Our book study for Fr. John Vidmar O.P.’s new book begins on Tuesday, April 6th and all are welcome to join. We will meet via Zoom on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM. Copies of the book are available online via Amazon or locally at St. Paul Bookstore. To sign up, contact Christina at [email protected] or text YELLOW to 84576.
Deepen your Easter Experience
During this Easter Season, we invite you to pray the Way of the Cross with our new Stations of the Cross video. The video features our beautiful Stations of the Cross at St. Peter, with traditional readings and music. You may stream the video all at once or enjoy throughout the week. You may watch the video here.
The tradition of praying, meditating, and singing at various points along a Way to Calvary can be traced to the era of the Crusades. By 14th c., the imitation of stops or ‘stations’ on the Via Dolorosa (way of sorrow) in Jerusalem brought this religious journey to those unable to travel to the actual historical sites. Since the mid-18th c., 14 stations have been codified; some reflect actual scriptural events, others are based on custom. The hymn “At the Cross Her Stations Keeping” (Stabat Mater) dates to 13th c. Italy and was later paired with the 17th c. German melody we sing today. The verses do not relate to specific stations but contain symbols and imagery of the Passion; the last six are petitions directed to Mary, his Holy Mother. The beautiful plaster stations inside St. Peter’s were installed in 1890; the artist is unknown. Thank you to Mike Berry, Deacon Eddie, Jane Scharding-Smedley, Jennie Latta, and all who helped with the video. We hope you and your family enjoy this video as part of your Holy Week and Easter celebration!
Watch our Mass Online
All of our Masses are available for viewing online here https://www.stpeterchurch.org/live-and-recorded-masses/
You may watch Mass live, or you may watch afterwards as a recording.
Service sheets for the Sunday Masses are available on this page. https://www.stpeterchurch.org/category/bulletins/
To Watch Mass Live
- The live stream of the Mass usually begins 5 minutes before Mass begins.
- To watch the Mass live, click on the arrow in the black screen.
- The video of the Mass will appear in the black screen.
- Note: you may also watch the live stream on our Youtube Live Channel or our parish Facebook page.
To Watch a Recording
- Once our Masses are over, you may watch them in the Recorded Masses section.
- Click on the link for Recorded Masses. It is in red and says: “You can find links to recorded Masses here.”
- Select the year and month.
- Select the date and click on the word “video”.
- To start the video, click on the arrow in the black screen.
- Monday-Friday at 12:05 p.m.
- Saturdays at 5 p.m.
- Sundays at 8:30 & 11 a.m.
5th Sunday of Easter (Cycle B) – May 2, 2021
Acts 9:26-31 | Psalm 22 | 1 John 3:18-24 | John 15:1-8
From the Gospel according to John:
“Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”
Reflection by Br. Carlos Salas, OP:
Paul was persecuted for the same reason he persecuted others to death. He is now a witness of the faith that he once tried to destroy. Nothing accidental could have changed such strong dispositions. It was his conversion moment that led him to risk his life. We see in him a genuine conversion, not one in word or speech alone. By our conversion, we become aware that we belong to God, who is Truth. Thus, as we are drawn to more closely to act in deed and truth according to the faith we profess, we keep God’s commandments to believe in our Lord Jesus Christ and to love one another.
Something to think about:
- Cradle Catholic or a convert from another faith, we have all experienced a conversion moment if we now genuinely believe in Christ as our Savior and want to share that with others. What has been my journey from that moment (or series of moments) to this day? What can I learn from that time for future challenges to my faith?
- We cut ourselves off the vine and wither when we sin; we break off our relationship with God. There is no point in softening that reality. Yet, Jesus did not die in vain; He died and rose from the dead to restore that relationship, to re-integrate us to Himself, to the true vine. What branches in my lifestyle need to be pruned so that God’s Word may bear fruit in my life?
We have resumed public celebration of Masses at St. Peter, and all are welcome. Due to social distancing requirements, space is limited. Seating is first come, first served. (Please note there is no longer a reservation system for weekend Masses.)
Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Sundays at 8:30 & 11 a.m.
Monday-Friday at 12:05 p.m.
All Masses will take place in the main church unless indicated otherwise.
Saturdays 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Monday – Friday 11:30 AM – 11:55 AM
All confessions will be in the confessional in the main church unless indicated otherwise.
- Masks and/or other protective face coverings are always required.
- When you arrive at our property, maintain six (6) feet of distance between you and people who are not members of your household.
- When you enter the church, an usher can direct you to an open pew. If you wish to secure a specific pew, then please arrive early.
- Please remain in your pew at all times, unless you need the restroom.
- If you bring children, you are responsible for ensuring they stay in your pew. Unfortunately, the quiet room, nursery and Children’s Liturgy of the Word are not available during this time. MagnifiKids will be available in the back of the church.
- Ushers will collect the offertory at the usual time, using our long-handled baskets to ensure as little physical contact as possible.
- For Communion, stay in your pew. A priest will bring the host to you. The cup will not be offered at this time. We will ensure those who need low-gluten hosts receive them.
- Receiving Communion is the only time anyone is permitted to remove masks or other protective face coverings.
- At the conclusion of Mass, ushers will go to each pew and direct you to leave – from the back of the church to the front. This will assist in maintaining safe physical distances. Please do not make a dash for the door.
- As you leave, take all personal items with you, including service sheets or MagnifiKids. You may throw them away in the receptacles outside of the church.
- Please do not linger on the steps or in front of the church. You will need to go directly to your vehicle or walk to your next destination.
- The priests will not be interacting with people on the front steps.
- Our building will be locked between Masses to allow our volunteers to clean our space in preparation for the next Mass. Unfortunately, no other facilities will be open on our property during this time.
- If you have a compromised immune system, are not feeling well, exhibit any symptoms associated with COVID-19, been exposed to the virus, or have any other serious health concern regarding yourself or others, then please stay home and stay safe.
- Bishop David has dispensed with the obligation for the faithful to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation until SEPTEMBER 4, 2020. This dispensation includes every Sunday between now and then as well as the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.