Walk with us on your Journey - Lenten Reflections, (by Fr. Gagné)

Walk with us this Lent as we progress from the darkness of winter into the light of springtime, renewing ourselves daily in our commitment to Christ, to love and serve others though prayer and sacrifice.

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"Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life..." -- Pope Benedict XVI

2014 Christmas Message

Dear Parishioners,

 Most priests would agree that Christmas is not a preaching moment. Nevertheless, it doesn’t stop priests from trying to comment or explain the miracle of “God made flesh.” The fact is, God’s love was revealed to the world in the most ordinary of ways, the birth of a baby. We have no conclusive evidence of when or where this birth took place. In our need to get it right we sometimes forget that, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him,” John 3:16-17.

 The endless debates about what to call this season only serve to distract us from God’s real purpose, as mentioned in John 3:16-17. God’s love transforms us as drops of water, falling on a cement sidewalk, can over time cause cracks in the cement, and eventually break up the sidewalk itself.

 To celebrate Christmas means to let our love fall upon the world like the gentle dew. It means that we believe that God loves the world and does not want us to condemn it. If people are to experience this love, which is Christmas, they are going to experience it by our love for them.

 As Christ was wrapped in swaddling cloths, so may our celebration of his birth wrap us in his love, and move us to wrap others in his love.

 Winston Churchill said, “we make a living by what we get...we make a life by what we give.” May you be blessed abundantly for what you have given this past year through the sharing of your time, treasure, and talent with so many people.

 You will have a special remembrance in all my prayers and Masses throughout the Christmas season. A Blessed Christmas to you and your family.

                                                   Sincerely Yours,

Rev. Father Gagné
 Pastor   


                                                

Letter from Fr. Gagné on 39th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination -

August 16, 2014

Dear Parishioners,

Little did I know, thirty-nine years ago, when Bishop Angell, in Saint Joseph’s Church in North Scituate, Rhode Island, ordained me, that I would one day be the pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Warwick.

There were many thoughts racing through my mind on that day, as I prostrated myself on the floor before the altar. The choir was singing the Litany of the Saints, and I knew that in a few minutes Bishop Angell would impose hands in silence, and that from that moment on I would be a priest forever.

So many people who were there on that day, have now passed. I am no longer the skinny young priest with lots of hair; it was the seventies. Msgr. Iacovacci was there to impose hands along with the other priests, and after an hour and ten minutes I was giving my first priestly blessing to Bishop Angell and my parents.

The past thirty-nine years are filled with the memories of so many people, so many sacramental moments, so many tears and joys, and even tragedies. The gift of priesthood, and the grace of God, has allowed an ordinary person like myself to be present to others, and to make Christ present in their lives. The priesthood exists to make Christ present in the Holy Eucharist at every Mass, and in all the Sacraments.

These past sixteen years have been for me a time of growth and challenge, and a time to grow in my understanding of what priesthood is all about. I could never have imagined this on the day of my ordination. The gift of priesthood is God’s gift to the church, and the church is God’s gift to the priesthood. We are bound together by the mystery of God’s love.

I express my profound gratitude for the gift you have been to me, through your living of the Gospel, your prayers, and your support. I ask your forgiveness for the times that I did live up to your expectations.

Please pray for me and for all priests, and for an increase of vocations to the priesthood. For my part I will remember you in all my prayers and Masses, and ask God for the grace and good health to continue serving you as pastor of this great parish and school family for as long as God permits.

                  

                                                  Devotedly yours in Christ,

Rev. Roger C. Gagné 
Pastor

 

 

 

                                               

Lent 2014 – Dear Parishioners...

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Dear Parishioners,

               The Holy Season of Lent is a time to reflect on our discipleship. We are called to be more than just admirers of Jesus. As disciples of Jesus we are called to be wherever Jesus is staying.

               The reason a parish exists is to call people to be disciples, nurture them with the sacraments, and prepare them to go out into the world to proclaim the Kingdom of God the way Jesus did when he walked the earth. The Gospels make it clear as to how we are to conduct ourselves as disciples when we go forth into the world.

