​Also, all candidates for First Eucharist must have a verification of their baptism in our office no later than April 1, 2017 in order to receive the sacrament.  Please contact our office at 464-8502 if you have any questions.

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.


               

                              

Saturday, March 18, 2017-

    First Eucharist Class #4, (repeat,) 10-11:15 am


March 27-31, 2017-
   Spring Break- 
NO CLASSES!!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017-

   First Eucharist Class #5, 6-7:15 pm


Tuesday, April 4, 2017-

    First Eucharist Parent Meeting #3, 6-7:15 pm


Saturday, April 8, 2017-

    First Eucharist Class #5, (repeat,) 10-11:15 am


Saturday, April 8, 2017-

    First Eucharist Parent Meeting #3, (repeat,) 10-11:15 am

Welcome

St. Paul Catholic Church

Religious Education

1755 West Harrison Blvd.

Valparaiso, Indiana  46385

219.464.8502

stpaulre1755@gmail.com 

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

"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 7pm

​Tues -        9 am to 7pm

Wednesday-  9am to 7:30pm

Thursday-    9am to 2pm

Saturday     10am to 11:30am

Closed        Fri  & Sun

"The word of God visits us and illumines the state of our heart and soul."


March 23, 2017

First Eucharist Preparation- Classes continue!  The next class for the children is Tuesday, April 4th from 6 to 7:15 pm or Saturday, March 8th from 10 to 11:15 am.  Parent Meetings will be offered at both of these times as well as Tuesday, April 11th from 9:30 to 10:45 am.

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


God,

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. 




First Eucharist Prepartion

Please Pray for Our Priests

Daily Quote from Pope Francis

Dates to remember-


As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth.
He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva,
and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, 
"Go wash in the Pool of Siloam" — which means Sent —.
So he went and washed, and came back able to see.

His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, 
"Isn't this the one who used to sit and beg?"
Some said, "It is, "
but others said, "No, he just looks like him."
He said, "I am."

They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees.
Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath.
So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see.
He said to them,
"He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see."
So some of the Pharisees said,
"This man is not from God,
because he does not keep the sabbath."

But others said,
"How can a sinful man do such signs?"
And there was a division among them.
So they said to the blind man again, 
"What do you have to say about him,
since he opened your eyes?"
He said, "He is a prophet."

                                                 

                                            

March 26, 2017


​He Put Clay on My Eyes . . .

                . . .and Now I Can See




Please Prayfor Those Who Serve in

       our Military!

St. Paul Religious Education


They answered and said to him,
"You were born totally in sin,
and are you trying to teach us?"
Then they threw him out.

When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out,
he found him and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
He answered and said, 
"Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?"
Jesus said to him,
"You have seen him, and
the one speaking with you is he."
He said,
"I do believe, Lord," and he worshiped him.


                                       John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17,34-38  

Saturday, April 22, 2017- Celebration First Communion        in Spanish, 1:00 pm in the Church


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