St. Peter's Church Programs

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In Person Lower Level of Church
Thursdays, 12:15-1 pm—Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 14

ZOOM Session
Fridays, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm—Sept. 3, 10, 24; Oct. 1, 15

$15 Program Fee payable by cash or check includes book.
To register, call 312-853-2376 or email [email protected].

This method of Bible study makes use of solid scholarship that helps individuals discover much about the ancient culture and religious practices, and what shaped those who wrote the various books of the Bible.  Participants share their own journey of faithful listening to God’s word with others, which will ultimately deepen their relationship with Christ.  The Eucharist in Scripture explores the biblical theme of meals shared in faithful fellowship and in covenant relationship with God. Old Testament meals and promises provide a foundation for gospel meals with Jesus, culminating in the Last Supper as it is understood throughout the New Testament. Jesus' bread of life discourse and the early church's practice of "breaking bread" are also explored. Commentary, study and reflection questions, prayer, and access to online Lectures are included.


In Person Lower Level of Church
Thursdays, 12:15-1 pm—Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11

ZOOM Session
Fridays, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm—Oct. 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12 

$15 Program Fee payable by cash or check includes book.
To register, call 312-853-2376 or email [email protected].

Explore the sweeping saga of God's people and their sacred journey. Panorama of the Old Testament surveys the variety of books found in the Old Testament. Uncover interwoven themes, the background of familiar characters and God's overall plan of salvation. A perfect way to begin a great adventure or step back and see where you have been in your study of the Bible. Commentary, study and reflection questions, prayer and access to online lectures are included.

UNITY: The Spirituality for Today’s World  - Fr. Tom Ess, O.F.M.
12:15-1 pm, Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1, Lower Level Auditorium

Old ways are crumbling and passing away—and for many Catholics, so is their faith.  But the Holy Spirit has given us the way to go forward.  It is by way of the spirituality of unity, the spirituality of communion.  Pope St. John Paul II told us: “To make the Church the home and school of communion [unity]: that is the great challenge facing us in the third millennium…  Let us have no illusions: unless we follow this spiritual path, external structures of communion will serve very little purpose.”  Fr. Tom Ess, who has lived the spirituality of unity-communion for more than forty years, will conduct the four sessions which will include presentation and participation.

12:15-1 pm, Sept. 21; Oct. 12; Nov. 2, Lower Level Auditorium

This lecture series surfaces issues and concerns facing today’s Catholic.  Topics related to individual faith, family life, the political arena, environmental responsibility, and morality in postmodernity are just some of the areas that contemporary Catholics are wrestling with today.  The presenters in this series will attempt to answer burning questions that will assist Catholics and other Christians in the struggle to understand and cope with these new and challenging realities.

HEALING HEARTS/MENDING LIVES: Reconciliation Outside the Box
12:15-1 pm, Sept. 7; Oct. 19; Nov. 16, Lower Level Auditorium

For decades, St. Peter’s Church has been known as the place to go in the Loop for a prayerful celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Spiritual healing and the mending of relationships with God and others occurs when the sacrament is celebrated well.  However, the challenge is to continuously strive to maintain good relationships with people on a daily basis.  The reality is that in our daily interaction with people—whether at the workplace, at school, at home, or in the public arena—people experience breeched trust among colleagues or schoolmates, shattered friendships, and painful disassociation with family members.  Our monthly Healing Hearts presentations attempts to help individuals restore such broken relationships with family, friends, co-workers, and associates with the hope of reestablishing heartfelt trust and affection.

THE OTHER CATHOLICS: An Introduction to the Eastern Rites of the Church
12:15-1 pm, Sept. 28; Oct. 26; Nov. 9, Lower Level Auditorium

The Roman Catholic Church consists of seven rites with many liturgical and cultural expressions, with the Latin rite being the largest.  Many western Catholics are unaware of the history and spirituality of the Catholic churches of the east.  This lecture series will explore three of these rites, specifically, the Ukrainian Catholic Church, the Syro Malabar Catholic Church, and the Coptic Catholic Church.  The presenters will briefly share their history, spirituality, and traditions.

12:15-1 pm, Sept. 20, 27; Oct. 18, 25; Nov. 8, 15, Lower Level Auditorium

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.

Oct. 4, 11:40 am Mass, Oct. 5 & Oct. 6, 12:15-1 pm Lower Level Auditorium

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.

12:15-1 pm, Nov. 17, Lower Level Auditorium

Introduction to Cycle C readings beginning in Advent.

12:15-1 pm, Nov. 29; Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Lower Level Auditorium 

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.    

12-1 pm, Dec. 9, Lower Level Auditorium 

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 programs department. 

ZOOM - Mondays, 12:10-12:55 pm CDT

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.
For information email: [email protected]

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]