If you have been away from the Church for a while, know that St. Peter’s is always ready to welcome you home. St. Peter’s is a warm community of faith and committed to helping anyone and everyone draw closer to Christ through the Catholic Church. We hope that you will consider coming to Confession and Mass to begin your journey home, or think about contacting a priest to discuss whatever may be keeping you away. We miss you and hope to see you soon!
Every year St. Peter’s parishioners provide hundreds of Christmas gifts:
*For our twinned parish of Notre Dame d’Altagrace in Cap Haitien, Haiti
*For local homeless people
*For residents of the Missionaries of Charity Gift of Peace House
*For children and families associated with Jan’s Tutoring Place
*For the Coats for Kids project with our Knights of Columbus
Today’s St. Nicholas Club has grown well beyond the imagination of the small, informal group of parishioners who began working with the St. Vincent de Paul Society many years ago to identify families and individuals whose Christmases would be brightened by gifts from the St. Nicholas Club. And there are many ways for you to become involved in our parish efforts to bring a tangible sign of the Christmas spirit to our neighbors on Capitol Hill.
The Long and Winding Road
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” We take sidewalks, avenues, the beltway, and major national highways all for granted. But consider for a moment the world in which John the Baptist speaks these words that open St. Mark’s Gospel. “All roads lead to Rome,” as the saying goes, because the Romans were the ones who built them. The nations under the imperial rule of Rome were all connected to one another by a network of roads that facilitated access to the populations, and fostered commerce.
But the main purpose of the roads was military. They were used by Roman soldiers and generals whose visits were intended to establish their authority and control. Messengers were sent ahead of the dignitaries to alert the inhabitants to prepare a welcome.
In a world that knew nothing of bulldozers, asphalt, and leveling machines, the construction of a road was a laborious process. Gullies had to be filled in, rivers necessitated bridges, and sharp inclines had to be traversed, making the road more level, but also long and winding.
John the Baptist uses the image of a road to clarify both his role as well as ours in this Advent season. He speaks of filling in the valleys, leveling the inclines, and crossing rivers to prepare the way of the Lord. But the valleys, inclines, and rivers are not those of the surrounding terrain. No, John is talking about the valleys, inclines, and rivers that crisscross the human heart. John calls us to build a road not with stones, but with hearts whose faith has created a welcoming place for the Lord.
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At the back of church you will find a display offering inspiring and educational Catholic CDs and brochures. These CDs include explanations of our Catholic Faith, accounts of God’s incredible mercy in the personal lives of Catholics, and practical information for living your faith. Use your car as a university on wheels — listen as you drive, or even as you exercise. Look for the display in the back of church. Your $3 helps to keep the program going.
The celebration of your baby's baptism is a wonderful time. Family and friends come together to share the joy of welcoming a new member into the family and the faith. Did you know the Catholic Church has certain requirements for being a godparent? Often "godparent" is confused with "guardian" - but their roles are quite different. One is responsible for a child's spiritual upbringing, the other for her or his physical well-being.
There are certain requirements in Canon Law to ensure that godparents are able and ready to take on the task of teaching the faith and providing prayers and support.