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.
The season of Advent begins a new Liturgical year encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. Advent is a time of preparation. As we await the birth of God made man, we use the Advent season to help us grow in our faith. Even with all of the everyday 'busy-ness' of the Advent season, we are encouraged to make time for prayer and reflection which will allow us to experience the Joy and Peace that the birth of the Christ Child brings. Christ comes into our lives anew each time we share Christ with others - when we provide care to those in need, when we encourage those who feel hopeless. more...
During the Advent season as we pray, "Come, Lord Jesus," may we make a special effort to be Christ to one another every day. Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, “Come, Lord Jesus!” Amen.<
By Henri J.M. Nouwen
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The Advent wreath and the Advent calendar are classic traditions that keep Catholics focused on the “reason for
the season,” but here are some other everyday experiences that Catholics try to keep the spirit of Advent alive:
*** Have everyone in the family go to confession during the Advent season.
*** Cut up small pieces of yellow yarn or small pieces of cotton and each time someone does a good deed or acts like Jesus to someone else, he or she can place a piece in the cre?che to prepare a soft place for the Baby Jesus.
*** Create an ‘Advent chain’ made of appropriate purple and pink paper strips to follow the liturgical colors of the season. Remove a link each day. Links can include a prayer, a Scripture quote or good deed.
*** Serve lunch at a local soup kitchen before you head to your family celebration.
*** Create your own Jesse tree with a branch from your yard and some handmade ornaments. Talk about the meaning behind each symbol.
*** Turn your tree-trimming into a new tradition, either by chopping down your own tree or by blessing the tree as a family or by having a special dinner the night you decorate it. If possible, hold off on putting up the tree until the O Antiphons begin on Dec. 17, no easy feat in this rush-the-season world of ours.
READ AGAIN THE GOSPEL Matthew 25:31-46
I was hungry and you formed a humanities club to discuss my hunger.
I was imprisoned and you crept off quietly to your chapel to pray for my release.
I was naked and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance.
What good did that do?
I was sick and you knelt and thanked God for your health.
But I needed you.
I was homeless and you preached to me of the shelter of the love of God.
I wish you’d taken me home.
I was lonely and you left me alone to pray for me.
Why didn’t you stay?
You seem so holy, so close to God; But I’m still very hungry, lonely, cold and still in pain.
Does it matter?
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