Saint Peter Church Vision Statement

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 Dear Parishioners,A few months ago we started witnessing the lack of peace in Eastern Europe.  The small country of Ukraine is facing challenges which raises many thoughts and questions: “What will happen next?  What is our future?  Is World War III possible?”  The recent downing of an airliner, where many innocent people were killed, is intensifying those questions.  After having a few conversations with my brother, Stanley, who is the pastor in a parish located on the border between Poland and Ukraine, I can easily say that people in Eastern Europe, including Poland, are scared.  Fear is the greatest enemy now, because sometimes it leads to poor choices, including killing and betraying religious and patriotic values.  That statement is built on the actions that Fr. Stanley witnesses very often.  Human beings are not so human and the survival mode is visible everywhere.  Politics are disconnected from real people who try to live their lives making sure that they have daily bread for their children and themselves. My classmate from the Seminary, Fr. Christopher, who is working at a parish in Ukraine, told me that what I see on the TV news or read in the newspaper is just a small glimpse of reality and very often it is just another tool in political hands.  No one writes or makes a film documentary about increasing poverty which started many years ago, no one pays attention to the children who are lacking proper education, and no one really cares if a person has a job or not.  Fr. Christopher said to me, “My hands are full, but don’t think that I’m too busy with preaching and saying Masses.  I do that every day, but mostly my evangelization is done by helping people to survive.  I cry with them, work with them, laugh less and less and I try to understand.”  Fr. Christopher is probably not the only one who is doing that work. Fear took away freedom from the people of Ukaine.  We have our freedom and we are grateful for that.  Let’s all make sure that we will remember to do two important things: first, pray for peace everywhere, and secondly, let’s make sure that we have respect and love for our freedom so we may never lose it by making bad choices. May Christ always remind us that through His sacrifice on the cross we have been freed from sin and have been given the gift of salvation.  Freedom, peace, and love today are precious gifts.Yours In Prayer,

Padre G

 

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Week of July 27

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 www.sjvdenver.edu/biblical-school 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!

Faith Formation – August 17th after all the Masses (Registration forms for Faith Formation (classes are available on line or at the FF counter in the north hall)

High School Youth Group

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. 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 www.petertherock.org 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 becky.clabaugh@petertherock.org or 481-3511.

Also, 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 becky.clabaugh@petertherock.org or 481-3511 if you would like to go!

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 thisGospel 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.

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.

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 www.petertherock.org 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.