A beautiful new “Year of St. Paul” mural is in place in the hallway opposite Room 111 in St. Paul School just in time for Lent.
Long-time parishioner Jim Vondemkamp came up with the design and spent more than 80 hours completing the mural. Curved lettering on the eight-foot wide mural proclaims “The Year of St. Paul.” . Below is a watercolor of St. Paul with scrolls on each side titled Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow and Forever. Scripture is contained in each scroll..
Our pastor, the Rev. Fr. Ralph Thomas, wanted somethng to proclaim the year of St. Paul and asked catechetical leader Shelly Hertzig to work with Vondemkamp on the project. Vondempkamp came up with designs which were approved by Fr. Thomas and started to work.
Bishop Richard Lennon's Lenten Message notes that this Lenten season stands at the heart of a Holy Year celebrating the 2000th asnniversary of the great apostle and preacher, Saint Paul, who reminds us in the second reading for Ash Wednesday that "We are ambassadors for Christ."
Here is the wording in each of the scrolls.
YESTERDAY So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away.. Behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5: 17)
TODAY Romans - Let hope be sincere. . . love one another with mutual affection, anticipate one another in showing honor. (Romans 12: 9, 10)
TOMORROW For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were Baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves in Christ. (Galatians 3: 26-27)
FOREVER May the God of Peace who raised Jesus Our :Lord furnish you with all that is good through Jesus Christ to whom be glory forever. (Hebrews 13: 20-22)