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Paulís Pastoral Council was formed to accept the responsibility with
the pastor for the life and mission of the Church, the parish and to
act as a representative voice of the People of God to the Pastor. They
provide an open forum of communication and dialogue regarding parish
affairs among the Pastor, the parish staff and the laity.
council also assists the Pastor in the administration of the parish
through recommendation and active cooperation. They also meet with
other religious bodies and with civic, business and professional
organizations in working for the common good of the community.
council in conjunction with the Pastoral Administrator
ways and means of increasing parish income and reducing expenditures,
and where appropriate, take steps to provide for their practical
council also provides for the maintenance and upkeep of parish property
and recommends improvements to the property that may be deemed
Fr. Stephen Morris
started this ministry in 1999. The
group was named the ďBethanyĒ to remind us of Jesus bringing Lazarus
back from the dead in the Town of Bethany. Over
100 parishioners volunteered to participate in this bereavement
ministry. The group consists of
lectors, Eucharistic ministers, servers, pallbearers, greeters, and
parishioners who come to sing and pray at the wake and Funeral Mass. The group also provides a luncheon for
family and friends after the Mass. It
is a wonderful way to participate in the ministry of the parish. The group is also looking for new
members and all are welcome to participate.
Holy Name Society
The Holy Name
Society of St. Paulís meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30
p.m. at the Fr. Rausch Hall. The Society is dedicated to increasing
reverence for the holy name of Jesus.
The society owes itís origin to Pope
Gregory X in the year 1274, who commanded the newly founded Dominican
Order to inculcate greater devotion to the Holy Name of God and of
Jesus Christ. Many popes have blessed the Society and enriched it with
indulgences. Pope Pius IV in 1564 commanded ďpatriarchs, archbishops,
ordinaries of places, and vicar generals to favor with all their power
The Holy Name Society and to assist and sustain it when and wherever
St. Paulís Holy Name Society was
first formed on May 16th, 1956. Father Ryan was the parish
priest at that time. The first officers where:
The members present
for the first meeting were:
Throughout the years
the Holy Name Members have done many different things to raise money
for St. Paulís church projects, as well as the upkeep of the buildings
and grounds. Clam steams, as they were call in those days, were a
favorite way to raise some money and have fun at the same time. Suppers
of all kinds, raffles, dances, and work bees where just a part of
belonging to The Holy Name and St. Paulís.
The men even helped
the firemen when they built the pavilion at Firemenís Park. A kitchen
was installed at one end and the clam steams were moved to the park
from then on.
An interesting note:
There were two members assigned to each weekend mass to help direct
parishioners in the parking of their cars in the parking lot. That
dropped off someplace through the years, but maybe itís not a bad Idea
to have it re-instated. Just Kidding!
The Parish Visitors
Ministry replaces the Befrienders Ministry that was
started in the fall of 2001. The Parish Visitors Ministry is a lay
pastoral care program. It is a group of men and women that not only visit the
sick and homebound, but also are an outreach to all our parishioners
needs. The volunteers are trained and
counseled on how to be a Parish Visitors
visitors ministry is one that brings emotional and spiritual support to those
in need and often the volunteers gain a
deeper understanding of unity in Christ by appreciating the value of
each member of our community. We learn how
Christ calls us to be together in our joy and our pain.
It is a great way to give back to God what he has given to
you by helping others.