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Novena to St. Joseph to End Abortion

Join with our Bishop David M. O'Connell, CM, the Diocese of Trenton, and our St. Paul Parish family to pray this novena January 14-22, 2021 to end abortion.

St. Joseph,
Patron of the Universal Church
and Guardian of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus,
the Son of God whom she carried in her Immaculate womb:
intercede for us, we pray,
that all recourse to abortion
might cease in our nation and our world.

As you cared for Mother and Child,
care for all women who bear the gift of life in their womb.
May no harm ever endanger them
and may no choice ever threaten
the blessing of human life that God has created within.
Guard them with your loving protection,
at every moment,
until His will has been fulfilled.

St. Joseph,
spouse of Mary and foster father of the Lord,
help us build a culture of life
that yields a civilization of love among us.

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory be...

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A message of gratitude from Fr. Miguel

Having now completed the celebration of the Christmas season as a parish family and acknowledging that it was under very different and challenging circumstances this year, I wish to highlight some aspects of our journey this year as a community of believers:

First, I want to let you know that your perseverance in faith has greatly touched my heart and deeply impacted my priestly ministry. In the midst of this terrible pandemic, you have continued coming to our liturgical celebrations or have participated in them from home by watching the live stream. Your dedication has shown me how driven your lives are by hope and charity. Having now been named pastor, my heart is filled with joy to be among such a strong faith community. I have now shouldered a great responsibility and a deep honor to participate in such a meaningful way in your spiritual lives. I want to walk alongside you, helping you to always feel God's presence. That is my job. That is my vocation and my purpose. I want to have the heart of a pastor, to be dedicated to his community. When the faithful approach a priest, it is not to find a psychologist or a professional minister, but above all, a pastor who has the heart of Jesus, helping you to find new perspective in your life. Please, pray for me so that I can fulfill this responsibility.

Secondly, your generosity has touched my heart very deeply. I have been so moved over the past several months to see how God has put me in a community where parishioners know how to and desire to share their time, their talents, their human and Christian values. I thank you once again for this generosity because, despite the impact of this pandemic, you have not stopped donating whether online, mailing your envelopes, or putting them in the collection baskets each weekend. For that sacrifice that you continue to make, Fr. Carlo, Fr. Zack, Dcn. Jim, Dcn. Frank, all the staff, and I say thank you for your great generosity. We continue to live in difficult times and I am sure that we will move forward together as a parish family overcoming any future challenges that await us.

And finally, I am deeply grateful to all the ministers and ministries, to the volunteers who - with so much dedication and love - have prepared, decorated, and made our church look beautiful during the Advent and Christmas seasons. I know they have worked diligently, full of faith and joy. For all this effort, dedication, and love, God bless you all.

Again, on behalf of Fr. Carlo, Fr. Zack, Dcn. Jim, Dcn. Frank, and myself, I invite you to walk in faith as we approach Ordinary Time. During this season, we are reminded that there is hope. We will journey with Jesus through this difficult time and, together through prayer and discernment, we will stove to make the best decisions for our community. God always bless you all. I love you!

Fr Miguel
Pastor, St. Paul Parish

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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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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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