News & Announcements
St. Peter’s Annual Lenten Experience will be held after the weekend Masses on Feb. 25 and 26. Join us in Vasa Hall for refreshments and Lenten materials for all ages and stages of life. Sponsored by the EFF Committee. Free will offering accepted.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE PRAYER VIGIL Our community will take part in the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil to end abortion from March 1st - April 9th at Planned Parenthood, 5631 S. 48th St. A "Kickoff Rally" will be held Sunday, February 26th from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Cornerstone Church, 4849 Old Cheney Rd. After the program, we will walk to Planned Parenthood for prayers (weather permitting - please bring a flashlight). St. Peter's has been assigned the hours of 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Mondays during the campaign. To sign up please go to 40daysforlife.com/Lincoln.
Ash Wednesday - March 1
Masses will be celebrated at 6:30 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Ashes will be distributed at all the Masses that day.
Stations of the Cross - Friday March 3
Stations will be held on Friday, March 3rd @ 2:30 pm (with the school students) and 5:30 pm.
Please note time change for evening Stations.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults classes meet 7 - 8:30 pm in the downstairs meeting room. Upcoming Topics: Feb. 27 - Morality, Part 1 and March 6 - No class due to Confirmation; March 13, Morality - Part 2 and Sexuality.
Sunday, March 5 at 9:30 am Mass
Bishop Conley will be at the Mass at 9:30 am and will offer a blessing of initiation for our newest members of the St. John Bosco Society. High school and second semester 8th grade servers are invited to join the Society. St. John Bosco is the patron of youth and fostered many young men to nurture their faith life and prayerfully remain open to a call to the priesthood.
ST. PETER’S PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM is now taking applications for the 2017-2018 year.
Notes from Father Charles Townsend
Even though it’s a little later this year, this Wednesday, March 1st is Ash Wednesday. Masses will be celebrated at 6:30 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Ashes will be distributed at all the Masses that day. A reminder that Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence. Fasting requires those between 18 and 59 years of age to have one main meal and two lighter meals with no snacking between meals. Abstinence requires that the faithful over the age of 14 not eat meat (meat gravies or soups, etc.) on Ash Wednesday (this also applies to all of the Fridays of Lent as well). This Friday is the First Friday of March and we will have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during the day. We will celebrate exposition after the 8:15 a.m. Mass and leave the Blessed Sacrament exposed for adoration until Stations of the Cross is celebrated at 5:30 p.m. At the conclusion of Stations of the Cross we will have Benediction. We will have Stations of the Cross each Friday (except Good Friday) during Lent at 5:30 p.m. with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. I hope you can make the Stations during Lent.
I hope that Lent will be a time of renewal for all of us. We need to have opportunities for prayer and reflection and more frequent reception of the sacraments. Daily Mass is a great thing to add to one’s spiritual life during Lent if your schedule allows. Even if it’s one day a week, it’s noteworthy in one’s life to add the reception of the Eucharist. We also will continue to have Confessions daily before each of the morning Masses. I hope these additional Confession times will make it possible to avail yourself to Confession during Lent. As I mentioned at Christmas, it’s good to get to Confession during Lent, but even twice would be good! Something to think about as we move forward into this penitential season of renewal and conversion. God bless you all as we move into this holy season!
A number of people have asked for an update on Father Faulkner, so I asked him to send us an update on his recovery from open-heart surgery to replace a valve and repair an aortic aneurism. This is his reply. First, thank you for the innumerable prayers you have sent up to heaven on my behalf in the last few weeks. The first surgery on the 31st went very well but I had to have a second open heart surgery on the 9th to clear out stuff on the heart that they feared was causing infection. That one was quicker and I've been at the Bonacum House for retired priests since the 13th. There are still things that we're trying to get healed and normalized before I can go home but we hope that is close to the beginning of Lent. Thank you so much for everything!
Next Sunday, March 5, Bishop Conley will be here for Mass at 9:30. He will be coming to offer Mass and offer a blessing of initiation for our newest members of the St. John Bosco Society. My high school servers and those who will be graduating from 8th Grade this spring were invited to join the St. John Bosco Society established for spiritual development and to offer prayerful support of priestly and religious vocations. St. John Bosco is the patron of youth and fostered many young men to nurture their faith life and prayerfully remain open to a call to the priesthood. St. John Bosco believed that one in four boys were given a call to the priesthood. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if one in four of our parish boys would discern a priestly vocation? Their mission is to serve the parish by serving at the altar, praying, and helping others to pray well. We are grateful to the Bishop for his presence and support of his diocesan altar servers.
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