Monthly Archives: June 2016

Caring for a Child with Special Needs?

Are you are caring for a child with special needs or know someone who is? We want to hear from you on how the church can help you!

We invite all parents/caregivers of children with special needs to attend a meeting on July 16that 9:00 am. We want to help your family fully participate in faith formation, masses, and the ministries of St. Peters.

Please join us so that we may hear your concerns and questions and better serve our church community.  Childcare will be available.

Please contact Donna Tomasini 803-779-0036 or or Erin Bellinder

Upcoming Faith Formation Sessions


Recently a presentation was held on Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas with very good attendance! Thank you for your comments and notes. After discussions with Father Linsky on our continued parish Faith-building efforts for adults, here are some notes for your planning. Please support these events with your presence.

* A re-presenting of the Augustine and Aquinas seminar by Deacon Michael for those who could not attend in May or heard good things and would like to attend is scheduled for Wednesday July 13th from 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM with refreshments.

* Deacon Michael will then facilitate an unfolding of these great saints and theologians’ effect and impact on our lives in current times combined with our Church’s teachings and our disciple journeys. It will be more of a group discussion dynamic and format. Come Tuesday August 23rd between 6:30-8:30 PM (with refreshments served) for this event.

* We will conduct in the fall, probably the October timeframe, a new study and presentation, “St. Paul and his letters; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” It will be a rich and yet comprehensive layout of the man, the saint, proper context of his writings, and his discipleship and love of the Church.

For questions or to register for the sessions, please contact Donna Tomasini, Office of Christian Formation 803-779-0036 or

We want to feed our faith lives as we strive to do God’s good work and listen to God’s directions for our individual lives. We look forward to being with you soon!

The Office of Christian Formation, St. Peter’s Parish

St Vincent de Paul: Can you help?


St. Vincent de Paul Society will serve the homeless on Saturday, June 25 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Gibson Hall. They are in need of volunteers to help.

If you would like to help, please come around 9:45 AM or call Paulette Campbell at 803-429-4134 or Marilyn Gray at 803-730-1241 for further information. Thank you.

Ceiling Repair


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The tentative plan for the repair of the church ceiling above over the organ is July 18 and will tentatively be complete by August 19. This means the church will be closed for repairs sll day Monday through Friday each week and reopen for confession at 4:00 PM on Saturday.
Saturday will be used as a cleanup day. So please do not schedule anything in the church during that those time periods.
The organ will be out of commission for the entire 5 week time period since it will be sealed and protected by an enclosure to eliminate the possibility of damage or contamination.

Week day masses will be held in Neglia Hall.  Saturday and Sunday Masses will be held in the church.

Confirmation Preparation


If you have a youth entering ninth grade or above who would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, contact the Christian Formation Office. Preparation starts NOW.

To register your youth or if you have any questions please contact Donna Tomasini 779-0036 or

Christmas in July


We are asking your help in our Toiletry Bag Project. St Peters 50+ Club is gathering items to fill 125 toiletry bags for the Home-less at Christmas. We are in need of the following items:

Large Deodorant (size 2+ oz.)
Toothpaste (size 6 oz.)
Shampoo (12 oz.)

The Toiletry Bag Christmas Box will be in the back of church beginning Saturday, July 2 until Sunday, July 31. Please help us meet our goal of 125 Toiletry Bags. Thank you for your support.

Deacon Andrew Fryml


I look forward to spending this summer at St. Peter’s and meeting every one of you and your families! I was recently ordained a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Charleston and am excited to serve here this summer. Please introduce yourself and let me know who you are and where you are from! I love people and I love food, so please share yourself and your culture with me!

God bless and I can’t wait to meet you!

Deacon Andrew Fryml

Please contact me by email:

St. Vincent de Paul


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will have its monthly meeting Monday, June 13 at 5:30 PM, down stairs in the Social Justice Room of the Cardinal Bernardin Center. Please bring a covered dish to share, your Bible, Rosary, and your books, The Rule and The Manual.

All are invited. If you are interested in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and it’s ministry, or if you have any questions, please call Paulette Campbell, (803)429-4234 or Marilyn Gray, 803-730-1241.

Looking Back: Eucharistic Procession

Eucharistic Procession
in honor of the Solemnity of the Body & Blood of Christ

“We bring Christ, present under the sign of bread, onto the streets of our city. We entrust these streets, these homes, our daily life, to his goodness. May our streets be streets of Jesus! May our homes be homes of him and with him! May our life of every day be penetrated by his presence.” – Pope Benedict XVI Corpus Christi 2005

For the third year Saint Peter’s organized a procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi.  This year the procession followed by a potluck reception to wish Father West good luck in his next assignment.
Due to the weather, the procession could not go out in the Streets of Columbia as we have done in previous years, but that did not dampen the solemn occasion.  Please enjoy the memory of this day,.

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Bereavement Meal Ministry- Joanne Metrick, Coordinator

On Friday, May 20, after the Mass of Christian Burial for Lucy Magdalene Foh, St. Peter’s Parish was able to offer support to the Foh family and friends by providing a meal through our Bereavement Meal Ministry.

This ministry calls on parishioner volunteers to provide food and meal service in Neglia Hall to those attending the funeral Mass. Because of contributions received from families we have served in the past, we are sometimes able to purchase some of the food for the meal; however, most of what is served is contributed by our dedicated ministry volunteers and some mem-bers of our parish staff.

For this meal we were blessed with food contributions from Odessa Brinkman, Mary Callahan, Janice Cullen, Dode Difiori, Carol Fulton, Marybeth Griffin, Andrea Headley, Sarah Jur, Marybeth Mahrer, Joanne Metrick, Jennifer Penso, Barbara St. Louis, Cathy Saleeby, Peggy Thompson and staff members Parma Smith-Melendez, Lesley Stuart, and Donna Tomasini. The other members of the ministry support us in prayer whenever they are unable to participate on the day of the funeral.

Providing the food is only part of the ministry. Many of the ladies mentioned above also help with the set-up and clean up associated with the meal. These activities include covering and decorating the tables, setting out paper products and flat-ware, filling serving bowls, setting out food, serving at the beverage and dessert tables, replenishing food as necessary and helping guests find what they need. Clean up duties involve washing dishes and cleaning up the kitchen and Neglia Hall after the guests leave. Their greatest service is offering smiles and comfort to the family and friends of the deceased.

We can always count on Parma Smith-Melendez and David Scott to set up the right number of tables and chairs for each meal. We could not do this ministry without their help. Speaking of tables, we are blessed to have Peggy Thompson make beautiful fresh flower arrangements for each table whenever she is available to help with a meal.

I was reminded last week, by one of our volunteers, that our ministry gives parishioners the opportunity to practice three Works of Mercy: Feed the Hungry, Comfort the Sorrowful, and Pray for the Living and the Dead. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, our Holy Father has made practice of the Works of Mercy another way we can gain the Jubilee Year indulgence.

Two last items ambout the Bereavement Meal Ministry – 1. meals cannot be planned in advance! This is one reason we need a long list of volunteers to be sure enough people are available at short notice to offer their service; and, 2. Men are always welcome to join the tea!

On Pentecost Sunday, Father Linsky’s homily reminded us that WE are the Body of Christ present in the world today. He re-minded us that we ALL have something to contribute to the work of that Body. He challenged us to find our way to carry out the work of this Body, the Church.

If you feel called to join the Bereavement Meal Ministry contact Joanne Metrick at For more information from those participating talk to any of the members mentioned in paragraph 3. Thank you for taking the time to read this message and for giving it prayerful consideration.