Monthly Archives: March 2016



Please read an excerpt from Father Linsky’s Holy Thursday Homily which contains an important announcement:

“And this, too, is what it means to be like Christ who reminds all of us, “As I have done for you, you should also do.” My dear friends, the Imitation of Christ begins with this moment. It is in selfless service, doing what others won’t or can’t do, that we draw closest to Him.


We see this so beautifully lived in people like Blessed Theresa of Calcutta who so lovingly labored to found the Sisters of Charity ministering to the sick and dying.  It is in her successors, the four Nuns gunned down intentionally by followers of ISIS as they cared for elderly men and women in one of most dangerous places in the world. It is in aid workers in Sri Lanka and our own cities.  It is in those who care for their parents as they slowly drift away because of Alzheimer’s or their children when they are ill. It is in Father West who has been such a blessing to us while I was sidelined this Lent and who has so graciously acceded to the Bishop’s request that he postpone his studies for the good of the Diocese and remain with us at Saint Peter’s.  And it is priests throughout the world, who anoint our sick, offer absolution for our sins, and celebrate Mass with one simple goal in mind – to save souls from eternal death and to bring them to be with God.


At a moment when the priesthood is under attack, we can’t forget those who are quietly, prayerfully, persistently doing God’s work in our world – the great majority of good priests whose work often goes unnoticed. “

The Easter Candle


The Easter Candle is a Sign of Jesus.

At the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night, everything begins in the dark. It is dark outside. The lights in the church are out or dimmed. The priest and servers walk to the back of the dark church and go outside. There, the priest lights a fire and blessed it.
A servicer brings a big candle close to the fire. The priest traces the symbols on the candle and reads a prayer. The priest uses the new fire to light the candle. He carries the candle into church singing, “Christ our Light”. The congregation answers, “Thank be to God.

The candle is lit at every Mass and sacrament form the Eater Vigil until Pentecost. It is a sign of the risen Jesus, who is with the Church for all time.

St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Thirty-First Annual Easter Banquet for those in need

Once again St. Vincent de Paul Society will sponsor the Thirty-First Annual Easter Banquet for the poor, homeless, and elderly on Easter Sunday, March 27 from 11:00 AM —1:00 PM.

Lunch will be served in the Cardinal Bernardin Center ( Assembly St. entrance). For the children, we will hand out Easter baskets (72 little ones came last year). The lunch menu will include ham, mashed potatoes , green beans, salad, rolls, tea, lemonade, and homemade Easter desserts.

If you would like to make a donation, here is a list of things that are needed: Your time, monetary gifts, dyed Easter eggs, 75 LARGE filled Easter baskets, homemade desserts, especially cupcakes, cupcakes, and more cupcakes with jellybeans.

If you have any questions, please call Robert Keeder at 803-796- 9802 or

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