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]

Christmas 2018 - "Thank You"

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Dear Parishioners,

Msgr. Iacovacci and myself want to thank you for your cards, gifts and good wishes at Christmas. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.

I also want to say thank you for your generous response to this year’s giving tree, flower offerings, Christmas collection, and donations to the Helping Hands Ministry. Your support helped many people have a better Christmas, and made it possible to decorate our church for the season.

A special word of thanks to our Altar Guild for decorating and cleaning the church, as well as our Choir Director, Mary O’Brien and the choir and musicians, and Sue Stenhouse and Bill Carter and the children’s music ministry for the gift of music.

Please be assured of a remembrance in all my prayers. A Blessed and Happy New Year to everyone.

If I have inadvertently forgotten to thank any one, please accept my apologies and gratitude for your support and prayers.

Sincerely Yours,

Father Gagne

Christmas Schedule

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CHRISTMAS

Monday, December 24th - Christmas Eve
Mass, 5:00 PM in upper and lower church. Each Mass is proceeded by a Christmas Concert at 4:30 PM

Tuesday, December 25th - Christmas Day
12:00 AM Midnight Mass, 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM

NEW YEARS

Tuesday, January 1st 2019 - Solemnity of the Mary the Mother of God
Masses, Monday, December 31st at 5:00 PM
Tuesday, January 1st, at 10:00 AM

Christmas Pageant

Our Faith Formation Program presented our Christmas Pageant Monday afternoon. Grades 1 and 4 participated in the play, and were joined by grades 2,3 and 5 for Christmas music.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Gaudete Sunday

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Gaudete Sunday

What is the reason for our joy? I share the following words from Thomas Merton and Dr. Seuss. Perhaps this is why the church calls us to be happy and rejoice, during this time of expectation, darkness, cold and weary hearts. Rejoice, for the Lord is near. Continue >

Grateful for God's Providence

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Dear Parishioners,

I want to thank those who have already made a pledge, or donation to the “Grateful for God’s Providence,” capital campaign. To those who have not yet decided to contribute to this campaign, I would ask you consider the following questions:

1. Do you want to provide for the future needs of our retired priests, who have spent their lives serving you and the people of our diocese and state?

2. Do you want to provide for the educational needs for those who are currently studying and preparing for the priesthood?

3. Do you want to make an investment in the future of Catholic Education, in our parish and diocese?

4. Do you want to provide for the needs of those who look to the church for help with the cost of heat, shelter, food, medical, and other personal needs?

5. Do you want to honor Sister Mary Angelus, R.S.M., by establishing an endowment to provide tuition assistance for future generations of our children?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions then you know what you need to do. Please consider a pledge that can be paid over a period of three years. Remember, its not about the bishop, or me, its about investing in your future.

May God bless you for whatever you decide to do, and be assured of my thanks and a remembrance in all my prayers.


Gratefully Yours in Christ,

Fr. Gagné