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Are you looking for a way to bring more meaning into your life? Or maybe you've been yearning to share the bounty that has come into your world. Perhaps you long to lead a more Christ-like life. Then check out St. Vincent de Paul Society. The volunteers for Saint Vincent receive pleas from our neighbors for help with basic human needs like food, shelter, medicine, utilities and so on. Their call for help dispatches a team of volunteers who visit with the family to get a solid understanding of the situation and the conditions which may have led to the request. When these requests go beyond SVdP's abilities to respond, the team may refer neighbors to other more appropriate helping agencies. The society provides training, coaching and guidance to all of its volunteers. No related past experience is necessary just a desire to serve the less fortunate among us. As the Lord said "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

An opportunity to learn about the mission, means and rewards that you'll derive from this important work will be held on Feb, 24 @ St Paul's Parish Center in the St. Timothy room, 1:00 to 2:15 PM. All are welcome, bring a friend if they are motivated to help our needy neighbors.

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Our monthly 24-Hour Adoration in the St. Paul's Mercy Chapel has begun to really take root in our parish. This past month's adoration, held on the first Thursday of February for those who hold political office, had at least one adorer or more per Holy Hour, with multiple hours having 2-3 adorers signed up to adore our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The next 24-Hour Adoration period will be held on the first Thursday-Friday, March 1-2. The prayer intention for this adoration period will be for vocational discernment. Regardless of our stage in life, God is always calling us. C.S Lewis said, "God doesn't want something from us. He simply wants us." Vocational discernment might indeed lead to taking on a particular ministry or a deepening sense of the vocational path we have already chosen, but the most fundamental step that comes before any life choice is saying "yes" to God, and this in turn informs everything we do. It is fitting that the intention for our upcoming 24-hour adoration period lands in the middle of the Lenten season. When we remove some of the clutter in our lives, whether it be excessive use of technology, spending money on unnecessary things, or particular food groups, we are saying "yes" to God's invitation to become more present with us. Our parish invites you this Lent to spend some additional time with the Lord, and to prayerfully consider signing up for a Holy Hour. The hours for adoration are from 8:45 am Thursday (starting with a Eucharistic procession after the daily Mass in the main church) until 8:00 am Friday (ending with a Eucharistic procession from the Mercy Chapel to the main church). A paper sign-up sheet is located in the church vestibule, or sign-ups can be made online through emailing kmichelsmith@icloud.com.

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All children preparing for First Eucharist are asked to attend a morning retreat on Saturday, March 25th from 9:30 am– 12:30 pm. Each child should be accompanied by one parent. We open the retreat in prayer in our Church, and then have the opportunity for liturgical "show and tell", and "taste and see" with unconsecrated hosts. We will then move to the school cafeteria, where children will pick-up their materials for the day and banners.

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On Friday, March 9th, the children of the parish, along with the Children's Choir, will lead the parish in praying the Stations of the Cross. This expression of our faith during the Lenten season is a perfect opportunity to experience a different form of prayer. We are looking for children of our parish, especially in middle school, to volunteer to lead as readers, candle and cross bearers. Stations will begin at 7:00 pm however, we ask that children participating arrive at 6:00 pm to read through their parts and prepare for the evening. Please email jmcguire@stpaulsofprinceton.org if your child is interested in participating.

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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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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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