival will be Saturday, October 8. Pat Brake is collecting jewelry for the popular Jewelry Booth, so please start looking around for any jewelry you wish to donate, or ask your friends if they can help. Jewelry can be dropped off at the office. We also need a new coordinator to manage the scheduling and operation of our Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins are scheduled to be delivered on September 24, so we need someone in place as soon as possible. Call the office if you can help, so we don’t have to cancel.
Our annual dinner meeting, Catechist Kick-off, will be held for all existing and new SOR teachers and assistants on August 17 at 6:30 pm in the parish hall. Please make every effort to attend this get-together, as we discuss the upcoming year, get our class lists, etc. Thank you!
Our parish will begin serving Family Promise on Sunday, July 31 through Sunday, August 7 between the hours of 4:30 pm to 8:00 am. Family Promise works with homeless families to find shelter, jobs and meals. More info can be found on Office Info link above. Volunteers will be needed from our parish to assist in this effort in the evenings and with meals prep and serving. If you can help, contact Sara at 404-285-3971.
ALSO, PLEASE CHECK the bulletin insert for June 10 for a list of donation items we need. Click on Weekly Bulletin link above to see the information. Thank you!
St. Paul is looking for a new wedding coordinator to help with people who plan destination weddings at our church. This is a paid position. For more information, please contact the church office.
If you have a name on our prayer list, please be sure to contact Lourdes in the office, and ask for it to continue to be on the list. Due to space, we update our list from time to time, and will be purging our current list by July 28. Please let us know before then. Thank you!
A decree formalizing the decision was published by the Congregation for Divine Worship June 10 along with an article explaining its significance.
Both the decree and the article were titled “Apostolorum Apostola” (“Apostle of the Apostles”).
In the article for the Vatican newspaper, Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary of the congregation, wrote that in celebrating “an evangelist who proclaims the central joyous message of Easter,” St. Mary Magdalene’s feast day is a call for all Christians to “reflect more deeply on the dignity of women, the new evangelization and the greatness of the mystery of divine mercy.”
“Pope Francis has taken this decision precisely in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy to highlight the relevance of this woman who showed great love for Christ and was much loved by Christ,” Archbishop Roche wrote.
While most liturgical celebrations of individual saints during the year are known formally as memorials, those classified as feasts are reserved for important events in Christian history and for saints of particular significance, such as the Twelve Apostles.
In his apostolic letter “Dies Domini” (“The Lord’s Day”), St. John Paul II explained that the “commemoration of the saints does not obscure the centrality of Christ, but on the contrary extols it, demonstrating as it does the power of the redemption wrought by him.”
Preaching about St. Mary Magdalene, Pope Francis highlighted Christ’s mercy toward a woman who was “exploited and despised by those who believed they were righteous,” but she was loved and forgiven by him.
Her tears at Christ’s empty tomb are a reminder that “sometimes in our lives, tears are the lenses we need to see Jesus,” the pope said April 2, 2013, during Mass in his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Pope Francis also mentions her specifically in the prayer he composed for the Year of Mercy: “Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured paradise to the repentant thief.”
Archbishop Roche explained that in giving St. Mary Magdalene the honor of being the first person to see the empty tomb and the first to listen to the truth of the resurrection, “Jesus has a special consideration and mercy for this woman, who manifests her love for him, looking for him in the garden with anguish and suffering.”
Drawing a comparison between Eve, who “spread death where there was life,” and St. Mary Magdalene, who “proclaimed life from the tomb, a place of death,” the archbishop said her feast day is a lesson for all Christians to trust in Christ who is “alive and risen.”
“It is right that the liturgical celebration of this woman has the same level of feast given to the celebration of the apostles in the general Roman calendar and highlights the special mission of this woman who is an example and model for every woman in the church.”