Monthly Archives: November 2015

Adoration during Advent


Every Wednesday during Advent Saint Peter’s will have Adoration with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Exposition starts at noon with the rosary, and Benediction is at 5.45 pm. Afterwards, there will be soup and sandwiches in the Cardinal Bernardin Center.  We hope to see many of you there.
Since the first Sunday of Advent also is the start of the Year of Mercy that our Holy Father has announced, there will be the possibility to go to confession every Wednesday of Advent from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm, except for December 16th when St. Peter’s will host a Penance Service at 7 pm where several confessors will be available.
Take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity and sign up for a slot during Adoration to be present with Our Lord.  We ask two people to sign up per slot to make certain the Blessed Sacrament is never left unattended.  Signing up is a commitment to be there. And we really need you!
Of course you are welcome to join in prayer and adoration any time, even without signing up.

Click the link below to sign up through google docs for December 2th, 9th, 16th or 23th.  You can fill in your name, phone number and/or email.  Look for the different dates at the bottom of the document.  You do not need to click save since the document updates and saves itself. Just fill in your information and you are done.  Please do NOT make changes to any entries except your own.

Please sing up here!

If you experience any trouble in filling out the form, please contact Eva at or 803/8006373

Pope Francis Announces the Jubilee Year of Mercy


A jubilee year is a special year called by the church to receive blessing and pardon from God and remission of sins. The Catholic Church has called jubilee years every 25 or 50 years since the year 1300 and has also called special jubilee years from time to time, known as extraordinary jubilee years.
The Jubilee Year of Mercy begins on this year’s Feast of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated Dec. 8. It will close on Nov. 20, 2016, the day celebrated that year as the feast of Christ the King.
Francis has given wide-ranging reflections on the role of mercy and pardon in church teaching. “No one can be excluded from the mercy of God,” Pope Francis stated.


Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like
the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being
enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness
only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that
you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.

Tuition Assistance Fund for children in need


Why is this fund needed?

The phone rings in St. Peter’s School, families who truly want a Catholic education for their children, but lack the assets and income to pay full tuition. They are hard-working parents struggling to send their children to St. Peter’s School, where every day begins with prayer, and children learn to know, love and serve their Creator. What better place for a child to learn and grow than here at our school?

The Tuition Assistance Fund was created for those who deeply desire Catholic education for their children and can demonstrate genuine financial need. Scholarship awards are made on the recommendation of an independent company, Private School Aid Service. They assess the financial situations of families applying for aid; their recommendation helps determine who receives assistance. Awards are made for varying amounts, but there are no full scholarships awarded. Please support this fund, which assures that the door to St. Peter’s School remains open to all God’s children.

Envelopes will be mailed to parishioners after Thanksgiving.  Included with the envelope will be the dramatic story of a family who are currently being helped by this fund. The story illustrates what tremendous good you do when you support this fund.

Contributions to St. Peter’s Tuition Assistance Fund for Children in Need with be acknowledged in December Bulletin: ANGELS ($1-499), ARCHANGELS ($500-999), PRINCIPALITIES($1,000-2499) CHERUBIM ($2,500-4,999), SERAPHIM ($5,000 Plus).
Please contact Emily Hero,, 779-0036, if you would like to have a named scholarship at the school.
Tuition Assistance Fund Goal: $40,000! Join us on Facebook: StPetersCatholicSchoolofColumbia

St. Peter’s Suppers of Eight


OK, we are not family like the Catholic Reagans of Blue Bloods, but we are members together of the Family of God and, like the Reagans, we need to sit down together once in a while for a casual meal at “home” and just get to know each other better. Doing so will help us welcome all who come to worship with us and help us serve all we seek to help.
SUPPERS OF EIGHT provides an excellent opportunity for sharing meals at “home” in small groups. All who sign up will enjoy a meal at some parishioner’s home once each month for four months, January, February, March, and April of 2016. Each participant will serve as host and provide the main course and beverage one of the months and will go to another home and take a vegetable dish, salad and bread, or dessert to share the other three months. As much as possible, participants will be with entirely different groups of eight each of the four months.

Before January 1, a schedule for participation for all who have signed up will be published. Most of the January hosts will be chosen from those who participated last year and already know the process. No later than the first of each month, hosts will contact those who are scheduled to come to their homes and suggest two or three possible dates. Participants must respond promptly so a mutually acceptable date for the suppers can be quickly established. Email works great for most people for reaching quick agreement on the date.

Suppers of Eight works best for adult couples and “pairs” of folks who decide to participate together. So, singles are welcome and are encouraged to find a friend and sign up together, maybe with a neighbor to facilitate car pooling. You may also sign up as a single, and be matched up with various other singles each month or perhaps be plugged in as a substitute. To sign up, go to and use the online form or contact coordinator Darryl Williams ( or (803-238-8831) At the website there are Frequently Asked Questions and testimonies.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner


Sponsored by St. Peter’s Catholic Church and First Baptist Church of Columbia, the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 26 at the Carolina Coliseum, Green Street Concourse. Dinner will be served from 11:00 AM –1:00 PM.

If you would like to help, please please contact
Robert Keeder at  796-9802 or RKEEDER0518@AOL.COM

Please make any checks available to St. Vincent de Paul Society.

From the Pastor’s Desk – Sunday November 1, 2015


Our Sunday bulletins always have an extremely early deadline of 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning which is why I don’t always have a submission for you. It’s hard, on Mondays, to feel fresh after celebrating Sunday Masses and know what I’d want to say for the following week.  However, before I leave for Retreat I want to pen a few thoughts.

First, thanks to all who contributed to the Special Collection we had for Flood Relief. These funds will be forwarded to the Diocese and be dispersed under the direction of our own Deacon Gabriel Cuervo who is handling this at the direction of our Bishop on behalf of Catholic Charities. Neighboring Dioceses have also taken up collections or sent in aid which speaks volumes in terms of our unity at times of great need as expressed in our love for our neighbor.

As we speak of collections, I want to, again, urge your support in these last two months of 2015 for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. My staff have no recollection of Saint Peter’s ever having met its assigned goal. We’re within $6,000 and I know if the many families who have not given were to give $20 or $25 to this, we’d be able to reach our goal and therefore provide a greater means for the Diocese to support its charitable mission, form seminarians and invest in Catholic education. I hate to always rely on the 25% who are always there and instead focus this request on the 75% who are not as engaged in this aspect of the Church’s mission…please help us!

We had a wonderful Family Fellowship night and should have the date of the next event published within a few days. These programs, such as Men’s Prayer Group and Tapping Theology can only help you IF you participate. Providing them lies at the heart of the pastoral challenge facing the Church. You may recall from last Sunday’s Gospel taken from the tenth chapter of Mark, Jesus asked Bartimaeus “What do you want me to do for you?” To which he responded, “Master, I want to see.”
Seeing meant more than gaining his sight because Bartimaeus subsequently chose to follow Jesus, going on with him to Jerusalem. Following Jesus often takes us out of our comfort zone because it inevitably demands we change – and change is always challenging. Do you want to see—or is it more comfortable to be blind?
I hope you want to follow Him, and will open your hearts to the opportunities we’re providing you and ones we hope to provide in the future! And bless you IF you step up and help us reach our BAA goal.

Oh, please remember Monday, while not a Holy Day of Obligation, is a Holy Day when we commemorate the souls of all the faithful departed. The School Mass will be at 8:30 a.m., a said Mass at Noon and Choral Mass at 6:00 p.m.

Fr. Gary S. Linsky

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