OBITUARY

Rev. Paul Franklin McCallum

February 14, 1933October 6, 2020
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Rev. Paul Franklin McCallum, a Catholic priest for 58 years, died on October 6, 2020 in Georgetown, Texas at the age of 87. He was born on February 14, 1933 in Quincy, Mass. to Daniel J. and Grace M. Landry McCallum. Rev. McCallum attended Sacred Heart High School in Weymouth, Mass., Stigmatine Junior Seminary in Wellesley, Mass., and St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Tx.

Rev. McCallum was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Austin on June 2, 1962 by Bishop Thomas J. Riley in Watertown, Mass. He served at St. Monica Parish in Cameron, St. Mary Parish in Taylor, St. Joseph Parish in Rockdale, Immaculate Conception Parish in Sealy, and was the founding pastor of St. Paul Parish in Austin where he remained until his retirement in January 2006. He spent his retirement years living at the St. John Paul II Residence for Priests in Georgetown. While retired, he served for three years on the diocesan Presbyteral Council representing the retired priests of the diocese. Rev. McCallum was an avid Boston Red Sox baseball fan as well as a Round Rock Express fan. He also loved watching basketball and telling a good joke.

Rev. McCallum was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Harold, Edward and Robert McCallum. He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and a large extended family.

Visitation will be on October 14 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Austin (4800 Convict Hill Rd.), followed by the Vigil and Rosary at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on October 15 at 10:00 a.m. also at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Interment will be the same day at 3:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Sealy, Texas. Masks are to be worn and social distancing observed at all services. Services will be livestreamed on the St. Catherine of Siena parish website (www.stcatherine-austin.org).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church, 10000 David Moore Dr., Austin, TX 78748.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

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Dinna Parsons

October 19, 2020

My husband and I love Father Paul, he married us in the Catholic Church during my husband’s enrollment in RCIA classes, and he made the small ceremony so special. Fr. Paul had such a good sense of humor; I attended a weekday mass with my two young rambunctious boys one time. We were in the cry room because they were two very young (and normal) boys! He insisted that we come out and join the other parishioners, he called me out to join everyone else. When mass was over, he came up to me and said “God Bless You Mom” and laid his hand on the top of my head as he grinned and slightly chuckled. He was so warm and personable. He truly met his calling.

Anabel Walters

October 15, 2020

Father Paul, you were one of a kind. Your homilies drew me in and and you had a way of making every word relatable. I remember being so taken in when you would bless the Eucharist. It was my favorite part of the mass, there was no mistaking that the presence of the Holy Spirit filled the church. In fact one of my favorite pictures of our wedding was during this moment. Each time you gave me the Eucharist, you would use my first name. “Anabel, this is the body of Christ.” Father Paul, you were a gift to me during some pivotal times in my life. Thank you for being so special and making me feel equally so. Thank you for your energy and love. Enjoy eternal life with your mom Grace and Sunshine and all of your loved ones waiting for you in paradise.
All My Love,
Anabel

Ignacio Ruiz

October 15, 2020

When I first attended Mass at Williams Elementary, I was so impressed and moved by Father Paul. There was an energy, a love about him. For the many years he was pastor at St. Paul's, I loved Mass with him. Father Paul said mass and gave his all when he did. He looked exhausted when he finished. But he was never too exhausted to hunker down and hand out the children's bulletins. Or dance to his favorite dismissal song (God has spoken to his people). Or belt out, with his loud and booming voice, "How great thou art." That last one, when he sang it, it was his prayer, it was him saying those words to God. My favorite saying of his was "ask not what your church can do for you, but ask what you can do for your church." It has been my motto for quite a while now. May the Lord keep Father Paul close to him. Rest in peace.

Janis Winkler

October 13, 2020

We were blessed to attend Fr. Paul's masses at St. Paul's when we lived in Austin. Always enjoyed his sense of humor, a wonderful priest, so engaging. Brought so much to the mass and you could always tell how much he loved being a priest. A true inspiration. May he rest in peace.

Ashley McKinney

October 10, 2020

Uncle Paul and I in Georgetown, Texas 2015

Ashley McKinney

October 9, 2020

Uncle Paul always had a real peace about him. He felt so safe to be around, and I knew I was very loved. Every Summer, when I was a kid, Uncle Paul rented a house down Cape Cod Massachusetts in Dennis and invited our whole family to come. Some of my best memories were those times, going down to Mayflower beach with the whole family, eating dinner together, swinging on the hammock, and being Uncle Paul’s alter server when he gave Mass on the neighbor’s screen porch. If it weren’t for Uncle Paul’s generosity, our family wouldn’t have shared all those special times together.

I’m so grateful to be reading these stories of how he impacted so many lives. There’s often so much you don’t see or know about even your closest relatives. Yet, it shows his authentic nature and character, as everyone describes him the same!

I will miss his laugh, jolly smile, and warm presence. He was a true man of God, and one of the closest representatives of Jesus I’ve known in my life. I know I am a product of his prayers.

Thank you Uncle Paul for the joy and love you brought me. I love you! Give Papa a big hug for me. Rest in paradise.

Michael Brown

October 9, 2020

Very sad to see this. Father Paul was not only beloved by Rockdale's Catholics, and Rockdale at large, he was my next-door neighbor for many years when I was (much) younger. What a wonderful man. He and I were good friends and fellow baseball fans. He, and Gus Coelho, were/are the two most loyal Boston Red Sox fans I know. When my Cincinnati Reds played his Red Sox in 1975 we kind of stayed out of each other's way until it was over. I fully expect when I get to heaven he will look me up and we will resume our heated theological debate about whether Ed Armbrister interfered with Carlton Fisk in the third game. RIP Father Paul.

Thomas McCallum

October 9, 2020

I had a close relationship with my Uncle Paul when I was stationed at Perrin AFB in Sherman, TX for 3 years. Frequently, a buddy and I visited Uncle Paul throughout the time I spent in Texas. I also visited him often when business trips took me to Texas. We kept in close contact by phone over the following many years, with all of the calls somehow revolving around sports. As everyone knows, he loved the Red Socks and New England Patriots. Uncle Paul officiated at my wedding as well as our two sons' weddings. And last, but not least, Uncle Paul always left you with one of his corny jokes. "Your family in heaven is waiting to hear some news ones, Uncle Paul".

Jennifer Coyne

October 9, 2020

We love Father Paul so much and he has been a huge part of our family over many years. We loved his Boston accent, homilies, his love for his Mom, faith, his family, his furry companions, baseball and he never met a stranger! I remember during our visits he would share letters and photos he kept around his home and always sent us Easter and Christmas cards. I could call him and pick right back up like it was yesterday. He always had an encouraging word and big smile! I remember the first mass we attended in a school cafeteria before breaking ground at the location for St. Paul’s Church in south Austin. No matter where we celebrated Mass he would unite us all. He shared many stories of his Mom, brothers and especially his niece Paula. I loved hearing them all and know he is with us always. Love, Ryan, Jennifer & Austin Coyne & Martin & Mary J Helfrich

Paula McCallum

October 8, 2020

Uncle Paul and I had a very close relationship since we were born on the same day, Valentine's Day and I was named after him. He loved vacationing on Cape Cod in Dennis, Massachusetts for many years in July with our family and saying Mass on the Moreschi's porch.

He loves God, his family, his dogs and was the biggest Red Sox fan eva'!

I love you Uncle Paul rest in peace unless my Dad is still giving you a hard time then you can tell him "hook 'em horns!"

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