St. Peter's Church Programs

All programs will take place virtually via Zoom or YouTube until further notice. Please click on this link Online Giving if you would like to make a donation to support St. Peter's Programs. Thank you!


Advent Lecture Series

A short series of talks that will guide participants to a prayerful celebration of Jesus’ birth and the anticipation of Jesus’ final coming as Lord and Judge. This series will explore the biblical themes associated with Advent and review some of the religious practices for the liturgical season.    

Meeting Time:

Tuesdays, 12:15-1 pm

Four sessions

Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22

Catholic Films

The Church learned how to use the book and film to proclaim the Good News to the ends of the earth.  Today, Catholic publishers are releasing more videos that enriches adult faith formation which include the lives of the saints, significant moments in Catholic history, and various aspects in the Catholic spiritual tradition.   A selection of these productions will be viewed and discussed. 

Beginning in January 2021

Catholicism Today

A fall lecture series that explores the question, “What does it mean to be ‘Catholic’ today?”  It addresses contemporary concerns for Catholics struggling to navigate their faith through difficult times and changing values in society.  The lectures will help individuals focus on the core of Catholic identity within Western culture as it relates to religious freedom, dialogue between science and religion, technological advancement, cultural and ethnic diversity, and the importance of interreligious dialogue.  In a climate where individual spirituality is praised and the practices of organized religion are dismissed, these presentations will help participants make essential connections between faith and reason in daily living.

Meeting Time:

Thursdays, 12:15-1 pm

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17

Faith and the Bible

The Bible is inspired by God and is the Word of God.  This is a short series of presentations by published by Catholic scripture scholars who will excavate particular themes within the books of the Bible from a scholarly perspective that can lead to living the Word of God in practical ways.

Beginning in January 2021

Fourth Annual Friars and Friends Christmas Concert

Each year, the Franciscan Friars and friends of St. Peter’s share their musical gifts and talents with worshippers and supportive guests. The performances are reflective of popular Advent and Christmas themes.  This is an annual fundraiser for the the programs department. 

Concert Date & Time:

Dec. 10, 12-1 pm

$10 Donation is requested.

Francis Week

He is the founder of three religious orders and is the patron saint of ecology.  St. Peter’s Church is staffed by the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart Province.  Francis week is celebrated annually by the friars, members of the three associated Secular Franciscan fraternities, and patrons of St. Peter’s.  This year the celebration will consist of a festive celebratory Mass, videos highlighting the lives of St. Francis, St. Clare, St. Anthony and St. Padre Pio; and conclude with a formal lecture on the life of St. Francis.

October 2021

Little Rock Scripture Study

Please click on link for further information and to register LRSS

LRSS continues its study of Matthew’s gospel which appears first in the four canonical gospels. Although not the oldest of the four gospels, Matthew presents Jesus as a great teacher and Son of God, emphasizing that he is Emmanuel.  Each session of the study is facilitated by women and men whose task is to explore the assigned scripture readings and to lead discussions.  Before attending the sessions, participants are asked to prepare by reading the lessons in advance, and are then invited to share their own insights and experiences with the other members at the sessions. The sessions conclude with prayer.

Meeting Times:

Fridays, 12:15-1 pm

Sept. 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 20; Dec. 4, 11 & 18

Registration required. $12 Program Fee.

Repair My House

This program promotes physical, emotional and mental health.  Led by professionals in the discipline of psychology, participants are guided in the pursuit of stress relief, self-acceptance, self-efficacy, and developing a sense of purpose.  Participants learn to increase self-confidence, navigate through loss and depression, and improve relationships with themselves, others and God.  The sessions combine practical psychology with the life-giving ways of St. Francis of Assisi.

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For information regarding programs, please contact Fr. Derran Combs, O.F.M., Ph.D., Programs Director, St. Peter’s Church
312-372-5111; [email protected]