St. Peter Catholic Church, Regina

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when He is revealed…

Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth…, love one another deeply from the heart.”

1 Peter 1:13,22

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves…

Set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring…”
-1 Peter 1:13

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

A Parish Home

St. Peter Catholic Church, 100 Argyle Steet, Regina, SK  S4R 4C3 is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina.

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Welcome, parishioners and visitors, Catholics and non-Catholics. This web site introduces our services and the thought behind them, offers useful prayers and contact info, describes some charitable opportunities here, and gives parish news.

The typefaces can be made bigger or smaller using the control above to the right. If you come across any religious terms you don’t know,  a link to a dictionary of Catholic and Bible terms is available at the bottom of each page. If you seek sacraments, please see the icons in the menu (above) symbolizing baptism, reconciliation, confirmation, the Eucharist, holy orders, matrimony, and anointing.

Our church is wheelchair accessible. Although COVID restrictions prevent children’s liturgy at this time, we invite children to keep coming. All of us are called to be nourished at God’s table.

Children and youth: Our art classes for ages 8-18 are currently being done by Zoom video software, but will be in person in the church again when possible.

To see what other activities there are for children and youth within our Archdiocese, click here.

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Except during COVID time (we have had to remove unwashable items that more than one person might touch), we put out “Celebrating Children at St. Peter Parish” / “Pew Art” cards in the pews. One side has tips for parents and reminders to others to be welcoming, starting with “Relax! God put the wiggle in children…” The other side is for parents and children optionally to draw or write on, ideally as an aid to help the children learn God’s love, come to understand the Mass, and focus on prayers. You are welcome to print these from home and bring them to use if you wish. Click here for the PDF file (3 double sided cards per sheet). Thank you, parents, for joining us with your children!

Office: 306-545-4411, stpete@sasktel.net

Office hours are MWF 9:30-1:30 and TTh 2:00-6:00. To prevent crowding when we’re open, please call ahead. Mapt of St. Peter Catholic Church, Regina Our parish is in the Coronation Park district, 3-4 minutes’ drive west-southwest of Northgate Mall.

For calls about confession, anointing, dying, or death, please phone 306-807-0960 between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. For hospital chaplain numbers, please see our  site’s section, “Preparing for Eternity.”

St. Peter Parish Bulletin and Other News

Pope Francis has asked the world to participate in a “prayer marathon” throughout May for an end to the pandemic. The Rosary is especially requested. For those who would like to follow along with online communities, each day a different shrine will lead prayers; see the page at www.vaticannews.va for details.

There are more local announcements in the May bulletin insert.See below, in the section “In the Regina Area,” for a special Mother’s Day announcement and more.

There are more announcements in the the May bulletin insert.

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We hope and pray that you and yours stay well, safe from COVID-19 and from its painful social and economic side-effects.

If you need someone to talk to or pray with, or someone to pick up groceries, please e-mail outreach@archregina.sk.ca or call 306-541-3086, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.

For other emergency aid: Food support, 306-777-7000. Food, shelter, etc., 1-866-221-5200. Mobile crisis, 306-757-0127. See the City of Regina’s Community Partners website for bagged lunches info and more. For workers and businesses, useful information is at the Saskatchewan.ca website. If you’re not sure who else to call, please phone or text 211, or start a web chat at sk.211.ca (service available 24/7).

For more on financial help, food, and other disaster relief, please see inside our January bulletin (click here).

St. Peter Parish gladly and actively supports a number of local charities and our nearby Catholic Schools, but we cannot give out church money to people.

To Grow in Holiness

Weekend Masses: Come to a Saturday evening or Sunday morning Mass only at the time given to you by our attendance organizers. We temporarily aren’t advertising these times, in order to prevent walk-ins that would exceed the allowed number of people present. To request to attend, please email speteryqr@gmail.com, indicating which day and how many from your household, or leave this information in a voicemail at 306-545-4411. The request should be made early in the week, because the lists are usually finalized mid-week.

Regular Weekday Masses: Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m., and Wednesdays to Fridays at 9:00 a.m. One does not need to send a request to attend on a weekday unless it’s a special occasion. Note, there are no weekday Masses here Apr. 13-16.

