St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church

Parish Office Hours

The Parish Office is Open 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
and 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Friday.
The Welcome Center is CLOSED 12:00 - 1:00 PM for lunch.
The Welcome Center Desk is NOT staffed in the evenings or weekends.
 
La officina parroquial sera abierta 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Lunes-Jueves
y 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. en los viernes. 
El Centro de Bienvenida estara cerrada lunes a viernes 12:00 - 1:00 PM.
El Centro de Bienvenida NO tendrá equipo después de 5:00 p.m. y los fines de semana.

Good Morning Vocations

Date: 
Apr 26 2014 8:30am
Location: 
See list of Churches below
Event Description: 

Saturday Mornings with Fr. Dat and Sr. Anita. Fr. Dat Hoang and Sr. Anita Brenek bring local, national and world vocations-related news, including the vocations forecast in this fast-paced morning show. 
 
Be a part of the studio audience and enjoy breakfast, round-table discussions, networking, and a Holy Hour with vocations-minded Catholics. Registration begins at 8:30, live show at 9 a.m. and Holy Hour at 11 a.m.
 
Dates and locations:
April 26, 2014 at St. Vincent de Paul and
May 3, 2014 at St Martha in Kingwood.
 
Register now by contacting the Office of Vocations by telephone at 713-652-8239, email at vocations @arch.org, or online at houstonvocations.com. Breakfast is courtesy of the Serra Club of Houston.

Faith Direct

Faith Direct
The current online giving system provided by the archdiocese through Logos will be discontinued effective December 31. We have therefore researched alternatives to continue to provide this service and are very excited about introducing Faith Direct.
Faith Direct is a highly respected and secure company that is leading the way for parishioners to support their parishes through electronic means for tithing. It is a service used by numerous parishes in our Archdiocese with positive reports from each, regarding ease of use, service provided and cost.  
The Faith Direct program provides a convenient way to support St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church by electing to use direct debit, which increasing numbers of us do for our other monthly bills and charitable giving. It also provides the opportunity to continue to support our parish even when absent from Mass due to travel or illness… AND…you can eliminate the last minute crisis when leaving for Mass, “Where did I put the envelopes?!” or “Where’s my checkbook?!”
With Faith Direct, our parish will gain predictable cash flow which will help us with planning our finances to support our parish needs, programs and ministries. As Christian stewards it will give you the opportunity to better plan your finances and support to the church. 
How does it work? The folks at Faith Direct have made it very simple.
1.            You may complete an enrollment form and simply return it to Faith Direct headquarters, along with a cancelled check if you select checking; or for debit or credit card, complete that information on the form. (However, please keep in mind that every credit or debit card transaction costs St. Paul’s a fee.) 
2.            You may visit www.faithdirect.net and use our parish code, TX596,for secure on line enrollment.
There is no cost to you as a parishioner to enroll. Following the month in which you enroll, Faith Direct will begin debiting your account on the 4th or 15th (as you specify,) of each month (or the next business day) for you offertory gift and/or special collections. You will receive confirmation on your bank or credit card statement, a complete statement for taxes at the end of the year, and if you choose, offertory cards to put in weekly baskets to demonstrate your parish support. You can also set up access to your Faith Direct account on line to reference your contribution at any point in time. Parishioners choosing to pay church program fees (such as ECP, CCE, ACTS, etc.) on line, can access St. Paul’s page on the Faith Direct website for instructions. 
More information about how to set up your enrollment with Faith Direct will continue the next weeks, for a planned implementation date of December 4th. This program is truly a win-win for parishioners and for St. Paul’s. In fact, I plan to enroll in it myself. I strongly encourage you to consider use of this program. Maria Conner, our Business Manager is available to answer questions about the program.

Are you a Registered Parishioner?

If you have attended St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church for some time now and have never registered, there are some Parish Registration Forms on the wall right of the WelcomeCenter. Please pick one up, complete and return to the office. If you have moved, please update your information at the WelcomeCenter.

Celebrate our Parish's 50th Anniversary as a Parish Community

Coming to OUR Parish VERY, Very Soon! (Llegando a Nuestra Parroquia muy, muy pronto)
Mark your calendars! (Marquen sus calendarios!)
HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE THERE! (Espero ver a todos allí.)
Make plans now to attend and to celebrate with us! (Hagan sus planes ahora para asistir y para celebrar con nosotros!)
 
June 29, 2013 we entered into one year of festivities to celebrate our parish's 50th anniversary as a parish community. (El 29 de junio, 2013 empezamos el año de festividades para celebrar el aniversario de 50 años de ser comunidad parroquial.)
 
Thanks be to God for our St. Paul the Apostle community. (Gracias a Dios por nuestra comunidad de San Pablo Apóstol.)
Thanks be to God for who we are and who we are becoming. (Gracias a Dios por quienes somos y por lo que seremos.)
Thanks be to God for the blessings received over 50 years. (Gracias a Dios por las bendiciones recibidas durante los 50 años.
 
