December 11, 2019
I hope in this Advent season you are able to find time to enjoy family and time with Our Lord.
Today I listened to a podcast by Fr. Mike Schmitz on preparing for Advent. His talked about as we prepare for Jesus coming in history, mystery and majesty, his second coming for the majority of us will be when we die. It seems a morbid thought for the holidays, but stay with me...If we knew our death was going to be on Christmas day this year, how would be prepare to meet Jesus? Who would we need to reconcile with? How would it change our prayer life? Going to Mass? Reconciliation? Would we spend our time shopping, or with our children, parents, siblings? Fr. Schmitz's podcast really made me stop and think about how I am preparing my heart during this Advent. I hope you can take a moment to ponder this as well, and that it brings you a deeper purpose in your holiday preparations. I know it has for me.
On another personal note, I am out of the office through Monday of next week for family medical leave. I will be checking email and working long distance while my husband recuperates from ankle surgery in the Chicago area. Mrs. HB, Mrs. Boche and Mrs. Thompson will be able to take care of any immediate needs and are in touch with me throughout the day.
The Announcements email sent out today by Mrs. Boche has many important items in it. Please read it to make sure you don't miss out.
We want to invite you to join us on a journey this year, a journey from bondage to freedom. It’s not a program or a quick fix. It’s a way to change your habits and your heart. There’s real spiritual power there. The entire parish will walk through the habits of discipleship this year that are designed to deepen your relationship with Christ and help you practice the Gospel in your daily life – a 90-day challenge that will break the shackles of bondage and propel you into a new life in Christ that you couldn’t even imagine.
Exodus 90 groups for both men and women will start at St. Paul’s on Monday, January 13th and will end (fittingly) on Easter Sunday. Are you ready for real freedom? Are you ready for an Exodus? The time is now! If you have any questions please email Tasha at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up here.
Have you ever seen someone at St. Paul's and thought, "I'd love to get to know that person more…" , or have you looked around the room and thought "I wish I had more of a chance to sit down and chat with some of these folks..."? Well, get ready for that opportunity!!! Join us for a night of food, fun and fellowship with a twist!
St. Paul the Apostle is hosting its second "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner" event. This is an event designed for our community to become better acquainted with each other. You won't know which St. Paul's friends, new or old, will be at dinner with you until the evening. When guests come to Denning Hall at 5:30, they will receive an envelope with the address of the host home who will serve them and other guests dinner.
If you sign up to host we will contact you to share more details. Hosts can let us know how many they are able to have in their home (up to six guests). Hosts will be responsible for serving the meal and guests will be asked to bring a side dish. Guests will receive a complimentary phone call as to what side dish to bring (closer to the actual date). Sing up here: http://www.stpaulcatholicparish.org/apps/form/form.SPACS-CS.rcH4xFZ.by
o Dec. 2-6 – Monetary donations for seminarian care packages
o Dec. 9-13 – Warm items for Café on Vine guests
o Dec. 16-20 – Baby items for Birthright
As 2019 comes to a close, remember St. Paul the Apostle Parish and School in your gift giving. The parish and school are only able to provide faith opportunities for our families and children due to the generosity of our parishioners.
Thank you for the many ways our families volunteer at school! To report your hours for the Parent Participation Program please record them on the online form at https://www.stpaulcatholicschool.org/apps/form/form.SPACS-S.ruvuSvO.1OC
Julie C. Delaney, PhD
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School
Davenport, IA 52803
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."