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

LENTEN / EASTER SCHEDULE FOR 2019

Ash Wednesday: March 6th, 2019 - Masses: 7:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 5:00, 6:30 PM (Ashes will be distributed during these Masses).
Daily Mass: Monday – Friday, 7:00AM
Thursdays of Lent: Mass & Holy Hour, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Fridays of Lent: Holy Hour 11:00 – 12:00 Noon.  Priests will be  available for Confessions during the Holy Hour in their confessionals.                
Stations of the Cross: 6:00 PM Following The Stations, a priest will be available for confession in one of the confessionals.
Parish Penance Service:  Monday, April 8th,  6:30 – 7:30 PM. Holy Hour, priests will be available for confession during the hour.
Palm Sunday: April 13th, 5:00 PM, April 14th 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM. Palm will be blessed at every Mass
Chrism Mass at the Cathedral: Monday, April 15th 5:00 PM (The Holy Oils: The Chrism, The Oil of the Sick, and The Holy Oil used  at Baptism, will be blessed by the bishop and the priests during this Mass. These oils will be used throughout the year 2019/2020, until next Holy Thursday) 

“...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

Grateful for God's Providence

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Dear Parishioners,

I am making one last appeal on behalf of the diocesan campaign, “Grateful for God’s Providence.” As of today we have raised a little over 250,00 toward our goal of $485, 951. So many poor inner city parishes have already made their goal, and in some cases gone over their goal. 

It was my hope that St. Peter’s would at least come close to our goal, and so demonstrate the usual generosity that our parish is known for through out the diocese. The future… [ Continue Reading >> ] 

Autism & the Sacraments Christmas Mass 2018

It was a happy reunion at our recent Christmas Mass as many former students and their families returned to celebrate the season with us. In gratitude, we give pause at the humble arrival of Jesus in our world and lives.

To learn more about the program, visit our Autism & the Sacraments page >>

[photos by Augustin Alarcon]