Weekly announcements - April 23, 2021
April 23, 2021
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Dear parishioners and guests,
I would like to offer to parishioners who are interested in learning about the Ad Orientem and Low Latin Mass to join me on Thursday, April 29, 6:30pm, in room #9 of the PMC.
What Everyone Should Know About Ad Orientem Worship?
"'For this is my body, which will be given up for you,' said the priest. Then I saw the host elevated, eclipsing the crucifix. I was there with Jesus, at Calvary, and nothing else mattered," is how a participant explained an Ad Orientem Mass experience. If this ever happened to you, you were probably at a Mass that was entirely focused on the presence of God in the Holy Eucharist.
Ad Orientem worship is simply all about the priest orienting the sacrifice of the Mass toward Jesus Christ in the representation of the Crucifixion, facing the Lord. The Catholic priest, Ad Orientem, (facing east toward Jerusalem) in persona Christi (the High Priest Jesus Christ) during Mass, in the representation of the sacrifice of the crucifixion, leads us out of our earthly bondage of sin and death to the Heavenly Jerusalem. Saint Paul describes this in Hebrews 5 1-10:
"For every high priest taken from among men, is ordained for men in the things that appertain to God, that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sins:…And therefore he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. Neither doth any man take the honour to himself, but he that is called by God, as Aaron was."
The traditional Latin Mass (aka the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite) continues to grow in popularity around the world: if the Masses were tied only to an elderly generation, it would be dying out instead. The overwhelming majority of Catholics who attend this form of the Mass have no personal memory of it before Vatican II. They come to the traditional Latin Mass as a choice and not out of nostalgia. A priest assisted by one or more altar boys or deacon celebrates Latin Mass. The prayers are spoken (in Latin), and much of the Mass of the Faithful (after the offertory) is almost inaudible, in imitation of the ancient Jewish liturgies given by God to Moses, and emphasizing the fact that we are faced with a profound mystery. During Low Mass, only the altar servers respond to the priest. The priest alone says the Pater Noster prayer (Our Father), and only he assumes the Orans prayer position (hands extended and held shoulder-width apart).
I would like to invite those who are interested in both forms of Mass to meet and see if there is enough interest. We will talk only about logistics. My main reason for a meeting is to find out how many of you are interested and if this additional form of worship is a good fit for our parish needs.
With blessings and prayer,
April 25 bulletin
There will be a second collection this weekend to benefit Catholic Home Missions.
St. Peter Catholic School is seeking a talented preschool teacher to help shape the future of our Catholic youth.
The ideal candidate will possess a strong Catholic faith, creativity, collaboration, confidence and a genuine love for what you do and the families you serve. The position is part-time (22-25 hours/week) and requires a minimum of a CDA and independent classroom experience working with children ages 3-5 years. Qualified and passionate teachers are invited to send a resume to j
Summer Bible Study -
Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life
Presented by Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Jeff Cavins, and Edward Sri, this 10-session study program will be offered on Tuesdays, 7-8:45pm, in the PMC, from June 8 – August 24 (there are 2 weeks we won’t meet). Filmed on-location in the Holy Land and anchored in the life of Christ as presented in the Gospels, this study explores the entirety of Jesus’ life—who he is, what he is really like, what he taught, what he did for our salvation, and what all of this means for us as Catholics today. This award-winning study takes Catholics a step deeper into the life of Christ, inviting us to travel through the Holy Land as the study goes to the Sea of Galilee, Calvary, Capernaum, Bethlehem, and more!
Cost & Registration
: $33 for the workbook study set if registered by May 13, the cost increases to over $38 if registered after the May 13 deadline. Participation may be limited due to Covid-19 restrictions, but registration comes with online access to all videos, in case you miss a class or Covid precautions prevent some in-person meetings. For more information and/or to register, contact Sonja Beaudoin at
Upon This Rock Matching Grant Opportunity
Every new contribution to our Upon This Rock campaign by June 1,
will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $100,000
. We are blessed with a generous gift from a fellow parishioner who made this opportunity possible. Your contribution to this match opportunity is important as we continue to pay down the debt on our beautiful chapel and ministry center. Make online donations at
, place your check in the offertory basket at Mass or send your check to the parish office. Please include “Upon This Rock Match” in the memo line.
Thank you for your continued support and generosity!
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IMPORTANT - Dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation will end May 23
Per Bishop Sheridan, dispensation from Sunday Mass attendance will be lifted effective May 23, Pentecost Sunday, in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Click
for the Bishop's full statement.
Rosary before Mass - Sunday, April 25, 10am
Please join the
To Jesus Through Mary Ministry
in praying the Parish Rosary each Sunday at 10am (just before the 10:30am Mass). If you are not able to get to church, click
to pray along with us.
