2018 Giving Tree

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The Helping Hands for the Poor

St. Peter’s Parish is sponsoring “The Giving Tree.” This is an opportunity for the entire St. Peter’s Parish Family to help by sharing their gifts from God with others.

Barren Branches, decorated with tags, has been set up in the Church. The tags reflect a gift request of a clothing or toy item. Each tag includes the age, gender and size where applicable.

We ask parishioners to please select as many tags as they would like. Purchase the item on the tag, wrap it and place it, WITH THE TAG ATTACHED, under the tree NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 17TH. This will enable us to complete our preparations for an efficient distribution of the gifts.

These “Barren Branches” will also serve as our Jesse Tree. As the tags are removed, Jesse Tree ornaments will replace them.

For those who prefer the practice of recent years, we will continue to forward woolen items to the needy. Unwrapped woolen items may be placed in the containers near each tree.

We hope all our parishioners will take part in the Christmas “sharing our gifts” with others. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Thanksgiving Holiday Food Baskets

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The Helping Hands Ministry is preparing for the Thanksgiving Holiday Food Baskets for the Needy. Frozen turkey donations are requested to complement the dry food and fresh produce basket distribution. In place of turkeys, gift cards from Stop & Shop, Shaw’s and Dave’s markets are also accepted to include in these baskets.

Call the ministry phone line for assistance in donations (461- 3157). All donations need to be in by Nov. 18th. If you are in need or are aware of a family in need, contact the Ministry at 461-3157 to be placed on our list. All information received will be held in strict confidentiality. The last day for basket requests will be Nov. 14th. Thank you for your continued generosity in providing assistance to help those in need.

Coffee 'An / Creche Program Resumes

The Creche Program will resume on Sunday, October 14 and is held in the Creche Room of the Administration Building during the 9:30 and 11:00 AM Masses each Sunday. All children between the ages of eighteen months and five years are welcome. For more information, call Mrs. Andreozzi at 461-5691.

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Coffee ‘An will resume on Sunday, October 21 and will be held in the Dining Room of the Administration Building after the 9:30 AM Mass. (Please use the porch door entrance.) Please stop by after Mass and enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a treat and mingle with your fellow parishioners and friends. Everyone is welcome

October Devotions

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October Devotions, consisting of the Rosary and Benediction, will be held in the church at 6:30 pm on Mondays, October 8, 15, 22 and 29. Please come and bring the family to honor Our Blessed Mother; to pray for peace and for your personal needs and the needs of others.

Letter from Father Gagné - GRATEFUL FOR GOD’S PROVIDENCE

Dear Parishioners,

  I want to share some thoughts and reflections, as we approach the halfway mark in the diocesan Capital Campaign, ”Grateful for God’s Providence.”

        I want to thank those who have already responded with a pledge or a one-time donation. Everyone will have an opportunity in the next few weeks to respond to this once in a generation appeal. 

        During this time, when the moral plague of sexual abuse, which is prevalent through out society, has deeply wounded our church, and caused much pain, suffering and shame among her members. As in every epidemic, action, not words are needed now to bring about the healing remedy that is needed.

        As in every epidemic through out history, the church did not run away or abandon those who were suffering. The church has always responded to those who are suffering. The church cannot just condemn sin or the sinner, but after the example of Christ, must offer forgiveness, mercy and hope to every one. It is only the gospel response that will bring about the changes that are needed in our church.

         Through prayer and fasting we will, with God’s help, end this moral plague, not only in our church, but through out society. I have included the Memorare, and the prayer to St. Michel the Archangel, in this week’s bulletin. I challenge all of us to say these prayers daily.

          “We need to be sober and alert, for your adversary, the devil, like a roaring lion is prowling around seeking someone to devour, we must resist him steadfast in our faith.”

          Now is the time for the members of Christ’s body, the church, to come together in prayer and support. This is a time to challenge the leaders of our church to leads us through this dark valley, and after the example of Christ the Good Shepherd, to lead us beside restful waters, to revive our drooping spirits.

          As we prepare for the future, we need to think of what the future would be like with out the church. For me, it is too horrible to imagine. Now is the time to wake from sleep, this is the acceptable time.

          May Our Lady, Mother of the Church, guide and protect us as we continue to build on Peter’s confession of faith. As we celebrate our 85th anniversary as a parish this October 3rd, let us pray that the jaws of death and the gates of hell will not prevail against us.

           You have remembrance in all my prayers, and I ask for your prayers also. May God who has begun the good work in us, see it to completion.

Father Gagné
Pastor