Opening Mass, October 15, 2016 - Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux
Welcome to our Autism & The Sacraments Program as we begin our 9th year, and fittingly on the Feast Day of Therese of Lisieux! Currently we have 25 students enrolled in the program, 9 of which will be receiving their First Communion (April 22nd of 2017) and 6 are to be confirmed (April 29th, 2017). As always, all are welcome to attend!
We are grateful for what God has done! To date, 30 students within the Autistic spectrum have received their First Communion and 16 have received the Sacrament of Confirmation by Bishop Tobin.
We look forward to sharing the love of Christ with these eager children, and to the rewards and challenges that this year will bring. And as always, we're very appreciative of all our teachers, volunteers, committed families, as well as the dedication of Mrs. Andreozzi, and Fr. Gagne.
There are spaces currently available. If you are interested in late registration please call Margaret Andreozzi: 401.461.5691
Read the latest article about the program published by The Rhode Island Catholic: "St. Peter Formation Program A Vital Ministry For Autistic Students"
*With the exception of Halloween (Monday, Oct. 31st)
The opening Mass for Faith Formation will take place on Sunday, October 2nd at 9:30 AM Downstairs.
2016-2017 Religious Education Registration
Registration of new students and re-enrollment of returning students will take place in the lower church on the following dates:
Registration for Grade 1 through Grade 8:
Sunday, September 18th at 1:00 PM
Monday, September 19th at 7:00 PM
Registration for Confirmation I and II:
Wednesday, September 21st at 7:00 PM
If you have children in both the upper and lower grades, you may choose any of the above dates.
The registration fee is $65 each for the first and second child. There is no additional charge for three or more children.
Families unable to pay the fee are asked to speak with Father Gagne. No child will be denied religious education due to financial difficulties.
If you have any questions, please call 461.5691 and ask for Mrs. Andreozzi (grades 1-6) or Mrs. Morisseau (grades 7 and 8, and Confirmation I and II).
We hope that all of our parish families have enjoyed the summer and found some time for rest and relaxation amidst the camps, vacations and days at the beach! We welcome all our students back to school and extend a very special welcome to all of the new St. Peter Tri-Parish School students. We all look forward to a great school year ahead.
Our first day of school will be Tuesday, September 6, 2016 with an Opening School Mass at 10:00 AM.
Other important dates to keep in mind:
August 30, 2016 Kindergarten Orientation Preschool 3 Orientation, Preschool 4 Orientation
August 31, 2016 New Family Ice Cream Social 6:00 PM
Sept. 20, 2016 Meet the Teachers
We are now accepting applications for the parish Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Program.
Any person interested in becoming Roman Catholic, wishing to be confirmed, or wanting to learn more about our Catholic faith, please contact Deacon Bob Morisseau at the parish office: 467.4895, ext. 132, for more information OR attend the Registration & Orientation to be held on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7 PM in the Creche Meeting Room of the Parish Office Building.
Great weather and a lot of happy little faces and souls this week during our annual Vacation Bible School here at St. Peter parish.
Thank you, once again to ALL the many volunteers of all ages who are giving themselves tirelessly so the children can have fun while they learn and experience the goodness of God together in community!
Once again, we mourn the loss of people who were targets of hatred and
terrorism. Our hearts, and prayers, and thoughts are with those who are mourning and grieving. There are no words that can adequately express what we all feel at this time.
I have heard people say that we need more than just prayer to respond to such violence and senseless tragedy. I respectfully disagree. I believe prayer is the only power that can save us against such evil. Jesus tells us that certain demons can only be cast out through prayer and fasting.
As church, we condemn all forms of hatred, homophobia, racism, terrorism, religious-intolerance, and any thing that diminishes the dignity of the human person. We must conform ourselves, as St. Paul tells, to Christ and his gospel, for these are evil times.
Only through prayer and fasting can we have the grace to stand in faith and solidarity with those who suffer so unjustly these sins against God’s love.
As a faith community we must preach and live the gospel, in season and out of season, and not delude ourselves into thinking that what goes on in church has nothing to do with what goes on in the market place. We cannot separate our religious beliefs from our political, and every day life.
St. Peter’s Parish welcomes everyone to worship and pray together in an atmosphere of mutual support and respect. We must model in ourselves the change that we want to see in the world. To that end I, as your pastor, pledge my efforts, and ask for your prayers, as we go forward during these difficult and challenging times.
The word’s of St. Peter seem appropriate for us, “ Be sober and vigilant, your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:8)
May God bless us with his peace, and give us the desire to work for that justice which brings about peace.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Roger C. Gagne