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Vatican Councils I and II: What they were and what they were not!

Due to your responses and interest, we now have a date and time for the Presentation:
Vatican Councils I and II: What they were and what they were not!

Sunday October 22, starting at 7:00 PM (following evening Mass) will be a light supper and the Presentation in Neglia Hall. Doors will be open at 6:45.

The purpose of this Presentation: our greater awareness of these Councils’ objectives and what they were addressing at their times in history and for the future of the Church. We were given gifts for our Faith from these still recent Church Councils. The Presentation is to offer us increased insight into how they make up newer threads in the tapestry of our Catholic Christian

Please sign up as soon as you can. Either call or email Donna Tomasini in the Christian Formation Office at 803-779-0036 or

2017-2018 Religious Education

Registrations forms have been mailed to RETURNING students. New student registrations are now being accepted.   Families wishing to participate must be registered members of St. Peter’s Parish.

PLEASE NOTE if you have a student who is preparing for First Communion or Confirmation, you must provide a copy of their Baptismal Certificate and Birth Certificate with your registration. If these documents do not accompany their registration we cannot enroll them in the Sacramental Preparation.

No one is denied Religious Education due to monetary concerns. If your family is experiencing financial difficulty, please contact Donna Tomasini 772-7400 (confidentiality is respected).

Religious Education and Youth Ministry Registrations closes on SEPTEMBER 9!!
Religious Education Classes start Wednesday, Sept. 13; 6:30 P.M. – 7:45 P.M. in the School.


Become an RCIA sponsor

Are you ready for a new journey?  Embark on one of the best adventures of your life!

Become a Rite of Christian Initiation Sponsor
Past sponsors have said:

“As a convert myself, I feel that participating in RCIA has allowed me to learn things that I  missed the first time around and over the past 25+ years.” Susan Hickey

“Each time I have been a sponsor (4 times counting this year) I have continually come away with a better as well as deeper understanding of our faith.”  Mike Carroll

“I have sponsored 3 very different women and have been amazed by the ways they have blossomed. The classes bring out the beautiful spirituality of our Catholic Christian faith and
the Candidates are exposed to the fulness of that spirituality. As a sponsor, your own spiritual life will blossom as well.”  Bonnie Younginer

“Being a sponsor, I was a companion to someone who was walking step by step on their faith journey. On their Confirmation night, I saw them renewed and strengthened as a child of Jesus Christ. As a sponsor, my own faith was renewed and strengthen.” Marie El-Khabbaz

“I have learned new things and heard new interpretations/ perspectives of things I have already heard.” Kyle Logue

What is the role of the Sponsor? They accompany the candidate on their faith journey. Sponsors are an example and support for the candidate/catechumen. They aren’t required to have all the answers.
Sponsors are part of the RCIA Team that includes, facilitators for the sessions, hospitality coordinators, prayer partners, retreat leaders, etc. It is the Parish Community that initiates one into the Catholic Church. This means we need YOU to become involved!
For more information on Sponsor Training please contact Bonnie Younginer or Donna Tomasini 779-0036 or

A Sponsor must be 16 years of age and Confirmed in the Faith.

Volunteering in the Christian Formation Ministry

Volunteering in the Christian Formation Ministry will help YOU GROW in your religious knowledge, deepen your faith life AND assist in passing on the faith to the
children/youth. YOU can help sow the seeds of FAITH in a child.
All grade levels have 2 adult leaders (you are not ALONE in this ministry). No previous class experience is necessary. We provide on-going training and formation.

Classes are scheduled for September-November and January-April.

Contact Donna Tomaisni 779-0036 or email to see how your experience of Church can be enhanced and how you can sow the seed of Faith in the lives the children and youth of our parish.

From the Saint Vincent de Paul Society: Volunteers Needed

We need one volunteer to assist me in Bingo at Presbyterian Home off of 378 in West Columbia on Tuesday’s from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.
One volunteer on Wednesday’s at Carolina Gardens formerly, Agape on Leaphart Rd in West Columbia from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Contact me Robert D. Keeder, email or 803-796-9802

Help me help Seniors!!!
St. Vincent de Paul Society

Thanks Lorraine Combs for all your services to the Seniors.

St. Peter’s Young Adult Professionals

Welcoming all Young Adult Catholics, ages 21-39

Our upcoming meetins:
– Sunday, 25 June – Brunch after 11:00am Mass
Location: TBD

– Monday, 26 June – Tapping Theology – 6:00pm
Arabesque on Devine – 2930 Devine St.
Topic: TBD

– Wednesday, 28 June – Mass to celebrate the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul at 6:00 PM
Welcoming Party for Father Fryml following Mass.
Location: St. Peter’s Neglia Hall

For more information, please contact: Matthew Aun –

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

On Wednesday, June 28, a Vigil Mass will be celebrated for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul at 6:00 PM.   With Saint Peter as the chosen patron Saint for our parish, this feast day is especially important to us!
Following the Mass will be a Parish Party in Neglia Hall to welcome Father Fryml .

Please join us!

From the Pastor’s Desk

Pentecost is always a special day for me, personally, as I was received into the Catholic Church and confirmed in the chapel of Saint Benet’s Hall in Oxford, England by Benedictine priests on Pentecost in 1987. I wasn’t prepared via an extensive RCIA program but through tutorials in the Oxford style provided by a Benedictine scholar.

Each one of us has his or her own specific faith story. But often we can pin-point a moment or time period when our faith was sparked and came out of dormancy into a new, fertile period of activity. Last Sunday I preached a need for us to anticipate the Holy Spirit and to be ready to respond to His promptings. And today, I pray for us to have a longing for Him to inflame our faith in Christ Jesus. If you and I will only “Do what he tells (us)” as the Blessed Virgin Mary instructed the waiters to do at the Wedding of Cana in Galilee, we will all become truly amazed at His power working in an through us.

Enthusiasm for the faith is a good and marvelous thing – but it often runs out of steam or is worn down by the difficulties and opposition we encounter. We cannot only be buoyed by good feelings but must have a faith rooted in sacrificial love. Today, I ask you to pray for Brett Blankenship and Alana Jordan who will be confirmed at our 9:00 a.m. Mass as well as Deacon Andrew Frmyl who will be ordained to the Priesthood on June 9. May the sacraments conferred upon each of them be a cause of joy for the Church. More importantly, pray for yourself and for all at Saint Peter’s that this Pentecost may mark a renewal of our parish by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit afresh and anew.

Two reminders: Sunday, June 18 is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. The Parish will mark the day by a Solemn Eucharistic Procession downtown immediately following the 11:00 a.m. Mass and then have a potluck. Please join us to testify in a physical and spiritual way our belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Lastly, on Wednesday, June 28, we’ll celebrate a Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul at 6:00 p.m. followed by a parish party to welcome Father Frmyl. I hope you will join us on both these special days!

Fraternally, Fr. Gary S. Linsky
The Very Rev’d Canon Gary S. Linsky, V.F. Pastor



June 18, 2017 At the conclusion of the 11 AM Mass, Sunday, June 18 (Feast of Corpus Christi), we will have a Eucharistic Procession, followed by a potluck luncheon.
Bring your favorite dish to Neglia Hall, join us for Mass, and then follow along in the procession.  All are invited and encouraged to attend.  Drinks and paper products will be provided by the church.

For more information, to sign up for your favorite dish, or to offer to help, please call or email Barbara Remack at 356-4577;