The complete history of our diocese, The Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, is now available. The completion of this book coincides with the commitment of many small Christian communities in our parishes with the faith journey of ARISE Together in Christ. This spiritual journey is an opportunity for all of us to better understand our faith so that we can pass it on to the future generation with a deeper conviction as we continue to build the Church of tomorrow. May the reading of this book be a source of inspiration to accomplish this together.
Books cost $35.00 each (cash or cheque) and will be available for purchase beginning the weekend of October 18-19, 2014 after all Masses in the Parish Hall.
The main income for the Christian community of Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus, comes from the sale of hand crafted olive wood religious items to the pilgrims who visit the area. These past few years have been extremely hard for the community as a result of declining tourism due to political unrest. Some Christians have responded by fleeing the Holy Land, and the absence of a living Christian community is very dangerous for holy sites such as The Church of The Nativity.
Jean from Holy Land Wood Art, HLWA Inc. will be at St. Peter’s Parish Hall after all Masses on October 4th & 5th with some of their beautiful art for sale in an effort to strengthen the Christian presence in the Holy Land. Please consider buying these items to contribute to the income for local Christians and Catholics to support their families and their presence in the Holy Land.
Every Thanksgiving we make a special appeal to our parishioners to help replenish our Parish Food Cupboard. With winter fast approaching more hard times will be upon many families. We invite you to participate in this parish project by bringing a donation of non-perishable food items to one of our Thanksgiving weekend Masses or to the Parish Office at your convenience.
Canned Foods: soups, vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, stews (beef, chicken, Irish, etc.), canned meat (salmon, tuna, Spam, Klik, etc.), fruits (peaches, pears, cocktails, etc.)
Other Foods: peanut butter, jam, rice, instant potatoes, macaroni & cheese, soup mix, cereals (hot & cold), jello, drinking boxes, powdered milk, spaghetti & pasta, beans, kidney beans, etc.
We, the parishioners of St. Peter’s, are invited to attend Life Chain together with fellow Christians from more than 25 North Bay and area churches on Sunday, October 5th from 2PM – 3PM. Come and spend one hour in a peaceful, prayerful stand on behalf of the unborn and to show visible support for the sanctity of life.
Our location on Lakeshore Drive is the north section of the block between Shannon St. and Brock St.
For more information, call Nancy at 705-472-6099.
During this past week, I was invited to attend an Open House at one of the schools that is associated with this parish. When I arrived (just a few moments before the scheduled beginning of all the festivities) there were so many other cars present that I had to search for what seemed an eternity to find a place to leave my car. Finally, I ended up parking around the block (something I’d never had to do on previous visits), and walk quickly toward the main entrance of the school. Because of crowd control, the teachers had locked all the other doors which might normally be accessible at other times of the day. By the time I managed to find my way to the gymnasium, there was almost nowhere to sit and it seemed as though all the students were present … and this time they had brought their parents along with them.
I wasn’t surprised to see the teachers. I wasn’t surprised to see the principal … I wasn’t even surprised when she invited me to join her at the podium so that we could begin the formal part of the evening. No, the surprise that was waiting for me didn’t happen until most of the students had left the gym and made their way to their respective classrooms, parents in tow. Since this time was primarily meant for parents to meet the teachers and to get an overview of the way things run from day to day in their children’s classrooms, I chose to stay in the gym, waiting for the eventual return of the masses. While I waited, I had a moment to chat with some of the other adults who were there: support staff, members of the Parent Advisory Council … and one other family.
I was standing near a table where various articles of clothing (which were being referred to as spirit wear) were on display. Parents were approaching along with their children in order to verify the sizes of sweatpants, long-sleeved tee shirts and hooded jackets (otherwise referred to as hoodies). The idea was that they would subsequently be able to order the articles they desired (presumably in the correct sizes). One mother approached the table accompanied by her son. She was asking questions about the sizes, but it was evident that English was not her first language. She looked curiously at the indications of sizes marked on the inside tags of the clothing: XL, M, S … there were no Ls for some reason. As I continued to listen from a distance, trying to assist her with her quest, I noticed that she would speak to her son (who I presumed from his size to be one of the students) in a language which sounded like Spanish (although they were speaking so quickly that at times it was difficult for me to be sure. A little while later, a man arrived and conversed with both of them in the same language. They spoke to each other in this language, but were careful to speak to me and to others around them in English. Finally, as they turned to go, I ventured a greeting: Mucho gusto! (Nice
to meet you!)
