About St. Peter Parish
St. Peter’s values the importance of love for family, finding oneself in God and community, tranquility, attentive listening, understanding, caring, compassion, and healing of body and soul.
St. Peter Catholic Church was officially made a parish in 1961, and our building was finished in 1964. With great love, we remember many pastors: Fr. Art Vandendriessche, Fr. Leonard Sullivan, Fr. Joseph Frey, Fr. Stanley Slezak, Fr. John Weckend, Fr. Keith Heiberg, Fr. Terry Omen-Madwa, Fr. Eugene Schaffer, Fr. Ken Koep, Fr. Peter Pham, Fr. Paul Dungan, Fr. John Baptist Okai, and now Fr. Ferdinand Eusebio.
And with great love, we remember many dedicated and holy parishioners who have gone before us to meet the Lord – too many to name. While we wait in hope to be reunited with them in the Lord, we worship God with them and all the angels and saints at each Mass.
The following excerpts from Fr. Ferdinand’s messages for our Annual General Meetings inform and convey our spirituality:
The Lord has welcomed us all into this home, His home, “the Father’s house.” What a joy it is to be formed by God’s Word, to be nourished by the Eucharist, to be enlivened by His Holy Spirit, to receive forgiveness and spiritual healing whenever we need it, to grow as a community through new baptisms, and to enrich each other’s lives through good works!
It is a great challenge to “be Christ’ to all people.” As the new crucifix on our altar reminds us, to “be Christ” takes us well out of our comfort zones and into the heart of the mission. We lose something in the process, but we gain much more…Although volunteer positions involve some degree of self-sacrifice, a comment in one of the reports reflects a common feeling: “I have truly enjoyed every minute of it.”
…What we have achieved thus far were due to everyone’s kind heart, generosity and selfless commitment in any way, big or small, great or less to be part of the Parish Family and everything you give is very well valued and appreciated.
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ…As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable…If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. (1 Cor. 12:12, 20-22, 26)
…What we have achieved thus far were due to everyone’s kind heart, generosity and selfless commitment in any way, big or small, great or less to be part of the Parish Family and everything you give is very well valued and appreciated. To all individuals and groups, our parish leaders and members, brothers and sisters for all that you have generously given; for everything that you have done: THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
PERSONS ARE GIFTS
Persons are gifts of God to me;
That come all wrapped so differently.
Some so loosely, others so tightly;
But wrappings are not the gifts
I am a gift from God to me,
Do I accept the gift I see
I am a person, and for this reason,
A wonderful gift of love.
Am I a gift to others too,
Willingly given for you and you.
We are all persons, we are all gifts.
So let’s make a grand exchange of gifts.
…To all our parishioners, all our volunteers both in liturgical and non-liturgical ministries, all our visitors and friends – for being gifts in your own generous ways to our parish: “Thank you” for making this parish alive, welcoming, stable and a comfortable home for everyone. Thank you for being nice, supportive, thoughtful and generous to our parish… and to our priest…I would like to make mention of our Parish Council chair and the heads and members of the different committees for their passion and outstanding leadership…
St. Peter Parish and its groups frequently organize donations of service, money, food, and goods to a number of worthy official charities and schools, to help them help our community and world in a number of ways. The picture below is from last year’s winter clothes drive. These winter clothes went to the needy in a number of schools, outreach organizations, and the homeless.
Note, we do not keep money, clothes, food, etc., on site to give out to people; when we gather these things, we give them through official channels immediately.
St. Peter Parish Groups
Lessen the financial burden of funerals. When active members die, their families receive $2 from each of hundreds of other members.
Catholic Women’s League
Grow in holiness by praying, helping the needy, serving the community, and promoting the rights of family and the person. Please see cwl.ca for more information.
Gather for praise and worship, intercessory prayer, and celebrate the Eucharist together.
Knights of Columbus
Unite in fraternity and service in a variety of charitable works. Minimal demands, flexible hours, and financial benefits. Please see kofc.org for details.
Ladies and Men’s Auxiliary
Fundraise and facilitate events to improve quality of life in our parish, schools, and city.
Members of any religious denomination, 55 years or older, gather for fellowship and special events.