This year, the candles at our Advent Penance Service will be lit by a very special flame, the Peace Light from Bethlehem. For the past 32 years, a Girl Guide or Boy Scout from Austria has collected a flame from the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where Our Lord was born. With the help of Austrian Broadcasting, Austrian Airlines, and the International Catholic Conference on Scouting, that flame is sent all around the world as a symbol of the peace Christ offers us. This year, Pladfinder (Boy Scout) Niklas Lehner of Vorchdorf, Austria, collected the flame from the Grotto on November 28. It arrived in New York on December 1 and has been spreading westward ever since.
You will have an opportunity to bring this Peace Light from Bethlehem home with you. Candles in glass will be available for a free-will offering ($3.00 is suggested), immediately before and immediately after the service. We hope to see you on Sunday!
St. Peter’s annual Advent Reconciliation Service is this Sunday, December 16, at 2 p.m. Five visiting priests will join Fr. Matt, Fr. Terry, and Fr. Bill to help us celebrate this important Sacrament as we prepare for Christmas. Penance Services are being offered at St. Peter’s and nearby parishes as follows:
- Sunday, December 16, 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s
- Monday, December 17, 7 p.m. at Visitation
- Thursday, December 20, 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth
- Sunday, December 23, 2 p.m. at St. Thomas More
This Sunday, December 16, former pastor Fr. Jerry Waris will return to St. Peter’s to celebrate the 11 a.m. Mass in honor of Oscar Romero, declared a saint this past October. St. Oscar, the former archbishop of San Salvador who championed social justice in war-torn El Salvador, was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass there. This Sunday’s Mass will celebrate St. Oscar’s canonization, as well as St. Peter’s 30 year sister parish relationship with San Francisco de Asis Parish in El Salvador.
Following the Mass there will be a short blessing of the candle room, which will house a small shrine to St. Oscar, and a reception in the narthex. Click here
to read more on the history of our sister parish relationship.
All women of the parish are invited to attend the Women of St. Peter’s Annual Christmas Brunch on December 16, 2018. We will gather in the church basement following the 9:00 Mass. Together we will make holiday floral arrangements and pack homemade Christmas cookies to deliver to our homebound members. We will also be collecting donations of toilet tissue for St. Peter’s Social Services. If you have never attended one of our events, this is the perfect opportunity. We look forward to celebrating with you. If you would like to bring a food item for the brunch, sign up at http://ow.ly/tJHx50jRvlI
Save time during the holiday season and let the PTA wrap your gifts for you! Drop off your Christmas gifts in the school basement Friday, Dec. 14, 8am-4pm, and Saturday, Dec. 15, 8am-3pm. The PTA supplies everything; free will donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to the PTA teacher and staff Christmas fund!