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.
As we begin the month of November, a time traditionally set aside by Catholics to remember both the Saints and those who have died. “All Saints Day” (Nov. 1) and “All Souls Day” (Nov. 2) set the tone for the month. The pain of death and loss touches all people and religious people turn to their faith traditions for some answers and consolation in the loss of loved ones.more...
The Saints are our ancestors and friends — that “cloud of witnesses” who accepted the godly realism of their lives, shared it with others on Earth, and continue to do so now before the throne of God in heaven. We believe that they “intercede” for us here below, and in a special way, they are linked with us in what we call “the communion of Saints.”
All Souls Day and the commemoration of the dead throughout the month of November is a source of consolation and hope for each of us. It is dedicated to the memory, not just of the Saints but also to all the faithful departed. For Christians and Catholics, the holy souls in purgatory (not a place but a state of waiting and longing) see ever more clearly what we intuit from afar. They are already within reach of eternal life, the loving arms of Jesus; but they are not yet closely within his embrace. The sting of death has been removed, but they are still sensing the pain of love which only complete union with Jesus can heal. There is truth in the expression: “distance makes the heart grow fonder!”
In his very moving, personal reflection on his imminent death in 1996, “The Gift of Peace,” the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago wrote: “Many people have asked me to tell them about heaven and the afterlife. I sometimes smile at the request because I do not know any more than they do. Yet, when one young man asked if I looked forward to being united with God and all those who have gone before me, I made a connection to something I said earlier in this book. The first time I travelled with my mother and sister to my parents’ homeland of Tonadico di Primiero, in northern Italy, I felt as if I had been there before. After years of looking through my mother’s photo albums, I knew the mountains, the land, the houses, the people. As soon as we entered the valley, I said, “My God, I know this place. I am home.” Somehow, I think crossing from this life into eternal life will be similar. I will be home.”
How often have we visited a place for the first time and recognized the buildings, scenery, and even the people, because we have been filling our mind with those images in photos, books, films, etc. We have prepared ourselves for the reality before we even get there! No matter what your religious convictions are, it might be good during this month to remember someone close to you who has died. Bring this person’s image into your mind. As you remember this life, imagine God escorting that person into heaven at the time of death. Finally, imagine this loved one waiting for you. Such visioning and imagining can have very healing and consoling effects on our lives.
If we spend our earthly pilgrimage filling our minds with thoughts of heaven, when we finally cross over into eternal life, the images we see may not be foreign, startling or strange. We, too might be able to echo those words: “My God, I know this place. I am home.” (by Fr. Thomas Rosica)
In the period following the Apostolic Age, there was an exuberant caring and sharing on the part of Christians that was unique in antiquity. By A.D. 250 Christians in Rome were caring for some fifteen hundred needy people. In fact, their generosity was so profuse that Ignatius could say that they were ‘leading in love’. We gain a helpful glimpse into the caring Christian community from I Clement, “Let everyone be subject to his neighbor. . . Let the rich man provide for the wants of the poor; and let the poor man bless God, because He hath given him one by whom his needs may be supplied.” more...
Perhaps no one has captured the exuberant spirit of simple caring and sharing better than the Christian philosopher Aristides, whose words (A.D. 125) are so moving that they are best quoted in full: “They walk in all humility and kindness, and falsehood is not found among them, and they love one another. They despise not the widow, and grieve not the orphan. He that has distributed liberally to him that have not. If they see a stranger, they bring him under their roof, and rejoice over him as if he were their own brother: for they call themselves brethren, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit of God; but when one of their poor passes away from the world, and any of them see him, he provides for his burial according to his ability; and if they hear that any of their number is imprisoned or oppressed for the name of their Messiah, all of them provide for his needs. . . And if there is among them a man that is needy and poor, and they have not an abundance of necessaries, they fast two or three days that they may supply the needy with their necessary food.”
This model of simplicity speaks to our condition. How desperately we need today to discover new creative ways of caring and sharing with any in need.
|Oct 30||Theology of the Body I, 6:30-9:30pm in Church|
|Oct 31||School Mass, 8:00am, St Andrew Academy|
|Nov 1||All Saints Day, Mass 8:00am in Church|
|Nov 4||Theology of the Body II, 6:30-9:30pm in Church|
|Nov 2||All Souls Commemorative Service, 3:00 pm, in Church|
|Nov 6||Theology of the Body I, 6:30-9:30pm in Church|
|Nov 7||Eucharistic Adoration, 4-6pm, in Church|
|Nov 8||Craft Show - St Andrew Academy Gym|
|Nov 13||Theology of the Body I, 6:30-9:30pm in Church|
|Nov 20||Theology of the Body I, 6:30-9:30pm in Church|
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