John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
"Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
He is the one of whom I said,
'A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.'
I did not know him,
but the reason why I came baptizing with water
was that he might be made known to Israel."
John testified further, saying,
"I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven
and remain upon him.
I did not know him,
but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,
'On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain,
he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.'
Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God."
NEXT SUNDAY'S GOSPEL
When Jesus heard that John had been arrested,
he withdrew to Galilee.
He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea,
in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,
that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet
might be fulfilled:
Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles,
the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
light has arisen.
From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.
He went around all of Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness among the people.
SAVE THE DATE
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, Father Michael Gaitley’s new series DVD and group study of the Divine Mercy will begin on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm as part of the St. Paul Institute. To reserve a book and a space, please call the office at 582-0674
WELL READ MOMS
The Well Read Moms book club will meet on Tuesday, Jan 17 at 7:00 pm in the Youth Cube. We will discuss "I Believe in Love" and listen to an introduction to next month's book, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith. Next month we will meet on Tues., Feb 14. All women are welcome. Our only rule: Don't apologize for not reading the book!
The Card Ministry will be meet on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center.
LADIES NITE OUT
All women of the parish are invited to join us for dinner on Wednesday, January 18th . We will meet at Wild Wing Café, 111 W. Main Street , at 6:30 pm. Please RSVP to Mary Lawson, firstname.lastname@example.org, (864) 541-7340 h, or 864-764-4991 by Monday, January 16th .
ST. PAUL NIGHT WITH THE GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS
Come join us for an exciting afternoon at Bon Secours Arena, for a Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey game. We will be selling ticket vouchers for Sunday, February 19th . The fun begins at 3:00 pm. Tickets will cost $12.00 apiece. Children 2 and under are free. Ticket vouchers will be sold at all masses the weekends of January 21 & 22 and January 28 & 29. The actual sold tickets will be available for pick-up after all masses the weekend of February 11 & 12. If you are not available that weekend, arrangements can be made to pick them up in the Church office during office hours. For further information, contact Denise Cuneo at 864-814-4867.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults WILL NOT meet on MONDAY, JANUARY 16, but will resume meeting at 7:00 pm in the conference room on Monday, Jan 23rd. This group is for people interested in joining the Catholic Church. Call Norma Stokes for more information 864-582-0674.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Join us in the Parish center on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 pm as we begin planning for VBS 2017. We need lots of volunteers to make this a great VBS experience for our children.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VBS (A Mighty Fortress) will be held June 19-23 from 9:00 am to 12 noon each day for children in grades 4k-6. Mark the dates on your calendar!
ST. PAUL INSTITUTE – an adult faith formation opportunity.
Pivotal Players will conclude our study of Michelangelo on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. The presentation will be in the Conference Room of the Parish Center from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. A nursery will be provided if requested. Study guides for the series are not necessary but are available for $25.00 No registration is needed but if you would like a study guide or need the nursery services please contact Norma Stokes at email@example.com or 864-585-1858.
Grades 8-12 Sunday, January 22 at 6:30 pm Join us in the historic church for a rosary followed by a covered dish supper in the parish center. Everyone is asked to bring their family favorite to add to the meal we will share. Come and bring a friend!
MASS AND BENEDICTION
Everyone in grades 8-12 is invited to join us for Mass and Benediction beginning at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 14 in the Historic Church. We will have supper together at Sugar and Spice afterward. Please arrange to be picked up at 8:00 pm.
SPARTANBURG SOUP KITCHEN
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and School Youth Ministry Grades 8-12 Saturday, February 11, 2017 9:00 am to 1:00 pm 136 South Forest Street Come prepared to work hard and be blessed!
Mary Beth Lofton
Paul Manuel & family
Settle Rose and Norman Bethany Phillips
Richard Tremmel, Jr. TSgt.
Brandi Tremmel, USAF
Mike Mason, OFS
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
PRAY FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY
PV2 Collin Vandersommen, USA
Airman 1st class Alex Quintero, USAF
SSgt. Joseph Hartranft, USAF
LCpl. Dylan Simpson, USMC
Pvt. Drake Needs, USA
Senior Airman Devin Needs, USAF
Third Class Petty Officer Darian Needs, USN
Airman 1st Class Imanol Ortega, USAF
Col. John Leong, USA
Cpl. Brandon Ray Pruitt, USMC
TSgt. Billyjoe Welling, USAF
Maj. C. S. Lavelle, USAF - ANG
MSgt. Tyler Loftis, Air Force - NCANG
Capt. Adam G. Farrar, USA Lt. Micah Shute, USN
SSgt. Chad Michael Campbell. USA
Ens. Otto A. Quintero, USN
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING (NFP)
What is NFP? Does it work? What can it do for our marriage? We will begin a series of three; 2- 1/2 hour classes on NFP sponsored by NFPI on Sunday January 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Spartanburg, SC, in the conference room of the Parish Center. Course fee is $70. To register contact Ted and Angie Grieshop at 864-582-2162. We also have a one-hour presentation that may be of use in pre-Cana, marriage preparation, or RCIA situations. If you have any questions regarding NFPI or NFP, please call us or log onto www.nfpandmore.org.