All women of the parish, whether married or single, a mother or not, are invited to join the Christian Mothers of our parish. Under the spiritual direction of our Associate Pastor, this group meets periodically and conducts many projects and services for our parish, including the Lenten Fish Fries, Easter Bread and Pumpkin Bake sales, Jesse Tree Christmas Project, Easter Basket Project, Flea Market, Bingo at a local geriatric center, Days of Reflection, Hospital and Funeral Home Visitations, and encouragement to new mothers. This organization supports the Pastor and the school in every way possible.
The Holy Name Society consists of all men of the parish under the spiritual direction of the Pastor. Masses for living and deceased members and their families are held the second Sunday of each month, and Scripture Reflection is held the first Saturday of the month. Service projects such as the Lenten Fish Fries, Wine Tastings and Christmas lights are some of the ways this group provides great support for our church and school.
The Liturgy Task Force was established in 2006 to help the parish achieve the second goal of its pastoral plan: To develop our Sunday liturgies as the energizing center-point of parish life. This group has established a ministry of hospitality at Sunday liturgies to welcome and greeter worshippers, developed an annual recruiting, training and scheduling of all liturgical ministers and worked with professionals to improve the acoustics and hearing in the church.
To become a parish Liturgical Minister: Contact the church office 304-748-6710
St. Paul Parish has had a vibrant music ministry for many years. The music used for the Liturgies is a mixture of traditional and contemporary repertoire.
Under the direction of Carrie Oliver-Shultz since 2003, the Music Ministry is a vital part of the Liturgical and Communal life of the parish.
Our Music Director is a 1998 graduate of Otterbein University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. She has participated in numerous conventions for the National Pastoral Musicians Association and Music Ministry Alive! all over the country. She has written many pieces of music for the Liturgy and co-wrote a musical setting for the Mass under the new translation with our parish guitarist, Rick Witkowski.
Our Adult Choir leads worship at the 11:00 am Sunday Mass every weekend, in addition to special feasts throughout the Liturgical Year. The Adult Choir also offers their musical gifts through outreach into the local community, singing for nursing facilities, community events and occasionally other local church’s Worship Service or Liturgies.
Our current instrumentalists at the 11:00 am Sunday Liturgies are:
Rick Witkowski, acoustic guitarist
Spencer Thomas, part-time pianist
Pat Neeley, hand percussionist
Carrie Oliver-Shultz, hand drum percussionist (congas, djembe drums)
**We are currently looking for volunteer choir members and volunteer instrumentalists of any kind.
Families registered and participating in the life of the parish bring their children to the community for baptism into the life of Christ. Our Pastor typically meets with the parents to discuss the meaning of the sacrament, determine eligibility and prepare for the celebration. Family who are not active in the parish are asked to postpone the celebration until they have demonstrated to the community their baptismal responsibility to “raise their children in the practice of the faith” (Rite of Baptism)
Holy Communion is ministered on Sundays and weekdays by lay and clergy members of our parish at homes, hospitals and nursing homes. Homebound members of the parish or there are invited to call the parish office to arrange for a minister to visit.
Confirmation is celebrated every second or third year, depending on the size of the class and preparation process. Candidates for confirmation are registered members of the parish who are actively living their faith through worship and service. They must also have a background of religious formation prior to becoming a candidate.
Each year registered and participating families with children in second grade or older are gathered together to prepare for the celebration of Reconciliation ( a few weeks before First Eucharist) and First Eucharist (the 1st Sunday in May). Preparation includes family reflection sessions as well as parent discussion of faith sharing in the family. Diocesan guidelines also note that candidates for these sacraments must have received at least one full year of religious education in a Catholic School or Parish School of Religion before becoming a candidate.
The process of initiation (RCIA) is celebrated in stages to reflect the growing awareness of Christ and his Gospel in the lives of those who wish to become Christians. Typically this process of initiation begins with a pastoral conversation with one of the priests and the coordinator of the Initiation process. Groups meet throughout the year with our Initiation Team to prepare for sacramental initiation at Easter time.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every Saturday evening from 4:15-4:45 pm and by individual appointment with one of our pastors. We also have a communal celebration of the Sacrament in Advent and Lent.
Our pastors regularly visit the hospitals and celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick with those who need or request it. They also will visit personal homes or nursing and care facilities when requested by staff or family members.