February 18, 2018-  the 1st 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!

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

Dates to remember-

"This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."

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.)

Respect Life-

The Joy of Love is the Joy of the Church
by Deacon James Caristi, Ph.D.
Department of Computing and Information Sciences
​Valparaiso University

To register contact:

       Mary Kane Mauer
       (219) 464-4831
     1855stpaulcathchurch@ live.com

No admission fees will be charged--

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

Open Our Eyes Lord:
To See God's Presence in Scripture and the World
by Fr. Ed Shea OFM 
St Peter, Archdiocese of Chicago
Pastor, Preacher, Retreat Leader

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

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). 

"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

Ash Wednesday  and  Lent

All sessions are held at-

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

WednesdayFebruary 28th
6:30 - 9:00 pm
St. Paul Social Hall 
(Pot Luck Supper- Bring a dish to share as well as your Bible.)

"Grace is not part of our consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge or reason."


​                                                           February 15, 2018

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.



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

What would you like to know about the Qur'an?  How is the Qur'an different from and similar to the Bible?  Learning about the Qur'an is essential to understanding the relationship between Islam and Christianity in our own age and throughout history.

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!

St. Paul Religious Education

Jesus took Peter, James, and John 
and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them, 
and his clothes became dazzling white, 
such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses, 
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, 
"Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents: 
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; 
from the cloud came a voice, 
"This is my beloved Son. Listen to him."
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves, 
questioning what rising from the dead meant.

                                            Mark 9: 2-10

Catholic Social Teaching establishes a scriptural foundation and guide for response to the needs of real people in our world and how we can help meet immediate needs, (charity,) and bring about change in unjust systems, (justice.)

This Franciscan priest who loves to sing and tell stories and thrives on celebrating the sacraments of the Church strives to enable others to rejoice with him in the goodness of God's presence in our world.

The First Eucharist class that was cancelled on February 10th and corresponding Parent Meeting will not be rescheduled.   For those who were not able to attend Class #1, both chapter #1 and #2 will be taught on Saturday, February 24th.  The Parent Meeting will be offered again on Tuesday, February 13th from 9:30- 10:45 am.   

St. Paul Catholic Church

1855 West Harrison Blvd.

Valparaiso, Indiana

(219) 464- 4831

invites you to join us for . . . 

WednesdayMarch 7th
6:30 - 9:00 pm
St. Paul Social Hall 
(Pot Luck Supper- Bring a dish to share as well as your Bible.)

The Bible and The Qur'an:
A Comparative Study
by Gabriel S. Reynolds, Ph.D. 
Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology, 
University of Notre Dame

All Classes are in session until further notice.

Catholic Social Teaching:
The Foundation of Our Ministries of Charity and Justice
by Fr. Mark Pranaitis, CM, Ph.D
Vincentian priest and Executive Director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Gary

Please Pray for Our Priests

One of the top priorities that emerged as result of the recent diocesan synod was the consideration of how marriage and family life can be better supported within our parishes and the Diocese of Gary.  In March 2016, Pope Francis released his papal exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia," on love in the family.  In this session we will discuss what Scripture and "Amoris Letitia", say about marriage and family life.  We will also reflect on how these insights might help us to enhance the marriages and family lives we encounter.

In the event of a weather cancellation, you will receive an automated message at the phone number and email address that you provided when you registered.  Cancellations will also be posted on  Cancellations.com.

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.

Daily Quotefrom Pope Francis


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


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

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

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,


WednesdayMarch 14th
6:30 - 9:30 pm
St. Paul Social Hall 
(Pot Luck Supper- Bring a dish to share as well as your Bible.)


February 19, 2018:  President's Day- No Classes!! 

February 20, 2018:  First Eucharist Class #2,

                         6- 7:15 pm

February 24, 2018:  First Eucharist Class #1 & #2, 

                                       10- 11:15 am

February 25, 2018:  Rite of Enrollment for First Eucharist,

                          10:00 am Mass

March 3, 2018:      First Eucharist PrepMini- Retreat- 

                          10:00 am - 12 noon

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

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

WednesdayFebruary 21st
6:30 - 9:00 pm
St. Paul Social Hall 
(Pot Luck Supper- Bring a dish to share as well as your Bible.)

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!

First Eucharist Student Class 

and Parent Meeting Make-up