Pastor’s Perspective – December 5

The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the 7 Corporal Acts of Works this way. “The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.  Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God” (CCC 2447). At St. Peter’s there are many ways the corporal acts of mercy are expressed but none more fully than with our St. Vincent de Paul Society. SSVP’s primary mission is its Food Program – they have delivered  500 food hampers to 125 families which includes 208 adults and 210 children. SSVP organizes a special Christmas Program which includes food hamper preparation and delivery for 65 families. The Christmas Program also includes 500 angels on the 2 angel tress in the Narthex – these angels include ages and gender of our SSVP children with a corresponding gift request. During Advent one of the ways parishioners can give alms to the poor is through the angel tree program. I would like to invite you,  whether you  are currently attending mass or not,  to stop in the Narthex and pick up an angel from the angel tree. We still have about 175 angels to  be claimed.

Please look in the bulletin for the advertisement for our 2 evening Advent Retreats with Sister Helena Burns (December 7th, 8th and 9th), and the special Advent Celebration, The Promise scheduled for December 16th at 7 PM in the Church.

Fr Jonathan