Parish News

This Advent, resolve to do something new: gather with family and friends, light a candle, pray together, and enjoy an evening of fellowship, or brunch, or cookies & tea. No matter how small or big your group, make it a point to invite pregnant Mary and Joseph to your gathering.

Blessed icons of the Holy Family will be traveling around the parish – between families, small groups, organizations – for the three full weeks of Advent, and returning each Sunday of Advent to St. Paul Church. At each stop, people gather to pray with the icon present. Material for suggested communal prayer will be provided: Rosary, Morning prayer, Vespers, material for prayer with children, etc.. or design your own prayer gathering. To have a common thread, we ask that intercessions include families and children to be born, migrants and refugees, and Christians facing persecution.

A sign-up list decides where Mary and Joseph are going each day; each stop may keep the icon two days (Mon & Tue, Wed & Thu, Fri & Sat); sign-up sheets are available in the church after Sunday Masses, November 17 and 24.

During the month of November when we are called in a special way to remember "our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection", our parish will be creating an Altar of Remembrance before the image of St. Joseph, the patron of a happy death. You are invited to place a small framed picture of your beloved deceased on the altar. Our Altar of Remembrance will remain until the beginning of Advent. Please write your name and phone number on the back of the frame so that they may be returned to you. As we remember our deceased, we are reminded that through Jesus' death and resurrection, life is changed, not ended in death.

All parish families are invited to join in celebrating Respect Life Month during October. We will be hosting a Respect Life Bulletin Board in the church vestibule. You are invited to participate by bringing in items that reflect this year's theme, "Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life." You can add items to the bulletin board that help our parish family to see Christ's presence in all the seasons of life. Examples of items you may consider pinning to the display could include: an ultrasound photo of a new family member; a birth announcement; a prayer card from the funeral of a loved one; a note about volunteer opportunities in support of the dignity of life; or a sticky note with a prayer request. Be creative! A table of materials is in the vestibule to help you get started. We will continue to expand the display throughout the month.

Thank you for helping us celebrate the gift of life through your participation

Over the summer months, our Parish Pastoral Council began a process to develop a new three-year pastoral plan that will serve as a guide on how to best address the needs of our community for the coming years.A key element of this process is to receive input from the members of our community on how well the parish meets their needs. You are encouraged to participate in the process by completing a short survey. You will be asked to give a score and provide comments for you score. Your written comments are the most valuable to council as they form the new plan and work with our pastoral team to implement our parish plan and respond effectively to the mission and needs of our parish family. You may either take this survey on-line or for those who prefer to complete a hardcopy of the survey, a limited number of printed surveys are available in the vestibule of the Church. You can return these by placing them in the survey box also located in the church vestibule. Your participation in this important process and commitment to your parish family, St. Paul is greatly appreciated.

Need something fun for your children or grandchildren to do for the week of July 8th-12th (9:00 am- 12:00 pm)? Sign them up for Vacation Bible Camp! This year we will celebrate the gift of life at our Birthday Blast Vacation Bible Camp. Each day we will focus on important themes, while learning about a special virtue, while walking with our friends the saints!

Click here for more information, and to register VACATION BIBLE CAMP REGISTRATION

Do you have a child entering into First Grade? It's time to begin preparing for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist! You have a few options to get started. Children can attend Summer Academy (July 22nd-August 2nd Monday-Friday 9:00 am- 12:00 pm) Sunday Parish Religious Education Program (beginning September 15th 8:40- 9:45 am), Tuesday PREP (4:30- 5:45 pm) or Family Home Study. To find out more about registering click here:

Did your rising second grader miss first grade Religious Education? Sign up for Summer Academy to catch up, and they will still be able to begin second grade preparation in the fall.

The parish also offers an optional kindergarten program! This program is offered on Sunday Mornings from 8:40- 9:45 am. This is a fun opportunity to become involved with Religious Education! Children will do crafts, say their prayers, and participate in fun lessons!

As part of our efforts to provide safe environments for children, and young people, and in conformity with diocesan policy all adults whose employment, volunteering or ministry involves regular contact with minors must submit to a criminal background check through fingerprint analysis as determined by the Diocese of Trenton and a VIRTUS Awareness Training Program. These sessions cover the scope and nature of child sexual abuse in addition to giving participants the five steps that caring adults can follow to protect children. Next session is Monday, Dec. 9 from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm in St. Timothy Room. Please click here to register. For more information on our Safe Environment Ministry, click here.

On Sunday, June 2 St. Paul Parish will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of ordination of our Pastor Emeritus, Monsignor Walter E. Nolan. Monsignor Nolan will celebrate the 11:30 am mass followed by a brunch in his honor at Springdale Golf Club in Princeton. Tickets for the reception are available for purchase: $75/adult and $30/child, with a maximum cost of $200 per family. In lieu of gifts, donations can be made to the Msgr. Walter E. Nolan Scholarship Fund which provides financial aid to St. Paul School students attending Notre Dame High School. Please note that a portion of the reception ticket price will go towards this fund. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

On Monday, March 18, at 6 p.m., our Adult Faith Enrichment ministry is hosting the Center for Faith Justice and Syria Supper Club.We are invited to join in a traditional meal with a group of Syrian refugees and their families and friends, as a means to sharing culture, heritage and family traditions; in addition to dinner there will be elements of prayer, story-telling, and reflection. Click here for details. All are welcome!