The graceful celebration of the liturgy, complete with harmonious music, inspiring homilies and the active participation of the faithful are the foundational elements that attract people to our liturgy (Ars celebrandi et adorandi: A pastoral letter by His Excellency, John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield in Illinois, USA, June 22, 2014). The way we welcome newcomers to our parish immediately speaks to their hearts about God’s welcome reserved for them; the way we sing God’s praises together immediately reflects our desire to join our voices in one unified song of praise; the way we tell the story of God’s presence with his people immediately reminds us that the one who has always loved us is in our midst, tenderly welcoming all those who approach; the care we lavish on others, paying attention to their needs immediately prepares us for the special food that Jesus offers to each of those who gather at his table. This parish has a respected history of welcoming those who come through our doors, and it doesn’t take long before even newcomers realize that there is something very special happening here. It is the joy of a people who have experienced the joy of the gospel that is living in our midst, the song of an Easter people who has heard the good news – He is risen! He is not here! – and is courageous enough to proclaim this good news to all who will hear it. On behalf of all those who have come, from near and far, to celebrate the liturgy of the Easter Triduum with us this year, I want to say thank you to all those who have contributed in any way to the beautiful celebration we have witnessed. It is part of the song that is sung continuously by God’s people, whenever and wherever we gather. May it echo in our hearts to dispel all darkness and doubt, may it always be a reminder for us of the love we share as beloved children of God, and may it inspire us always to invite others to discover the joy that inhabits our hearts.
Come pray the Rosary with a group of dedicated people who form a Fr. Gobbi
Cenacle honouring our Blessed Virgin Mary. Wednesday mornings at 9:30am
at St. Peter’s Parish followed by Mass.
The National Catholic Mission 2015, “Beware the Holy Spirit!” will be broadcast on VISIONTV on Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31 at 6
PM and repeated at 10 PM. It will be hosted by Fr. Pat Fitzpatrick and feature Spiritan Fr. Anthony Gittins.
Our Share Lent Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale will be held Sunday, March 22, 2015 after the 9:00 and 11:00 am Masses. The cost for adults is $5 each, children aged 6-10 cost $3, and children 5 & under are free. All proceeds from this event go to Development & Peace/Share Lent.
Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 pm in St. Peter’s Parish Hall. Candidates, parents and sponsors are asked to attend this meeting. Please include a copy of your Baptism Certificate with registration form, available from the Parish Office. In requesting the Sacrament of Confirmation it is presumed that you are in Grade 7 or 8 (or older) and have received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. If you are missing one or more of these sacraments, please call the Parish Office at 705-472-1817 as soon as possible. For further information, contact Colleen Hutson at 840-3400.
Pope Francis ends his Joy of the Gospel with this prayer to Mary:
Star of the new evangelization,
help us to bear radiant witness to communion,
service, ardent and generous faith,
justice and love of the poor,
that the joy of the Gospel
may reach to the ends of the Earth,
illuminating even the fringes of our world.
Today, on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Solidarity Sunday, we join the Holy Father in praying that we may all be radiant witnesses and that through our support of Development and Peace, the joy of the Gospel may indeed illuminate even the darkest corners of our world! Your donations to Share Lent will help to meet the needs of the world. The Share Lent collection for Development is on Good Friday, April 3, 2015.
The Chrism Mass will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm at Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption Church. This celebration is an opportunity for the bishop, priests, deacons, members of the Diocesan order of Women, Religious women and men and lay faithful to experience the bond of communion and solidarity within this spiritual family called the Church of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie. All are invited to participate in this special diocesan celebration.
The Lenten season is upon us, and with it, many traditions. For instance, though Lent is 40 days, echoing Jesus’ 40 days in the desert, the actual number of days until Easter is 46. But the six Sundays, with the celebration of Eucharist echoing Resurrection, traditionally have been considered days on which fasting is not appropriate, so Lent runs Monday to Saturday (six days) for six weeks, and when you add the first four days, from Ash Wednesday to Saturday, the total is 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday. Traditions abound. Another example: The ashes used on Ash Wednesday were made from palm branches blessed in previous years on Palm Sunday. Cherish the traditions handed down to you.
“Reprinted with permission from PrepareTheWord.com”
On Ash Wednesday (February 18th), masses will be celebrated (including the distribution of Ashes) on Wednesday at 9:30am (with students from Saint Luke’s school) and at 7:00pm at Saint Peter’s. A reminder that Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence.
Stations of the Cross will take place on Fridays during Lent at 7:00pm at St. Peter’s. All are welcome.
You can read the Bishop’s Message for Lent by following this link.
More details on Lenten Penitential Services and Holy Week will be added soon. Please check the parish bulletin
for the most up-to-date information.
ARISE Season 4, “New Heart, New Spirit” is open to everyone. There are no pre-requisites and it does not matter if you didn’t participate in previous seasons. This Lent, join ARISE Season 4, “New Heart, New Spirit”, and explore the need for healing and reconciliation with others in a mall faith sharing community.
Why should I sign up for ARISE Together in Christ?
To know God better
To grow spiritually
To meet new people
To talk about God
To improve ourselves
To put faith into action
To change the way we see the world
To improve relationships
We are all called to be Disciples of Christ. ARISE will provide a concrete and practical means of evangelization. We will recognize the moments in our lives where we have evangelized through words and actions, and will learn how to commit ourselves to evangelization through acts of charity or acts of justice. Why not be part of something that promises to have a positive effect on the renewal of the Catholic Church and on ourselves? Sign up for ARISE Season 4 today!