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Come Soar with the Eagle

This fall our Bible Study class will read and discuss the first part of the Gospel of John. We meet once a week beginning September 27th and ending November 16th. Classes are held on Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 am and on Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. You choose the class that fits your schedule. Study materials are provided for a slight charge ($16). Chuck Balestri and Jennifer Lee will lead the discussion groups. The Gospel of John has always held a special place in the hearts of Christians for the unique way it tells the story of Jesus. Using poetry, symbol and dramatic event John's Gospel asks us to see, close up, Jesus as the Son of the Father, the Messiah, and what that means for all of us. To see why John's Gospel is symbolized by the eagle, check out Ezekiel 1:10, Isaiah 40:31 and Revelations 4:7. Start your bible reading today. For more information or to join contact Chuck Balestri at cbalestri1@gmail.com

St. Paul Parish Mass Intention book for 2018 will be opened on August 14. If you wish to schedule a mass intention for 2018, you are invited to fill out one of the Mass Intention Request Forms located in the vestibule of the Church, the Parish Office or downloadable on the parish website. Please return the completed form to the Parish Office either through drop-off, weekly collection basket, mail or email. Please limit your requests to 4 Masses in order to accommodate others' requests. The office staff will date and record the intentions in the order in which they are received. The form may be returned prior to the date of the opening of the intention book. There is no need to wait in line. This is a paper process.

It is always possible to obtain a mass intention for the deceased or living as the need arises, such as a the death of a friend or loved one. Simply contact the parish office to arrange a mass intention.

In order to continue the practice for the reader to announce the mass intentions during the Universal Prayer (daily masses) or the beginning of Mass (Sundays), you are requested to limit the individual names listed. If a long list (3 or more individual names are listed), it could be formulated as the "deceased members of the Doe Family" or Mr. & Mrs. John Doe and Family or Mr. & Mrs. John Doe and children or John and Jane Doe. Your assistance is formulating your mass intentions is greatly appreciated. The requested donation (stipend) is $10 and may be submitted with the form.

The offering of a stipend is a means whereby Catholics may contribute to the upkeep of the clergy, and the Church in general. However, so as to avoid even the appearance of commerce in sacred things, the Church regulates the practice of offering and receiving stipends in the Code of Canon Law. In normal circumstances, a priest may only accept one stipend for any one Mass even though he may offer up the Mass for several intentions.

Most importantly, the person who has offered the stipend has not "bought a Mass," a thing which is patently impossible. What has happened is that the priest has committed himself to celebrate a Mass according to the intentions of the person making the offering. This intention is most often to recommend the soul of a deceased person but may also be for the personal intentions of the living. Because the intention is essentially a spiritual act, its publication neither adds nor subtracts from its efficacy. Indeed, publicly announcing the intention is done for the comfort of the living and not for the benefit of the dead. If you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office.


Our St. Paul Children's Choir is now welcoming in new members. The choir consists of about 50 boys and girls from the parish who are in grades 3 through 8. Rehearsals happen in our church choir every Monday night from 5:45 to 7:00 pm during the school year. The choir's first rehearsal will be Monday September 11th. To learn more about this choir click here. To register your child for 2017-2018 click here.


Please join us for our upcoming Altar Server Summer Appreciation Party on Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Princeton Community Park Pool, Witherspoon Street. Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm. ALL family members are welcomed. Please bring a dessert or side dish to pass. Please RSVP by Sunday, Aug. 28 to Donna Murray at donna.murray@foxroach.com.

Summer Academy begins on Monday, July 24 at 9:00 am.

On the first day, Monday, July 24, parents are asked to bring their child(ren) to the School Gym. We will begin our day with prayer and a brief orientation. Children will meet and be dismissed from the gym with their catechist to their meeting place. Parents/Guardians are asked to remain in the gym until 9:30 am for orientation.

For the remaining days of Summer Academy, children in Grades 1, 3 and 5 are to be dropped off at the parish school. Children in Grades 4, 6, 7 and 8 grades are to be dropped off at the Spiritual Center. Students will be picked up from the building that they have classes. However, on Wednesdays and Fridays, we ask that all children be picked up at the school, due to the 12:10 pm Mass.

Please be attentive and courteous while operating your vehicle in the

parish parking lot as you drop-off and pick-up your child(ren).

Children will be given a daily snack break. We ask that you pack them something for each day. Please avoid sticky drinks, and plan on sending water.

Because this is an intensive program there is an expectation that the children will be in attendance every day and on time. If there is an emergency please contact the Office of Religious Education to make arrangements.

During the two-week program, all of our children will be participating in singing lessons with the head of our children's choir. Families are invited to join us on Friday, August 4, as we conclude Summer Academy for the Parish 12:10 pm Mass. Children will be dismissed from the church at approximately 1:00 pm. The children will be participating in this liturgy and singing the songs that they have learned.

The Parish Religious Education Program is seeking volunteer catechists for our Sunday Morning, Tuesday Afternoon, and Tuesday Evening Programs. If you are interested in becoming a catechist, or are interested in volunteering as a hall monitor, adult classroom aide, or feel that you have a skill that will be useful for the Religious Education Program we encourage you to contact the Office of Religious Education at jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org.


Vacation Bible Camp begins on Monday, July 10th at 9:00 am in the Spiritual Center. Please bring your children at 8:50 am so that they can clear security (check in) as we prepare to travel the world as we take A Wild Ride on the Wings of Prayer, and come to meet the at the gates promptly at 12:00 pm. We invite all parents to arrive at 11:30 am on Friday, July 14th as our children will share all of the wonderful songs they learned. We really look forward to an amazing week of singing, crafts, games, and snacks as our children learn more about prayer with the Amazing Angels and Saints!

St. Paul Parish is seeking to hire an administrative assistant to provide support for the Religious Education Office. Religious Ed provides classes to approximately 700 children, and prepares children for Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel,Publisher, and Word) with an eye for detail, and strong organizational skills. The position is a part time requiring 24 hours per week. There is some flexibility in the work schedule. If you wish to be considered please send a resume and cover letter as an attachment by July 14, 2017 to jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org.

Bishop David O'Connell has announced that effective July 1, 2017, Fr. Daniel Gowan will begin a new assignment at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine, Freehold. Bishop also announced that Fr. Carlo Calisin will be assigned as Parochial Vicar of St. Paul Parish. Our parish is grateful to Fr. Dan for his ministry among us and welcomes Fr. Carlo.

I am Fr. Carlo Calisin, and it is with great joy that I will be joining the parish family of St. Paul. I was born and raised in the Philippine Islands. I entered the seminary formation when I was twelve years old back in my hometown of Tabaco City. I finished my college seminary formation in Christ the King seminary run by the Society of the Divine Word Fathers. After eight years of priestly formation I made the decision to broaden my horizons and to experience life outside the seminary. During that time, I worked as a supervisor in the communication industry. It was in 2009 when I was invited to join the Diocese of Trenton to pursue my vocation to the priesthood. I spent five years at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, earning my theological degree, and later was ordained to the priesthood in 2014. I have spent the past three years at Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish in Atlantic Highlands where I serve as a parochial vicar. I am a very joyful priest. I wear my smile everyday. It is very rare for me to be grumpy unless the Ravens, my football team, loses. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and to share my ministry with you as we are all called to build the body of Christ. God Bless you all, Fr. Carlo.

Our parish will welcome Fr. Carlo on July 1. We will also be celebrating Fr. Dan's ministry with us, with coffee and donuts on Sunday, June 25. All are welcome!

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