CHURCH OFFICE: 252-638-1984
NIGHT EMERGENCY: 252-638-4436
Father Thomas S. Tully, Pastor: email@example.com
Father Robert Schmid, Parochial Vicar: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deacon Rick Fisher: 252-229-1644
Deacon Mike Mahoney, ObISB: 252-571-1597
Deacon Jim Hackett: 973-479-8909
Sister Monique Dissen, IHM, Hospital: 252-675-0333
Finance Manager: Bob Nenni
Faith Formation: Joy Harsen 252-229-2394
Faith Formation Coordinator: LisaAnn Ludwig
Funeral Arrangements: 252-638-4436, email@example.com
Cemetery: Danny Gennantonio, 252-637-2322
RCIA Coordinator: Fr. Rob, firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Charities: 252-638-2188
Catholic Daughters: Mary Ann Harper, 252-633-3473
Extraordinary Ministers of Eucharist: Mary Spano,
Eucharistic Ministers (Home/Sick): Dennis Colbert,
Pastoral Council: Judi Williams, email@example.com
Finance Council: Skip Zimmerman, 616-516-1730
School Board: Dick Dodson: 252-671-1523
Knights of Columbus Third Degree:
Michael Lynch, 540-222-1596
Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree:
Ralph Aviles, 252-204-7700
Religious Community Services:
Since you can't be at St. Paul for Mass, check out Bishop Barron's daily Mass online:
Faith Formation Information:
This Sunday, April 5, we will be handing out Easter Packets from 10 a.m. to 12 noon via drive thru at the front of the school. We have put together a bag for each child along with some materials you can use as a family to continue to work on their faith formation at home. We are asking that you drive up to the school where you will be handed a bag for each child enrolled in faith formation. You do not need to get out of the car. We will come to you and do our best to maintain the social distancing. We will be wearing masks/bandanas and gloves as possible so as to comply with all necessary to keep everyone safe. We would appreciate you spreading the word, as we have some families that did not provide us with emails or phone numbers.
First Communion has been rescheduled to the first weekend in June. Please see the First Holy Communion Info link below for further information.
Finally, we are going to institute an online formation program to run thru the end of May so that the kids will be prepared for this beautiful and amazing sacrament. We will be sending out another email with more information on that.
There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things in order, she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.
"There's one more thing," she said excitedly. "What's that?" came the Pastor's reply. "This is very important," the young woman continued. "I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand." The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say. "That surprises you, doesn't it?" the young woman asked. "Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the Pastor.
The young woman explained. "My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming...like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!" So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder "What's with the fork?" Then I want you to tell them: "Keep your fork ..the best is yet to come."
The Pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman goodbye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She knew that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, "What's with the fork?" And over and over he smiled. During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.
He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.