Programs

St. Peter's Church Programs
2022 Schedule

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THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

ZOOM Sessions
Fridays, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm—Jan. 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4

$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.

Jesus' call to profound discipleship in the Sermon on the Mount is too often dismissed as special instructions for only the holiest and most exceptional Christians. In The Sermon on the Mount, Clifford Yeary challenges us to hear the sermon once again as Christ intended it, as our call to follow him whose life illustrated its every ideal. Yeary helps us to hear the Sermon on the Mount as a message for each of us, a challenge that is our constant call to renewal. Commentary, study and reflection questions, prayer and access to online lectures are included.

ACTS OF THE APOSTLES: PART 1

ZOOM Sessions
Fridays, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm—March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, & 27 

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

What does it mean for a community to follow Jesus? With full benefit of the Holy Spirit, the earliest believers shaped communities of faith from Jerusalem to Rome and all points in between. The Acts of the Apostles, Part One (Acts 1:1–15:35) invites us to witness the Spirit at work as the apostles of Jesus become evangelists and pastors, as communities of believers expand to include Gentiles, and as local challenges test the staying power of the young church. Commentary, study and reflection questions, prayers, and access to online lectures are included.

Book Signing & Presentation
The Adventures of Francie Fitzgerald
Presented by Author Victoria Olivett 
January 12, 12:15 to 1:00 pm, Lower Level Auditorium

Book Summary:
The book is about an Irish, Catholic immigrant family living in Newark, New Jersey in the 1880’s.  Francie, the fourteen year old, comes across a dead fox exhibiting symptoms of rabies.  Francie and her friend Sean discover that a local youth also died of hydrophobia.  She is afraid for her siblings since there are so many wild dogs roaming the neighborhood.  What she dreads most occurs.  Her brother and his friends are attacked by a rabid dog.  Their journey leads them to Paris and Dr. Louis Pasteur and his life saving serum which correlates with today’s Delta Variant and vaccinations. The novel shows great love, faith, and perseverance.

HEALING HEARTS/MENDING LIVES: Reconciliation Outside the Box
12:15-1 pm, Lower Level Auditorium

January 26 - Forgiving in Everyday Life: The Family

February 16 - Forgiving in Everyday Life: Friends, Neighbors, and Co-Workers

April 20 - How to Forgive: Part One

May 4 - How to Forgive: Part Two

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.

UNITY: The Spirituality for Today’s World  - Fr. Tom Ess, O.F.M.
12:15-1 pm, Jan. 21, 28, 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.

Living A Spiritual Life in a Media Culture
Presented by Sr. Tracy Dugas, S.P.

January 27, 12:15 to 1:00 pm, Lower Level Auditorium

Lent: Season of Transformation
Presented by Fr. Derran Combs, O.F.M., Ph.D.
ZOOM Sessions

Session One: Transformed by Repentance

Session Two: Transformed by Surrender

Session Three: Transformed by Love

Zoom Dates: March 9, 16 & 23

$10 Registration Required
To register, call 312-853-2376 or email [email protected].

We Are Eagles
Presented by author Anna Marie Kukec Tomezyk

March 24, 12:15 to 1 pm, Lower Level Auditorium

Book Summary:
The women featured in this book are among the inspiring immigrants, who left behind poverty and gained confidence and strength as they learned about life through a new language at the Dominican Literacy Center in the Chicago area.  The lives of these women took shape during the first 25 years of the center as they reached milestones that many others took for granted.  Today, the Dominican Literacy Center is a bustling learning community that has taught thousands of immigrants the baffling language of American English.

THE OTHER CATHOLICS: An Introduction to the Eastern Rites of the Church
12:15-1 pm, Lower Level Auditorium, Dates to be determined

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.

FRANCIS DAYS
October 2022
Date to be determined
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.

ADVENT LECTURE SERIES
December 2022
12:15-1 pm, Lower Level Auditorium, Dates to be determined

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.    

ANNUAL FRIARS AND FRIENDS CHRISTMAS CONCERT
12-1 pm, Lower Level Auditorium, Date to be determined 

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. 

MONTHLY PRAYER GROUP
Marian Movement of Priests – Lay Cenacle
Dates: TBA

REPAIR MY HOUSE
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]