We are taking every precaution to ensure that COVID-19 is not spread here. Regrettably, those with possible symptoms, such as fever or chills, loss of taste or smell; new cough, sickly feeling or aches and pains; and those who were in contact with someone with COVID-19 or outside the country within the last 14 days, may not come at this time.

To protect you and everyone else who comes, ushers are checking everyone for COVID-19 symptoms at the door. By prudent order of the Sask. Health Authority, social distancing and wearing protective masks are required.

What is the Mass? And why is it great and necessary? Good questions, certainly. Two short introductory videos can be found here and here. The topic is further explored in “Why Catholic? Why Church?” and in resources in the “Always Learning” section of our website.

Online Masses and other videos from our Archdiocese  are available at their YouTube channel.

If you would like to read along, the readings, Psalm, and Gospel of the day are available for free at Universalis.

Donations to St. Peter Parish: At our parish we become holy through baptism, we are brought to repent of deadly sins and receive forgiveness, we are strengthened and delighted with spiritual food, we find the most beautiful ways to make great positive differences together in the world, and we are readied for eternal life. It is the Lord working through the Church, but it costs us significantly to do our part. Your financial contributions help make this possible. Donations can be made to us by cash or cheque (mailed or brought in), or by other means such as credit card, direct debit, or e-transfer.

From the Canadian Coalition for Healthcare and Conscience:

  • [I]t is now legal for patients to request physician-assisted suicide in Canada…Please write to Saskatchewan legislators using the letter [at the website] to encourage them to create legislation that ensures that doctors, nurses and pharmacists have their conscience rights protected.
  • The Federal government has tabled new legislation for euthanasia in 2020. They plan to remove the “reasonably forseeable death” criteria. Disability activists are speaking out fiercely against this change because that criteria protects persons with disabilities from euthanasia. Click the link below to tell your MP that you want them to vote to protect the vulnerable.
    www.canadiansforconscience.ca/
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Some Prayerful / Charitable / Social Groups at St. Peter Catholic Church

(See more in the Serving Together section.)

In the Regina Area

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On Mother’s Day, May 9, at 7:00 p.m., a new special video edition of “The Diocese Tonight” will be posted to our Archdiocese YouTube channel. We invite everyone, especially mothers, to enjoy! 

Our Archdiocesan Webpage Recommends:

A Message of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
on the Occasion of the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker was instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1955 to celebrate Joseph, the patron saint of workers on 1 May each year. We learn from the Gospel of Matthew (Mt 13:55-56) that St. Joseph was a carpenter. As a worker, St. Joseph would have been gifted in his craft but dependent on others for work that would help him meet the basic needs of his family.

Since 1891, when Pope Leo XIII issued the Encyclical Letter Rerum Novarum in response to injustices to workers that arose during the industrial revolution, the Church has stated that the right to work, and the rights of workers, must be maintained and strengthened no matter the nature of the work or the stature of the worker. The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church identifies work as a human right that enhances dignity, sustains families, and contributes to the common good of society. Work allows the individual to share his or her gifts, cooperate with others for the building up of society, and participate in God’s work of Creation.

Of late, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Canadians have become acutely aware that despite labour laws that protect workers, there remain many inequities and indeed numerous difficult working conditions for many of our brothers and sisters. We find this particularly prevalent among those deemed “essential workers,” such as grocery store clerks, restaurant workers, factory employees, distribution centre workers, gas station operators, health care workers, educators, and migrants who labour in the farming industry – to name only a few. “Essential workers” do not have the option of working from home. Many of these workers do not have access to paid sick leave. Some who need to stay home face consequences such as loss of pay, a lay-off, or even dismissal. Many do not have adequate health benefits that would assist them in purchasing medicine and other supplies. This, combined with the fear of contracting Covid-19 at work and spreading it to their families, makes the situation untenable. Even if “essential workers” are not sick, when schools are closed, and children must learn virtually, access to affordable day-care is not always available. The parent is left to choose between care and supervision of their children and their jobs. This is a choice that no one should have to make…

 

If you like podcasts, we invite you to check out our Archdiocese’s Thinking Faith episodes.

