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.
“On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, our gaze is drawn to the beauty of the mother of Jesus, our mother! With great joy the Church contemplates her "full of grace" (Luke 1:28), and starting with these words we salute her together: "Full of grace!" This is how God saw her from the first moment of his loving design. God saw her as beautiful, full of grace. Our mother is beautiful! Mary sustains our journey toward Christmas, for she teaches us how to live this Advent season in expectation of the Lord. For Advent is a time of waiting for the Lord, who will visit us all on Christmas, but also, each one, in our own hearts. The Lord is coming! Let us wait for him!more...
May the virgin Mary help us to hasten our steps to Bethlehem to encounter the child who is born for us, for the salvation and joy of all people. To her the angel said: "Hail, full of grace: the Lord is with you" (Luke 1:28). May she obtain for us the grace to live the joy of the gospel… an intimate joy, fashioned of wonder and tenderness... in our families, at work, in the parish and everywhere. This is the joy a mother experiences when she looks at her newborn baby and feels that he or she is a gift from God… a miracle for which she can only give thanks!”
Reflection on the Nativity story with music of O Come O Come Emmanuel
Today is the Third Sunday of Advent, called GAUDETE SUNDAY...the Sunday of Joy. In the liturgy the invitation rings out several times to rejoice, why? Because the Lord is near. Christmas is near. The Christian message is called the gospel (good news), an announcement of joy for all people. The Church is not a haven for sad people but a joyful home! And those who are sad find joy in her, true joy!
The joy of the gospel consists in knowing one is welcomed and loved by God, who comes to save us and who seeks to help, especially those who are fearful of heart. His coming among us strengthens us, makes us steadfast, gives us courage and, when our lives becomes arid, makes the desert and the steppe rejoice and blossom.
However great our limitations and dismay, we are not allowed to be sluggish and vacillating when faced with difficulty and our own weakness. On the contrary, we are invited to strengthen our weak hands, to make firm our feeble knees, to be strong and to fear not, because our God always shows us the greatness of his mercy. God gives us the strength to go forward. God is always with us in order to help us go forward. God loves us so very much. That is why God is with us to help us, to strengthen us, to help us go forward. Courage! Always forward!
— Pope Francis
Listen to the Ode to Joy and people’s reaction