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This page is an attempt to provide information of weekly and monthly announcements. Any changes in these events, as well as any meetings that don't appear here, can always be found in the Sunday Bulletin.

Or for more information on anything here, contact the church office
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (901) 346-2380 • Fax: (901) 346-2385
Office closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandamic.

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2021 Annual Catholic Appeal

The 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal has begun. Our parish goal is $27,000 . Watch the video (scroll down) and read the brochure. Please complete your pledge card, indicating your gift or pledge to our diocesan church. You can download a card here or signup online. It is important for all of us to participate in order to support our diocesan church.

Our Annual Catholic Appeal specifically provides support to our Retired Priests who have dedicated their lives to our Diocese and to Seminarians working hard to be our future priests. It also ensures the strength of our Religious Education Programs and many of our important Ministries, along with helping the poor and needy among us. It is these services of mercy that has drawn us closer in unity with Christ and a deeper relationship with God as One Church, One Family!

Covid-19 Information

December 14, 2020

U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Pro-Life and Doctrine Address Ethical Concerns on the New COVID-19 Vaccines

On December 14, Bishop Kevin Rhoades, Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the new COVID-19 vaccines. In their statement, the Bishops address the moral concerns raised by the fact that the three vaccines that appear to be ready for distribution in the United States all have some connection to cell lines that originated with tissue taken from abortions.

With regard to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, they concluded: “In view of the gravity of the current pandemic and the lack of availability of alternative vaccines, the reasons to accept the new COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines.

“Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community. In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.”

With regard to the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Bishops found it to be “more morally compromised” and consequently concluded that this vaccine “should be avoided” if there are alternatives available. “It may turn out, however, that one does not really have a choice of vaccine, at least, not without a lengthy delay in immunization that may have serious consequences for one’s health and the health of others,” the bishop chairmen stated. “In such a case … it would be permissible to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine.”

At the same time, the bishops also warned that Catholics “must be on guard so that the new COVID-19 vaccines do not desensitize us or weaken our determination to oppose the evil of abortion itself and the subsequent use of fetal cells in research.”

The full statement from the Bishop Chairmen may be found here: https://www.usccb.org/moral-considerations-covid-vaccines

FAITH West Tennessee

FAITH West Tennessee Cover FAITH West Tennessee is a dual language publication (flip the magazine over for the other language.) The lives of the people of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis come alive in the storytelling published by the Office of Communications. These feature stories provide an in-depth look at parishioners, clergy, religious, teachers and students, and all of those working in various ministries of the Catholic Church in West Tennessee. Their lives, and how they intersect with the current issues of the day, inform these stories. Registered parishioners get this monthly magazine mailed at no charge to their homes. We are sent a few extras each month. You are encouraged to take a read it if you do not receive one.

Please Pray for the Sick of the Parish

Eli Abel, Cherry Ainsworth, Albert Albonetti, Walter Aldrich, Carrie Anderson, JD Barlow, Tony Brown, Tony Brown Jr., Jack Canizaro, Gary Clark, Bill Costello, Kevin daLomba, Lisa David, Lisa Dick, Charisse Diffey, Ann Dion, Guillermo Dominguez, Steve Dorich, Emma Fuller, Javier Gallegos, Mary Gatewood, Doug Gibson, Sydney Gordon, Marilyn Gorman, Fr. Enrique Granados, Mike Griffith, Barbara Herriman, Fay Harrison, Bobby Hartfield, Kim Stukenborg Hendrick, Kaitlyn Holt, Jonathan Hoyle, Cathy Hughes, Roxann Hendryx, Ana Johnston, Dale Johnston, Kathleen Lane, Honore Lartigue, Amanda Leonard, Hilary Little, Carolyn Magnini, Judy Martin, Kevin Martin, Pat Mattei, Billy McElwain, Pat Mentgen, James Morten, Jr., Anna Nash, Katie Nelson, Dennis O’Brien, Greg Oltremari, Alfredo Olvera, Eugene Ori, Jr., John Palmer, Johnnie Pesce, Mary Alley Riley, Stanley Rosenblatt, Vinaris Scott, Dayna Simoneaux, Mike Smith, Rose Speltz, Luke Ray Stephens, Chuck Strong, David Strong, Nikki Strong, Loretta Taylor, Eduardo Terrazas, Deacon Andrew Terry, Emilio Vigil, Carole Viglietti, Jack Viglietti, Michael Vincent, Melanie West, Fredda Whiting, Charlie Kate Williamson, David Wolters.
Please keep our sick & their caregivers in your prayers.
Notify parish office of hospitalization and/or homebound.
Help us to keep our list updated by calling the parish office at 346-2380 or email . to add or remove names.

