We are a growing Catholic community in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. We aspire to express the Good News of Jesus Christ in today's society. Through the Eucharistic liturgy, we gather for prayer and raise our hearts, minds and lives to God. Moved by the Holy Spirit, we seek to manifest God's love for all.
DETAIL PRESENTATION SET FOR DEC. 18
In a December 7 ceremony to memorialize Pearl Harbor Day Wednesday, gold-colored shovels broke ground on St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church’s Armed Forces Honor Garden in Horseshoe Bay.
A presentation giving details of what will be in the garden and the opportunities to donate various memorials will take place in the Finn Family Life Center on the parish grounds at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. The public, as well as the parish, is encouraged to attend.
When completed, the garden will hold a water fountain emblazoned with memorial stars, a restive area with memorial plaques, and a walkway of paving stones, to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces or made the ultimate sacrifice.
The focal point of the garden is the “Lest We Forget” statue of Jesus Christ embracing a U.S. soldier.
“I guess we can all find our own meaning for this statue and this garden, but for me its about forgiveness and gratitude,” said St. Paul pastor Father Rubén Patíño, CSP. “Forgiveness because, as Christians, we are taught to respect human life. Somehow we need to find peace with our lives and with our compromises. This has been a concern for all veterans of war.
“And this place will evoke a feeling of gratitude for those who have served our country loyally. It will show that we appreciate their valor and their service.”
Construction of the first of two phases of the garden will begin in early January. Westway Custom Builders of Horseshoe Bay is the contractor and owner Tom Classen estimates the first phase of the project will be completed within 90-120 days.
Landscape architect for the project is Studio | 16:19 of Round Rock.
The garden is located on the grounds of the church at 201 Dalton Circle on Thanksgiving Mountain overlooking Lake LBJ and the Horseshoe Bay Resort.
Since the unveiling, the parish has been conducting a silent donor campaign that has raised just over $100,000. The original cost of the project was estimated at $160,000.
“More contributions are needed to finish the garden and I know our parishioners and others in the community will step up and help us complete this project,” said Father Patíño.
The sale is underway of memorial stars honoring deceased military, and memorial plaques honoring family and friends who have served. Paving stones are also available to recognize the support of donors to the garden project.
Forms for memorial messages for the plaques and stars are available at St. Paul’s parish office (830-598-8342) or by going to the web site at http://stpaulshorseshoebay.org. The Memorial Stars are priced at $250 with the 5x3 plaques at $200 or 15x5 plaques at $600 and paving stones (15x3) at $150 each. Other memorial opportunities, including scripture quotes, are available and those interested should contact Father Patíño at the parish office.
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CHRISTMAS EVE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2016
NO CONFESSIONS ON SATURDAY
FAMILY MASS - 4:00PM
VIGIL MASS - 6:00 P.M.
TRADITIONAL MIDNIGHT MASS - 8:30 P.M.
CHRISTMAS DAY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2016
MASS - 10:30 A.M
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31ST
MASS - 5:30PM - Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2017
MASS - 8:30 A.M.
MASS - 10:30 A.M.
Join us in praying the Rosary. Sunday, December 11th after 10:30am mass in the Sanctuary.
RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS
**Our second collection December 10th and 11th, will support the retirement fund of the religious. Please know that your support of the retirement fund makes a difference in the lives of roughly 33,000 senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who benefit from the annual appeal. Your gift works for elderly religious by helping to furnish medications, nursing care, and more. Please support this collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, and give to those who have given a lifetime. ***
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: TAMALES
The Knights of Columbus will be available in the Family Life Center after each of the masses this weekend to deliver your tamale orders. Payment is due when you pick them up. We have extra tamales for those who didn't get a chance to order. God bless you for your support. The Knights wish everyone a Blessed Christmas.
**** Faith Formation Classes will on December 11 ****
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MEETING:
The Knights monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13 with Rosary at 6:30, business meeting at 7:00, followed by our Christmas dinner. We will have the first of two drawings for our 200 Club fundraiser. The second drawing will take place at the January meeting.
THE SAMARITAN GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
The Samaritans will meet Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at Russo's Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. The Samaritans meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Please Call Georgina Christy @ 830.693.8001 if you have any questions.
Reminder: Ethics In Integrity Ministry Workshop: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, 9 am – 11 am, Family Life Center - Please contact our parish EIM site administrator, Esther Ellis, if you need assistance with EIM compliance matters.
We have now sold 961 cookbooks. We still have plenty left if you are looking for Christmas gifts! They are available in the church office, M-F, 8:30 - 1:00, Ace Hardware, The Bottle Shop, Bay Pharmacy, Olio Art Studio (next to Bay Pharmacy) and the Church of Horseshoe Bay. If you have any questions, please email Diane Snyder at stpaulhsbcookbook.com. Thank your for your support.
The Parish office will be closed on the following days: Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26, 2016. Closed for the New Year on Monday, January 2, 2017.
We are offering the opportunity to remember relatives and friends by making donations towards our Christmas poinsettias. Envelopes are in the Church entryways. Please PRINT the information on the envelope, include your donation and return them in the offertory baskets or bring them to the church office, no later than Sunday, December 18th. Your loved ones will be remembered at all our Christmas Masses.
THE SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL
Phone 512 755-3299 to request assistance or obtain information.
Today’s Gospel Jesus tells us the good news can be seen, touched, felt and heard through the lives of God’s people. We are now charged to take up the ministry of Jesus's, but we can’t just ask people to take our word for it; our actions must speak for us. Since Christmas is a time of love and gift giving, please share in Jesus ministry by giving a gift to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul so that those who are poor can know the good news of Jesus.
2016-2017 Catholic Services Appeal
" Living Water, Drink and you will never thirst" Please help the Diocese of Austin continue the mission of Christ in the world today . Our goal this year is $20,000, determined by the Diocese.
Only Jesus can satisfy the deepest longings of our souls.
BIBLE STUDY FOR 2017
In answer to several requests to have a study that gives an overview of the entire Bible, St. Paul the Apostle Women’s Bible Study will begin a course, The Bible Timeline from Ascension Press. We invite you to join us on January 9th @ 2:30 PM in the Finn Center. as we embark on our journey which will end in November 2017. (No classes in summer months) The cost of the text is $35. Videos that accompany the study will be viewed each week. Pat Bentley will be our facilitator. For additional information and to order a text, please contact Claudia Haydon at 598-9364 or email@example.com.
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