Monday, February 1, 2016


Please join us every Wednesday from Feb.17th until March 16th at the Parish Center conference room at 7:00 pm. Cost is $15.00 to cover materials. Please sign up in the Narthex or in the Parish Center lobby by February 4th.




RCIA will meet on Monday, Feb. 1st. Our topic will be the Eucharist and our presenter will be our pastor, Father David Whitman. The meeting will be in the conference room of the Parish Center at 7:00 pm. A nursery will be provided for small children.



Wednesday, February 3– 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Full of Grace: The story of Mary the Mother of Jesus. There is one person in the gospel that had the experience of living with Jesus from birth through His resurrection: Mary, His Mother. The movie picks up ten years after the Resurrection, as Mary eagerly awaits the return of the apostle Peter. Join us in the Parish Center Conference Room for this special presentation. Refreshments will be served.


Next weekend, February 6 & 7, the young people of the parish will be standing at all of the exit doors collecting donations for the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen and Helping Hands Ministries. This is part of a nationwide collection to help end hunger in our local communities. Young people all over the

country will be spending Super Bowl Sunday collecting money for local hunger projects. The NFL is a participating sponsor of this program as well. When you see the young people  next weekend please give generously. Even the loose change in your pocket will go a long way to feed a hungry family in Spartanburg County.


Dec. 8, 2015 - Nov. 20, 2016


Three Degrees of Mercy

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You Yourself command me to exercise the three degrees of mercy. The first: the act of mercy, of whatever kind. The second: the word of mercy - if I cannot carry out a work of mercy, I will assist by my words. The third: prayer - if I cannot show mercy by deeds or words, I can always do so by prayer. My prayer reaches out even there where I cannot reach out physically.


Family Honor — Empowering Parents to Raise the next Generation of Saints!


Parents, we know that raising children in today’s secular society is challenging and

raising holy and virtuous kids seems almost impossible some days. Would you like to learn practical principles and time tested techniques to help empower you to raise the next generation of saints? Join us at Saint Paul the Apostle on Saturday, February 27 from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm for Family Honor’s unique program, Leading and Loving, designed for parents of young children, newborn through fifth grade. We will discuss ideas on being a good role model, look at how the virtue of chastity is developed in our children, and help you to be better able to answer some of your child’s challenging questions, all while cultivating Catholic virtues and values. There is no charge for this program (donations will be accepted) Childcare will be provided. Deadline for registering is Saturday, February 13. Register online now at Please contact Norma Stokes at if you have any questions.

Real Love & Real Life

A wonderful program for parents and their children in grades 7, and 8. On February 24, March 2, and March 9 from 6:30 pm until 8:45 pm in the Saint Paul Parish Center we will offer a program through Family Honor. The program will talk about communication, virtues, chastity, and recognizing what real love looks like. The program will also cover fertility appreciation, ideas about dating and marriage and much more. We are confident that you will find value in this program that far exceeds the $25.00 registration fee, which is due on the first day of class. Please register online at by Saturday, February, 13. Childcare will be provided. Please contact Norma Stokes at if you have any questions.



 Friday, February 5th at 7:00 pm in the Parish Church. Please keep all of the young people, their parents, and sponsors in your prayers as we  prepare for Confirmation this week. Bishop Guglielmone will be here to confirm 44 young people from Saint Paul the Apostle.




If you would like a name to remain on the prayer list for more than three weeks, please contact the parish office.  If you know of someone who is home-bound, in the hospital or a nursing home who would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact the parish office at 582-0674.



