Fortnight for Freedom

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will again recognize a Fortnight for Freedom from June 21 to July 4, 2017. This year, the theme is “Freedom for Mission.” Please visit the USCCB for prayers, reflections, action alerts and other resources to stand up for one of our most cherished freedoms.

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Join Our Parish

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church has a very rich history that dates back to the year 1850, when Archbishop John Baptist Purcell founded a new parish. Our desire as a parish is to continue to minister to the local community and to shine as a welcoming beacon for all.

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First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart

Friday, July 7 is First Friday and everyone is invited to OLSH for devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass starts at 6:30 pm, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and devotional prayers. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered during this time. The evening concludes at 8:00 pm with prayers of consecration to the Sacred Heart and Benediction.

Sts. Peter & Paul has a Holy Hour from 6:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday June 21. The Sacrament of Penance will not be offered this month.

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, sometimes called Confession or Penance, brings us back to grace and life in Christ. While Baptism takes away original sin, the effects of that sin stay with us. As humans we will always be tempted, and we will always sin. Reconciliation calls us to conversion, to turn away from sin and back to God, our Heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally. We confess our sins to the Priest, who by the Sacrament of Holy Orders, has been given authority by Jesus Christ to absolve (forgive) our sins in his name. The Sacrament of Reconciliation may be celebrated many, many times throughout our lives, and this is strongly encouraged. Precepts of the Church state Reconciliation should take place at least one time per year, preferably during Lent.

If you find yourself in a state of mortal sin, having knowingly committed a grave sin, Reconciliation is needed before returning to the Lord’s Table in Communion.

Reconciliation is celebrated at Sts. Peter and Paul every Saturday from 2:00 until 2:30 pm, prior to the 3:00 Mass. You may also call the office to schedule an appointment with the Pastor. During Lent and Advent you can find Penance Services at nearly every parish in the Archdiocese.