At its core, tithing is an acknowledgement that the gifts or talents we have were entrusted to us by God, and are intended to be used for His glory and to spread the gospel. Tithing allows parishes to meet day-to-day needs, allocate funds for emergencies and fund future projects. It is understood, that as a community of faith, we are to provide for the needs of the Church. Fr. Hector Vega recommends that we fulfill the needs by tithing 5% of our income to the parish, 4% to charities of our choice, and 1% to the Diocese.
Listed below are tithing guidelines that may help you in deciding your recommended weekly sacrifice to the parish.
We will be updating the Military Board soon. Contact the Parish Office if your family member is still in the military or if there is someone new you would like to add to the Military Board.
The first day of Lent is February 10th, Ash Wednesday. Start Lent off on the right foot by attending Mass. We will be having Mass at 7 am and 12 noon (English) and 7pm (Bilingual). Please note there will NOT be a 5 pm Mass this year. Ashes will be distributed during Mass.
St. Paul parish is planning on having a Saturday morning Marian focused devotion during Lent. We will begin and end at the Statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The devotion will be "Mary's Way of the Cross". The devotion will begin at 8am each Saturday come and experience this beautiful journey with us.
On our Lenten Journey toward Easter we will be having a two hour retreat here at St. Paul on Sunday, February 28th from 2:30 - 4:30 pm (English and Spanish). The theme is "Come Back Home!" The retreat will end with a few moments of adoration and benediction. If you have not attended Mass on that day please stay with us to celebrate the 5 pm Mass. This retreat is for the whole family. There will be a program geared for the children and teens.
Take some time to spend with God this Lenten season. In addition to our Mass schedule St. Paul parish is offering the following events to help you prepare for the celebration of Easter. Mark your calendar.
The Knights of Columbus will be holding our annual Charity Golf Tournament at Jimmy Clay Golf Course on March 5, 2016. This will be a 8am shotgun start. We have a need for players/teams at $75 per player. We also need sponsors for this event. This is the main fundraiser for the scholarships that we give out to needy and worthwile students.
For more information please contact Chris Jistel 5612-826-1754 or Bill Hoagland 512-971-6822.
Beginning February 20th, please join thousands of Faithful throughout our Diocese for 33 days of preparation prayer for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Each day of prayer, representing one year in the life of Christ, is done privately in our homes using the consecration preparation prayer book. Please visit www.TexasTo Jesus ThroughMary.org by January 31st to receive your FREE copy of the Montfort prayer book. Your book will be mailed to you. Following, all are invited to collectively make or renew our consecration at a special Holy Mass on April 4th.
St. Paul Youth Program will be sending 13 people to represent our parish to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland in July of 2016. Our very own Fr. Hector will be one of the St. Paul people attending. Our group from our parish will be among over 100 people from our Diocese alone attending this event.