Message from Fr. Paulraj

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For the year 2020 all the Holy Week and Paschal Triduum Liturgies will be celebrated in private, without the congregation, at St. Paul parish for both parishes. We request the faithful to stay at home and prayerfully unite yourselves during these holy days. Because of the unusual circumstances this year, priests are granted in an exceptional manner, the faculty to celebrate these liturgies without the people. Bishop Donald Hying will have private Masses and celebrations that will be livestreamed.

As we go through these difficult times, please pray the Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet united as family, and please know of our prayers for you and let us keep praying, hoping and believing in our loving and living God who showers his abundant blessings all the days of our lives.

I wish you a Blessed Holy Week and a Blessed Easter. May God bless you.

Fr. Paulraj Sellam

Covid-19 Response

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Christ revealed the prayers for the Divine Mercy Novena, a nine-day prayer, to St. Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and asked her to recite the Novena.  It starts on Good Friday, April 10 and ending on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19.

The Novena can be recited at any time of the year, however, it is often accompanied by the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

You can find the Chaplet at

and Novena online at\


  • Fr. Paulraj asked for the following message to be posted on the door at St. Augustine Church :


Effective today, Tuesday, March 17th at 12:01 am, Donald J. Hying, Bishop of Madison, is suspending the public celebration of Masses throughout the Diocese of Madison. This is effective through Friday, April 3rd. This includes both Sunday and weekday Masses at all parish churches, oratories, and chapels. All Communal reconciliation services are also cancelled. Accordingly, beginning from today, Tuesday March 17th both at St. Paul and St. Augustine Churches, there will be no Sunday and weekday Masses through Friday, April 3rd. All the meetings, Lenten study, and all the future events at both parishes will be cancelled until further notice. Liturgies for weddings, funerals, and baptisms, 1st reconciliation should still be celebrated, but families need to limit attendance at these events to fewer than 10 people per the most recent civil decree from the State of Wisconsin Department of Health, and for the funeral, there will be NO luncheon at lower level at either parish.

Please mail in your weekly contributions so that the parish may continue to meet its financial obligations.

Please take note and please pray. Thank you.


My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen

The following may also be of interest to you:

  • Pope Francis has invited all Catholics to pray the rosary together at the same time for a swift end to the Coronavirus pandemic. People around the world are doing this daily.  The time he has invited Catholics to pray is 9 p.m. Rome time, which is 3 p.m. Central time. Or pray on your own… as you choose. Imagine the power of the whole world saying the rosary at the same time.
  • Television Mass times:

Sundays, 6:00 a.m.     Channel 3-WISC (Msgr. Larry Bakke, Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities)

Sundays, 7:00 a.m.     Channel 3.2 TVW (air antenna) repeat of the 6:00 a.m. Mass

Various days/times – EWTN, DIRECTV-channel 370;  DISH-channel 261

Streaming – Word on Fire – (30 minutes) Mass video posted at 8:15 a.m. CDT each day.

Live-streaming –Bishop Hying will live-stream a weekly Mass. Check for time/date.

  • The Diocese of Madison home page ( has a daily inspirational video series “A Moment with the Bishop”. That may be where you can watch the live-streaming Mass time/date.

Click on “St. Paul Church”. Click on “New” bulletin. It takes a few seconds to load.

We cut back on the number of bulletins but some will be placed in the plastic tub at the front door at church.

  • First Reconciliation for both parishes has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 7th at 6:00 p.m. at St. Paul Church.

  • Has any of your contact information changed: home phone or no home phone, cell phone numbers, mailing address or email address? If so, please contact Marilyn or the parish office with your current info. Thank you.

Cleanup Day

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We are in need of volunteers next Saturday, Aug. 13th 9am till noon to clean the pavilion, church and grounds
prior to our Fall Festival. (Trim shrubs & trees, dig around window-wells, check downspouts, change ac filters, kitchen cleanup, etc.)

Please volunteer to help!


Fall Festival

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The St. Augustine Fall Festival is Sunday, September 11th. Please sign up now for the job of your choice. Every parishioner, over 12 years of age, is expected to help at our parish fund raiser. If you do not sign up, you will be assigned a job. Sign-up sheets will remain on the tables in the church entrance through July 24th.

Meat or Pie Donation

Each envelope holder is asked to donate either 3 homemade pies or $21 toward the cost of meat.

50/50 Raffle

Each family will be asked to buy/sell 25 tickets.

Arts and Crafts

Show off your talents in the crafts you make. We will also take gently used items or collectibles.

Bake Sale and Cookie/Cake Walk

Why not make some of those great breads, bars, cakes, pies, cookies, desserts and homemade candies that everyone raves about… those calorie-laden, delicious goodies you reserve for company? Donate them to the bake sale for those who do not have time to bake.

The difficulty of keeping a parish website up to date

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Ordinarily it shouldn’t be that hard, but I don’t like simply reposting items from the bulletin which you can easily find on (with the advertisements that pay for the bulletin).  So it would be nice if we could use this website for events that require more two-way organization.

I’ve got an events calendar widget installed on the website that will allow for signups and RSVP’s for events. If anyone needs to schedule an event.  Please let me me ( or one of the Church ladies know and we’ll get it on here, as well as a link you can email out or put in the bulletin.


Questions about the Jesus or the Church?

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I’ve been a professional programmer pretty much since I moved to Footville and for almost all my programming questions, I go to  There’s tons of experts from all over the world who are more than happy to freely answer any question you have about compilers, algorithms and any esoteric thing you can think of in the world of programming.

A few years after making that site, the guys who started it let other people come up with ideas for sites based on their own interests, if they could get enough people together to support it and maintain it.  So now they’ve got a network of Cooking and Outdoorsy and Gardening sites and over 150 others.  But the one I participate the most on is the Christianity site (I tried unsuccessfully a few times to muster together enough support to start a Catholicism site, but oh well).

I’ve been asking and answering questions there since the site went live and have learned a ton through the process.  Even today, I got called out as a heretic.

If you want to look for questions about the Church, put [Catholicism] in the search bar.  Other good things to search for are [Jesus], [Virgin-Mary] and [Swedenborg]… On second thought, forget that last one.

I should point out though, if you’re going to ask questions on the site, it can be a little tricky. Try and search for a similar question first, some times you’ll find it by trying to ask the question you want and then someone else will come by and tell you that it’s already been asked, they’ll probably close your question, but that’s OK.  If you think it’s substantially different, just edit your own question to explain why.

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