Saint Peter Church Vision Statement

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     Does the King of glory find a welcome entry in your home and heart?  Jesus went to Jerusalem knowing full well what awaited him — betrayal, rejection, and crucifixion.  The people of Jerusalem, however, were ready to hail him as their Messianic King!  Little did they know what it would cost this king to usher in his kingdom.  Jesus’ entry into  Jerusalem astride a colt was a direct fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy of Zechariah (9:9):

    “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion.  Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem.  Lo, your king comes to you;
triumphant and victorious is he, and riding on an ass and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

     The colt was a sign of peace.  Jesus enters Jerusalem in meekness and humility, as the Messianic King who offers victory and peace to his people.  That victory and peace would be secured in the cross and resurrection which would soon take place at the time of Passover.

     Jesus Christ came to bring us the kingdom of God.  He is the true King who offers peace, joy, and everlasting life for those who accept his kingship.  Does the King of glory find a welcome entry in your heart and home?  Do your walls echo with the praise of his glory?

     “Lord Jesus, be the King and Ruler of my heart, mind, life, and home.  May my life reflect your meekness and  humility that you may be honored as the King of glory!”

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Week of April 13th

 

To all people of goodwill in Colorado, an Excerpt of a Letter from Archbishop Aquila of Denver (click here to see the complete letter)

I am writing to you today with a very important request. Weekends are busy for all of us, but I am asking you, as a believer in the sanctity of human life, to pray for 10 minutes and take one of the actions that I will mention at the conclusion of this letter.

If you haven’t yet heard, there is a very troubling bill being debated in the Colorado State Senate next week. Senate Bill 175, touted as the “Reproductive Health Freedom Act,” passed on a party line vote in committee this past Thursday. I am grateful to every person who showed up to oppose the radical bill.

This over-reaching piece of legislation would essentially shut down any attempt to pass life-affirming legislation in Colorado ever again. More than that, it enshrines the “right to abortion” into Colorado law. It’s being praised by anti-life organizations such as NARAL and ThinkProgress as “the first of its kind” in the country and “ambitious.” It enshrines the culture of death into law and ignores science.

This bill would prevent lawmakers from enacting laws such as ultrasound requirements, which we all know—particularly from the work of the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative here in Colorado—have done so much to give mothers vital information about their pregnancy, and thus save countless children from imminent death. It prevents common-sense regulations like waiting periods, restrictions on abortion pills (particularly for minors), and parental notification policies. Advocates of this bill seek the absolute “right to abortion” for girls as young as 10 or 11 without a parent’s knowledge, guidance or advice. Parents are seen as unfit in the moral guidance of their children.

Finally, this bill would eliminate abortion clinic health code regulations, which pro-abortion advocates label as “burdensome.” Remember Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, and the horrific images and stories of women dying on the abortionist’s table? That is what an unregulated abortion clinic looks like! This bill is not good for the women and girls of Colorado!

I am prayerfully asking every person of good will to spend 10 minutes this weekend in prayer. Plead to Our Lord for His intercession on behalf of life in Colorado. Also, pray for our politicians on both sides of this issue, particularly for those who work tirelessly and often without recognition to promote life-affirming legislation in our State Capitol. Pray for the conversion of the heart and mind of those who support such irrational, unscientific, and a denial of conscience legislation.

But don’t stop there. As a conclusion of your prayer, ask Our Lord what action he wants from you. You are called to be a leaven for good and for life in society.  Here are some concrete actions you can take this weekend:

  • Contact your Senator. It would be a beautiful testimony on the part of the people of Colorado who support life if each senator in Colorado would wake up on Monday morning with hundreds of emails asking them to oppose SB175.
  • Please contact the Colorado Catholic Conference to learn more about this bill or to get contact information for your Senator. Call 303-894-8808 or visit their website: www.cocatholicconference.org.
  • Contact the media. Call your newspaper, your television station and your radio station. Ask them to cover this bill. Let them know that they are letting down the people of Colorado by allowing this bill to pass without a true public debate!
  • Spread the word. If you have a blog, or are active on Facebook, Twitter or one of the other social networks, spread the word! Invite others who may not have received this letter to pray and act!

Remember that Vatican II called every Catholic to serve as leaven in society and “work for the sanctification of the world from within.”  My brother bishops and I have sent a joint letter to all Colorado Senators, now I ask you all to do your part to sanctify society. Together we can make a stand for life here in Colorado!

With Sadness

We have learned that Jozef Golyzniak, Fr. Gregory’s father, died on April 8, 2014.  May our parish family lift up in prayer Jozef, Fr. Gregory, and his entire family.  Fr. Gregory thanks you for your many prayers; they sustained him on his journey across the ocean. We can all take comfort and hope in mercy and love of God, especially as we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection.

Jozef Golyzniak’s funeral took place on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 1PM in Poland (5 AM MDT).  A Rosary in his memory was said 30 minutes prior to his Mass.

 

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.

Art and Environment Looking for Volunteers

Sign up now to help decorate the sanctuary for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter.  Call Dede Laugesen at 303-653-8692 or at email dede.laugesen@gmail.com to get on the volunteer notification list.  Many hands make light work!

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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