Dear Parishioners,

Christ is risen, He is truly risen. Alleluia!

The season of lent went quite fast. We gave a lot of opportunities for you to receive the sacrament of reconciliation and I’m proud that you took advantage of it. The Holy Week celebrations were beautiful. I would like to say, “Thank you,” to all who prepared those events for us. I would like to thank the Altar Servers, Ushers, Greeters, Welcoming Ministry, Liturgy Ministry, Art and Environment Ministry, our Acolytes, Eucharistic Ministers, Mass Coordinators, Knights of Columbus, Women’s Guild and many others. I would like to say, “Thank you,” to Fr. Larry, Fr. Jordan and Deacon Doug for leading some of the services. I’m sure there are many other people to thank, so please accept my gratitude. Most of all, I would like to thank you, my brothers and sisters in Christ. You have been a great example to our faith in the way you worship. Without you, all the Masses and services wouldn’t be the same. On another note, I would like to congratulate those who joined our Catholic faith during Easter Vigil and will soon receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday at our Diocesan Cathedral.

This weekend is Divine Mercy Sunday. On the Second Sunday of Easter of the Jubilee Year 2000, at the Mass for the canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope John Paul II proclaimed to the world that “from now on throughout the Church this Sunday will be called Divine Mercy Sunday.” The news is filled with illustrations of mercy – or the need for mercy – in our world. One of the most moving stories came to us on October 6, 2006, when an armed man entered an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, PA. He chased out the little boys and lined up the 10 little girls in front of the blackboard. He shot all of them and then killed himself. Five of the girls died. After the medics and police left, the families of the fallen came and carried their slain children home. They removed their bloody clothes and washed the bodies. In each home they emptied a room of furniture except for a table and chairs. They sat for a time and mourned their beloved children. After a while they walked to the home of the man who killed their children. They told his widow they forgave her husband for what he had done, and they consoled her for the loss of her spouse. They buried their anger before they buried their children. On the wall of the local firehouse is a watercolor of the schoolyard painted by a local artist, Elsie Beiler. Its title is “Happier Days,” and it depicts the Amish children playing without a care before the shooting. Five birds, which some say represent the dead girls, circle the blue sky above. Amish Christians teach us that forgiveness is central. They believe in a real sense that God’s forgiveness depends on their extending forgiveness to other people. That’s what the mercy of God is all about. That mercy is why we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.

In our parish, we don’t have tragedies like I described above but there is still a need for mercy and forgiveness. That’s why I offer, every Friday at 5.30pm, Holy Hour with Divine Mercy Chaplet to which I invite everyone.

With prayer,

Fr. G

P.S. My family found 4 potential donors for a bone marrow transplant. My nephew, Andrew, and 3 Salesian priests. Now we pray that things will go well and our family can handle it on every level of this process. Thank you for your prayers.

 

Green Thumb Ministry

The St. Peter’s Green Thumb event planned for this Saturday, April 18th from 9:00 am to Noon has been cancelled due to weather.  The next event will be May 16th.

20154ConfirmandsCongratulations to Our New Confirmands

Congratulations to all the Saint Peter youth who received the sacrament of Confirmation on April 13th!

BABY SHOWER for Life Support Center

Our Annual Catholic Charities Shower of Love for Life Support Center will be held from Saturday, May 16th until Sunday, May 24th. Please help expectant moms in need in our diocese and bring your donations to the white baby crib  that will be set up in the gathering area. There is a need for diapers, wipes, baby bottles, formula, onesies, receiving blankets, burp pads, crib sheets, infant toys, gently-used and freshly laundered baby clothes, pacifiers, teething rings, etc. Anything baby! No gift is too small- everything is greatly appreciated  You can drop off your baby shower gift in the gathering area during the week of those back-to-back weekends. LSC can also use maternity clothes. Often moms with a baby on the way coming to LSC already have children. They have a  special need for  ‘birthday buddy’ gifts for toddlers, preschool and school-age children/teens. Contact Stephanie Kemp if you have questions: 719-481-4355. Thank you in advance for your generous support!

