Saint Peter Church Vision Statement

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Dear Parishioners,
You probably noticed that I have not been in the parish now for a few days. I am in Spain, visiting my sister. She will be coming home with me to stay for a few weeks. We both still need to talk a lot about our father’s death and other family affairs. I will be back on July 18.
Just a little about my journey to Spain: it is not only a visit to see my sister but also a personal journey for me. The death of my father and anniversary of my mother’s death, who passed away a few weeks after my ordination, is still taking up a lot of space and trouble in my mind and heart.
The first three days, I spent at the Polish Catholic Monastery of the Sisters of Charity. Then, I flew to Barcelona. I had the chance and privilege to say Mass at Familia Sagrada, the most beautiful cathedral built by designer, Antoni Gaudi. I spent three days in Barcelona at the University, exploring the city, relaxing and meditating. I did have one bad day, though. As you know, I love videography. Unfortunately my video camera was stolen right in front of me, while eating at a restaurant. From Barcelona I drove to Saragossa Cathedral and prayed for a while in front of the statue, Mary on the Pillar. Saint John Paul II visited this same cathedral on one of his journeys to Spain. Later that day, I reunited with my sister and we spent some good quality time together. On Sunday, I had Mass for you, St. Peter parishioners at Jesuits Chapel in Pamplona. During my visit, San Fermine or better known, Running of the Bulls Festival was in progress. Finally, I will spend a day in Madrid before flying home.
I am very excited to get back and start the new school year and new programs at St. Peter. I want this to be a successful year. I am hoping that your summer gave you some needed rest and new energy too, so we can continue to be stronger disciples of Christ.
I wish you all the best and blessed remaining days of summer.Yours In Prayer,
Padre GP.S. For those who know how I drive, yes, I got a parking ticket in Saragossa. It cost me 200 Euros! I like Colorado parking tickets better.




Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Week of July 20

Saint Peter Five-Year Plan Has Arrived   

The St. Peter Parish Council has compiled and prayerfully reviewed parish survey results, including 434 survey questionnaires, inputs from 65 town hall attendees, and 50 interviews. Also included in our review were data from the surrounding communities. We would like to thank all those who’ve participated in the process by filling out survey questionnaires, responding to interview requests, and/or participating in one of our two town hall planning meetings. Because of this feedback, a plan has been created that will help guide St. Peter Parish into the future. Thank you. To view the plan, click on the banner above.

Welcome, Mary Costello

Please allow me to introduce myself to the Church community. My name is Mary Costello and I have some very big shoes to fill following Donna Hessel as Liturgist at Saint Peter! Along with my work as Liturgist, I will be the Young Adult Minister as well as helping out with the school choir.

I would like to share a little about myself so that I am not a stranger to the community. I am originally from the Chicagoland area but spent the past two years teaching 3rd grade in Oklahoma City and earning a Master’s in Education through the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program. I completed my undergraduate degree in Politics and Spanish at the University of Dallas. I was married three weeks ago, moved to Colorado Springs two weeks ago and my wonderful husband is starting his third year of medical school in a week! As you can imagine, it has been quite a busy summer! I am the oldest of five siblings and I love my family dearly. I enjoy running, the outdoors and a good cup of coffee and am excited about incorporating my interests into the Young Adult group.

Please introduce yourself to me if you see me at Mass, the Church Office, or around town! I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you!

God Bless you all, Mary Costello.

Learn More About the Denver Catholic Biblical School in Colorado Springs

The Denver Catholic Biblical School announces its Colorado Springs first year classes for the 2014-15 school year. This year’s new classes will be offered at St Francis of Assisi (Colorado Springs) and St Peter (Monument). The Denver Catholic Biblical School is an exciting Bible Study Program designed especially for Lay Catholics. Part of St. John Vianney Seminary’s educational outreach, the school is here in Colorado Springs by the gracious invitation of Bishop Sheridan. The vision of the school is to draw Catholics to a deeper intimacy with Jesus Christ through the Word of God taught in unity with Church Tradition and Magisterial teachings. The school is unique in that it offers a canonical study of all 73 books of the Catholic Bible over the period of four years. There is no requirement to commit to the entire four year process, but most of our students end up following through with all four years after they experience the immense value of this process. This process serves the New Evangelization as it equips lay leaders with quality education and empowers people to live more fully their baptismal calling. There are no education pre-requisites required and no formal Bible Study background is necessary. Scholarships are available.