Savio High School Youth Group - Sunday, April 25,
Join Sr. Quyen and her team in the PMC. Come for lunch and fun activities. Contact Sr. Quyen (
) for more information.
Holy Hour - Wednesday, April 28, 5:30pm
Please join us in the church for Holy Hour. All are welcome.
New Member Welcome Reception and Dinner - Wednesday, April 28, 6-7:30pm
New members are invited to a welcome reception and dinner in the Parish Ministry Center. Please come and get to know Fr. Gregory, the staff and learn about all St. Peter has to offer. RSVP by 5pm on April 26 by clicking
Knights of Columbus Social Event - Wednesday, April 28, 6-7:30pm
All Knights and families are invited and encouraged to join us for an evening of fellowship in Jaeger Hall. Meet the new Knights and reaffirm our friendships. Bring a dish to share. Knights will prepare brats, Italian sausage and other meat dishes. The program will include an important speaker with a sing along. RSVP to
or call 719-271-3030. You and your family will be able to chose your level of social distancing.
Traditional Latin Mass Orientation - April 29, 6:30pm
If you would like to learn about Ad Orientem and Low Latin Mass, please join Fr. Gregory in the PMC, room #9.
Virtual Fun Nun Run - Saturday, May 1
The Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco invite you to join us for a virtual run to raise funds for our mission of bringing the joy of Christ to young people and also promote health and wellness. You can support the Sisters as they participate in the run, sign up to join the run, or make a donation
. Join us any time on May 1, anywhere in the world, for any distance - running, walking or rolling. For more information, email
Vacation Bible School Registration NOW OPEN
St. Peter Catholic Church is hosting a Vacation Bible School (VBS) and the theme is
"Cool Kingdom Party: Mary Leads Me Closer to Jesus!"
VBS is for children ages 4-11 and is June 14-18, 8:45am-12noon, in the PMC. It's the perfect opportunity for children to learn more about their Catholic faith in super-fun and exciting ways! Th registration deadline is May 17, 2021. For more information, contact
Please see below for additional details.
Summer Fun with the Salesian Sisters
The Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco are excited to host several summer opportunities for young people in the Diocese of Colorado Springs this year! Our Sisters and volunteers create a fun and safe environment for youth focused on faith, virtues, and friendships. There are no set fees for our summer programs, we simply ask for your generosity in supporting the Salesian Sisters and their mission of education and evangelization for the young. All of our programs will follow safety protocols recommended by the Diocese and the CDC to prevent the spread of Covid-19. To learn more, click
Would you like to honor Blessed Mother Mary and make Her Rosary better known?
To Jesus Through Mary (TJTM
team strives to increase awareness of the importance, benefits and power of the Holy Rosary, the devotional prayer that is so close to Jesus’ Sacred Heart. The many miracles that happen when the Rosary is devoutly prayed are clearly documented, and no one can argue that the world desperately needs miracles today. If you can lead Rosary prayer, help plan and execute Rosary promoting activities, and/or make Rosaries to gift to those who need them, please contact Elsie Coyne at
or Elaine Martinez at
Will you spread the message of Fatima to save souls?
The way to turn back to God is the same way that God came to us - through Blessed Mary. Promoting Marian devotion can lead poor souls to conversion, to do God’s will, and to have faith and trust in Jesus. The
To Jesus Through Mary Ministry
seeks parishioners to help souls live the Fatima message. Our Lady clearly gave us remedies to combat the rampant infestation of evil in the world. If you can lead the Rosary prayer after Sunday 8am Mass, or before Saturday or Sunday 5pm Mass, make Rosaries, or help plan Rosary promoting activities, please contact Elsie Coyne
or Elaine Martinez
Daily prayer at 3pm
Fr. Gregory and our parish council encourage you to set an alarm on your phone as a reminder to #pray@3. Jesus, we trust in you!
to make an offering via our safe, secure and convenient online giving program.
Five First Saturdays Devotion - May 1, 8:40am Rosary, 9am Mass
Middle School Youth Group - May 4, 3:45-4:45pm
First Holy Communion for SPCS students - May 1, 11am
First Holy Communion for FF students - May 2, 2pm
Confirmation - Thursday, May 20, at 6pm
For the latest news and information, visit
parish Facebook page
, or call the office at 719-481-3511.
Your gifts are at work in our
Health and Healing Ministries!
We are so grateful for your prayers and financial support for these ministries. They are a beautiful expression of Christ’s love in action, and are ready to provide you and your family with any assistance you might need.
