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!
The annual Ecumenical Service to close the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is today – we celebrate with our Catholic, United, Anglican, and Presbyterian brothers and sisters on Sunday, January 25 at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church (399 Cassells St) with Father Tony as homilist. All are invited to attend.
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 705-497-3755.
Preparation Sessions, hosted by “YEO” (Youth Evangelizing Others), will once again involve candidates from the entire North Bay region. REGISTRATION FORMS are available from the Parish Office. Candidates requesting the Sacrament of Confirmation are presumed to be in Grade 7 or 8 (or older) and to have previously 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. This is a great opportunity for you to meet other young people who are also preparing for their Confirmation. Come and engage in your faith and experience Jesus in the sacraments and prayer.
Wednesday, December 24th
- 5:00 pm Children’s Liturgy (St. Peter’s)
- 7:00 pm Mass (St. Peter’s)
- 10:00 pm Mass (St. Peter’s)
Thursday, December 25th
- 9:00 am Mass (St. Elizabeth’s)
- 11:30 am Mass (St. Peter’s)
Feast of the Holy Family
Saturday, December 27th
- 5:00 pm Mass (St. Peter’s)
Sunday, December 28th
- 9:00 am Mass (St. Peter’s)
- 11:00 am Mass (St. Peter’s)
- 2:00 pm Mass (St. Elizabeth’s)
Feast of Mary, Mother of God
Thursday, January 1st
- 9:00 am Mass (St. Peter’s)
- 11:30 am Mass (St. Elizabeth’s)
Please note: There will be no weekday Masses at St. Peter’s between Christmas and New Year’s. The Parish Office will be closed from 4:00 pm on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 until 9:00 am on Monday, January 5, 2015.
Once again, St. Peter’s Parish will have a JESSE TREE! A Jesse Tree is placed in the sanctuary and on the tree are Christmas ornaments with one side marked a child’s gender and age, and TOY or PJ. Some ornaments are marked with a food item. Parishioners are invited to pick an ornament and purchase a gift for that specific child; or the specified food item for that family. Then, bring the unwrapped gift and ornament to the Parish Office by noon on Monday, December 15th. These gifts are for children and young people, and will be placed with a food basket for their family. Thank you for helping make Christmas brighter this year!
For more information, please call Donna at 705- 472-0513.