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Msgr. Joe's Reflection: Palm Sunday

airytales include three bears, three little pigs, and three witches. The third time is a charm, we say. The life cycle is birth, life, and death. The magi brought three gifts to the infant Jesus. Time is divided into past, present, and future. Hegel taught about thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. And we could go on and on and on. Threes are all around us. Threes abound in Matthew's account of Jesus' passion as well. Judas is paid thirty pieces of silver for betraying Jesus (three times ten). Jesus takes his three favorite apostles Peter and "the two sons of Zebedee" as he goes off to pray. Three times Jesus finds Peter asleep after he asks him to "keep watch with me." One of the accusations against Jesus before the "chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin" is that he said he could rebuild the temple in three days. Peter denies three times that he knows Jesus. Jesus and two others were crucified on that first Good Friday. Jesus died at three in the afternoon. Pilate gave orders that "the grave be secured until the third day." But no one was prepared for what would happen on that third day!

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Annual Catholic Appeal: Your Gift Matters

Each year, the Bishop seeks the support of all the members of the diocese to further the work of our ministries. Your donation is important in building up our Church. Each of us has a vital part in all we do in Christ's name, and each of us can share in all we do with a gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal. Our single Act of Faith propels the works of love that build up our Church. St. Paul's share of the diocesan goal is $151,000. We truly need everyone to participate. Our parish will receive a 15% rebate when we collect funds equal to our parish goal. The Bishop is always grateful and moved by the level of support you give to your parish and diocese. Thank you and may God continue to bless you and your family. Please contact the parish office for more information or click here to be redirected to the diocesan Catholic Appeal Page for more information or to make an online gift/pledge.

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Additional parking for Mass on Christmas and Weekends is available nearby directly behind 185 Nassau Street (the old Nassau Street School). It can be reached by turning on to William Street from Washington Road (it will be on your left) or going down Charlton Street (directly across from the Church) and taking the first right on to William Street. The lot will be on your right.

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Our parish is now steaming live our Sunday 10:00 am Mass on our parish website for those who are home bound and unable to attend Sunday Mass. Simply click on the image of the Church to right to start the media player. An archive of the Mass will also be available for on demand viewing. Please contact the parish office for more information or if you are having any difficulty.

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Cohort Corner

Participating in the Diocese of Trenton pastoral planning process, Faith in Our Future, St. Paul Parish is a member of Cohort 7 with the following parishes. (click here for more information on Faith in Our Future or the parish name for their website)





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