April 25, 2021

In the Gospel selection for today's Mass we hear, "Jesus said, I am the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me." The fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally known as "Good Shepherd Sunday." Throughout the world this weekend is designated by the Church as World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Here in the Archdiocese, Cardinal Cupich has especially asked that we pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life this weekend, the 58th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. We see in Jesus, the Good Shepherd, the heart of every calling. He says, “A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” The mission of Jesus culminated in his self-sacrificing love. He gave himself so that we might live. This is the great mystery of love present in the Eucharist: “This is my body, given up for you. This is my blood, poured out for you.” Everyone is called, and everyone has a vocation in the Church. This weekend we especially pray for those called by the Lord to serve as religious women & men, those called to priesthood or to the permanent diaconate.

Please keep Br. Marc Sheckells, OFM in your prayers as he prepares for his ordination as priest here at St. Peter's on Saturday, May 22. Br. Marc has lived here at St. Peter's while studying for the priesthood.  Please continue to pray for Br. Erlison Campos, OFM and Br. Vagner Ferreira, OFM who are studying at Catholic Theological Union for priesthood. Br. Erlison and Br. Vagner are members of the St. Benedict of the Amazon Custody in Brazil. They are living with us here at St Peter's Friary during their studies. Also pray for the deacons of the Archdiocese who will be ordained priests on Saturday, May 15

Today, Sunday April 25 from 3-4pm a special hour of adoration for vocations will be held at St. Alphonsus Church, 1429 West Wellington Ave, Chicago. You can livestream via St. Alphonsus YouTube Channel this special hour of prayer. Below is a special Prayer from Pope Francis for vocations.

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

LORD of the Harvest,

BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call.
Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.

INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving—
for vocations blossom in the 
good soil of faithful people.

INSTILL those in religious life, parish 
ministries, and families with the confidence 
and grace to invite others to embrace 
the bold and noble path of a life 
consecrated to you.

UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament,
so that we may cooperate 
with you in building your reign of mercy 
and truth, of justice and peace. Amen.

— Pope Francis

With more people receiving the vaccine for COVID, an increase of tourists, workers, etc. here in the Loop and the return of warmer weather, we plan to adjust our present COVID affected church schedule a bit to better meet the needs of those coming to St. Peter's. While we cannot, as yet, be as open as we were before the pandemic affected all of us, we hope the following schedule will better meet the needs of those coming to St. Peter's for prayer.

St. Peter's Church & Sacrament Schedule Update

New changes are effective May 8. Changes are listed in BOLD print

MONDAY - FRIDAY

Church hours: 10:30am - 3:00pm

Masses: 11:40 & 1:15pm

Confessions: 10:30am - 3:00pm

SATURDAY

Church hours: 12noon - 6:00pm

Confessions:     12noon - 4:30pm

Vigil Mass for Sunday at 5:00pm

SUNDAY

Church hours 8:30am - 12:30pm

No confessions

Masses: 9:00am and 11:00am

Please note these changes will take effect beginning Saturday, May 8, unless health and safety concerns postpone these changes. We will continue to follow the guidelines and protocols of the Archdiocese and local health departments. As more of us receive the available vaccines, wear masks, wash hands frequently, keep safe distances in large groups and do all we can to promote safe health practices, we will continue to adjust our safe health guidelines and practices here at St. Peter's and hopefully be able to open the church up more for prayer and reflection.

Last week we began installation of new phones in the friary and church offices. The old system could not be repaired so before the entire system stopped working we arranged for new phones. We are still getting familiar with the new system so we ask for your patience as we start using the new phones. We will try not to hit the wrong button and prematurely cut you off during a conversation or transferring your call to another phone. If you get disconnected just call back. Hopefully all the friars and lay staff will be "quick learners" with the new phone system!

Fr. Michael