I would like to wish all of us a very fruitful lent so we can all get close to the passion of Jesus Christ so we can learn how to love each other unconditionally. In our bulletin you will find Lenten regulations according to our catholic church teaching.
I would like to share with you the news about some
decisions which have been made in the last few months. The most important message I would like to share with you is that Donna Hessel, our liturgist and Faith Formation Director, has decided to retire this June. She has worked with us for over 18 years and she performed her job with zeal & devotion and in a professional way for which I would like to thank her. I wasn’t here long enough to see how she was working for those 18 years, but the months I’ve been with you it was very pleasant to work with Donna.
At this point I would like to be open for possibilities of hiring for Donna’s position. It’s early now, but time flies and I would like to make sure we have the right person on board.
Due to all the events and changes, we will be rebuilding the Youth and Faith Formation programs. So please be patient with us, because its going to take probably one year to make these changes for our young people, especially on the Confirmation level.
Once again, please keep me in your prayers. I was
assigned to our parish not too long ago and changes are happening almost every day and challenges arrive quickly needing my attention. Having a lot of joy working for you and serving you I have quite often sleepless nights so I need your prayers. As I said in my first homily at St. Peter, please be patient with me and I’m sorry if I don’t respond right away to our parish needs. This is my home and parish now and it feels like home. Thank you to all of you for that.
Lastly, on a bright note, you probably see that huge, “supermarket” construction on the south side parking lot. Well, its our new rectory. It looks really big so Fr. Larry and I can chase each other around the house soon. With that said I will give you a new, fresh update on the rectory next week.
With Prayer, Padre G
First Sunday of Lent, Week of March 9
Catholic High School Youth Summer Camp
Have you ever thought of going to Colorado’s Catholic Summer Camp? CAMP WOJTYLA takes place for HS GIRLS July 6-13 and for HS BOYS July 20-27. Brochures are on the Faith Formation Counter or check it out on www.camp-w.com.
Invitation to join Small Church Communities
There is something very special coming to St. Peter’s. I’m looking for some special people to say “Yes.” My name is Peggy Barney. My husband, Kevin & I recently moved here from Southern California. I was involved in Small Church Communities for several years in CA before I moved here. We met weekly in parishioner homes for an hour and a half to go over the readings for the upcoming Sunday Mass and share our personal faith experiences. Not only did the Sunday readings come alive for me at Mass, I got to know so many people in the parish, and I made life time friends. We supported each other in difficult times & good times, deaths, illnesses, babies being born, adoptions, weddings, and more. I saw people gain spiritual strength. The strength to say “yes” to God’s call and do things they never thought they could do. I was one of those people. We encouraged each other to be better and we were because of it.
Now, I would like to share this experience and to get to know more people at St. Peter’s because everyone I’ve met so far has been so kind and welcoming. I am presenting this to you with Fr. Gregory’s full support. In fact, he would like to open this to the entire parish right after Easter! But we can’t do it without you. We need facilitators, parishioners familiar with the format who keep time & the group on track. Fr. Gregory asked that facilitators have orientation over Lent so that we can open this up to the parish after Easter.
I will be facilitating and hosting two Small Church Communities for the six weeks of Lent, so you can experience it firsthand. Not only can we reflect more deeply on Lenten scripture together, our hope is after participating in a group, you will be comfortable facilitating and/or hosting a group for the six weeks after Easter.
There is a guide we follow, you do not need any prior knowledge of the Bible, and the only preparation is to read the Mass scriptures before the meeting! Please join us! Lent is upon us and we’ll be starting the groups the end of next week — Just respond with your name and phone number and let me know when you would prefer to meet: Thursdays 7:00 – 8:30 PM or Fridays 7:00 – 8:30 PM.
Your sister in Christ, Peggy, at 562-233-9850 or Peg2137@aol.com.
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 .