All Saints Day, November 1st - Mass Times

Saints are not supermen who are born perfect, but rather are ordinary people who followed God with all their heart. They are like us, they are like each of us, they are people who before reaching the glory of heaven lived a normal life, with joys and griefs, struggles and hopes...Each saint changed his or her life...when they recognized the love of God, they followed him with all their heart, without conditions and hypocrisies.

They spent their lives in the service of others, they endured suffering and adversity without hatred and responded to evil with good, spreading joy and peace...

To be a saint is not a privilege of a few... all of us in baptism have the inheritance of being able to become saints. Sanctity is a vocation for everyone...All of us are called to walk in the way of sanctity, and this way has a name, a face: the face of Jesus Christ.
— Pope Francis before the general audience October 30, 2013

New Session Begins – Autism & The Sacraments - Faith Formation

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"

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Faith Formation Registration

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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
OR
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).

Tri-Parish School Dates & Events

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

RCIA Registration for 2016/17

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.

 

Vacation Bible School Well Underway!

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!

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.
— Matthew 19:14

Steadfast in Faith / Prayer in Response to Terrorism - Letter from Fr. Gagne

Dear Parishioners,

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
Pastor


Oh God, we are one with You. You have made us one with You. You have taught us that if we are open to one another, You dwell in us. Help us to preserve this openness and to fight for it with all our hearts. Help us to realize that there can be no understanding where there is mutual rejection. Oh God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely, we accept You, and we thank You, and we adore You, and we love You with our whole being, because our being is in Your being, our spirit is rooted in Your spirit. Fill us then with love, and let us be bound together with love as we go our diverse ways, united in this one spirit which makes You present in the world, and which makes You witness to the ultimate reality that is love. Love has overcome. Love is victorious…
— Thomas Merton