Prior to Saint Paul’s founding, the Catholics of Lighthouse Point (a three-mile stretch of former bean and pepper fields north of Pompano Beach) had over the years belonged to five parishes, the last being Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. In 1964, then-Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll founded the Saint Paul the Apostle parish, with the church and education building dedicated in 1971. A rectory, bell tower and stained glass windows followed in 1988, and a 59-rank pipe organ came in 1992.
Early on, the Council of Catholic Women was formed to raise money for parish needs; many of its original members are still active in their 90s. At one point, a Men’s Club came alongside the women to initiate a number of fundraising activities, including what became the annual Friends of Saint Paul Benefit Cocktail Party, which helped cover tuition for students of Catholic grade and high schools. To serve the needs of a growing Brazilian community, a Portuguese Mass was begun in 1989. And to meet the requests of Catholics throughout the region, a Tridentine Latin Mass was offered bi-weekly. As community needs fluctuate over time, these and other ministries have come and gone.
Today, the Council of Catholic Women, Legion of Mary, Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Religious Education for Children & Adults, Choir, Feeding the Hungry & Homeless, Small Prayer Groups, and all parish ministries work together to provide numerous spiritual and social activities, creating a vibrant faith community with its eye toward a bright future of sharing and living out the faith.
Monsignor Willie Dever
Pastor since August 1, 2012
Father Mathew Thomas
Parochial Vicar since 2017
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Dr. Greg McLaughlin, DBA
Deacon since February 15, 2015
Sister Anne Corrigan, RSM
Director of Evangelization & Sacramental Preparation since 2013
Dr. Judith McKay, J.D., Ph.D.
Director of Religious Education since 2016
Judith & Markanthony Zizzo
Bulletin & Web since 2011
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