Confirmation Pope FrancisUpcoming Important Faith Formation Events

Please remember the children preparing for First Communion in your prayers.  First Communion Masses are April 19, 10:30 Mass and April 26 at both 8:00 and 10:30 Masses.

Summer VBS will be held June 22-25, from 8:45 – 12:15. We are looking for adult and high school volunteers to help with decorating and set-up, as well as working with groups of children during the week. If you are interested in helping call or email Shirley at 481-3511 x1090 or Shirley.michalak@petertherock.org.

CampusCampus Ministry

Did you know our Diocese has a Campus Ministry program which serves all of the college-age students in the Colorado Springs Diocese?  The program is making progress and growing, but there are still many young people in our Diocese who are not yet aware of the ministry and all that it offers.  Check out the Campus Ministry Website.  There is also a Facebook page, “Catholic Fire,” which provides additional information on current and upcoming activities.  Father Kyle, the ministry director, can be reached at fatheringels@gmail.com or at 202-270-3519.

Happy Easter — FREE GIFT from our parish for each family!

We still have some of the parish DVD gifts that handed out after our Easter Masses at St. Peter, so if you didn’t get your complimentary Fr. Barron DVD yet, please pick one up for your family on the table of the Parish Welcome center.  It’s a special DVD containing the entire first episode from Fr. Barron’s epic Catholicism film series, which aired on PBS.  The beautiful presentation encourages us all to rediscover who Jesus is, how he changed the world, and how he invites us to join him today.  The DVD also contains Spanish voiceover and subtitle options for Spanish-speaking or mixed-language families.  Please be sure to pick up one per family on your way out, with Fr. Gregory’s compliments.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Homebound Needed

Do you enjoy visiting people?  Do you have a love for the Eucharist?  Would you like to bring Christ to those unable to join us for our Sunday celebrations?  We are looking for people willing to be on call to take Communion to those who are sick or homebound.  You must be a confirmed and practicing Catholic to be a part of this ministry.  Training is on Tuesday, April 21, 6:30—8:30pm in the Large Conference Room in the church.  Contact Therese Davern at 481-3511 X 1130 or therese.davern@petertherock.org with any questions.

Green Thumb Ministry

Like to garden?  Enjoy getting outside?  Want to help keep our church looking great?  Need some volunteer hours?  Consider joining the Green Thumb ministry.  We meet on the third Saturdays from 9:00 am to Noon starting April 18th and going through October.  Everyone is welcome for whatever dates and times you can make.  Contact Steve Hadfield at 719-210-2742 or steve@hadfield-family.net for more information and to get your name on our notification list.  Did we mention that there will be donuts?

lunch bunchMinistry Meals Coordinator Needed

St. Peter is looking for someone to coordinate the Ministry Meals.  This ministry brings Christ to others in their times of trial and difficulty by providing home cooked meals for parish families welcoming new babies, those who are homebound, suffering loss, or facing other life challenges.  If you are interested in heading this ministry or would like to volunteer for this ministry, please call Therese Davern at 719-481-3511 or email therese.davern@petertherock.org.

stmoreReligious Freedom

We must continue our prayers for our nation and become educated, articulate, and active supporters of our religious freedom.  St. Thomas More, Patron of Religious Freedom, Pray for Us. To voice your opinion in the public square, you can contact your elected representatives as follows reference religious liberty in America:

Charitable Needs

  • April Tri-Lakes Cares Requests: Toilet paper, Paper towels, Baked beans or pork n beans, Spaghetti sauce, Tuna or hamburger helper, Juice boxes or pouches (like Capri Sun), Sugar – one pound boxes or bags, Coffee – small cans or bags, regular ground.

Main Office: phone (719) 481-3511, 55 N. Jefferson St., Monument, CO, Monument, CO 80132 (see map). Questions or suggestions about the website, please contact us.

Welcome

Welcome to St Peter Catholic Church in this Diocesan Year for Marriage and Family.