Father Gagne's Easter Message

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Dear Parishioners,

The accounts of the resurrection talk about seeing and believing, and not seeing Jesus. The garden account tells us that Mary did not recognize Jesus; she thought he was the gardener. Thomas could not bring himself to believe that he was alive, and had appeared to the others. A week later, he saw and believed. The disciples on the road to Emmaus did not recognize the stranger that walked along with them and entered their conversation. And the gospel tells us; they recognized him in the breaking of the bread.

Lent has been the season to look through the lens of the gospel in order see clearly what we fail to see; that Jesus is truly present and alive, and with us, and around us, and in us. So many of life’s diversions block our seeing and hearing and experiencing the resurrected Jesus in our midst, in the Eucharist and in our sisters and brothers.

We should not be surprised that, like Mary in the garden, our tears blind our vision, and that like Thomas, our preconceived notions of how things are supposed to be, prevent us from believing that with God all things are possible.

The gospels tell us that we will have problems in this world. They also tell us that where sin abounded, grace abounded all the more. They also tell us that Jesus promised to be with us, and not leave us orphans. These words are meant to give us comfort amidst our pain and suffering, and failures.

The church of Jesus embraces not only Jesus’ suffering and death, but also his resurrection. These two realities can never be separated. In a world that too often sees death as a solution to people problems, we proclaim a Christ who has been crucified and who now lives.

Like Mary and the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we proclaim this Easter, that he is alive, and did not our hearts burn within us, and how we recognized him in the breaking of the bread. And like Thomas we cry out, “my Lord and my God.”

May Christ rising in glory fill us with renewed hope and joy, as we go forth from the empty tomb to proclaim Jesus Christ, yesterday, today, and forever. The Lord has been raised from the dead, and it is wonderful to behold. A Happy and Blessed Easter to all of you.

Father Gagne

Sr. Mary Angelus Permanent Endowment Fund For St. Peter’s School

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The Sister Mary Angelus Permanent Endowment Fund has now been established. This agreement is between St. Peter Parish and the Catholic Foundation of Rhode Island. The Catholic Foundation will manage the Endowment. Interest generated from this endowment will be sent to the parish and used to provide scholarship assistance for deserving students.

The Fund will begin as soon as our parish receives its first parish share from The Grateful for God’s Providence Campaign. I will send a check for $10,000 from the money received as soon as I receive this check, will be sometime in April.

Going forward, there will be opportunities to continue sending in donations to this endowment from a variety of sources. It is my hope to build up this fund to $50,000.

I urge you to consider including this endowment when making funeral arrangements. You may contribute at any time by sending a donation in any amount, to St. Peter Church, and indicate your desire that it be sent to the Sr. Mary Angelus Endowment Fund.

The endowment honors Sr. Mary Angelus, RSM, for her many years of service to Catholic Education and Pastoral Service to the parishioners of St. Peter Parish and School.

May God continue to bless Sr. Angelus with good health, and bless our efforts to continue her legacy of Christian witness, as a religious and as an educator.

We have been so blessed to have Sr. Angelus as a member of this parish for all these years. I thank her for her continued prayers for all of us, and assure her of special remembrance in all our prayers.

Father Gagne

TRINITY

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Dear Parishioners,

Although we were taught as Christians, to believe in one God in three divine persons, the actual practice of our faith sometimes suggests that for many, God is an old man in a white beard, who judges, punishes, and keeps a record of every mistake we make. This God is to be feared, appeased, and at best approached with great caution.

God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, have some how gotten side tracked from our every day lives. That is not to say that we do not believe in Jesus and the Holy Spirit, but miss the important connection they have with God the Father. READ MORE >

ESTATE PLANNING AND YOUR PARISH

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Dear Parishioners,

During this past year several deceased parishioners included St. Peter Parish and School in their estate plans prior to their passing. To date, we have received almost $30,000 from people who made provisions for their parish in their last will and testaments.

I ask you to remember your parish when making your will and financial arrangements. It is an easy way to thank your parish and school for all they have meant to you and your family over the years.

There are a number of ways to set up trusts and bequests to provide for the charities of your choice. When you fail to make final plans, your resources could end up going to the state and legal fees. By making plans prior to your passing, you have the peace of mind to know, that after you die, your estate will benefit those you care about.