Our support for the family members often begins before the person passes away, usually when they are ill or in hospice care. Many families need assistance in walking through questions on End of Life Issues, Catholic teaching, Means of Support, and Assisted Suicide. It is our responsibility to remain educated on Catholic teaching and be able to provide accurate information in a sensitive and timely fashion.
When a person passes, we are often the first phone call family members make. Many do not know what to do at that point and feel very lost. Immediately, we go to the home to sit with family, work with the coroner, call the funeral home, and help the family walk through that difficult time.
We then begin the planning process:
-scheduling the funeral service working closely with Fr. Gregory’s schedule
-coordinating details with the funeral home
-mobilizing Martha’s Ministry for receptions
-reserving the room and arranging the table set up with our facilities’ manager
-sharing family music requests with our music director
-initializing our wonderful Meals Ministry
-providing funeral information to our parish prayer list emails
-inviting Arimatheans to attend if appropriate
On the day of the Funeral Mass, volunteers also assist in preparing the altar, setting up a Memory Table for loved ones to be placed in the vestibule, arranging flowers bouquets and ensuring loved ones have a comfortable place to gather before Mass begins.
Following the Funeral, we maintain ongoing, long-term support for the family along the path of grief. Over the course of the next year, we send a series of four booklets called “Journeying Through Grief”. These provide timely and helpful information on the grief process, allowing families to talk with each other about the issues they face together.
Funeral pre-planning services: We also support families who are thinking ahead and would like to preplan their services. As a heartfelt gift to their children, a funeral preplan relieves the family from the multitude of decisions that must be made upon a loved one’s death and helps make a difficult process come together more smoothly.
Volunteer leaders: Bonnie Schmidt and Steve Beck
Weekly Grief Share meetings- This beautiful ministry serves about 30-35 people each year. We hold two 13-week sessions serving people who have experienced significant loss, usually a spouse, child, or parent.
We also hold special sessions on Spousal Loss during the summer and surviving the holidays in November and December. To help persons stay connected in the summer months, we have potluck dinners at members' homes.
Stephen Ministry provides a wonderful complementary support to our Grief Share participants. For anyone who is not ready or comfortable with sharing in a group, the individualized, one-to-one support of a Stephen Minister can be a tremendous help to those along the path of grief.
Volunteer leader: Lupita Tenpenny
This beautiful ministry provides one-to-one, confidential care and support for individuals experiencing a variety of difficult life situations.
We are currently serving people with a wide variety of support needs including many coping with loss of child, spouse, sibling or parent. More intensive supports involve parental abuse, children in addiction, legal issues with siblings, severe mental health challenges, dementia, assisted suicide, chronic illness, caregiver burnout. In many cases we work closely with law enforcement and mental health experts to ensure necessary supports are in place, recognizing that some needs are beyond our role as Stephen Ministers.
We co-train with two other parishes in our diocese and annually provide a six-month intense course to prepare our new Stephen Ministers.
If we can support your family through a difficult time, our Stephen Ministers would be honored to help.
Volunteer leaders: Mary Kay George, Sonja Beaudoin
We currently hold several Bible Studies, which meet weekly and have approximately 20 participants in each session. We have a variety of topics and always love new classmates! This is a great way for new members to get connected with others in our parish.
Communion to the Homebound and Nursing Homes
We support Catholic residents at three area nursing homes with Communion visits each week. Our deacons follow the protocol for each facility to ensure safety of all residents. In addition, lay parishioners set up visits with Activity Directors for folks who have no family or would just like to talk with a companion.
We have 41 trained EMHCs who are available to visit our homebound parishioners, and several who make regular weekly visits.
Hospital visits and Prayer Shawl Ministry
We have been fortunate to develop very strong relationships with hospice companies and have been able to see many of our parishioners even during the pandemic. We work closely with the Ministry to Elders in Long-term Care Facilities to ensure the amazing Prayer Shawl Ministry’s talents are shared with those on need.
-Volunteer leader: Madeleine Bucher
This ministry steps in to serve when a family member has passed away, during times of chronic illness or after a new baby arrival. Meals are usually provided three or four times per week for a few weeks. This amazing group of volunteers provides a special gift of prayers and compassion through the simple act of providing a homemade meal for a family in need.
Volunteer leader: Clara McWilliams
This amazing team supports a foster family in our community who recently welcomed two wonderful young girls into their family. We meet with the family each month to learn about their needs and are privileged to provide things like weekly meals, prayer support, babysitting sessions, birthday gifts, respite care, rides to medical appointments, etc. We have teamed up with a few members of the Monument Presbyterian Church and are grateful to be able to join faiths under this shared purpose.
If we can be of service for you or your family, please reach out to Melissa Smith at the parish office: 719.481.3511 or email
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