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Saint Paul Catholic Church
February 23, 2020
Welcome to Saint Paul for the celebration of the Mass.
Today is the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Meditation: Be holy for I, the Lord, your God, am Holy.
The second collection this weekend is for the Black and Indian Mission Collection.
Ash Wednesday – The February 26 schedule is in our bulletin, on our Facebook page, on our website and on our slide show in the lobby. There is a collection at all Masses for the church in Central and Eastern Europe.
The 1st Lenten Fish Fry is February 28 beginning at 5:00 p.m. The remaining fish fries are listed in our bulletin, on our website, on our Facebook page and on our slideshow in the lobby.
Reminder – The first training for new Eucharistic Minister of Holy Community is Sunday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m. in the Church.
The Advance Care planning sessions are proceeding fantastically. If you have not attended, know they are FREE and a list of the remaining sessions can be found on our Facebook page, on our website, on our slideshow in the lobby and in our church office.
Ministry Heads – Your deadline to contact your new volunteers if March 1. Call the church office with any questions.
FEBRUARY 26, 2020
7:30 a.m. - Ash Service with Deacon Rick Fisher and Father Thomas S. Tully
9:00 a.m. - Mass with Ashes with Father Rob Schmid
12:00 p.m. - Mass with Ashes with Father Thomas S. Tully
5:00 p.m. - Mass with Ashes in Oriental at Saint Peter the Fisherman with Father Thomas S. Tully
6:00 p.m. - Mass with Ashes with Father Rob Schmid
7:30 p.m. - Ash Service with Father Rob Schmid (Hispanic)
Neighborhood Masses for Lent 2020
Monday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. – Carolina Colours Pavilion
Monday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. – River Bend Town Hall
Thursday, March 12, 6:30 p.m. – Brice’s Creek at New Bern Yacht Club
Thursday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. – Trent Woods at Eastern Carolina Yacht Club
Monday, March 23, 6:30 p.m. – Greenbrier at The Emerald Country Club
Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. – Old Cherry Point Rd. at Copper Ridge
Monday, March 30, 12:00 p.m. – Old St. Paul
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. – Fairfield Harbour Community Center
K of C Lenten Fish Fry Schedule
February 22 & 23: Fish Fry ticket sales in the Atrium
Friday, February 28, 4:30–6:30 p.m.: Fish Fry (Family Life Center)
March 7 & 8: Fish Fry ticket sales in the Atrium
Friday, March 13, 4:30–6:30 p.m.: Fish Fry (Family Life Center)
March 21 & 22: Fish Fry ticket sales in the Atrium
Friday, March 27, 4:30–6:30 p.m.: Fish Fry (Family Life Center)
PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE
A FREE series you will not want to miss
Join us for the conclusion of this free series of seminars ideal for seniors or anyone who is interested in learning more about the end-of-life process. Because death is a significant and inevitable part of life, understanding more about the process and communicating your wishes could make it easier. Learning about these topics could bring peace of mind, while making the end-of-life process simpler. This series will assist you to get what you want from what could otherwise be a difficult process.
For registration, contact DeLesa Conway at (252) 638-1984.
SCHEDULE FOR REMAINDER OF SERIES:
March 10 - Being a Health Care Power of Attorney - What Does That Mean?
March 17 - Writing Your Own Obituary
March 24 - Understanding Hospice
April 21 - Completion of Your Advance Care Planning (ACP) Documents
April 28 - Thinking About Planning Your Funeral? Start Here
May 5 - Wrap Up: Movie and Discussion
ALL SEMINARS WILL TAKE PLACE AT 9:00 AM.
Save the date for March 14.
Travel back to the past and experience New Bern’s historic district.
In honor of St. Joseph's Day.
Sponsored by the AAMEN group.
Tickets available in the church office.
Saint Patrick's Day Dinner
Presented by the Catholic Daughters and the Knights of Columbus
Location: Knights of Columbus Hall, 1125 Pine Tree Drive
March 15, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Traditional Irish dinner with corned beef and cabbage
$12.00 per person
CD music available for your pleasure.
Tickets: Danny G. 637-2322 or Paula H. 670-3233
Thank you to Becky Evans, who has represented Saint Paul for the last eleven years at the Empty Bowl RCS fundraiser!
(See pictures below.)
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.