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Stewardship Reflection - March 1, 2020

First Sunday of Lent

Stewardship Reflection - March 1, 2020 As we begin the beautiful and challenging season of Lent, our readings this week remind us why we need these 40 days so much. They also suggest a particular strategy we Christian stewards might take as we make the journey towards Easter.

Our first reading takes us back to Genesis, reminding us of our Creator and the loving care and lavish gifts He gave to our ancestors, Adam and Eve. He created them out of pure love and provided abundantly for them.

Life was good in the Garden! Until the first couple allowed just a sliver of doubt in the goodness of God to enter their minds. Swayed by the words of the serpent, they became ungrateful and distrustful despite God’s great love and all the gifts of creation He had provided. Sound familiar? These same temptations threaten to pull us away from God today.

Our Gospel passage, from Matthew, shows us by the example of Jesus Himself one way that we can attain spiritual strength and grow to become more effective disciples and stewards. In this passage, we find our Lord in the desert, fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. Like Adam and Eve, He is confronted by the evil one. But unlike our fallen parents, our Lord triumphs definitively over the devil’s lies and sends him slithering away.

How did He do it? By knowing the Scriptures and by proclaiming them confidently and by His perfect trust in the Father.

Bishop’s Service Appeal 2019-2020

We have received the totals for last year’s BSA. Last year St. Peter Parish contributed $23,948.41 towards the Bishop’s Service Appeal. This amount represented 136 families from our parish that participated. Please remember as we embark on this year’s appeal that we can set a parish goal of more families participating. Remember that a little bit given by many people goes a long way.

Reduce Taxes. Give Back.

If you are 70 1/2 or older and have an IRA, now is the time to consider an IRA charitable rollover. Make a charitable distribution from your IRA directly to St. Peter Church by the end of the year to avoid taxes.

How it works: Make a distribution directly from an IRA to St. Peter’s by Dec. 31. Your distribution (up to $100,000) counts toward your required minimum distribution. Your distribution is not recognized as income on your federal income tax return.

Benefits: Avoid paying income tax. The amount of your distribution is removed from your gross income for tax purposes.

Please contact Deacon Burke through the parish office for further details.

Give Online

ONLINE GIVING is an easy way to support St. Peter’s Parish.

Here's how it works:
Simply go to our E-Service Payments page to set up your personal profile. Once you're in the Online Donation page, click on "Create Your Online Profile" and enter the email address you would like to use as your User ID. You will be sent a temporary password to that email address which you can now use to log in. Once logged in, you can change your password. Now you are ready to go. You authorize a specified amount of money to be electronically transferred directly from your checking/savings account or your credit/debit card to the St. Peter Parish operating account. You also specify the frequency of the transfer and the collections to which you would like to contribute. You can make one-time donations to a specific fund as well.

St. Peter’s Bereavement Ministry

Did you know that St. Peter Parish has a Bereavement Ministry? This group of parishioners practices a great work of mercy by helping to provide a meal for grieving families on the day of the funeral services. This is a ministry that is particularly accessible to the retired members of our parish community who have the time to assist in preparing a meal. This ministry demonstrates our parish family’s desire to express love and support to those who in their grief truly need to feel the love and support of their church parish. If you are interested in finding out more about this ministry or how to become involved, please contact Deacon Cannon at the parish office. He will get you in contact with the Bereavement Ministry coordinator.

Volunteer Opportunities

St. Peter Parish is blessed to have many parishioners who serve as volunteers in various capacities. If you are interested in becoming more involved in the parish, please call Deacon Cannon at the parish office. He can assist you in helping to find a way in which you can become meaningfully involved according to your specific gifts and talents.

Grass Cutting and Garden Weeding:

As spring is coming upon us you may want to consider joining a group of very dedicated men and women who assist with the grass cutting and yard work. These individuals keep our church grounds in such good condition. Their usual work time is on Thursday afternoons. Even if you can only offer occasional help to assist in cutting grass, weed eating or weeding gardens, it would be most appreciated.

Office Assistance:

Currently we have a group of volunteers who come in to answer the phones and take messages each Tuesday morning during the time of our weekly staff meeting. These individuals are very dedicated and extremely helpful in keeping the office open for the public while the entire staff has the opportunity to gather for the planning of the week and upcoming projects.

We are also in need of men and women who are willing to come in at other times when SuSu is assisting at a funeral or is needing time to work on the posting of Mass intentions and other projects that need concentration.

As many individuals come into the office for personal counseling and spiritual direction, it is important that such volunteers are committed to discretion and confidentiality.

Votive Candle Donations

We are asking parishioners to please remember to place your donations in the donation slot when lighting votive candles for your prayer intentions. Unfortunately, due to the lack of payments, candle expenses are not being covered. By doing this, we can help defray the cost of candles in the parish. Everyone’s cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Sanctuary Candle Memorials

Sanctuary Candle MemorialThe Sanctuary Candles located in the church and the adoration chapel can burn for a selected week in memory of a loved one. The donation for each memorial request is $25.00 for the week. These memorial requests will be published in the bulletin.

To request the memorial, please visit the Parish Office during regular office hours.

Stewardship

Second Collections - Your Generosity IS Appreciated!

March 1st
Black and Indian Missions.

Ever since the first Collection in 1884, the Commission for Catholic Missions has administered the yearly, national Black and Indian Mission Collection. The generosity of the good People of God allows the Commission to give helpful grants to dioceses across the country to operate schools, parishes, and other missionary services that build the Body of Christ in Native American, Alaska Native, and Black Catholic communities. Your generosity is much appreciated.

March 8th
St. Peter Maintenance and Repair.
Thank you for your generosity.

Please remember that some of the repair work that we are planning in the next months include:

  • Stripping and re-varnishing the interior doors of the church
  • Cleaning the two domes of the church steeples
  • Fixing the front windows and painting the Christian Formation Building
  • Painting the interior of the Parish Hall
  • Buffing and re-polishing the terrazzo floors of the church
  • Painting the church sacristy

Sacrificial Giving:

February 23rd

Due to the Mardi Gras Holiday and bulletin submission deadlines, the collection report for the 23rd of February will appear in next weekend’s bulletin.

Memorials & Personal Intentions - Votive Candles

Votive Candles

Votive Candles are available for memorials and personal intentions throughout the Church. Prices and locations are as follows:

Candles on St. Joseph’s Altar are perpetual candles and burn for one year for memorial and personal intentions. The cost of these candles is now $260.00. The increase is due to the fact that the $115.00 did not cover the actual cost of these candles for the year.

The votive candles on the Blessed Mother’s Altar are $5.00 for the seven-day candles.

The votive candles in the Baptistery are for St. Jude and St. Anthony and are $2.00. They burn for one day.