         The challenge of Lent is to respond to Christ’s invitation to follow him, and become his disciples. We are called to drink the chalice that he drinks, for the salvation of the world.     

         Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. In the words of St. Augustine, “Through humility and charity, fasting and almsgiving, and abstaining and forgiving. Avoiding evil and doing good, our prayer seeks peace and achieves it.” (Sermon 206)    

         The schedule of Lenten activities, printed materials for our personal reflection, and most of all the prayer of the church, will help us on our journey through the desert to Easter. I pray that Lent 2014 will be a special time of grace for our parish, and a time of personal conversion and change of heart. May we journey from ashes to Easter: from death to new life.

                                                    Father Gagné       

          

The Sacrament of the Sick

Since Vatican II the Sacrament of Anointing is no longer referred to as the Last Rites. This important Sacrament is now called the Sacrament of the Sick. A person may receive this Sacrament whenever they are ill or preparing for a hospital stay, for whatever reason.

Reception of this Sacrament is no longer connected to death, but rather is meant to strengthen us in our moments of illness.

Many times a person will die, and the parish did not know they were sick.

When asked why the priest wasn’t called, the answer given is, “we did not want to bother you father; we know how busy you are,” or,  “we did not want to frighten the person who was sick.” Please call anytime, and in enough time to have a meaningful prayer experience for the person who is ill, and their family.

If your loved one is in a hospital or nursing home, and you want them to be anointed, ask the nurse to call the priest that is covering the facility. Every hospital and nursing home in the state is covered by a priest. You may also call your parish priest, however, the priest on duty will in most cases get there quicker.

Along with the Sacrament of anointing, the priest will also absolve their sins and bring Holy Communion. Let the priest know when you call if the person is able to receive Holy Communion.

This Sacrament may also be received after any Mass. Simply let the priest know that you would like to be anointed.

If you have any questions about the Sacrament of the Sick, please call the parish office at 467-4895.

If you are unable to attend Mass, or know someone who is house bound, please call the parish office to arrange for a Eucharistic Minister to bring

Holy Communion on a weekly basis.

 

A Christmas Message from Fr. Gagné

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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

        “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14) This message, announced by the choir of angels, came to poor shepherds who were in the field keeping night watch over their flocks. Although Shepherds were regarded as people living on the fringes of society, it was to them that Christ’s birth was first announced. They were the first to go and witness the simple birth of him who is called wonder counselor, prince of peace, and prophet of the most high. The story of the shepherds prepares us for the life and ministry of Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve, to call sinners and not the self righteous, and to give his life as a ransom for the many. Once Luke finishes with the shepherds he immediately reveals the ministry of Jesus through the prophet Simeon and the prophetess Anna in these words, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted…" (Luke 2:34)

            We see in Luke’s Gospel that God’s favor rests on all those who are in need of mercy, kindness, healing, forgiveness, and those who live on the fringes of society. The infancy section of Luke’s Gospel reveals God’s desire to gently caress the human race with his humble birth.

             Through you, God’s gentle caress has been felt during this past year toward those who have lost loved ones, been unemployed, hungry, ill, lonely, afraid, victims of natural disasters and domestic violence, acts of terrorism, those who are in prison, those with disorders and disabilities, and all those in need of love and support.

              May the favor of God rest upon you this Christmas and through the New Year. May you, like the shepherds, return home, glorifying and praising God for all you have heard and seen. 

Father Gagné 

Year of Faith - 80th Anniversary - Letter to Parishioners

Dear Parishioners,

          For the past eighty years St. Peter’s Parish in Warwick has been a worshipping community of Catholic Faith. This community began as a summer colony in the village of Gaspee Point. Each summer, Fr. Mc Hugh,a priest from St. Paul’s in Edgewood, would celebrate Mass at a wooden altar that was set up under a tent.

Saint Peter's Faith Formation Parent Contract

Dear Parent, 

We are happy you have chosen a Roman Catholic faith formation program for your family. Our program teaches the doctrine of the Catholic Church, as put forth in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, through a variety of learning experiences, which include classroom work, community service, workshop days, music, parent meetings and special liturgies. 

