Tuesday, September 26, 2017


We are beginning a strategic planning effort and hope to receive input from our entire parish.  We will have more about the strategic planning effort in next week’s bulletin. Please mark your schedule now to attend a Parish town hall meeting in the Parish Center gym on:

-Sunday, October 22 after the 8:00 am Mass at about 9:15 am or

-Sunday, October 22 after the 11:00 am Mass at about 12:15 pm. 

-Tuesday, October 24th after the 6:00 pm Mass at

approximately 6:45 pm.

Please plan to attend one of these informative sessions!  Your input is vital to help our Parish create an inspired and bold new strategic plan that meets the needs of our diverse Parish for years to come.





The fall 40 Days for Life campaign begins Wednesday, Sep 27.  Please join us at 10:45am each Sunday as we pray a pro-life rosary before Mass led by the Knights of Columbus.  See the bulletin for more activities during Respect Life month.




The job of ensuring children's safety is a challenging undertaking. The prevention of child sexual abuse requires more than adult awareness, education, and training about the nature and scope of the problem. We must also give our children the tools they need to overcome the advances of someone who intends to do them harm. The Teaching Touching Safety program guide (Teaching Touching Safety Guide) is a tool designed to assist parents and teachers in this important task. The Touching Safety program is a vehicle through which parents, teachers, catechists, and youth ministers give children and young people the tools they need to protect themselves from those who might harm them.  Age appropriate lessons will be taught to each grade level on October 1 and October 4. Lesson plans are available in the Religious Education office for all parents to review.  Opt Out forms will be available this week in the Parish Center Lobby.  If you sign that form we ask that you do not send your child to Sunday School on Sunday, October 1 or 4. All children present will participate in the lesson.  If you have any questions please call the office of Religious Education at 585-1858.




You can sign up at the parish office starting Monday, Sept. 25 in the Parish Center and there will be sign ups at the parish picnic.  The season is starting earlier this year so you need to sign up as soon as possible.




Everyone in Grades 8-12 is welcome!  Please wear closed , sturdy, shoes.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Guys bring drinks and girls bring snacks to add to our snack table!


Suzanne de Beaumont

Don McCurry

Larry Armstrong

Marie Roche

Carol Gurga

Mary Onorato

James Patrick Crowley

Mary Beth Lofton

Emmanuel Seko

Theresa Leslie

Colleen Smith

Emma Talbot

Peggy Fraser

Peter Mathew Kalapurakal

Kathy Plummer Maddaloni

Evelyn Prater

Jeffrey Lamar Long

Rosa Santos

Caryln Maness

Carol Callan

Kristie Marshall

Al Rotthoff

Ryan Meyer

Patty Dennis

Jeannie Askov

Karen Mitro Meyer

Christian Emory

Paula Emory

Anna Fromm

Patrick Daniel

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.



· Pvt. Gabriel Harper, USMC

· John Ross McEvilly, USN

· Jake Wood, USMC

· Pfc. Collin Vandersommen, USA

· Airman 1st class Alex Quintero, USAF

· SSgt. Joseph Hartranft, USAF

· Cpl. 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

· Sgt. 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

· SSgt. Chad Michael         Campbell. USA

· Ens. Otto A. Quintero, USN



Saturday, Sept. 23

5:00 pm (PC)  Deceased members of the Humeston family


Sunday, Sept. 24 - Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:00 am (PC) Pro Populo

11:00 am (PC) ✞Joe Conlon


Monday Sept. 25



Tuesday, Sept. 26

6:00 pm (HC) ✞Christiane Bardy


Wednesday, Sept. 27

8:00 am ✞William Schoen


Thursday, Sept. 28

8:00 am (HC) Souls in Purgatory


Friday, Sept. 29

8:00 am (HC) ✞Tu Dau


Saturday, Sept. 30

5:00 pm (PC) ✞Mrs. Mildred Seko & ✞Joyce Seko


Sunday, Oct. 1 - Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:00 am (PC) ✞Marie Michael

11:00 am (PC) Pro Populo


(HC) Historic Church (PC) Parish Church




Sunday, Sept. 24   


“Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation:  the Big Event

 Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History, USC Upstate

William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church,

410 E. Kennedy St., 5:00 p.m.


Sunday, Oct. 1  


“Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation: the Reformation Deepens and Spreads

Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History USC Upstate

William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church,

410 E. Kennedy St., 5:00 p.m.


Monday, Oct. 2

Screening of Rick Steves’ “Martin Luther and the Reformation” followed by discussion led by “Martin Luther” and “Katherina von Bora”

St. John’s Lutheran, 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Oct. 3 

Book group: Lyndal Roper’s  Martin Luther: 

Renegade & Prophet

First Presbyterian Church, 10:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.


