We wish each of you a blessed and happy Easter.
May the Lord’s Resurrection fill you with joy on this Easter Day and throughout the fifty days of the Easter Season.
Many thanks – Saint Peter’s Parish offers its gratitude and appreciation to all those who made our Holy Week and Easter liturgical celebrations so beautiful. Our altar servers, Masters of Ceremonies, lectors, ushers and our choir added dignity and reverence to each of the Masses and ceremonies of this sacred time of year. May the Lord reward their service.
Rest in peace – please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Father Thomas Crowley, former Pastor of Our Lady, Help of Christians Church in Waldorf. Father Crowley died recently in Leonardtown. He was most recently Pastor of Saint Francis Xavier Church in Newtowne (Compton) in St. Mary’s County. Father was granted a medical leave last summer but remained in residence at Saint Francis Xavier until his death. The funeral Mass and burial were held in Father’s native Pennsylvania. May God bless his priestly soul.
Please also pray for the happy repose of the soul of Father Thomas Kehoe, former Pastor of Holy Ghost in Issue, and for Mary Ellen Booth and Thomas McCarthy, both of whom had Masses of Christian Burial celebrated in our parish church in recent days.
Mother’s Day Novena – cards and envelopes will be available the weekend of April 30th for anyone who would like to have someone enrolled in our Mother’s Day Novena of Masses. Nine Masses will be offered for all those whose names have been given to us beginning on Mother’s Day. Envelopes with the names of those to be remembered (living and dead) are returned to the Church. Cards may be given to special women on Mother’s Day or to family members of the deceased.
Vocations to the Priesthood
- Ever considered the Priesthood? A young adult discernment dinner will be held on Sunday, the 14th of May from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at St. John Paul II Seminary (145 Taylor Street, N.E., Washington, D.C.) The evening includes Holy Mass, dinner and an opportunity for young men, college age and up, to discuss the Priesthood with Priests and seminarians from the Archdiocese of Washington. Please RSVP to Oneillt@adw.org to attend. For more information, please contact: Father Mark Ivany, Director of Priest Vocations at 202-636-9020.
- Quo Vadis? Where are you going? What is the Father’s will for you? Quo Vadis Camp can help you answer these questions for high school young men discerning a vocation to the Priesthood from 16-19 July, 2017 at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary (Emmitsburg, Maryland). Register now at dcpriest.org. For more information, please ask your parish Priest or contact Father Mark Ivany at the above contact.
Easter Octave – the days between Easter Sunday and the Sunday after Easter (8 days) is known as the Easter Octave. Each of these 8 days is a solemnity – the highest rank of feasts on the Church calendar. Celebrating the Resurrection takes more than a day. Make sure you feast and rejoice throughout the Octave of Easter and throughout the Easter Season.