Mass Intentions

During this time of Covid-19, you are asked not to come by the office. If you wish to have one or more Masses said for someone living or deceased, please download and save our online form and email it in. You may also print the completed form or formas and mail it/them to the church office:
Attention Margretta
St. Paul Catholic Church
1425 E. Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38116

Prayer Intentions

Instead of writing our intentions on the back of our weekly envelopes, we will now record our petitions and prayer requests for the sick, the homebound, the suffering, the local and universal Church, the needs of the world, and all who need prayer in a blue book, Lord, Have Mercy: Prayer intentions for Your Faith Community, which can be found on Mary’s altar in the east transept.

TV Mass for the Homebound

Is someone you love unable to join us at church on Sundays? For the faithful at home or in healthcare settings, the Heart of the Nation Sunday TV Mass brings spiritual comfort and the blessings of joy-filled hope in our Risen Savior. Please invite anyone you know who cannot get out to church to tune in to Sunday Catholic Mass on one of many local channels (view list of channels) or watch online at www.HeartoftheNation.org. Past Sunday Masses are also available as well as many other great Catholic resources online.
For those who can get to church, the TV or online liturgy does not fulfill the Sunday Mass obligation!

Rite for the Blessing of a Child Womb

Pregnant Woman Any expectant mother may receive this blessing for their unborn baby at any time. You will not need to make a special appointment, but can ask the priest when uou come to Mass or you could contact him at the office.
The blessing can take place at Mass or outside of Mass.

Altar Flowers

Flowers for the Altar are given in honor of or in memory of friends & family of our parishioners. The cost is $50 per arrangement. If you would like to donate, please call the office at (901) 346-2380.

During Lent and Advent, there will be no flowers present on the altar. Also during Easter and Christmas, the parish will provide the flowers with the help of your flower offering envelopes.

Virgin of Guadalupe Dance Group

Virgin of Guadalupe Virgin of Guadalupe Dance Group practices (for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe) on Saturdays in the Parish Hall (or outside if the Hall is in use) from 6:00 to :00 p.m. We are inviting those who would like to join to call Roberto Garcia 901.489.1565.

St. Paul Youth Choir

Music St. Paul Youth Choir sings on the first Sunday of every month at noon Mass, on the second Sunday at 10:00 AM Mass. The music will be bilingual.

The youth choir is bi-lingual and open children between the ages of 8 and 18. More young singers are needed, especially boys. Come to the church on Thursdays for practice at 6:00 p.m.

St. Paul Adult Choir

St. Paul Adult Choir has resumed singing at the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass. it is open to any adult (Hispanic included) with practice every Wednesday at 7 p.m. if interested, just come to practice on Wednesday's. We are in need of singers.

Vocations

Priest and Nun “God chose us before the world began to be holy.” God has chosen each person in Christ for a particular vocation. If He may be calling you to be holy through a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life, call Father Yoelvis Gonzalez at (901) 373-1243 or write: VocationsDirector@vocations.cdom.org.

Serra Club of Memphis

The Serra Club of Memphis is an organization of Catholic lay persons of all ages and from all walks of life sharing the objects and purposes (a) to foster and promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and (b) to further Catholicism by encouraging members in fellowship through education to fulfill their Christian vocations to service.

The Serra Club of Memphis sponsors a monthly Holy Hour open to all Catholics to pray for vocations. The Hour consists of vespers, the recitation of the Rosary, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. It is held on the second Thursday of each month at St. Louis Church at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.