SSgt. Joseph Hartranft, USAF

LCpl. Dylan Simpson, USMC

Pvt. Drake Needs, USA

Airman A1C Devin Needs, USAF

Seaman Darian Needs, USN

Airman 1st Class Imanol Ortega, USAF

Col. John Leong, USA

Cdr. Joseph Martin, USN

Cpl. Brandon Ray Pruitt, USMC

TSgt. Billyjoe Welling, USAF

Capt. C. S. Lavelle, USAF - ANG

MSgt. Tyler Loftis, Air Force-NCANG

Capt. Adam G. Farrar, USA

LTJG Micah Shute, USN

SSgt. Chad Michael Campbell. USA

Ens. Otto A. Quintero, US




St. Paul the Apostle Parish rejoices that Victoria Grace McIntyre, child of Michael Bartholomew McIntyre, Jr. & Jill Garlick McIntyre, has come to new life in the Roman Catholic Church the  Sacrament of Baptism, on Nov. 29, 2015.


St. Paul the Apostle Parish rejoices that Samuel Luca Figueroa, child of Omar Figueroa-Valle & Andrea Klocko Figueroa, has come to new life in the Roman Catholic Church the  Sacrament of Baptism, on Jan. 10, 2016.




Jan. 31st - Rev. Stanley Smolenski & Rev. Samuel Oloyede, OP

Feb. 1st - Rev. James Dubrouillet & Rev. Thomas Kingsley

Feb. 2nd - Our Holy Father

Feb. 3rd - Rev. Patrick Allen & Rev. Mathew Bulala

Feb. 4th - Rev. Guerric Heckel & Rev. Dennis Willey

Feb. 5th - Rev. Richard Wilson & Rev. Joseph Romanoski

Feb. 6th - Rev. James Parker & Rev. Jesuprathap Narchetti

2016 Catholic Young Adult Lenten Retreat: Moses:

Companion For A Journey Into the Promised Land,

February 26-28, 2016 @ the Diakonia Retreat Center

Join Fr. Marcin Zahuta, Featured Speaker for this Informative retreat. For more information contact the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry or 843.261.0445.  Online registration can also be found:  



Coming soon!! A Conference Just for You!  It will be held

Saturday, Feb. 20th at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  There will be presentations, discussions, prayer, mass, confession, and live-stream sessions with other moms from all over the country.  One low price includes all of this plus a catered lunch.  Check out for more information.



Saturday, Jan. 30th

5:00 pm (PC) +Norbert Stirzaker


Sunday, Jan. 31st - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:00 am (PC) +Deceased members of the Krawiec & Kowalczyk families

11:00 am (PC) Pro populo


Monday, Feb. 1st



Tuesday, Feb. 2nd

6:00 pm (PC) VJean Riippi


Wednesday, Feb. 3rd

8:00 am (PC) VAna Maria Mendes


Thursday, Feb. 4th

8:00 am (PC) +John Spoerl

+Peter Ryalski


Friday, Feb. 5th - First Friday

8:00 am (PC) VCheney Elizabeth Burton


Saturday, Feb. 6th - First Saturday

9:00 am (HC) +Jeanne Augustine

5:00 pm (PC) +Elmer Garvey - 3rd anniv.


Sunday, Feb. 7th - Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:00 am (PC) Catholic Radio in South Carolina


11:00 am (PC) Pro populo

(HC) Historic Church

(PC) Parish Church




This Lent, spend time in the presence of Jesus Christ in the Adoration Chapel.  Keeping Jesus Christ Company in His real presence is something we all should and can do.  Will you be the one to offer up one hour per week?  The Church needs you, the world needs you and Jesus wants you.  Commit to one hour per week which will change your life, build the Church and save the world.  Call the office for more information.




Jan. 31st - St. John Bosco, Priest, Founder of the Salesian Order

Feb. 1st - St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr; St. Brigid of Ireland, Virgin, Abbess

Feb. 2nd - The Presentation of the Lord

Feb. 3rd - St. Blaise, Bishop, Martyr

Feb. 4th - St. Andrew Corsini, Bishop

Feb. 5th - St. Agatha, Virgin, Martyr

Feb. 6th - St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

Cancelled Stamps and Broken Watches 

Containers on the table in our Parish Center lobby to collect the

items before February 29th.  



