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.
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.
GIVING UP ANXIETIES
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you,”
I Peter 5:7
Father, I need to remind myself often that You have said we are to cast all our anxieties on You. The natural thing for me to do is worry, fret, and think too much about my problems. I wish I weren’t that way, but we both know I am. more...
You’ve taught in Your word that to carry our own burdens is wrong, and it is futile. That’s why You said to give them to You. You know the harm they cause us. You know that if we focus on our problems, we lose our focus on You, the Problem Solver. Then, we add worry to worry. We bow under the load of the burdens, and stumble in ways we would not if we just let You take over. Why is that so hard for some of us, Lord? For me? I think it is simply a matter a faith. With that confession, Father, I commit to You today all my cares. I commit to You that when a concern comes to mind, I will look up and declare You Master over all. If I find myself speaking in a negative way, I will ask Your forgiveness and begin offering thanks for all You have given. If I catch myself stressing over anything at all, my Father, I am going to recount the many times and ways You have seen me through every storm, every uncertainty. You are an awesome God. You love us abundantly and always. You, alone, O God, are able. And with all of this, I will fill my mind today.
Take some time and listen to the words of this song:
|Oct 21||Theology of the Body II, 6:30-9:30pm in Church|
|Oct 22||St. John Paul II Feast Day Mass 7:00 pm|
|Oct 25||Halloween Festival, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm St Andrew Academy Gym|
|Oct 28||Marian Guild, 6:30pm, Parish Life Center|
|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 2||All Souls Commemorative Service, 3:00 pm, in Church|
|Nov 7||Eucharistic Adoration, 4-6pm, in Church|
|Nov 8||Craft Show - St Andrew Academy Gym|
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