March 11, 2018-  Fifth Sunday of Lent

Spirituality and Our Everyday Lives
by Fr. David Gosnell 
Senior Priest and Spiritual Director

Who was John the Baptist?  A Biblical and Traditional view of this Prophetic Voice.  A message for us today!

John 12:20-33


St. Paul Catholic Church

Religious Education

1755 West Harrison Blvd.

Valparaiso, Indiana  46385

Religious Education Office- 219.464.8502

Parish Office- 219.464.4831

​fax- 219-531-6854 

Respect Life-

Sola Scriptura
by Fr. Jerry Schweitzer
Senior Priest and Retreat Director

Thursday, February 22 and March 1, 8, 15, 22
7:00 - 9:30 pm
St. Paul Social Hall 
(Pizza and drinks provided.)

A current NBC-TV series, a best-selling book, and Scripture provide the vehicle for our creative and humorous look at traditional and contemporary ideas of morality and the afterlife.  We will reference Henri Nouwen's book, "The Return of the Prodigal Sona Story of Homecoming" and the NBC-TV series"The Good Place" and Scripture to define our our struggle with what it means to be good.  Join us for fun and a fresh Lenten program!

To register contact:

       Mary Kane Mauer
       (219) 464-4831

No admission fees will be charged--

Our gatherings for Lent 2018 will reflect on some of those moments in our everyday lives where God's presence and our presence unite in surprising and challenging ways in good times and rough times . . . such is the wonder of all our spiritual journeys!  God truly surrounds us 24/7.

The Good News
Lenten Discussion Series 2018

"As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace."

                 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

All sessions are held at-

    St. Paul Catholic Church
     1855 W. Harrison Blvd.
     Valparaiso, Indiana
     (219) 464- 4831

"This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas.  The world is crisscrossed by roads that come together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good."


​                                                           March 15, 2018

WednesdayMarch 21st
6:30 - 9:30 pm
St. Paul Social Hall 
(Pot Luck Supper- Bring a dish to share as well as your Bible.)

Each year the St. Paul Adult Faith Formation Committee offers a variety of opportunities to grow in relationship with our Savior and others through a variety of sessions presented on differing topics of faith.  This year they are pleased to invite you to one or all of the following presentations.

Dates to remember-

Unless a Grain of Wheat Falls to the Ground and Dies. . .

TuesdayFebruary 20, 27, and March 6, 13, 20
12 Noon - 2:30 pm
St. Paul Social Hall 
(Soup, sandwich, and drinks provided. Bring your Bible.)

Please Pray for Our Priests

Questions and Answers About Lent

Q. Why do we say that there are forty days of Lent?  When you count all the days from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, there are 46.

A. It might be more accurate to say that there is the "forty day fast within Lent."  Historically, Lent has varied from a week to three weeks to the present configuration of 46 days. The forty day fast, however, has been more stable. The Sundays of Lent are certainly part of the Time of Lent, but they are not prescribed days of fast and abstinence.

​Q. So does that mean that when we give something up for Lent, such as candy, we can have it on Sundays?

A.  Apart from the prescribed days of fast and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and the days of abstinence every Friday of Lent, Catholics have traditionally chosen additional penitential practices for the whole Time of Lent.  These practices are disciplinary in nature and often more effective if they are continuous, i.e., kept on Sundays as well.  That being said, such practices are not regulated by the Church, but by individual conscience.

Q.  I understand that all the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat, but I'm not sure what is classified as meat.  Does meat include chicken and dairy products?

A.  Abstinence laws consider that meat comes only from animals such as chickens, cows, sheep or pigs --- all of which live on land. Birds are also considered meat. Abstinence does not include meat juices and liquid foods made from meat.  Thus, such foods as chicken broth, consomme, soups cooked or flavored with meat, meat gravies or sauces, as well as seasonings or condiments made from animal fat are technically not forbidden.  However, moral theologians have traditionally taught that we should abstain from all animal-derived products (except foods such as gelatin, butter, cheese and eggs, which do not have any meat taste).  Fish are a different category of animal.  Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, (cold-blooded animals) and shellfish are permitted.

Office Hours-

Mon -         9am to 7pm

​Tues -        9am to 7pm

Wednesday-  9am to 7:30pm

Thursday-    10am to 3pm

Saturday-    10am- 11:30am

Closed        Fri,  & Sun

It's All Good- or is it?
by James D. McQuillan, J.D.

During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446). 

Ash Wednesday  and  Lent

Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast
came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, 
and asked him, "Sir, we would like to see Jesus."
Philip went and told Andrew; 
then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
Jesus answered them, 
"The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Amen, amen, I say to you, 
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, 
it remains just a grain of wheat; 
but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me, 
and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.

"I am troubled now. Yet what should I say?
'Father, save me from this hour'?
But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.
Father, glorify your name."
Then a voice came from heaven, 
"I have glorified it and will glorify it again."
The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder; 
but others said, "An angel has spoken to him."

Jesus answered and said, 
"This voice did not come for my sake but for yours.
Now is the time of judgment on this world; 
now the ruler of this world will be driven out.
And when I am lifted up from the earth, 
I will draw everyone to myself."
He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.



Ash Wednesday- February 14, 2018

Easter Sunday- April 1, 2018

The Ascension of the Lord [Thursday]- May 10, 2018

Pentecost Sunday- May 20, 2018

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ- June 3, 2018

First Sunday of Advent- December 2, 2018

Prayer for Our Priests


You have constituted Your only begotten Son supreme

and eternal Priest

for the glory of your majesty

and the salvation of mankind:

grant that those whom He has chosen

as ministers and dispensers

of His mysteries may be

found faithful in fulfilling

the ministry they have received.

Today we pray especially for (name).

Teach, lead and guide him always.

Correct, enlighten and

expand his thoughts and behavior.

Possess his soul;

take over his entire personality and life.

Let him live in you and

keep him in this intimate union always.

We ask this through Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,


St. Paul Catholic Church

1855 West Harrison Blvd.

Valparaiso, Indiana

(219) 464- 4831

invites you to join us for . . . 

God blesses us with shepherds to lead us closer to Him.  We are grateful to God for this kindness.  Our priests work day after day to fulfill their vocation as the "hands and feet of Christ" in this world.  Their work requires our support.  One of the best ways to thank God for this blessing is to pray each day for our priests.  Below, you will find a prayer written for just this purpose and a calendar outline a priest to pray for each day.  Please join us in in our effort to express our thanksgiving to God for the gift of His shepherds!

Please Pray for Those Who Serve in

       our Military!

St. Paul Religious Education

Daily Quotefrom Pope Francis


March 17, 2018:     First Eucharist Class #4, (repeat,)

                           10:00- 11:15 am

March 20, 2018:     Communal Penance Service- 7:00 pm

                           No Classes!!

March 26- 30, 2018Spring Break-  No Classes!!

April 29, 2018:       Celebration of First Eucharist-(English)

                            10:00 am or 12:00 noon

April 29, 2018:       Celebration of First Eucharist-(Spanish)

                            2:00 pm