The pope has called for every part of the world to join in unity and charity and “to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action,” he wrote in “Misericordiae

Vultus” (“The Face of Mercy”).  According to tradition, the Holy Door represents the path to a new and eternal life that was opened to humanity by Jesus. During jubilee years, which are called by the Church every 25-50 years, people have the opportunity to receive blessings and pardon from God, and to earn a plenary indulgence — the remission of temporal punishment due to sin. It is offered for pilgrims who also fulfill certain other requirements: receiving the sacraments of penance and the Eucharist, visits and prayers for the intention of the pope, and

performing acts such as visiting the sick. This is the first holy year to celebrate the attribute of God that is most exalted — mercy — and reflects Pope Francis’ particular message of compassion and pardon.  In the Diocese of Charleston, Bishop Guglielmone has designated nine churches as station churches and should keep people

actively engaged in the Jubilee of Mercy for the entire year by hosting special prayer services, occasions for the sacrament of penance, and more.

· The Oratory in Rock Hill,

· The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston,

· St. Michael in Murrells Inlet, 

· St. Anthony in Florence,

· St. Gregory the Great in Bluffton

· St. Peter in Columbia,

· St. Mary in Greenville,

· St. Mary Help of Christians in Aiken,

· The Shrine of Our Lady of South Carolina/Our Lady of Joyful Hope in Kingstree

Check with these churches to see what activities and

services they are offering for the Year of Mercy.




You are invited to join other Christians throughout the Upstate to take part in our local 40 Days for Life effort from February 10 through March 20.  Please continue praying to Our Lady of Guadalupe to intercede for the closing of the Greenville abortion facility.  God knows the perfect time. His ways are not our ways.  We just need to be faithful. 


40 Days for Life, an ecumenical prayer campaign to end abortion, began in College Station, Texas.  It has expanded not only nationally, but internationally since its inception in 2007.  There are two campaigns a year, one beginning on Ash Wednesday for 40 days of Lent.  The Fall campaign begins on the fourth Wednesday of September.  These prayer campaigns are initiated and organized at the grassroots level in communities throughout the nation and abroad.  Prayer, fasting and public vigil at the abortion facility are key components.  The

National Organization requires anyone participating in a campaign sign a promise to conduct themselves in a peaceful, respectful manner.  Many believe the Holy Spirit is using this movement to end abortion and at the same time bring people of many faiths together.

To find out more and sign up to help please contact: Jo Ann Gorman 770-653-9011 or Ingrid Ireland 864-329-0044 or by visiting:  and

Help to spread the word to others about this important life-saving effort.


Events include:


40 Days for Life Kickoff Rally: Saturday, Feb 13, 9:30 am – 10:30 am, 1142 Grove Rd, Greenville Women's Clinic.  Call Jo Ann 770-653-9011 or Ingrid 864-329-0044.


Midpoint Rally:  Candlelight Vigil Thursday, March 3, 7 pm – 8 pm, 1142 Grove Rd, Greenville Women's Clinic.  Call Jo Ann or Ingrid.


40 Days Closing Ceremony:  Saturday, March 20, 9:30 am – 10:30 am, 1142 Grove Rd, Greenville Women's Clinic.  Call Jo Ann or






Adult Bible Study continues on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 pm in the parish center conference room. Our topic for this study is “The Bible and the Qur’an: A Comparative Study” and will consist of video presentations and group discussion. The presentations are by Prof. Gabriel Reynolds of Notre Dame University. All are welcome. Call Deacon Bob with any questions.

The Shepherds Center


Spartanburg Shepherds Center has been a hub of Senior Activities for many years. First Presbyterian is the Host Church for this National Group. There are many activities from aerobics to watercolor  classes. There will be a National Prevention Program for people with or at risk of Prediabetes stating in February. Check out the Activity Schedule and DPP  Information in the Parish Center.




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