 January 25 and 26, 2014:  Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul and Golden Wedding Anniversaries [Fiesta de la Conversión de San Pablo Aniversarios de Bodas de Oro]
 
June 29, 2014:  Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles, Closing Reception - Video of Parish History and Opening of Time Capsule from 1989. [Fiesta de Santos Pedro y Pablo, Apóstoles Recepción de Cierre - Video de la historia parroquial y apertura de la cápsula temporal de 1989.]

Stop Parking in the Fire Lanes!

Please do not park in the fire lanes in front of the building entrances at any time.
Municipal law requires that these fire lanes be available at all times for emergency vehicle use only! Not only can it cause a serious delay in the delivery of emergency services in the event of a fire or ambulance call, your vehicle can be fined and towed at your expense for being in violation of the law. Parking, while leaving your unoccupied vehicle idle or remaining in your vehicle in this area, is a violation. Any damage to your vehicle that occurs because of being illegally parked in the fire lanes during an emergency will also be at the owner’s expense. Both Nassau Bay Police and Fire Marshal’s office are now aware of the parking violations and the police will immediately begin ticketing violators.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding! 

Baptism Interviews (Step 1) ~ 1st Tuesday of Every Month

Date: 
Repeats every month on the first Tuesday until Wed Dec 03 2014 .
Feb 4 2014 7:00pm
Location: 
Clergy Offices
Event Description: 

Baptism is the sacrament of life with God and membership in the Church through the parent’s commitment to raise their child in their gift of faith.
  
First Steps for Parents
Meet with the pastor: Fr. Wencil and other clergy members meet individually with parents on the first Tuesday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. You do not need an appointment. Parents show up, sign in, and are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring the following to this appointment:

  • A copy of both parents’ photo ID (driver’s license, passport, visa, etc.)
  • A copy of the godparent’s photo ID (driver’s license, passport, visa, etc.)
  • State-issued birth certificate for the child being baptized
  • Godfather and/or Godmother Covenant Form(s), if godparents have been decided upon.
  • Materials fee to cover the cost of items you’ll be given at the baptismal class. The fee is $25 for registered parishioners and $50 for non-parishioners.
  • If you do not have all these forms at the time of your clergy interview, you will be given an envelope to take home and use to collect the forms. Once all forms have been collected, you can turn in your envelope at the front office to be scheduled for a class. No baptism classes are scheduled without all forms turned in.

 
Both parents are required to complete a baptism class prior to choosing a baptism date for their child. Godparents are also expected to attend. Parents can attend baptism classes at another Catholic Church, but we must receive proof stating that you did so. Our baptism classes are two-hour sessions that take place three Sundays a month for a total of six hours of instruction. Generally, but not always, they take place the first, second and third Sunday afternoons of the month.
 
 
 
Celebration of Baptism is held at 2 p.m. in the church on the second Sunday of every month but alternate between Spanish and English. There are no Baptisms during Lent Season through Easter Sunday nor the weekend of Thanksgiving Day (Thursday-Sunday), and the octave of Christmas (Christmas Eve-Solemnity of Mary-New Year’s Day) except in the case of an emergency. Both parents are required to complete the Baptism Classes prior to choosing a Baptism date for their child. For more information please contact the parish office at 281-333-3891.

Nursery News

 NURSERY NEWS:
We strive to have a loving, caring Nursery for 6 months to 4 years so Adults can participate in Sunday Masses and also during the week for Adult Education classes. In order for this to continue to be offered we are in need of the following: 

VOLUNTEERS: PARENT AND ADULTS, HIGH SCHOOL AND JR. HIGH STUDENTS. (All volunteers will be trained and anyone over 18 will need to be Virtus Certified.) 

PAID WORKERS: We do have limited spaces for Paid Workers who are 15 years old or older.  
Please contact Sara Fontana at 281.333.3891 or Rosario Horta at nursery@stpaulcatholic.org if you are interested in interviewing for a paid position or a volunteer position.

Low-Gluten Hosts

St. Paul’s offers low-gluten hosts for Communion for those parishioners who suffer from Celiac disease. These hosts have only a minute amount of gluten (0.01%) and are approved for use by the USCCB. Parishioners wishing to receive a low-gluten host MUST contact the Priest 10 minutes before Mass for instructions.

Extra Parking (Estacionamiento) Availability

There is FREE parking available all week long in the new parking garage located at 1725 SpacePark across the street from the Voyager Apt. Homes. This parking is available now.
 
Hay estacionamiento GRATIS disponible toda la semana en el Nuevo garaje ubicado en 1725 Space Park frente los Hogares Apartamentos Voyager. Este estacionamiento esta disponible ahora.

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