Easter Message 2018

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Cardinal Cupich, the Archbishop of Chicago, when asked about what directs
Pope Francis in his every day life, responded: “The Holy Father genuinely
believes not only that Jesus rose from the dead 2,000 years ago, but is risen,
active and alive in the world, leading the church today.” Pope Francis,
according to Cardinal Cupich, “sees his role as being attentive to all that
Jesus is doing and calling us to be in our time. It is his faith that Christ is
alive and active in the church that he is insisting on a new pastoral approach
for the church and its ministers.”

Ministry for Pope Francis follows the example of Christ, who accompanied
the disciples on the road to Emmaus, as they went their way. Through this
encounter, Jesus gradually revealed himself to them. This is why Pope
Francis according to Cardinal Cupich, “encourages us to walk with people
and get to know their situation, rather than applying, in a mechanical and
rigid way, general rules and principles to particular circumstances.”

Without a belief in the presence of the Risen Christ in our world today, and
without a faith in the mercy and grace of God for each of us, we can easily
fall, as Pope Francis writes, “into a defeatism which turns us into querulous
and disillusioned pessimists.” Pope Francis calls us to embrace the presence
of the Risen Christ, who is active and alive in my life right now, and not the
memory of an historical figure who lived along time ago. Jesus told his
followers, “where I am, there also will my servant be.” Where are we this
Easter Sunday, as a church, as a parish, and as followers of Jesus? May
Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness that surrounds us. Like the
disciples on the road to Emmaus, may our hearts burn within us as Jesus
accompanies us on the way, and may we recognize him in the breaking of
the bread this Easter Sunday and at every Eucharist.

A Blessed Easter to you and your families.

Fr. Gagne

2018 Holy Week & Easter Schedule

(Palm Sunday) - March 24th Mass at 5:00 PM, & March 25th, Masses at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM. Palm will be blessed at every Mass

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

Monday, March 26th - Chrism Mass at the Cathedral - 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 2018/2019, until next
Holy Thursday)

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Holy Thursday
March 29th, Mass of the Lord’s Supper - 7:00 PM
(Prayer at the repository until 11:00 PM)

Good Friday
March 30th,  The Lord’s Passion - 3:00 and 6:30 PM

Easter Vigil
(Holy Saturday) March 31st at 8:00 PM (Please note:
there is never a Mass before the Easter Vigil; hence no 5:00 PM)

Easter Sunday
April 1st Masses at 8:00, 9:30, and 9:30 (in the lower
church),
and 11:00 AM

Winter Update - Jan. 2018

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Dear Parishioners, 
As a result of the extreme cold weather and age of the piping in our heating systems, our parish finances have been significantly challenged. The following repairs have been made up to the present moment:

  •  School: Old steam pipe in lower level of the school had to patched to stop it from leaking. A new pipe will replace this pipe in the summer, when the boiler is off. Another junction connector had to be replaced altogether. This fix is permanent.
  •  Administration building: A radiator on an exposed wall in the west side staircase froze and had to be repaired. The second floor heating zone had to be flushed, and all the air bled out of the system in order for the heat to return to the second floor.
  • A steam pipe and junction sprang leaks in the lower church. I am hoping that as you read this letter these pipes will be repaired. One pipe was patched, and will be replaced in the summer.

Although we sustained very little damage, the cost of these repairs, will probably come in at around $5,000.

I hope and pray that the rest of winter will not hold too many surprises for us.

As always St. Peter’s relies on your generosity in times of need. If you can help out in any way to help off set the above mentioned expenses it is deeply appreciated. I will keep you posted. Remembrance in all my prayers.

Thank you.  -Fr. Gagne

Download letter and Donation Form HERE

 

Ordinary Time

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     "The dictionary defines the word ordinary as something that is
customary, usual or familiar. What is familiar or common to Christians is the
weekly celebration of the paschal mystery. This mystery recalls the life,
death and most importantly the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The first day of
the week becomes for the believer a day of play and worship. Through play
and worship Sunday is in itself a sacrament of the redeemed. ....Read more >

 

Advent & Christmas Mass Schedule

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Fourth Sunday of Advent
Saturday, December 23 Mass 5:00 PM Upper Church
Sunday, December 24 Mass 8:00 AM Upper Church
9:30 AM Upper Church
11:00 AM Upper Church

– CHRISTMAS EVE – 
Sunday, December 24
Concerts at 4:30 PM (Upper & Lower Church)
Christmas Eve Mass 5:00 PM (Upper Church) &
5:00 PM Lower Church

– CHRISTMAS DAY – 
Monday, December 25
Concert ("Sunday night") - 11:30 PM - (Upper Church) - 
Midnight Mass: 12:00 AM (Upper Church)

Mass: 9:30 AM (Upper Church)
Mass: 11:00 AM (Upper Church)

NEW YEAR’S DAY
Monday, January 1: Mass 10:00 AM Upper Church
New Year’s Day - (Not a Holy day of obligation this year)

Christmas and the Magi - Fr. Gagne

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T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Journey of the Magi” tells the story of the Three Wise Men who set out on a journey to satisfy their curiosity about the appearance of a star. They struggled at the “worst time of the year, the very dead of winter,” willing to travel at night through cold and hostile towns….  READ MORE >>