Welcome to Our Church
Through the grace of God and the commitment of the Catholic Community, we a parish devoted to imitating the life of Christ, as proclaimed in the Holy Gospels, offer a gathering place for worship, service, and fellowship for all.
As ambassadors for Christ, we serve the faithful, those who have strayed from the faith, and those who are not members of the faith community so that all may be reconciled to God.
St. Peter Church Parish Mission - March 15-20
Mark your calendars for the St. Peter Church Parish Missionn to be held on March 15 to 20. Paulist Fr. Steven Bell will lead us in a parish mission focused on drawing closer to Christ in the Eucharist. He has led numerous parish missions, retreats, revivals and workshops across the country, focused on the importance of reconciliation and healing. Fr. Steve previously served as associate director of Newman Hall/Holy Spirit Parish at the University of California at Berkeley and associate director of St. Thomas More Newman Center at the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. He also previously served as associate pastor of St. Austin Church in Austin, TX, and as associate director of the media ministry “Busted Halo.” You can check out the videos Fr. Steve created with Busted Halo on YouTube. The Parish Mission will begin with the School Mass on Friday, March 15, at 11:15AM and continue throughout all of the weekend Masses. It will also include the Stations of the Cross on Sunday evening at 7:00PM. The Parish Mission talks will be held March 18-21st-Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings. The three evenings will feature food, prayer, and an opportunity to grow spiritually. Come for the week, or a night or two.
Lenten Eucharistic Adoration & Rosary
As we enter into the solemn season of Lent, all are invited to participate in the sacred practice of Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesday evenings at 7pm beginning Tuesday, February 20th. This time in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament offers us an opportunity to draw closer to God, seek His guidance, and quiet our minds and hearts and the world around us—even for just a short time. The Tabernacle will be open form 7-8 pm each Tuesday for quiet prayer and a holy rosary will be prayed at 7:45pm before closing the Tabernacle. In the midst of our busy lives and the distractions of the world, Lent calls us to pause, to turn inward, and examine our relationship with God. All are invited to come for the entire hour or even just a short amount of time. How happy our Lord will be to see you even for a little while!
Mary's Way of the Cross Stations at St. Peter's Church
Choosing Godparents for Baptism
In light of last week’s Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, here is the description of the role of Godparent for the Sacrament of Baptism. This is a review of the guidelines established by the Catholic Church concerning Godparent eligibility. These regulations should be considered before the parents of a child ask someone to be a Godparent for their son or daughter:
· The decision as to who should be a Godparent should be based upon who would provide the best example of Catholic living for the child and not merely for reasons of maintaining family harmony. A Godparent is chosen not primarily to honor the Godparent, but for the wellbeing and faith development of the child.
· In order to be a Godparent for Baptism, an individual must be a practicing Catholic, at least 16 years of age and have received the Sacraments of Initiation (i.e. Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation). 'Furthermore, if this person is married, then the marriage must be a valid, sacramental marriage (i.e. one recognized and blessed by the Catholic Church).
· The potential Godparent must be registered in a Catholic parish and able to obtain from his or her parish priest a letter of eligibility to be a Godparent. Only one Godparent is required by Church law. This Godparent may be a man or a woman. However, if two Godparents are selected (the more common practice), then there must be one man and one woman chosen. In other words, a child cannot have two men or two women as Godparents.
· In extraordinary situations when two Catholic Godparents cannot be found, then a baptized person who belongs to another Christian denomination (e.g. Methodist, Lutheran, or Presbyterian) may serve as a Christian Witness. However, former Catholics who have left the Catholic Church for another Christian denomination are not permitted to serve as Christian Witnesses.
Since Baptism is the initial, foundational Sacrament in the life of a Catholic, great care must be taken in deciding who will serve as a Godparent. The guidelines above are meant to assist parents in making a reasonable and secure decision as to who will fulfill this critical role for their child. Since they are provided by the universal Church and individual priests are not vested with the authority to dispense from them, these guidelines will be strictly followed at St. Peters Church.
Saturday: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:15 pm
Weekday & Holy Day Masses
As announced in the bulletin.
Saturday 2:45 pm
Anytime upon request.
Additional times during Advent & Lent.