Saint Peter Church Vision Statement

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Dear Parishioners,

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! On behalf of our pastor, Fr. Gregory Golyzniak, and in my own name, I would like to extend to all of you a wish for a happy and blessed Easter.  Today we celebrate the great mystery of the Resurrection, as the first followers of Jesus did, with a sense of jubilation.

Anyone who has ever lost a loved one knows the numbness and shock that those followers must have felt as they saw their Master crucified and buried. The plausible rumor that the tomb was empty would have come as a second shock. Then actually to see Jesus in his Easter glory! Who can imagine the combination of shock and elation those followers must have felt? We still feel it today, all these centuries later. Death usually has the last word, but at Easter it does not.

Resurrection is more than resuscitation. Jesus did not simply resume the earthly life that he had been living before, as if his stay in the tomb had been an interruption like a stay in the hospital. He did indeed return to that earthly life this is why it was so important that his followers could touch him and see him eat but subsequently he lived that life from a whole new plane of existence. And he still lives it at that plane, his human nature unlimited by space and time, perfectly conformed to the power and prerogative of his divinity.

Now his risen presence permeates his Church. He is able to join us to his risen body through Baptism. He is able to identify with the least of the brethren. He is able to offer himself to us as the Bread of Life. He is able to transform our lives with his grace. He is able to join our sacrifices to his perfect sacrifice, to take us across the infinite chasm created by sin, to present us as a gift to his loving Father.

It is too great a mystery to be celebrated in the space of 24 hours, and so Easter overflows into an octave, eight days of celebration in which every day is Easter. The number recapitulates the sixth days of creation, the first Sabbath, and the eighth day the day of completion, the day that will have no end. The octave of Easter symbolizes all of history, now transformed by the resurrection. Yes, Christ our hope is risen, our new life obtaining. Have mercy, Victor King, ever reigning! Alleluia!

With prayer, Fr. Larry

 

Easter Sunday

Week of April 20th

 

To all people of goodwill in Colorado –  Senate Bill 175 Has Been Defeated!

Senate Bill 175, touted as the “Reproductive Health Freedom Act,” has been defeated in the legislature!  Your prayers to Our Lord for His intercession on behalf of life in Colorado and hopefully for the conversion of the heart and mind of those who support such irrational, unscientific, and a denial of conscience legislation have proved fruitful.

Remember that Vatican II has called every Catholic to serve as leaven in society and “work for the sanctification of the world from within.”  Your stand for life here in Colorado must continue should legislation such as this appear again!

Returning God’s Gifts

The 2014 Returning God’s Gifts Diocesan Appeal is going well. Here at St. Peter we have reached 92% of our intention goal. This week, the diocese will be doing a second mailing for those who have not responded to the appeal. Please watch for this mailing and consider offering a gift. Please remember that if you cannot make a specific pledge at this time, donations in any amount can be put in the box in the Gathering Area.

Prayer Petitions to Our Lady of Lourdes

Billy Maggio, a former parishioner at St. Peters, was invited by the Order of Malta to go on their 2014 Pilgrimage to Lourdes on their annual trip to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France April 29 to May 7th. Unfortunately, God had other plans for Billy and took him to heaven on March 1, 2014.

His parents, Bill & Eileen Maggio, will now be going on this pilgrimage as Volunteers. in memory of Billy. They would like to extend an invitation to carry your prayer intentions especially for your loved ones who are ill. They will present them to Our Lady of Lourdes in the Sacred Grotto. You will find the prayer petition forms by the Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in the gathering area.

St. Peter Monthly Food Drive for Tri-Lakes Cares

For April, Tri-Lakes Cares is requesting donations of Breakfast Items: Pancake Mix – boxes; Pancake Syrup; Applesauce; Jelly; Canned Fruit – peaches, pears, mandarin oranges, mixed fruit; Cold Cereal – boxes of any variety; Hot Cereal – boxes of oatmeal packets; Coffee – ground.  Please drop your donated items in the large, red box in the gathering area. Thank you!

Information and Support for Religious Freedom

We must continue our prayers for our nation and become educated, articulate, and active supporters of our religious freedom. Pope Emeritus Benedict issued a warning to American bishops visiting in Rome that Catholics in America must wake up to the grave threats to the Church being posed by the “radical secularism” that is at work today. In particular, the Holy Father warned the bishops about the threats to freedom of religion, which he called “that most cherished of American freedoms.” Among the concerns Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI outlined is the alarming trend to reduce ‘freedom of religion’ to ‘freedom of worship’. This means that while we might be allowed to attend whatever house of worship we want, we will not be allowed to practice our religion in other ways. The Pope’s solution to this crisis is “an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity.” To write your Federal representative and/or senators reference religious liberty in America, contact the Federal Legislative Branch website: http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/Legislative.shtml .


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