Dear Parishioners,

 

Right after Easter we are immersed into beautiful celebrations of amazing sacraments. These sacraments are Confirmation and Holy Communion. Of course, with the Sacrament of Holy Communion comes the Sacrament of Reconciliation which prepares our candidates to celebrate their sacrament with a pure heart and in a state of grace. That is a very important point. All of us have an obligation to receive the sacraments, especially, Holy Communion, in the state of grace. If we receive Holy Communion with a mortal sin on our soul, we bring on ourselves another grave sin. However, sometimes we don’t have a chance to go to confession before Mass and we are not in the state of grace. At these times our conscience should be asking us: should we receive communion or not? Everyone else is receiving communion so if we don’t go than we will feel awkward. This is the greatest mistake we can make. It doesn’t matter what people think, what matters is our relationship with God. At the end of the day, that is what counts. So brothers and sisters, it is ok to stay in the pew and pray and not to receive communion with a mortal sin on our conscience. Someone said, the line for confessions is short but the line for communion is long. There is some truth in it. I’m not saying that we are all sinners receiving communion with a grave sin on our conscience. What I’m saying is that we should be aware of our deep relationship with Christ and strive to love Him and keep His commandmants.

These thoughts come to mind as I think about the sacraments our young people are receiving. I want to share them with you and pray that we as sinners have a sense that there is a seed of good in us and that we can have an amazing relationship with our Savior, the Risen Lord Jesus Christ.

 

With prayer,

Fr. G

 

1stComm_19Apr2015Congratulations to Our Saint Peter School First Communicants

Congratulations to all the Saint Peter School First Communicants who received their First Holy Communion on April 19th!

20154ConfirmandsCongratulations to Our New Confirmands

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

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The annual Gala and Silent Auction will be held at The Pinery at Black Forest to raise funds for the playground and technological improvements at Saint Peter School. See the FLYER for more information.

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 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.