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.
Pope Francis and the Bishops of the United States urge all Catholics to pray for peace in Iraq. more...
The chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the U.S. bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, made the request, August 6, sending the bishops the text of a prayer written by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako.
Bishop Pates recounted the struggles of Christians and others in Iraq who have faced the destruction, burning and looting of churches, homes and businesses and, under threat of the Islamic State (ISIS) to join their extremist brand of Islam, have fled for their lives. Accordingly, he urged Catholics to let their elected representatives know of their concern that humanitarian assistance reach Christian and other religious minorities who are suffering in Iraq, Syria and other countries.
Bishop Pates also noted Pope Francis’ calls for peace in Iraq and his observation that “violence generates more violence; dialogue is the only path to peace.”
The full text of Patriarch Sako’s prayer for peace follows:
The plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of Christians
is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord
to spare our lives, and to grant us patience,
and courage to continue our witness of Christian values
with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us
to live with each other without fear and anxiety,
and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.
Whenever we talk about God’s goodness we usually talk about what God can give to us. If we only talk about what God can give us, then we have only scratched the surface of who God is. Please don’t misunderstand. God does not give good gifts to those who he loves and love him in return. When we ask God for things, he always gives us what is best instead of what is better. more...
Relfective video for your prayer:
Reasons You Should be More Generous.
1. Generosity will make you happier. This isn’t just a cool idea. It’s science. It’s called the “helper’s high.” The more you give, the happier you become. It’s simple. Even exponential. Careful this “high” might be more addictive than you think.
2. Generosity transforms lives. Recipients. Givers. Communities. People are changed. For the good.
3. Generosity shares the love. There are 2 different ways to influence people. To love them or to hurt them. Generosity is one easy step towards the better of the two.
4. Generosity breeds generosity. When you give, others will notice and be inspired to give more. Those who receive, will turn around give in turn. It can quickly become a chain reaction of giving energy. And it all starts with you.
Great video on "why we should give".
Early in the fourth century St. Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, went to Jerusalem in search of the holy places of Christ's life. She razed the second-century Temple of Aphrodite, which tradition held was built over the Savior's tomb, and her son built the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher over the tomb. During the excavation, workers found three crosses. Legend has it that the one on which Jesus died was identified when its touch healed a dying woman. more...
The cross immediately became an object of veneration. At a Good Friday celebration in Jerusalem toward the end of the fourth century, according to an eyewitness, the wood was taken out of its silver container and placed on a table together with the inscription Pilate ordered placed above Jesus' head: Then "all the people pass through one by one; all of them bow down, touching the cross and the inscription, first with their foreheads, then with their eyes; and, after kissing the cross, they move on".
To this day the Eastern Churches, Catholic and Orthodox alike, celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on the September anniversary of the basilica's dedication. The feast entered the Western calendar in the seventh century after Emperor Heraclius recovered the cross from the Persians, who had carried it off in 614, 15 years earlier. According to the story, the emperor intended to carry the cross back into Jerusalem himself, but was unable to move forward until he took off his imperial garb and became a barefoot pilgrim.
"How splendid the cross of Christ! It brings life, not death; light, not darkness; Paradise, not its loss. It is the wood on which the Lord, like a great warrior, was wounded in hands and feet and side, but healed thereby our wounds. A tree has destroyed us, a tree now brought us life."
|Sep 19||Card Party, 6pm, St Andrew Academy Gym|
|Sep 19||Eucharistic Adoration, 4-6pm in Church|
|Sep 22-26||St Andrew Academy Spirit Week|
|Sep 23||1st Reconciliation Parent Meeting, 7pm St Andrew Academy Auditorium|
|Sep 25||Friendship Club 6pm PLC|
|Sep 27||St Andrew Academy Homecoming Parade/Powder Puff Game after 4:30pm Mass|
|Sep 28||St Andrew Academy Homecoming Football Game|
|Nov 8||Craft Show - St Andrew Academy Gym|
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