My dear parish family,
This past Monday morning, I awoke with a bit of a sigh of relief now that the construction and renovation of our church and school is mostly completed and it is now officially blessed and dedicated by Bishop Malone. At the same time I awoke with a heart full of gratitude to God for all of our wonderful parishioners and friends who have made this dream become a reality as the result of your time, talent and treasure. I cannot thank everyone enough who made contributions to our Campaign for St. Peter and for continuing to honor your pledges. I am also deeply grateful to all who participated in the beautiful and inspiring Mass of Thanksgiving last Sunday. It was truly a memorable and moving spiritual experience in so many ways. Special thanks to Peter Smith, our Director of Music, and our choir and guest musicians for the wonderful music and to our ushers and members of our Parish Pastoral Council for greeting everyone and assisting with the Mass and Reception. I also want to thank our readers, Maureen Schug, Ryleigh Myers and Sister Ann, as well as the altar servers and Eucharistic Ministers. Everyone did such a great job leading us in prayer and praise.
Bishop Malone gave an outstanding homily and he affirmed what I have come to know and deeply appreciate, and that is we have a vibrant community of faith, from the youngest to the most senior members. Please know how much I appreciate your generosity as well as your supportive presence at our weekend and weekday liturgies. Please continue to invite others to join us for Mass at both of our worship sites of St. Peter and St. Bernard and may we continue to grow in our relationship with God and with one another as a community of faith, hope and love!
Finally, please mark your calendars for the next two special celebrations:
Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. we are hosting the Lewiston-Youngstown Ecumenical Thanksgiving Community Prayer Service at St. Peter’s Church. All are welcome!
Thursday, November 23, please invite family members and friends and join us for our special Thanksgiving Day Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church. Everyone is asked to bring non-perishable food items to be presented at the time of the offertory during Mass. These food items will then be distributed at Christmas for those in need in our community. Again all are welcome!
Be assured of my profound sentiments of gratitude and appreciation. God bless you all!