If you have any questions please call me at 467-4895. You can also call Andrea Krupp at 278-4615 or Rich Popovic at the office of Stewardship and Development at 277-2121, to discuss a variety of ways to include your parish in your estate planning.

May God continue to bless the good works he has begun in us. Let us remember each other in out prayers.

Sincerely Yours,


Rev. Roger C. Gagne
Pastor

“ABORTION LEGISLATION”

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During the past 2000 years there have been so many advances in science, medicine, language, and technology. And yet, when I heard the cheers and applause for passing late term abortion legislation at the state capital, I thought of the crowds of people who cheered for those who died in the arenas of the Roman Empire, simply to provide entertainment. Some also died because of their refusal to worship the pagan god’s of the empire.

The Roman Empire was the most powerful and technologically advanced empire in the west. This empire reached its zenith, and then began to decline, until its society fell into chaos, and was over run by the barbarian hoards. Read More >>

Journey In The Desert - Fr. Gagne

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When the devil left Jesus in the desert, after his third temptation, the gospel writer writes, “when the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.” (Luke 4:12) There is implied here that the devil wasn’t finished with Jesus, and that he would come back to tempt him again. It was only after the resurrection that Jesus defeated the devil. The devil, however, has never given up tempting the followers of Jesus.

When the disciples go to Jesus to report that…Continue Reading

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SCHEDULE FOR 2019

“...he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” -Phil. 2:8

“...he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” -Phil. 2:8

Holy Week Schedule:

(There will be no morning Mass on Thursday,  Friday, and Saturday of Holy Week)

Holy Thursday: April 18th, Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:00 PM  (Prayer at the repository until 11:00 PM)
Good Friday: April 19th, The Lord’s Passion, 3:00 and 6:30 PM
Easter Vigil: (Holy Saturday) April 20th at 8:00 PM (Please note: there is never a Mass before the Easter Vigil; hence no 5:00 PM)
Easter Sunday: April 21st, Masses at 8:00, 9:30, and 9:30, in the lower church, and 11:00 AM

 

 

New Altar Servers

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Any boy or girl who is in grade 3 to 12th, and who would like to become an altar server, is asked to fill out the form below and return it to me before Friday, February 8th .

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You can email me this information tome at: grail1975@aol.com You can also mail it, place it in the collection, or drop it off at the office. If you have any questions please call me at 467-4895 or see me after Mass on the weekend. After February 8th , I will send you some dates and times for an initial meeting. Thank you for your willingness to serve at the altar.

-Father Gagne

“Let Us Remember That We Are In The Holy Presence Of God”

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Dear Parishioners,

Winter is to nature, what spirituality is to the Christian. In winter all life in nature goes dormant, so that during this period of rest nature can renew itself in preparation for spring. Without winter there cannot be any spring. If my fig trees were not allowed to go dormant and rest, they could never produce their delicious figs in the summer.

In order for us to believe that every human person living on the earth is a gift from God, we must center ourselves in the holy presence of God. This can be done by quietly resting in prayer. Our souls need to rest apart from all the problems that surround us. Like nature, we too must go dormant and allow our spirits to be renewed.

We need to surrender our anger, our pain, our frustration, and all our fears to God who is all love and mercy. By setting aside some time each day to be in silence, we can renew the presence of God that dwells within us. Start with a few minutes, and then add a few minutes each day. You will begin to feel peace, love, and joy, as you allow God’s spirit to come into your life.

Once you establish this pattern, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. You will seek out these special quiet moments each day. Simply sit still and breathe in slowly, and say, “let us remember we are in the holy presence of God, and then slowly exhale all that burdens you. Do this a few times, and then simply sit quietly and say nothing, and do nothing, until you can hear your heart beating. After a while the minutes will go by fast, as your soul desires more time to renew itself.

I invite you to spend the next several weeks of winter to join nature in its rest before spring. May God bless your efforts. May you always live in the awareness of God’s holy presence in your life and in the life of others.

If you are willing to center yourself each for a few minutes I promise you it will change your life. Let us pray for each other during this time or dormancy and rest.

Father Gagne