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PARISH HAPPENINGS
3nd Quarter 2011

The Harvest Homecoming Pot Luck Supper that was held on Sat. evening September 24th proved to be very successful with about 80 people in attendance. There was a great variety of food and  plenty of it, including the desserts.

Entertainment was provided by the Saturday night Mass musicians, along with a sing along by the parishioners. Patrick Esolen and Mark White tried to have a cell phone conversation about the fishing trip Mark  took while attending Boy Scout Camp at Philmont
Arizona this summer. They were having  reception difficulties and had to put a call into Verizon for a telephone repairman (Father Chris) to rectify the situation. Father Chris had all the necessary tools to repair the reception problem and Mark was able to land four suckers by the end of the conversation. You had to be there in person to fully understand how this all took place or ask a parishioner that was there that evening to explain it to you.

Pilgrimage to Auriesville and Fonda

On Friday, August 19, a group of parishioners from St. Paul’s visited the Shrine of the North American Martyrs at Auriesville.  Mary Jo Law, Kate Antedormi, Tina and Bill Linke, Ed White, Charlene and Kevin Caramore and Alex Conte accompanied Father Chris on the pilgrimage to the site where St. Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil and John LaLande were martyred while trying to evangelize the Native Americans in the 1640’s. The group attended Mass at the Little Chapel with Father Chris presiding.  After lunch, they toured the museum and the grounds.  Then they journeyed to Fonda, New York for a visit to the National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.  The tour of the chapel and the museum were enjoyed by all, but an intense thunderstorm shortened the time spent at the spring where Blessed Kateri was supposedly baptized.  Most of the pilgrims braved the elements and renewed their baptismal vows by the side of the waterfall. 


The pilgrimage was a wonderful experience and the group is very grateful for the spiritual guidance of Father Chris, the experience and skill of our bus driver Sonny, and the generosity of the Leonard Bus Company who donated the use of the bus.

This year's Vacation Bible School Themed "Shake it Up Café: Where Kids Carry Out God's recipe" was hosted by our friends and neighbor's, The Emory United Methodist Church. 20 Children participated in the excitement all the while learning how to carry out God's Recipes. The recipes at our café included heaping helpings of Bible fun and special servings of creative crafts, exciting games, interesting Bible stories,
food science and great music.
 
A special thank You to all who made the stories come alive for the children's learning, those whose creative talents produced the crafts for the children's enjoyment, the discovery experiments that opened the children's minds and those hands on cooking classes that produced award winning delectable snacks.  For sure the excitement of "Shake it Up Café: Where Kids Carry Out God's Recipe" with secret ingredients like, Being ready for God, Giving happily to God, Believing fully in Jesus, Remembering Jesus often and Celebrating God forever will live in the minds and hearts of all of us for days to come.
On Saturday, July 16th an Italian Dinner (Buffet Style) was held at the Father Rausch Hall to help raise funds for our planned kitchen renovations. The menu consisted of: Eggplant parmesan, Linguini with clam sauce, Peppers and sausage, Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, Italian bread, and a variety of desserts. Coffee, tea and punch were also available. Even though the weather was hot, the event proved to be a success. The food was great and the socializing that took place was super. The hall tables were arranged in a totally different  way than we are accustomed to for dinners. This made for a more home style setting and proved to be very well received.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to everyone that worked so hard and long to make this event happen with such success
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Scenery pictures from Mark White's trip to the Boy Scout Camp at Philmont, New Mexico. More information coming soon!