News & Announcements
Guest Priest - January 21-22
Father Victor Warkulwiz, M.S.S. (Missionary Priests of the Blessed Sacrament) will be speaking on the benefits of perpetual adoration in our parish. Father Warkulwiz resides in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has taken his message of perpetual adoration to several hundred parishes in 47 states, Canada, and elsewhere. Father Victor has dedicated himself to visiting a parish every weekend where there is the desire to establish or maintain perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.
The One Thing is Three by Fr. Michael Gaitley This series will be held on Thursday evenings from 7 – 8:30 pm from February 2 through April 6 in Vasa Hall. Click for more information. Questions? Contact Lynette at 402.328.2866.
The annual St. Peter's fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 11. This adult only event features heavy appetizers as well as adult beverages. Please consider hosting a booth or volunteering for one of the many areas needing volunteers needed to make this a success. Contact Mary at 402.328.2866 with any questions. Click for flyer.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults classes meet 7 - 8:30 pm in the downstairs meeting room. Classes resume January 16th. Topics for January: 16 - Confirmation; 23 - Life and Marriage; 30 - Sacrament, Celibacy ad the Ordination of Women
Pancake Feed - January 29
ST. PETER’S TROOP 32 will be kicking off Catholic Schools Week with a pancake feed after 8 & 9:30 am Masses in Bishop Vasa Hall. Join us for pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and ham!
Family Board Game Day
Sunday, Jan 29th, 3-5 pm in Vasa Hall. Come play board games with your family and others. We have many of the same games and some new ones too. Text 402-580-1394 with the age and number of kids under 3 years old, if you will require child care.
KINDERGARTEN PREVIEW will be Feb. 6 at 5:00pm. If you will have an incoming Kindergartener next Fall 2017 and have not yet filled out the “Application for Kindergarten” form, please do so as soon as possible. Your child must be 5 years old by July 31, 2017 to come to Kindergarten. We will have packets prepared for those who we know will be in attendance at Preview. Please stop by the office and pick up a form, or you may email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
ST. PETER’S PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM is now taking applications for the 2017-2018 year.
Notes from Father Charles Townsend
This weekend January 21-22, we welcome a guest priest, Father Victor Warkulwiz, M.S.S. (Missionary Priests of the Blessed Sacrament). Father will be speaking on the benefits of perpetual adoration in our parish. Father Wurkulwiz resides in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has taken his message of perpetual adoration to several hundred parishes in 47 states, Canada, and elsewhere. Father has dedicated himself to visiting a parish every weekend where there is the desire to establish or maintain perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. The fruits of his labor have been bountiful and include a spiritual renewal within each parish. Please remember that perpetual adoration in a parish is not just for a day, a week, a month, or a year. Rather it is for always. It is not temporary, but ongoing, lasting, permanent. St. John Paul II said, “Our essential commitment in life is to grow spiritually in the climate of the Holy Eucharist.” There is no greater love given to Catholics than Christ present in the Eucharist.
The source and summit of our faith. On the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, 1992, Perpetual Adoration began for St. Peter Parish in the classroom 'chapel' while our Church was being completed. Since then, it has continued uninterrupted. Each day parishioners come to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to be near our savior and speak to Him with prayers from the heart. The best way to grow in one's faith in the Real Presence of Jesus is to spend time with Him in the Blessed Sacrament through Perpetual Adoration. Each individual is invited to spend an hour a week with our Lord before the Tabernacle. The way one chooses to spend that hour is unique for each one's needs. Here are some suggestions: read a few pages from a spiritual book and then allow time for meditation; pray a rosary or chaplet; converse with our Lord as you would to your best friend; offer prayers of thanksgiving, praise, adoration, or petition; pray the stations of the cross; or just sit in His presence and listen with your heart. People can sign up for an hour of adoration by writing on the roster posted on the wall behind the SCRIP table in the Church lobby. We will contact you and answer any questions you may have (we have substitutes for when you are out of town, etc…). We have had anywhere from 120 to 165 hours covered per week (168 hours in a week). We usually have 20-30 open hours to choose from at any time. For those who are unable to commit to an hour a week, making a shorter visit (perhaps for just a few minutes) a few times a week is another way to benefit from the graces which flow from Jesus in the Tabernacle. For any further questions, feel free to contact Jim Bertrand, 421-7656.
I want to thank everyone for their prayerful witness to life last week at the Nebraska Walk for Life. The crowd of supporters was edifying and I hope that everyone can join in the prayer that this country and the world can return to an understanding of the sacredness of all human life. The world does not understand and is trying to convince our young people that life is expendable and not worthy of protection. May God help us always testify to the great gift of life that it is! Love is the answer to life being protected and promoted. Evil will never conquer the light of life, but we must always help people understand lovingly what we know as the Divine gift of God, to share his life with us. It is a great gift that God has shared with his people, to share in the creation of new life, and God has attached the greatest good to it—let us never forget this. Our children are being surrounded by a generation which does not value life, but which values pleasure and self-fulfillment above all other goods. Sacrifice and love are true and lasting values which will endure and reflect God to the world. God bless your week with opportunities to witness to the culture of life and your love of the Holy Eucharist!
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