Day of Reflection For Men

The Day of Reflection for Men, which was postponed due to winter weather, has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 6th. We will begin the day at the First Saturday Mass at 9:00 am and the Day of Reflection will begin immediately following the Mass from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Knights of Columbus will sponsor a light breakfast and lunch. The Day of Reflection will focus on who we are, and what we are called to do, as Catholic gentlemen. All men of the parish are invited to attend!

Epiphany Party – Saturday, January 6th

The Christmas Season is in full swing, and we are planning our Epiphany Party sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women. The Epiphany Party will be a potluck on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 in the Parish Hall, following the 6:00pm Mass. You can sign up to bring a dish at http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=SMHC0449. Come celebrate the arrival of the three Kings and the end of the Christmas season! We hope to see you there!
Jean Lightholder is chairing the event, her email is ajlight@att.net.

Important Reminders

Saturday, January 6th

Men’s Day of Reflection – Begins with First Saturday Mass at 9:00am, followed by a light breakfast and the retreat from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Epiphany Party (PotLuck) – Immediately following the 6:00pm Mass. Sign up to bring a dish at http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=SMHC0449. Come out and celebrate the end of the Christmas Season with the entire parish family!

Sunday, January 7th

First Reconciliation Classes – If your child is due to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we are meeting each Sunday from January 7th through Janaury 28th during PREP, 9:30am to 10:45am. First Reconciliation will take place on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at 11:00am. See more information in this week’s bulletin!

Tuesday, January 9th

VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children – Our next Safe Environment training session will take place on Tuesday, January 9th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in the Parish Hall. All employees and those volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults MUST complete this training every 5 years. If you are unsure whether you need to update your certification, please contact Michael Barrett in the parish office. Light refreshments will be served at the VIRTUS session.

Bulletin Error: Mass Time For Monday, January 1

There is an error in this weeks bulletin under Mass intentions, where the Mass time for Monday, January 1 states the Mass is at 12:00pm at St. Peters. This is incorrect.
The Mass schedule for tomorrow, January 1, which is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, is correct on page 5 of the bulletin that states:

12:00pm – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
6:00pm – St. Peter’s

We apologize for this error.

Archbishop’s Annual Appeal 2017

If you still have a pledge balance for the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, please complete your payment a soon as possible. Your financial support of the annual appeal, and our parish, is greatly appreciated! The deadline for payments is December 31st, and any amount received above our goal will be returned to our parish assessment free from the archdiocese!

Thank you again for your generosity!

“Make-A-Friend” Ministry

Last weekend, the Pro-Life Committee introduced the “Make-A-Friend” Tree, that holds the names of many of our friends and parishioners, who are homebound or live in assisted living or nursing homes. Many of these individuals would love to have some company. If you have not done so yet, you are invited to check the tags on our “Make-A-Friend” tree to find someone with common interests. Whether you love reading, solving crossword puzzles, playing cards or board games, or just love to chat, the idea is to increase our own personal ministries to the homebound by giving them the gift of a weekly visit that they know they can look forward to! You can contact Theresa Shane at tscsjoblate@gmail.com or Michael Barrett in the office for more information. All parishioners who sign up to visit the homebound and those in assisted living or nursing homes (vulnerable adults), as well as those who take communion to the homebound, are REQUIRED to attend our VIRTUS – Protecting God’s Children (PGC) safe environment training and are subject to a background check. VIRTUS sessions are available here at St. Peter’s today, December 17th from 2:00pm – 5:00pm and January 9th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Volunteers must attend one of these sessions or another session offered by the Archdiocese prior to serving in this ministry. You can register for VIRTUS online at http://www.virtusonline.org.

Weekend Reminders From The Pro-Life Ministry

As we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the Christmas season this weekend, please remember to keep filling your baby bottles for the Baby Bottle Boomerang. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the First Choice Women’s Center. Remember to bring your baby bottle back by next weekend (December 31).

If you have not signed up to “Make-A-Friend” from the tree in the narthex, please prayerfully consider signing up. Although many of us get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and many of us enjoy time with our families, those who are living in nursing homes, assisted living centers, or find themselves homebound might not have this luxury and could use some company throughout the year. If you have any questions about this new ministry, please contact Theresa Shane at tscsjoblate@gmail.com or Michael Barrett at mbarrett@stpeterslagrange.net.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year!