St. Paul's Episcopal Church


The Episcopal presence in Doylestown since 1846.



This Week at St. Paul's — March 18, 2018




The Fifth Sunday in Lent:

+ 8:00am – Holy Eucharist, Rite I
+ 9:45am – Children's Formation
+ 10:00am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II

The schedule of Sunday servers, the prayer list, and other information follows the announcements.






Aid for Friends Cooking Day: March 17th at 9:00 am
Aid for Friends is a ministry that provides food and friendship to isolated and homebound individuals throughout the Philadelphia region. St. Paul’s supports this ministry through regular “cooking days” in our church kitchen. Our next one is Saturday, March 17 at 9:00 am. Come help others and enjoy some fellowship. Casseroles or main courses are needed; meats (frozen) and pasta are provided. Hope to see you there!  For questions, call Steve Rubenstein: 215-345-9276.


Prayer Shawl Ministry
The next meeting will be Saturday, March 17 at 11am in the Conference Room in the Education Wing. All knitters and crocheters are welcome. Bring what you are working on or get some ideas and yarn from our Stash. Also, bring a snack, drink or sandwich if you would like.


Noon Mass Monday, March 19th in the Chapel
St. Paul’s will observe the Feast of St. Joseph Monday, March 19. All are welcome at this simple Holy Eucharist, celebrated at 12pm in the Chapel. Please enter through the office doors on Pine Street. The Scripture readings can be found at



Wednesday Nights in Lent: Soup & Speaker Series
Concludes this Wednesday, March 21 @ 6pm

On Wednesday nights during Lent, St. Paul’s hosts a weekly dinner and talk on the theme of “loving our neighbor in practice.” A potluck-style supper begins at 6:00pm, followed by a talk on this theme. Our speaker this week is fellow  parishioner Rea Boylan, who will speak on the topic of “Love of the addict and prisoner.”

This is a kid-friendly event: nursery care and children’s programming will be offered after dinner, during the talk. You are warmly encouraged to this Soup & Speaker Series—it will be well worth the time, both for children and adults.

Sign up to bring food/drink to the Soup & Speaker series by clicking here.

Prior to dinner, the Way of the Cross is held at 5:30pm in the church. All are welcome to this ancient Lenten prayer service.



Holy Week Schedule of Services
March 25 – April 1, 2018


Palm Sunday (Mar. 25)

8:00 AM        Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:00 AM      Palm Sunday Procession (meet in the backyard of The Rectory)
                     & Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (Mar. 26-28)
12:00 PM             Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
Wednesday in Holy Week (Mar. 28)
 5:45 PM               Child-Friendly Stations of the Cross in the Church
Maundy Thursday (Mar. 29)
7:00 PM               Mandatum Liturgy (Foot Washing) & Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday (Mar. 30)
12:00 PM             The Solemn Collects  & Veneration of the Cross
The Great Vigil of Easter (Mar. 31)
7:15 PM        The Kindling of the Fire & Lighting of the Paschal Candle, 
                      The Story of Salvation, Holy Baptism, & Holy Eucharist
Easter Day: the Sunday of the Resurrection (Apr. 1)
8:00 AM              Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:00 AM            Holy Eucharist, Rite II
                            (outside Egg Hunt to follow, weather-permitting)


The Penitential Order
This Sunday and throughout Lent, our worship of God begins with the Penitential Order. It offers us the chance to hear afresh God’s commandments for our common life, and to ask for God’s mercy so that our hearts would be inclined to keep them. The use of such an ‘order’ has a long history in the Anglican tradition (Thomas Cranmer first included it in the 1552 Prayer Book). It reorients us to the truth that we are always in need of God’s mercy, and is a fitting practice during this Lenten season.


TAG Event & Thanks
Back by popular demand: our own Leon Psculkowski, a 4th Degree Black Belt and currently the Sensei of the Villari’s Shaolin Kempo Karate in Harleysville, will teach simple self-defense moves for all ages and abilities.  Great mother-daughter workshop.  Invite your friends.   An ice cream social will follow our work out.  Please bring a sundae topping to share. Make plans to join in the fun on Monday, March 19 at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 215-348-5511 ext 10.
ALSO—Thank you to all who participated in our “Free the Girls” program in February. Your many bra donations will help provide sex trafficking survivors with a path to freedom through economic opportunity.
TAG, YOU’RE IT.     ~ Mary Ann Gosnell & Mary Ellen Wilson


Lenten Collection
All Lenten donations will go to support the food cupboard at the Church of the Holy Apostle and the Mediator in West Philadelphia. Please use the Lenten envelopes available in the pews for your donations. Thank you for your generosity.


Easter Flower and Music Memorials & Thanksgivings
Forms for Easter Flower and Music Memorials & Thanksgivings are inserted in Sunday's bulletin, and can also be found in the March issue of Passages. Please submit these forms by Sunday, March 25 for names to be included in the Easter bulletins.


BLOOD DRIVE: Thursday, March 22
2:00pm to 7:00pm in Paxson Hall
Appointments are preferred.
To register online, visit
and enter sponsor code: episcopal
or call the church office 215-348-5511 ext. 10 or Widgette Kelly


Altar Guild Cleaning Day: Saturday, March 24th at 10:00am
We will be cleaning the altar, silver, and altar accessories to prepare for Holy Week.  All Guild members are asked to attend.  Breakfast will be provided.