They all stopped and looked at me in disbelief. The father spoke first: Espanol? I told him that I speak fluently in a few languages, and that I’m hoping to learn more Spanish. We chatted for a while longer, and eventually parted with a promise that their child will help me to learn more Spanish if I help him to practice his English (and maybe even his French).
During the month of August 2014, a competition known as the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral. I had heard about this challenge but didn’t begin thinking seriously about it until my four-year-old-niece issued a challenge for me to pour ice-cold water over my head.
A few hours after the challenge had been issued, I came across an online post entitled Catholics and the Ice Bucket Challenge which points out that there may be some moral questions about how funds donated to the ALS Association are allocated. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder which is characterized by muscle spasticity, and rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle wasting which ultimately results in loss of speech, ability to swallow and to breathe.
The research into possible causes of this disease focuses on genetics and recent scientific discoveries have made it possible to consider stem cells as a possible source for the eventual cure of this disease. Stem cells are the precursors of all cells in the human body, possessing the ability to replicate themselves and to repair and replace other tissues. Since stem cells are undifferentiated, they can be manipulated in a laboratory to turn them into a number of different types of cells or tissues. Stem cells can be found in adults, in fetuses and in blastocysts – the precursors to embryos.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church lauds the value of such research: One must hold as licit, procedures carried out on the human embryo which respect the life and integrity of the embryo and do not involve disproportionate risks for it, but are directed toward its healing, the improvement of the condition of health or its individual survival (CCC, 2275) but the Catechism also goes on to say: It is immoral to produce human embryos intended for exploitation as disposable biological material.
The origins of pouring cold water onto someone’s head as a fundraiser for charity are unknown and have been attributed to various sources. In mid-2013, there is evidence of a Cold Water challenge but it wasn’t until mid-May 2014 that the idea of soaking participants with cold water and donating to charity were associated, but in its earliest evolution, there were many different charities involved. Some Catholics who have chosen to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge choose to make donations to charities other than ALS, out of a concern that their donations might be used for research which involves practices judged to be immoral by the Church’s teaching authority.
Aware of this objection, the ALS Association offers various options for donations, thereby allowing the donors to determine how their gifts should be used, including the funding of ALS research or to assist ALS patients and their families who face the challenges of living with the disease.
By: Father Tony
ARISE Season 3 is coming soon…
The Parish CWL (Catholic Women’s League) is now making preparations for the Fall Tea, Bazaar & Penny Sale which will be held on October 18, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Cost for luncheon is $5 per adult; $3 per child; and free for children less than 5 years of age.
We invite all parishioners to help us. We are in need of prizes for the Penny Sale table. Prizes (new items only) can be small appliances, electronic gadgets, hand crafted items, glassware, china, ceramics, personal gift packs, boxed games, hard covered books, framed pictures, sporting gear equipment or memorabilia, tool sets, bedding & sheet sets, blankets, Halloween & Christmas decorations, a collection of food items to make up food baskets, gift certificates for services and restaurants, and monetary donations.
We also need donations of knitting, sewing, craft items and baking for the Bazaar.
Please bring your Penny Sale prizes before October 15th to the Parish Office or call Marcelle at 705-475-1851 for pick up. All baked goods and food items are to be delivered to the church on Friday, October 17 between 9AM-1PM, or morning of Saturday, October 18.
This project is our ONLY FUND RAISER for the year. The proceeds go to many deserving charities. We know we can depend on St. Peter’s parishioners to help us make this Bazaar a HUGE SUCCESS!
ATTENTION 2014 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
The following bursaries, administered by St. Peter’s Catholic Women’s League, are available to any student that graduated in June 2014 from grade 12 (or who has already graduated in 2013) and is continuing their education for the very first time at a community college or university:
- Angeline McCarthy Memorial Bursary ($500)
- Agnes Dufaure Memorial Bursary ($500)
You may apply for both bursaries; however, you must be the daughter or son, granddaughter or grandson of a registered member of St. Peter’s Parish.
If you are interested in applying, bursary criteria and application forms may be obtained from the Parish Office. Closing date for submission of applications is Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 4:00pm.