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St Peter the Apostle Parish: 5-year Strategic Plan
Our fundamental mission as a parish family is to announce the Good News of Jesus Christ and thus form our members into a community of disciples who make God’s love known. more...
We are all called to serve the Lord Jesus by celebrating the sacraments, educating our people in the truths of our faith and providing for physical, emotional and spiritual needs. With this purpose in mind, our parish offers many varied ministries and programs which engage and serve hundreds of people.
As we look forward to this next year at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, we pause to give thanks to the Lord, our God, for all the blessings received during our years together as a parish family. With God's help, and with the cooperation of all of us who make up this faith community, I trust that the goodness of the Lord will continue to shine upon us in the years to come. Thank you for your support and prayers. God bless all you good people.
Don’t fight with temptation expose it
Between the temptations of Jesus in the desert and the night in the Garden of Gethsemane when he asked the cup of suffering might pass from him stretched many months, perhaps three years.
We can be sure that the temptations depicted in today’s Gospel are examples of the kinds of trials Jesus endured during his whole life. Most of us prefer to think of the temptation of the Son of God as different from the mundane urgings to evil with which we struggle. This kind of selective meditation distorts our picture of our relationship to our Savior. The result is a chasm between our experience of our life and his. We make Jesus a marble statue on a mountain …. cold and aloof; this Jesus is drained of all humanity…. Jesus did not leave the desert and retire to a pedestal on a mountain to return to real life only the day before he died. He lived every day right here in our world and fought the secret battles that we must fight against our inner urgings.
However, there is one important difference. He won every battle… We lose, not every struggle, but enough to disturb us, enough to make us come close to giving up on occasion. We cannot take these losses lightly. Lent reminds us that temptations, though not sinful in themselves, are to be taken seriously.
Today, consider your temptations. You know them very well… Turn to him now, before evil beckons anew. Ask him to be with you in time of temptation. He has been there before. He knows the way out. (excerpt from The Serious Season by Roger Swenson)
This weeks video meditation:
Your Journey through Lent
“Father, how long does Lent Last?” is a question I often get this time of the year. The easiest answer is chronological: Lent extends from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, and is followed by the three most solemn days of the church’s year, the Sacred Triduum. Perhaps a more profound answer more...
to how long Lent lasts is not “forty-six days,” but rather “until you are perfected.” Lent is a season in which Christians take serious steps to become perfect. The idea of perfection for many is beyond reach, because it seems to imply an impossible goal. In Matthew 5:48 Jesus says, “You must be made perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” But no one can become as perfect as our heavenly Father. However, growth toward spiritual wholeness is possible. Our quest for perfection should be seen as a quest for wholeness, so that we will become fully developed, complete, with “nothing missing.” In other words, we are called to be a better, healthier integrated person in our relationship to God. And, Lent is the perfect time for this kind of perfecting. This Lent we are called to be dedicated, to give ourselves over to God… to give our control of our powers and weaknesses. We ask him to accept and make holy our abundance and our want, to channel our strengths into his good purposes. As we journey through this season of Lent we pray seriously that we may be more honest with ourselves by heavily examining the various areas of our life that needs wholeness and require penance. Let us begin our Lenten journey, through the words of Rev. Roger Swenson in his book, The Serious Season.
View this video reflection before you begin your Lenten journey.
“In this age of renewal, we often look askance at Lent. We view it as an uncomfortable interruption in our progress from life as a vale of tears to life as a celebration of resurrection. Lent becomes a cinder in the eye of our soul, more...
something uncomfortable that enters our vision at the end of every winter. So we quickly look away, straight ahead to the Gospel which seems to support our liberated view. Doesn’t Jesus warn us not to look glum, not to flaunt our sacrifices or perform acts for people to see? Isn’t this the true Christian transformation of Joel’s dour call for fasting, weeping and mourning?...
There are no cinders in God’s eye as he looks straight at you and me. “Now is the acceptable time” to shine in the eye of God. We must not let our modern obsession with ease blind us to the fact that we came from ashes and shall end the same way… Ash Wednesday reminds us that we haven’t got it made, that even in this age of renewal, it is the striving that counts. Lent is the season for striving, for doing better through sacrifice, for looking death straight in the eye. Only through the purification of prayer, almsgiving and fasting can we escape the hypnotic gaze of the world and stare down the baleful eye of death.” (excerpt from The Serious Season by Roger Swenson)
Refelect on these two videos for Ash Wednesday.
|March 5||Ash Wednesday|
|March 7||Fish Fry 5-8pm St Andrew Academy Gym|
|March 7||Intro to the Theology of the Body 7pm Faith Formation Center|
|April 6||Eagle Scout Ceremony, Troop 51 1pm Auditorium|
|St. Peter the Apostle Faith Formation|
|Welcome to our new Faith Formation website. This website has been designed to provide all the up to date programs and information to better help you and/or your family in finding the answers to your questions and to ease concerns regarding your faith growth and development. Just click....|
|If you are interested in registering for our new and first offering in our faith development .... |
|Intro to The Theology of the Body… |
|click the picture of Pope John Paul here and follow the steps. |
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