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Informed by St. Peter’s Successors

Pope Francis is the first pope that comes from the Jesuit order of priests. On May 4, our Archdiocesan Facebook page recommended the following partly fun, partly educational article comparing Catholic Jesuits with Star Wars fiction’s Jedi:

It begins:

The Jesuit Post explores the ways Jesuits are a lot like Jedi—and a few ways that they are definitely not.

1. Jesuits and Jedi both believe in a universe-penetrating spiritual power.

Jedi believe in the Force. As Obi-Wan Kenobi explained:

Jesuits [on the other hand] believe in seeking to find God in all things. Not only interiorly, but in the people all around us, and in creation itself.

2. We both have really long training periods.

Jedi start as younglings, even newborns, and spend as many as 23 years before becoming a fully trained Jedi.

Jesuits have it admittedly easier. We start later—most Jesuits enter after some college—and have a much shorter training period. We profess final vows generally after 10 to 15 years of formation. Sometimes more, but usually less than 23.

3. Jedi and Jesuits both receive mentorship from older, wiser members of the order.

Jedi train as padawans under a Jedi Master. Luke, of course, had Yoda.

Jesuits start out as novices under the guidance of a novice master. Even once we profess our first vows we always have a spiritual director, and more often than not that person is a Jesuit who’s known for his spiritual depth and ability to guide us in the spiritual life…

The final observation is that the Jesuits are better than Jedi partly because they have Pope Francis, who is way cooler than Ben Kenobe. 😇 To read the full article, click here.

In addition to his request for a world-wide marathon of prayer for an end to the pandemic (see our bulletin section, above), Pope Francis asks us to pray and lobby for a just regulation of financial markets (click on the photo above for the video). Markets’ volatility and problems tend to impact the poor most oppressively, often disastrously, through no fault of their own. Catholic social teaching staunchly supports free market economy, but insists that that freedom must not be allowed to infringe on human rights or cause unnecessary suffering. Where there is freedom, responsibility and moral rules apply, and the common good should be safeguarded and promoted.

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A common theme in Pope Francis’ teaching concerns a major historical development in our time, the plight of countless refugees. In his 2020 encyclical, On Fraternity and Social Friendship, he writes:

Every war leaves our world worse than it was before. War is a failure of politics and of humanity, a shameful capitulation, a stinging defeat before the forces of evil. Let us not remain mired in theoretical discussions, but touch the wounded flesh of the victims. Let us look once more at all those civilians whose killing was considered “collateral damage”. Let us ask the victims themselves. Let us think of the refugees and displaced, those who suffered the effects of atomic radiation or chemical attacks, the mothers who lost their children, and the boys and girls maimed or deprived of their childhood. Let us hear the true stories of these victims of violence, look at reality through their eyes, and listen with an open heart to the stories they tell.

Fratelli Tutti, 261, from the Vatican website.

On this topic, our parish has been asked to put out the word for a Syrian family that needs help. Another church in Regina has verified to us the validity of this fundraiser, which is being done through GoFundMe, which in turn guarantees that donations go to the right person(s).

“Nadem Rajab and his son were killed when their home was bombed in Syria. His wife, Souaad Mahli, and seven of their children survived and they are now refugees living a very difficult life in Lebanon. We are raising money to sponsor Souaad and her family to give them a new life in Canada. This family has suffered immeasurable loss. Bombs and gunfire have taken brothers, sisters, children and parents. While Souaad and her family have escaped the ravages of war in Syria, their situation in Lebanon is far from perfect. Syrian refugees are treated badly in Lebanon, and life is very hard. Many Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon are being burned…” For more information or to donate, please go to gofund.me/3751a25b.

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when He is revealed…Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth…, love one another deeply from the heart…

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind…[R]ejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when His glory is revealed.

1 Peter 1:13,22, 3:8, 4:13

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind…[R]ejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when His glory is revealed.

1 Peter 3:8, 4:13

Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth…, love one another deeply from the heart…

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind…

[R]ejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when His glory is revealed.

1 Peter 1:22, 3:8, 4:13

We wish everyone continued health and a joyful Easter season.

May God bless you.