Our annual Parish Memorial Mass, to remember all those who have died this past year, will be held during the 11:00 am Mass on November 2nd. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments to follow in the Parish Hall
Winter Series: March 6-7
Spring Series: May 1-2
Fall Series: October 23-24
Call Regional Catholic Services at (705) 472-5821 to reserve your place on the weekend of your choice. Registration information will be given to each couple when reserving their place for a given weekend. Material cost is $40.00 per couple payable at time of registration. Couples are encouraged to register early!
Over the past few days, we’ve welcomed students from three schools in the city. They came to celebrate Mass with the people who gather here to pray every day. They came to give thanks for blessings received and enjoyed. Each morning, the students arrived: a steady stream of little bodies, each one carrying its own story of wonder and celebration.
As they entered the church, each student was handed a small card. On one side of the card was a picture of the Holy Father, Pope Francis; on the other side were the words of a prayer for the health and continued guidance of the Holy Spirit for the Pope. This picture, and many like it, have been circulated throughout the world ever since Pope Francis began his ministry as the Bishop of Rome. There is even a picture of him in every one of the schools from which these children had come.
Imagine my surprise when I overheard one and then another little voice ask: Who is this?
I suppose we have some more work to do.
All families and cemetery visitors are reminded that all loose or damaged articles are to be removed from grave sites prior to the winter season. This includes any stones, figurines, statues, or other such mementos that are not part of the permanent grave memorial. Any articles remaining after October 15th, including floral tributes, that will interfere with the safe operation of the cemetery during the winter months will be removed by cemetery staff and may be irretrievable. If you have any questions please contact the Cemetery Office: 705-495-8986 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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).