St. Paul Religious Education

And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
"Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?"
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the eleven and those with them who were saying,
"The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!"
Then the two recounted 
what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.

                                               Luke 24: 13-23, 30-35

First Eucharist Celebration

"Truly I tell you,just as you did it toone of the leastof these who are members of my family, you did it

to me."


                                Matthew 25:40 

Office Hours-

Mon -         9am to 4pm

​Tues -        9 am to 5pm

Wednesday-  9am to 7:30pm

Thursday-    9am to 2pm

Closed        Fri, Sat  & Sun

First Holy Communion-

First Communion will be celebrated this Sunday at either the 10:00 am Mass or 12:00 noon Mass.  All children receiving First Communion should be at Church at least half an hour before Mass starts.  If you have questions, please call trhe Religious Education office at 464-8502.

"The spirit of the sacraments is boundless.  With grace, we can overcome every obstacle."

April 25, 2017

Catholic Social Teaching- working for the common good

Catholic Social Teaching has been called "the Church's best kept secret."  The wisdom of it is apparent when it is learned and practiced.  Catholic Social Teaching involves recognizing and working so that all people have what they need- food, clothing, shelter, health care, respect, education, work, community, freedom,etc.

Below are the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching-

  1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person-At the root of justice is the belief in the dignity and worth of all people. Every person, every life is precious.  People are more important than things.                                                            
  2. Call to Family, Community, and Participation- The family is sacred and must be supported and strengthened.  Much of this strength comes from being an active part of one's community where we can work together for the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.         
  3. Rights and Responsibilities- Each person has the responsibility to help protect for all people the basic right required for human decency, including the right to life.           
  4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable- The Gospel call of Jesus Christ challenges us to place the needs of the poor and vulnerable first, even above our own comforts and wants.        
  5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers-Each person has the right to work and earn a living.  By honoring fair wages, we assist people being active participants in God's ongoing work of creation through honest and meaningful employment.                                                      
  6. Solidarity- As members of a global family, we are all connected by an intricate web of life, whatever our national, racial, ethic, economic,and ideological differences.  This interconnectedness requires us to live together, united as brothers and sisters, in relationships that are marked by peace, love, and reconciliation, instead of war, hatred, and mistrust.     
  7. Care for God's Creation- Care for the earth is a requirement of our faith.  We are called to live our faith in relationship with all of God's creation, protecting both people and planet.                                                                           

More information about this important call to all Catholics is available on the website for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and accessed by using the following link.



That very day, the first day of the week, 
two of Jesus' disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them, 
"What are you discussing as you walk along?"
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
"Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?"
And he replied to them, "What sort of things?"
They said to him, 
"The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.​

But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning 
and did not find his body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.



April 30, 2017

Were Not Our Hearts

Burning Within Us!


Daily Quote from Pope Francis


St. Paul Catholic Church

Religious Education

1755 West Harrison Blvd.

Valparaiso, Indiana  46385


Please Pray for Our Priests

Check out our Eventspage to see what's happening!!

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!

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, Amen. 

Vacation Bible Camp-

                     "Mighty Fortress"

Dates to remember-

Please Prayfor Those Who Serve in

       our Military!

God is our refuge and Strength!  Get ready to raise your banner in praise of Jesus our Savior!  St. Paul Religious Education will offer Vacation Bible Camp this summer June 26th- 30th.  The title is "Mighty Fortress" which has a medieval theme.  

Vacation Bible Camp is open to all children who are entering Kindergarten if the fall through the 5th grade.  Volunteers should be in the 6th grade or older.  

For more information please contact Ann Garling-Geiser via Facebook/ email/text at  (219) 921-5073.


April 25 & 26, 2017

​      Last days for Tuesday and Wednesday Sessions

Saturday, April 29, 2017- First Communion Rehearsal

      in the Church 10:00 am or 12:00 Noon

​Sunday, April 30, 2017- Celebration of First Communion

  10:00 am or 12:00 Noon Mass

June 26- 30, 2017- Vacation Bible Camp 

    "Mighty Fortress"- details below