Learn more at any one of six free Information Sessions. There is no commitment and no Pre-Registration is required to attend. Come to St Peter – Tuesday July 15 – 9:30-11:30 am or 6:30-8:30 pm and Tuesday Aug. 12 – 9:30-11:30 or 6:30-8:30 pm or attend St Francis of Assisi – Thurs Aug 14 – 9:30-11:30 am and Thurs Aug 28 – 9:30-11:30 am.  See the DCBS flyer.

Any questions? Call Bill or Eileen Maggio @ 719-488-5606 or contact DCBS at or 303-715-3195.

St. Peter Monthly Food Drive for Tri-Lakes Cares

Tri-Lakes Cares is looking in July for canned Fruit of any kind – mandarin oranges, peaches, pears, mixed fruit, cranberry sauce, pineapple, and applesauce.  Please drop your donated items in the large, red box in the gathering area. Thank you!

High School Youth Group is UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

ATTENTION all 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students!

I would like to take this opportunity to make a personal introduction to you and extend an open invitation for you to fully participate in YOUR Youth Group experience this year. My name is Becky Clabaugh and I have been called to serve you. While we are still technically “Under Construction” this month, I can affirm YOUR Peer Ministry Leadership Team and I have great things in store for you! There will be many ways for you and your parents to be informed about Youth Group this year. Please check: The parish website at and click the link, FAITH FORMATION. Be patient with detailed content – it is still under construction.  In addition, please check the bulletin, social media, TEXTING, pulpit talks, flyers and a variety of informational resources which will be found at the Faith Formation Welcome Center (just in front of the office). And finally, by all means, please do not hesitate contact me at any time. I look forward to meeting you and your family!  -Galatians 5:13 (By the way, whenever you see a bible quote from me, look it up!) Contact me at or 481-3511.


High School Youth Group FAITH DAY with the COLORADO ROCKIES – 10th Annual Faith Day at Coors Field, Sunday, August 24th. Faith Day offers Colorado churches and Christians from all over the state the chance to come together for a time of family fellowship at the Rockies –vs- Miami Marlins baseball game. PRICES: Range $13.00 and up and include a post game event with musician Jeremy Camp (thirty-two number 1 songs, five Dove Awards, four ASCAP awards, songwriter of the year wins and both Grammy and American Music Award nominations). Guest Speaker at the event is Pittsburg Steelers/Super Bowl head coach Tony Dungy. Please contact: Becky Clabaugh at or 481-3511 if you would like to go!

Religious Freedom

We must continue our prayers for our nation and become educated, articulate, and active supporters of our religious freedom.  Father Denis Wilde of Priests for Life will speak on the HHS mandate and how we might deal with this very serious imposition on the consciences of so many. Fr. Wilde’s talk will be given at St. Dominic Church on Thursday, July 24th at 6:00 pm. The talk is open to the public without charge. Bishop Sheridan encourages you to attend.

St. Thomas More, Patron of Religious Freedom, Pray for Us.

Elementary Faith Formation Volunteers

WE NEED YOU!  It always amazes me at how fast the summer goes by! As every year at this time we are this year looking for volunteers for our preK – 6th grades.  We will continue to use the Gospel Weeklies series from Pflaum publishers this year. Gospel Weeklies is a lectionary-based series and as its name implies is based on the Sunday readings. The aim of the Weeklies is to educate children in the Catholic faith and incorporate them into the life of the Christian community. The Weeklies build on the faith life of families and encourage their lessons to continue at home. The editions provide ongoing, age-appropriate catechesis of all Jesus reveals about his Father and the Spirit in Scripture and Tradition and foster openness to lifelong transformation in Christ.

If you are interested in volunteering as a catechist but think you don’t know enough about your faith, banish the thought! We have catechist training and all the materials you need and more. So, if God is giving you the nudge, answer it – you will grow with the children in ways you never thought POSSIBLE.  Faith Formation program which begins on September 7th/8th. 

Catholic Women’s Book Group

The summer reading season is upon us and here’s a suggested list of books to read for those of you interested in expanding your faith. Read one, read them all, or just take your pick. Let Go, by Francois Fenelon; A Tree Full of Angels, by Macrina Wiederkehr; How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice, by Ivereigh Austen, Unplanned, by Abby Johnson; An Easy Way to Become a Saint, by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan; and Dawn of the Messiah, by Edward Sri. That’s a book a month ending December 2. Many of these books are available at our Parish Library and even the Public Library. Then join the Catholic Women’s Book Group to discuss the book you read. We meet the first Tuesday of each month at 2pm starting July 2 with Let Go.  Join the group in the large Conference Room.  The book list for 2014 can be found on the Parish website under Ministries/Catholic Women’s Book Group. Read the reviews if you just want a good book. Call Sue Andzik if you have questions at 719-359-2471.

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.