Sunday, Oct. 8

“Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation: the Second Generation of Reformers

Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History USC Upstate

William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church,

410 E. Kennedy St., 5:00 p.m.




How does one become a member of the Catholic Church?

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a program by which the Catholic Church welcomes new members into its communal life. The RCIA program is a living experience of the church, and not just a series of classes to teach you about Christianity. These are lessons in the facts of the faith. These lessons are only one part of the experience of living the faith. This program allows you to learn and share with others who are on the same journey, living the faith with members of the Church. This conversion process, through prayerful discernment, will culminate in the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist), or in the case of a Baptized Christian, (Profession of Faith, Confirmation, Eucharist, and Reconciliation) or for adult Catholics seeking to complete their Initiation (Confirmation, Eucharist, and Reconciliation) Anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic Church is welcome. The RCIA here at St. Paul meets on Monday night  at 7:00 pm in the Conference Room of the Parish Center. For more information, you may call the Religious Education Office at 585-1858. If you or your spouse have been married and divorced prior to your current marriage, please contact Deacon Bob Mahaffey for an appointment to discuss the annulment procedure.

Sponsors for our Candidates are always needed. Sponsors accompany candidates and catechumens through the process. By Church law, Sponsors need to be fully initiated themselves, at least 16 years of age, and must be a registered and active parishioner.

If you are interested please call the RE office 585-1858.



I would like to thank Father David and Deacon Bob for their support in making it possible to have a successful membership drive on August 19th and 20th. Myself and the committee would also like to say thank all the volunteers that stepped up as Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Speakers, Ushers, and Knights in Regalia. This is one of the most successful membership drives we’ve had. We were able to bring in 5 new members and 1 new transfer. It is never too late to join. If there are any other  Catholic men who would like to join, contact  Paul Convertino at 704 813-9666 (cell phone) or Don Vennergrund at 864 579-2482. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss joining our great council #6076 at St. Paul’s. Also welcome to all that are new members.

Sincerely & God bless,

Paul Convertino, Membership Director, Knights of Columbus Council #6076



As many of you may have heard, we are trying to form a new Columbiettes auxiliary at St. Paul.  On Thursday, September 28 at 6:30 pm we will have an informational meeting in the conference room at the Parish Center.  Gloria Kinney, Columbiettes’ State President, will give a presentation about the organization, its structure and works. I have included a link to their website should you wish to do any research before the meeting.   Please join us for the meeting where we will serve snacks and beverages. Please contact either Alice Convertino at 704-616-1781 or email  for Doris Vennergrund at 864-579-2482 or email if you plan on attending. Thank you.



In order to provide the safest environment possible for the children of our Parish and our Community , we have asked everyone that works with or around children in our Parish to go through Safe Environment training. Beginning in 2004, the Diocese of Charleston has required that training to be VIRTUS.  This was a three hour class along with online bulletins. We have now switched to Safe Haven, an online training that can be done in your home. Information on this program is available at the school and in the Parish Office. When it is completed , please print out a certificate and bring it to the Church Office.  We are asking anyone that took VIRTUS before 2012 to take the Safe Haven course as soon as possible to update our records. Later this year we will ask for the rest of our volunteers to take the course as well. If you have any questions please email Norma Stokes at




Parish Picnic will be Sunday, October 8, 2017

following the 11:00 am Mass. Please make plans to attend with your family. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share to accompany the hamburgers and hot dogs that will be grilled by the Knights of Columbus. Entertainment and fun along with great company. It will be a lovely Sunday here in Spartanburg.


A meeting for volunteers will be on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in the Parish Center at 7:00 pm. Many hands are needed for this event and all kinds of help is necessary for a successful event! Please come to the meeting and find out what you can do to make this event the




Mission Advancement Planning (MAP) Program

The Diocese of Charleston will be celebrating its bicentennial in 2020.  In approaching this exciting event, the Diocese is kicking off a Mission Advancement Planning (MAP) program.  They are asking for participation and collaboration with every Parish in planning to revitalize our mission of and with the Catholic faith in the Diocese.  From personal to Parish to statewide practices and evangelization, they are asking for input. planning and funding   We are still learning the scope of the program but feel that many aspects fit nicely with our strategic planning effort.  You will hear more from this effort as we gain insight into how our parish will participate.











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