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PARISH HAPPENINGS
4th Quarter 2010

Christmas 2010 has come and gone, but the work that went into making the church look especially beautiful this year started many months ago with the idea of making the Nativity look more spectacular this season. A lot of trial and error of ideas were put forth before a design was finally decided upon and put into action. The trees and flowers were ordered in early December and a couple of trips to Baxter's Tree Farm in North Sanford the week end before Christmas was also necessary. The actual work of putting things in place began on Wednesday afternoon and went into the evening, with the finishing touches on Thursday.

A special thanks to all that helped in any way to make the church look so lovely this Christmas Season. Also a big thank you to the choir for all the beautiful music they provided us. The extra servers, lectors, ushers and Eucharistic Ministers also deserve a special thank you.

On Sunday, December 19th  Nora Sai Bartholomew was Baptized at St. Paul's by Father Chris during the 9 AM Mass. Nora Sai is the daughter of Anthony and Jessica Bartholomew. The God Parents are Christopher Leonard and Jodie  Galvin.

      The Loaves and Fishes organization held its Annual Community Holiday Food and Toy Drive on Tuesday, December 14, 2010. Each year the holiday boxes are quite an undertaking.  There is much preparation in the actual distribution of items. Regular volunteers represent the Community Churches, Businesses and Community Residents who want to make a difference in the lives of those in need. 
 
     This year the pantry served 116 households with all the fixings for a holiday meal, a total of 215 adults and 125 children. Toy packages were prepared for 61 families for a total of 132 children from ages  0 to 17 years old.  A beautiful basket, individualized for each family was presented to each household member registered to receive a food basket. 

     While economic times make it very hard for families to make ends meet on a regular basis, Christmas can definitely become more than we are able to bear at times. Our deepest appreciation goes to you, our generous donors.  Your overwhelming support to our mission to help stamp out hunger in our  community is the driving force that keeps us marching forward. Please know that we could not accomplish it without you. Thank you for sharing your abundant blessings with our friends and neighbors in need.  God bless!
 

From all of us at the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, 
Happy Holidays, and while the Merry Bells keep ringing, may your every wish come true.  
 
Respectfully submitted by,
Socorro Marin
 

The Religious Education Sunday that was held on December 12th was different that most. It was a combination of Religious Ed, Christmas Carol Sing Along and social time complete with breakfast snacks. Poems were read: carols sung, a video on how the hymn Silent Night came about, a drummer boy and even a Birthday Cake to celebrate the upcoming birth of Jesus Christ, complete with the singing of Happy Birthday.

The Religious Education class arranged for Father Chris to "Adopt a Goat" as a gift for Christmas. Father was presented a basket of goat products as well as the adoption papers.

Thank you to all that helped to make this a fun and educational way to celebrate this Advent Season.

The Hancock Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Christmas Lights Parade on Sat. December 11th. On very short notice St. Paul's put together an award winning float for the event, complete with "Whitney the Goat". In just over a week a group of very talented adults and kids came together to draw up blueprints for the carpentry and electrical system that would be needed, as well as plan out the many other details that it would take to make this happen. Thanks to Chris Petricevich for the use of a great trailer to work with and to Bill Gross for the use of his Signs Etc. Shop to enable the work to be done inside a warm building.

The pictures below show the fun that went on during the building phase and most of the people who had a hand in the building of the float. I was told there was a lot of discussion among the seniors working on the float about the rule of thumb: measure twice, cut once, or was it the other way around: cut twice and measure once? The building of the nativity scene required the use of some sophisticated tools. Levels and a square along with a screw gun and tie wraps were the most important. I'm not sure if any of the new laser tools were used to be sure everything was square, level and secure. 

The parade had at least 20 to 25 floats of all sizes and descriptions and some were quite elaborate. I think St. Paul's had the only one that depicted the real meaning of Christmas. A special thank you to all that helped to make our float the 1st Place Winner. The money that came from  being first was donated to the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank.

Father Chris held an open house at the rectory on Sunday afternoon December 5th. The kids did a great job of trimming the Christmas Tree that Father Chris had put up the day before. Many of our parishioners stopped by and enjoyed some relaxing time to socialize. A variety of snacks were available for the tasting as well as Egg Nog and  other liquid refreshments.

On Sunday, November 21, the Caramores and Father Chris attended the Rededication of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.  Our cathedral had been in great need of repair and refurbishment and after years of hard work, it has now been refinished to its original splendor.  Some work still needs to be done on the outside and on the lower levels, but overall, the results were stunning and breathtaking.  Bishop Hubbard celebrated the Mass along with His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York and Most Reverend Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York.  Priests from all over New York State concelebrated as well as many priests of the Albany Diocese.  The cathedral was filled with clergy and laity who were delighted by the inspiring music of the choir and orchestra as well as the pomp and circumstance of the rededication. 

