Today at St. Peter’s

Sunday, December 17

8am Mass – Fr. Jerome
9:30am – Fr. Jonathan
11:30am – Fr. Jonathan
5pm – Fr. Jonathan

9:20am – Kids Rock
4:30pm – RCIA

Tomorrow at St. Peter’s

Monday, December 18

8:30am Mass – Fr. Jerome

8am – Rosary
9:10am – Prayer Group

The Pastor’s Perspective

With the way Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are set to come upon us in the coming weeks (with Sunday being the ‘eve’ for both Feast Days), please note that all Sunday Evening Masses on Sunday December 24th – 4:00pm, 6:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 10:00 pm and of course our Midnight Mass – will all be Christmas Masses. The following week’s Sunday 5:00 pm Mass will be a New Year’s Day Mass Liturgy.

In short, what that means for all of us is that in order to fulfill our Sunday Obligation and our Holy Days Obligation, we ought to be attending Mass on both days. For example, making it to Mass on Sunday’s Christmas Eve does not count as a weekend Mass and the same applies to the following week’s liturgy. Given that it’s a rather rare occasion for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve to coincide in such a way with Sunday’s Mass time liturgies, we just wanted to give everyone a ‘heads up’.

I also want to make use of this opportunity to thank many of our parishioners for the incredible amount of work they do with SVDP and our outreach to members of our community! The efforts of our Hamper Delivery program this weekend has touched the lives of hundreds of people and will make this year’s Christmas a little extra special for many. Thanks to all who have contributed by means of the Grocery Cards Donation, the Angel Tree Donation, and Food Donations. Truly, St. Peter’s is a community of faith not just in word, but also in deed.

Blessings to all of you on this Gaudete Sunday – the time of year when priests wear that ‘angry fighting salmon’ colored vestment – as a sign of ‘rejoicing’ for we know our Saviour is near.

In Christ,
Fr. Jerome