This weekend, throughout the USA, the annual Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is taken up in parishes. CCHD was founded in 1969 by the US Bishops to end the cycle of poverty in the United States by funding organizations that help people help themselves. With the tradition of improving education, housing situations, and economic development, CCHD continues to make a positive impact on communities throughout the country. Your contribution helps defend human dignity and helps those living on the margins of our society. You may make a donation to continue the work of CCHD by placing your offering in the second collection today. This weekend we also celebrate the feast of Christ the King and the end of another Liturgical Year.
On Thursday this week, we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a special Mass at 10:00 am. What better way to begin a day of thanksgiving than to come and participate in this special Mass of Thanksgiving here at St. Peter's. The church will open at 9:00 am and close for the day at the conclusion of the Mass. There are no confessions or other services scheduled on Thanksgiving Day. If you are traveling during the holiday weekend may you have a safe and pleasant journey. As you travel, share a smile or warm greeting with others to share the holiday spirit. Especially be considerate with all those who are working during the holidays so that you and others might have an enjoyable time.
As we previously announced, our updated Ministry Schedule begins on Monday, November 29.
You will find the expanded Monday - Friday ministry schedule below:
7:30 am, 11:40 am, 1:15 pm
THE CHURCH IS OPEN FOR PRAYER 7:00 am - 4:30 pm [Please note that the church must close at 4:30 pm so please be aware of the time of the church closing.]
THE FRONT DESK WILL BE OPEN [For those calling the church for information, those requesting Masses, information about the church, times for services, religious articles to be blessed, etc.]
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
The Saturday and Sunday Schedule remains the same at this time.
Church open from 12 noon until end of 5:00 pm Mass
Front Desk open from 12 noon - 4:30 pm
Confessions from 12 noon - 4:30 pm
Sunday Vigil Mass at 5:00 pm
Church open from 8:30 am until end of 11:00 am Mass
Front Desk is closed.
No confessions on Sunday.
As always, we may need to adjust this new schedule due to other ministerial needs. We will continue to keep you aware of any changes or news of St. Peter's through the weekly church bulletin (which you also can access through our website), on our St. Peter's website and other social media sites. You can always call the Front Desk when it is open and speak to one of the friars for information.
Next weekend is Thanksgiving weekend and many people are looking forward to travelling and visiting family and friends. For many people, it will be the first time they have gathered together since the COVID pandemic. Next weekend, we also begin a new Church year with the season of Advent and the lighting of the first Advent candle. The purple of Advent is used to remind ourselves to prepare for the coming season of Christmas and celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. During the coming Church Year, the Gospel readings at most Sunday Masses will concentrate on the writings of the Evangelist, Luke.
Each Sunday of Advent you will find a special insert in the church bulletin. These inserts provide insightful reflections on the Advent season and on the back of the insert you will find the Advent-Christmas Season schedule of services, programs and other events here at St. Peter's.
I also invite you to visit our St. Peter's Book & Gift Shop located in the lower level of the church. There is a variety of Advent and Christmas books that you may find helpful during the Advent/Christmas Season. We also have a variety of items celebrating our 175th anniversary that would be thoughtful gifts for the holidays.
As we begin the Advent Season next weekend, I encourage you to keep before you each day of Advent these words from Luke's Gospel:
"Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with fear. The angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord." (Lk.2:8-11)
In a world where fear seems to grow each day, the Christmas message given to each of us from a small defenseless infant is not to be fearful......to be at peace with one another.......... to realize God's gift on Christmas night was given to each of us. Perhaps the very best gift we can give to one another this Christmas of 2021 is to wish one another........
"Peace be with you! Do not be afraid for a savior has been born for you!"
I encourage you to keep in mind what Christmas is all about..... God becoming human and offering to us eternal life. May the Christmas lights that are sure to appear and twinkle in the night, remind us that in the darkness of these difficult times, the disruption of our lives and the pain of a dangerous illness, our God comes among us in shining light as a defenseless infant and shows us how to live. May each of us do all we can this Advent/Christmas season to show the true Christmas spirit to one another....that of the love of Jesus.