The Women and young ladies of the Emory United Methodist Church and St. Paulís Catholic Daughters participated in a community Sewing Bee on Monday, November 8th. The Fr. Rausch hall was certainly abuzz with the sounds of sewing
machines and laughter, as members of our community, along with elementary and high school students, came together to
make pillowcases for the
ConKerr Cancer: A Case for Smiles, Pillowcase mission.

This project provides bright, cheerful, handmade pillowcases for children who are in the hospital being treated for life-changing illness. The project began with one woman from Wayne, PA who made pillowcases to cheer her son when he was in the hospital. The project now supplies pillowcases to hospitals world-wide.

When the night was over they had made over 70 pillowcases which will be donated to the Childrenís Hospital in Syracuse, NY and Janet Weis Childrenís Hospital in Danville, PA in honor of Ethan Jacobs and Seth Simmons. For more information on the project check visit: http://www.conkerrcancer.org

Advent 2010

December 5: Tree Trim open house at the rectory 3-5 pm, come and trim the tree, and share some holiday cheer

December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation) Mass at 12 Noon and 7:00 pm

December 9: Confessions 3-6 pm (come to the rectory)

December 12: Carol Sing after the 9am Mass (The Father Rausch Hall)

December 12: Penance Service, Sacred Heart Church, Margaretville 3 pm (A group of priests will be available)

December 15: Confessions 7-9 pm (come to the rectory)

December 19: Ecumenical Christmas Cantata, Emory United Methodist Church 3pm

December 24 Christmas Eve: Mass at 4 pm

December 25 Christmas Day: Mass at 9 am

December 26 Feast of the Holy Family: Mass at 9 am

Advent Bible Study: The Nativity Narratives of Matthew and Luke (and a bit of John)

Tuesdays December 7, 14, 21 9:30-10:30 am

Saturdays December 4, 11, 18 5:15-6:30 pm

All Sessions in the Hall

 

All Souls Day, November 2nd was celebrated at St. Paul's with the lighting of a Memorial Candle and the ringing of the bell  for those that had a funeral service here at St. Paul's during the last 12 months. The bell is the same one that was located in the sacristy for a number of years and the priest would ring the bell to signal the start of Mass. During the reconstruction of the church roof in 2008 the bell was moved to the choir loft area.

Below are the names of those that were buried from St. Paul's during the past 12 months. Some of the people listed here were at one time a parishioner of St. Paul's and had moved away some time ago, but wanted to be interned in St. Paul's Cemetery. After the lighting of the large Memorial Candles, 33 smaller candles where lit to honor those names that had been submitted by a loved one.

"MAY PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM"

DOROTHY JOY KEENE

AGNES GALES

ALTHEDA APPLEY

W.KNIGHTON PETERS

JOSEPH A. FORTUNATO JR

OLGA CARROLL

HELEN JACKSON

STEPHEN JACKSON

EDWARD J. BURDEN

HELEN BAIER RUSSIAWA

GEORGE MAGEE

ANTHONY GISOLDI

MARY FAVUZZA

CATHERINE RUSSIN

HELEN P. HAZEN

JANE DONOVAN

HELEN KUSHNER

TIMOTHY V. TAYLOR

THERESA DERMODY

BRADD ROBINSON

Beth Horton gave a reflection about her work with Delaware County as a hospice care giver. Her reflection also touched on events in her own life that gave her the desire to work with patients that require this type of special care and understanding.

The Annual Town Square Rosary was held Saturday, October 16th at Noon in the village gazebo at the center  in Hancock. Seven brave souls prayed the Rosary with the temperature in the mid 40's and the wind blowing.

The Public Square Rosary Rallies started in 2007, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions.  In 2007, there were 2,107 rallies.  In 2008, there were 3,500 rallies, in 2009 there were 4,337 rosary rallies. This year 2010 there were 5,963 rallies through the country, some were small like ours and some very large.

Sunday, October 10th our annual church picnic was held in the Father Rausch Hall. The people that showed had a good time socializing, the food was great and there was a good variety. The kids had a great time bobbing for apples as well as a scavenger hunt, at the end they had a chance try their painting skills on pumpkins. Some of the pictures below show that the big kids had just as much fun.  After the picnic Father Chris mysteriously disappeared, but we found him hanging out in the garden behind the rectory incognito!!

A big thank you to all that helped  plan this event, set up the hall, decorate, as well as cook and do the clean up.

The Blessing of Pets took place at the rear of St. Paul's parking lot on Saturday, October 9th. This is the first time Father Chris has done this at St. Paul's and we had about 10 dogs and a couple of cats for the blessing. The sun was out and the weather was crisp but the variety of animals made for a great morning. Each animal has his or hers own personality and of course there were  couple of territorial snarls, but no paw to paw combat. Each pet received a St. Francis Metal and a prayer card.