Meetings are held on the 4th Friday of every month following the 11:25 a.m. Mass at the Stritch Center located on the Christen Brothers University campus (East Parkway at Central).

Why Use Offering Envelopes?

Offertory Envelopes Offering envelopes are intended to be an aid for Christian stewardship. Having an offering envelope designated for each worship service and for special funds can serve as a REMINDER to set aside an offering from our firstfruits as a gift of thanksgiving to the Lord. "On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper…" (1 Corinthians 16:2). The envelopes that we use at St. Paul provide a reminder of the main areas to which our offerings are applied: Current Expenses (MLG&W, grounds keeping, telephones, office supplies, etc.), Missions (Peter Pence, Holy Land, Religious Retirement, Villa Vianney, etc.), School Fund, and the Maintenance Fund.

Another reason for offering envelopes is the CONVENIENCE they provide. An envelope system can make it more convenient for the offering to be properly recorded by the church office and by the individual who gives the offering. It serves as an official record of your contribution for the IRS.

As we hear God’s Word and grow in appreciative love for all He has done and continues to do for us, we will find every reason to show our thanks and offer our gifts for the work of His Kingdom. “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Electronic giving is an acceptable alternative to using envelopes. God loves a cheerful giver regardless of the method by which that gift comes.

Electronic Giving Now Available!

If you are currently giving on a weekly (or monthly) basis, you will no longer need to write out 52 checks per year or money in envelope even prepare 52 envelopes! And when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending Mass, this program will allow your weekly (or monthly) contributions to continue on an uninterrupted basis.

Stop by the parish office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to fill out the needed authorization form to get started.

A donation to St. Paul can make a world of difference!

Gifts of securities to St. Paul Catholic Church can be an attractive giving method. If you own securities that are worth more than you paid for them, you may receive an income tax deduction for the full current market value of the stocks donated.

In addition, you may bypass capital gains taxes that would otherwise be due. It is simple to make a transfer and we can easily provide you electronic transfer account information. The church encourages donors to consult with their tax advisor when considering these types of gifts.

IRA Contribution Possibilities
Individuals age 70 ½ and over may make a donation direct from their Traditional IRA direct to St. Paul without that money being included in their adjusted gross income. While this can be a benefit to all taxpayers, the direct donation can be especially useful for those that don’t itemize deductions, and for those that are forced to take a Required Minimum Distribution. In order for you to get this tax break, the check must go directly from your IRA trustee to the church. Contact Jackie at the Parish Office or your tax advisor for more information.

Stock Gifts
If you own securities that are worth more than you paid for them, you may receive an income tax deduction for the full current market value of the stocks donated. In addition, you may bypass capital gains taxes that would otherwise be due. It is simple to make a transfer and we can easily provide you electronic transfer account information. The church encourages donors to consult with their tax advisors when considering these types of gifts.

Wills
Charitable bequests can reduce taxes and help you benefit your family and others through your will or living trust. Please remember St. Paul Catholic Church in your will or living trust. To discuss this with our finance staff, please contact Jackie at the parish office: (901) 346-2380

Conduct at Mass

Celebrating Children

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Protecting God’s Children

The Catholic Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee encourages all victims, or parents of minors who are victims, of sexual abuse by a priest, deacon or diocesan employee or agent, to report such abuse by phoning any of the following numbers: Tennessee Child Abuse Hotline (1-877-237-0004) or Victim Assistance Coordinator (901-652-4066). All reports will be treated in a confidential manner. The Diocese of Memphis offers a program of psychological and spiritual assistance to abused victims in need.

Got Junk?

Donate your old appliances, junk cars and scrap metal to the Knights of Columbus. Call Robert Mattei at (901) 258-7237 for pick-up.

Soda Can Recycling Save your aluminum soda and beer cans and drop them in the white barrels next to the dumpster in the rear parking lot. In Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato Si, he calls on each and every one of us to become good stewards of the earth (23).

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