Bucks County Choral Society: Berlioz “Requiem”
The Riverside Symphonia orchestra joins forces again with the Choral Society to present an early-Romantic masterpiece.  The Berlioz Requiem encompasses both the grandeur of four brass choirs surrounding the audience and the hushed intimacy of a large a cappella chorus singing quiet passages.  In this unforgettable live concert experience, you will truly feel the sound of the orchestra and chorus breathing life into this sacred work.  Because of the size and grandeur of this production, the Berlioz Requiem has been performed only once in the Philadelphia region in the last 20 years (this performance is the Bucks County premiere).  The performance is Sunday, March 18, 4:00 PM, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Cold Spring Creamery Rd & Route 413, Doylestown, PA.  Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, via


Service Recordings Online
In an effort to reach out to parishioners and to gain a broader audience, St. Paul’s is recording its services for broadcast on the internet. You can view our weekly 10:00am mass, listen to sermons, and see other events in the life of our parish by going to (click “subscribe” to get updates when new videos are published).


The Toddler Room at St. Paul’s
St. Paul’s offers nursery care for our littlest ones during the 10:00 service on Sundays in our Toddler Room, located right on the stage of Paxson Hall. Parents of children ages 6 months to 3 years can feel free to drop them off starting at 9:30am. Our Toddler Room is very kid-friendly, with toys, books, and even a crib for those needing a nap. Parents should feel free to make use of it as needed, whether for the whole service or until Communion. Children of all ages are always welcome in church—and so our Toddler Room is simply an option, not a requirement. As Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me…”


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Sunday Servers, Prayer List, Etc.




Eucharistic Ministers: Joe Farina, Mary Rose (Second Chalice), Robert Ball,
Mark Canterbury
3/25 Eucharistic Ministers: Michael Kelly, Robert Ball (Second Chalice), Pike Stephens,
Christopher McCall
Acolytes: Maddie Leonardis, Sarah Hutchison, Andela Dozier
3/25 Acolytes:  Liam Kelly, Emma Ward, Alex Kelly
Lectors: George Wiemann, Stephen Cauller
Ushers: Ann Laughlin, Nick Molloy, Mark Grande
Counters: Jacky Grande, Michael Kelly
Altar Guild: Team C: Linda Chinn, Carol Fox, Maureen McGraw

Choir: George Achilles, Trudie Benton, Bob Binkley, Wendy Brumbaugh, Faith Donaher, Jill Dulany, Palmer Haffner, Nick Lindberg, Mike Roberts, Sue Roberts, Anne Shute, Jim Shute, Caitlin Stein, David Taylor, Deborah Taylor, Kate Thompson


Intercessions: In your prayers this week, please remember the following members of St. Paul’s Parish Community and their families:


Peter LaRosa, nephew
   of Ann Laughlin
Steve Rubenstein
Richard Howard, uncle
   of a parishioner
Jim Picarro
Mary Howe
Polly Wright
Cynthia Zayon
Mark Elliott
Lynda Butcavage
Michael Blakesley
Alexandra McCullum
Annette Ragusa
Valerie Gardner
Helene Grande
Nina Kirk and baby Grace
Jean Ruger, sister
     of June Psculkowski
Gail Kessling
Paul Sullivan
Mary Jo Jenkinson, friend
   of Robyn and Allan Mohr
Dorothy Schmidt
Harold J. Wilson, Sr.
Paul U. Stebner, father
   of Erika Canterbury

Faye Gomez
Tamara Payne
Uvette, friend
   of Dorothy Schmidt
Ray and Jeri Subers
David Ladd
Katherine Curtis
Bryce Mongillo
Jennifer Palermo,  
    granddaughter of
   Sam and Joyce Palermo,
   for a healthy pregnancy
Julie McGill, sister-in-law
   of Janet McGill
Laura Heberley, friend
   of Sam and Joyce Palermo
Richard Podlovits, father
   of Donna Leonardis
Laurie Clemmer, daughter
   of Lynn Gibson
Carolyn Sadowski
Frank Giordano, friend of
     the Kirk family
Linda Chinn



Cindy Friel (3/24)
Barbara Massey (3/24)
Lucy Moore (3/24)
Sean Parsons (3/24)


Readings for 3/18: (click to read)
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews 5:5-10
John 12:20-33
Psalm 51:1-13

Hymns for 3/18:
Processional: 473 (Lift high the cross)
Sequence: 474 (When I survey the wondrous cross)
Communion: 337 (And now, O Father, mindful of the love)
Closing: 441 (In the cross of Christ I glory)

From the Ledger: (pledge & plate)
2018 Pledge & Plate needed each week: $4,806
2018 Pledge & Plate received 3/11: $4,672
Surplus / (Shortfall): ($134)
2018 Cumulative Surplus / (Short): ($5,576)
Borrowed from Line of Credit for Operating Acct:  $0

Previous Sunday Attendance 3/11:
8:00am: 25
10:00am: 87
Total: 112





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