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St. Maximilian Kolbe

On August 14, the Church celebrates St. Maximilian Kolbe and begs his intercession. As a child, Kolbe was granted a vision of Mary. Kolbe was a Polish Catholic priest and Conventual Franciscan friar. He was active in promoting the veneration of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, founding and supervising a monastery near Warsaw, operating a radio station, and running several other publications. Due to Kolbe's efforts to promote consecration and entrustment to Mary, he is known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary.

In 1941, Kolbe's monastery was shut down by the Nazi's and he was arrested, imprisoned, and sent to Auschwitz. Continuing to act as a priest, Kolbe was subjected to violent harassment. That summer, one prisoner escaped from the camp, prompting the camp commander to pick ten men to be starved to death in an underground bunker to deter further escape attempts. When one of the selected men, cried out, "My wife! My children!", Kolbe volunteered to take his place.

From his prison cell, Kolbe led the prisoners in prayer and song in the face of death. After they had been starved and deprived of water for two weeks, only Kolbe remained alive. The guards wanted the bunker emptied, so they executed Kolbe by lethal injection. He died on Aug 14. His remains were cremated on Aug 15, the feast day of the Assumption of Mary. In 1982, Pope John Paul II declared Kolbe a saint and a "martyr of charity." Franciszek Gajowniczek, the man whose life was spared by Kolbe's sacrifice, was present at his canonization Mass in Rome.

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The ER is now open!
Do you need a trip to the ER*?
It gives our parish great joy to be able to continue to offer the sacraments to our faithful! Join us this Friday and Saturday for more opportunities to grow in relationship with Christ!
*ER = Eucharist & Reconciliation
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Churches in Diocese of Trenton to Reopen for Public Masses

With the announcement by the governor this week that larger religious gatherings may be conducted inside places of worship, Bishop O'Connell has published guidelines for the resumption of the celebration of sacraments in parish churches in the Diocese of Trenton. Bishop has decided that daily Mass with specific guidelines may resume on Monday, June 8 limited to 100 people and Sunday Mass with specific guidelines beginning on the weekend of June 13-14 limited to 1/3 of the church's seating capacity. The Parish Team of St. Paul will meet this Monday to discuss these guidelines and their implementation here at St. Paul. The resumption of the celebration of the sacraments necessitates adaptations and is not merely a return to normal since the coronavirus remains a serious threat. Each of us must continue to do our part to mitigate the spread of the virus particularly as we come together in larger groups so that we can be able to gather for Eucharist and nourish our spiritual lives through reception of Holy Communion. As we adapt to these new protocols, it is important to remember that the faithful of the diocese continued to be dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. What is important is the opportunity to receive the blessed sacrament, not to fulfill an obligation. If Sunday Mass is not possible, because of limitations perhaps attending one of the daily masses to receive communion can substitute. If you wish to read the complete letter of the bishop, visit the diocesan website. We will publish the procedures for St. Paul Parish as we formulate them, in order to give everyone adequate time to make their decisions and understand what will be expected. I thank you in advance for your continued understanding and cooperation as we begin the process of resuming parish life.

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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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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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