 In selecting our Faith Formation program you have made the decision to prepare your child/children for full initiation into the church through the reception of the sacraments of reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. These sacraments call us into full communion with Jesus, and full participation in the life of the community of believers. 

We ask you to prayerfully read the attached contract and sign it. We look forward to another exciting year of faith, as together we journey in faith. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation, and may God continue to bless the good work he has begun in us. 

Faithfully Yours,
Rev. Roger C. Gagne

Read "Parent Faith Formaion Contract" in full (PDF) 

 

“Dear Parents! I ask you to help your children to grow in faith, I ask you to accompany them on their journey towards First Communion, a journey which continues beyond that day, and to keep accompanying them as they make their way to Jesus and with Jesus.  Please, go with your children to Church and take part in the Sunday Eucharistic celebration! You will see that this is not time lost; rather, it is the very thing that can keep your family truly united and centered. Sunday becomes more beautiful, the whole week becomes more beautiful, when you go to Sunday Mass together. And please, pray together at home too: at meals and before going to bed. Prayer does not only bring us nearer to God but also nearer to one another. It is a powerful source of peace and joy. Family life becomes more joyful and expansive whenever God is there and his closeness is experienced in prayer”. 
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, Celebration of Vespers, Cathedral of Munich, Sunday, 10 September of 2006

 

 

 

Letter from Bishop Tobin – Increased Offertory Giving Program

Read a few words from Father Gagne, as well as a copy of  Bishop Tobin's letter to all the parishes in the Diocese of Providence regarding the upcoming Increased Offertory Giving Program.

 

Dear Parishioners, 

The increased offertory campaign, as requested and explained by Bishop Tobin in the attached letter will take place at St. Peters in October. This will be a low-key campaign. It is my hope that this campaign will help us reflect on how we share the treasure God has given us to share with others. More information will be forthcoming in October. May God, who began the good work of this parish 80 years ago see it to completion. Be assured of a remembrance in all my prayers. 

Fr. Gagné

Read the Bishop's letter – (Download PDF) 

Support Needed for Faith-Based Education

Dear Parishioners,

I want to express my thanks to those who attended our Holy Week services in such great numbers. Your presence is a sign of your devotion to Jesus Christ.

This was also the first Holy Week for our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. He continues to give all of us many examples of goodness, humility, and tender pastoral love for the family of God.

Easter, 2013

Dear Parishioners,

Since the announcement by Pope Benedict XVI, that he would resign the office of Bishop of Rome on the 28th of February, people everywhere have awaited the election of a new pope. On March 13 the wait ended. With a feel of spring in the air, after a long winter, we welcomed our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. The name Francis recalls St. Francis Xavier, and St. Francis of Assisi.

Lenten Reflections –

Each year the Church invites us to journey into the wilderness with Jesus. Through prayer and reflection on the daily readings of the Mass, our journey will lead us into the wilderness of our souls. In the shadows and solitude of our hearts, we will confront our demons and, like Jesus, put the devil to flight. With the help of Jesus and of our brothers and sisters, we will be able to focus more on God’s love and mercy than on our sins and guilt. 


Christmas, 2012

Dear Parishioners,

As we celebrate the Father’s gift of love, in the birth of his son Jesus, we are filled with wonder and praise. This gift of love fills the empty places that are in our hearts.

This past year, with its joys and sorrows, its hopes and disappointments, and the many personal hurts that are part of everyday life, has prepared us to accept this love, that St. John, in the prologue of his gospel calls, “grace in place of grace.”

Advent Reflections –

Advent is the time of year when the church invites us to go into the wilderness to prepare a highway for our God.

Like Abraham, we are called to leave the security of everything we know and journey into uncharted territory.We do this with the promise that God will be with us on our adventure, and we know that what we experience along the way depends on our choices and on our relationship with him. In this journey into the wilderness, we can learn about life in a way that would not be possible if we did not venture forth.