Things We Enjoy Doing Together At St. Paul's
Parishioners at St. Paul’s have been shipping in from Boston, boiling and selling lobsters annually since 1969, when Ed and Norma Fitzgerald and Mary Roberts organized the first Lobster Boil Fest. This has become our main fundraiser (as well as a great social event) each May. The process remains close to the original method of steaming the crustaceans to perfection, quickly hot-bagging them, and then running them out to hungry customers waiting in their vehicles. Profits from the boil benefit the DeKalb area community, as well as St. Paul’s. Due to COVID restrictions, we have had to postpone the Lobster Boil until May 2022, but please stay tuned!
In the spring our “Green Team” gets to work planting the garden with veggies and flowers for summer and autumn harvest. We grow beets, potatoes, zucchini, cucumber, green beans, sunflowers and more. These are then delivered to food pantries of nearby churches. The flower and rose garden in the front of the church is for those who prefer flower gardening. Everyone is welcome to join in.
We clear the grounds (all five acres) of deadfall from the trees and gather for a community bonfire near the time of All Hallows Eve, and share stories, food and drink.
Once a month we gather, in the evening, with the greater DeKalb community for an experience of music, candles, chant and meditation in our own interpretation of the worship events taken from the style of the Taize Community in France.
Blessing of the Animals
Every year, near the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, we invite all God’s creatures in for blessing in expression of our gratitude to them and to God for the sharing of their lives with us.
The Church Path
Some of us like to maintain the Church Path—a path running through St. Paul’s grounds between Normal and Garden Roads, or from the local community and sorority and frat houses on the other side of Normal to the NIU Business School on Garden Road. We have a ministry of signs along the path to encourage and amuse those walking, and to keep the path open and safe for foot travel.