Monthly Archives: November 2016

Symbolon: The Faith explained to the whole parish

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Symbolon aims at transforming Catholics on all levels—how we think, how we pray, and how we live—by immersing us in the richness of the Catholic Faith.

Symbolon is comprised of beautiful and engaging state-of-the-art video presentations filmed in different locations including Rome, the Holy Land and Calcutta.

In the 20 session series, a variety of teachers will take you through the entire story of the Catholic faith to answer questions like, “Who was Jesus? Why did He start a Church? How can I get the most out of reading the Bible? Why do I have to confession? Why must Catholics care for the poor?” And much more!

Join us on Wednesday, evenings at 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. in Neglia Hall Childcare is available QUESTIONS: Donna Tomasini 803-779-0036 or donna@visitstpeters.org

From the Pastor’s Desk

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Last weekend was incredibly busy here at Saint Peter’s. Saturday morning, I celebrated Mass for around 800 along with Father Rodolfo and Father Gustavo for the Hispanic community of the Columbia Deanery. Our parishioners proved to be incredible hosts. Men with signs were at all the nearby parking garages helping people find spaces. A huge crew was arranging for the meal that would follow – most of which was donated by restaurants and proved to be absolutely delicious. Then there was the crew ensuring that every possible space and more in the Church was full. These ushers were absolutely professional. Matthew DeGuire and Randy along with Dr. Kotylo and the Coro Hispano provided outstanding music and boy did the people sing. It was an incredible celebration of God’s love and mercy. And of course, Louis Melendez our Hispanic Ministries Coordinator and an extensive crew of volunteers made sure our facilities were so spotless, most of you never knew this great community had been here!

On Sunday afternoon, Saint Peter’s hosted a pilgrimage from Saint Martin de Porres and following the evening Mass, the Vietnamese Apostolate of the Diocese had an evening Mass. All told, over 1,000 guests flocked to Saint Peter’s to walk through the Door of Mercy last weekend! My hats off to Lesley Stuart for overseeing these two, Sunday events on our behalf!

And today, we have the joy of celebrating the end of the Year of Mercy and the Closing of the Holy Door at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. While one door may close God’s Mercy will never cease until our Lord comes again. I pray that our parish will be always known as a place of Divine Mercy, not because of a Holy Door, but because of holy people who seek closeness with our Lord and are willing to do the hard work of giving mercy because they have received mercy. May God’s Grace and Mercy abound in us all so that we may be his holy doors welcoming all who seek him in this place!

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

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Advent Wednesdays

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Every Wednesday during Advent Saint Peter’s will have Adoration with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Exposition starts at noon with the Stations of the cross, and Benediction is at 5.45 pm. Afterwards, there will be soup and sandwiches in the Cardinal Bernardin Center, except on December 7th when we will host a Potluck dinner celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  We hope to see many of you there.

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 November 30th, December 7th, December 14th and December 21th.  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.

If you have ANY trouble accessing the document please email eva@visitstpeters.org or text 803/8006373

Click here to sign up!

Single, Social and Seeking….to improve your relationship with God?!

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If you are an unattached, man or woman, 40+ member of our parish, please join Father Linsky for the next meeting of St. Peter’s Tapping Theology 40+ edition!!
When: Thursday, November 17 at 6:30pm.
Where: California Dreaming, 401 Main Street Meet in the private dining room.! No RSVP necessary.
Look toward to seeing you there!!!

Questions, contact Sheila Smiggen, ssmiggen@gmail.com” or Jennifer, jenpenso@yahoo.com

Pope Francis’ Laudato Si: an exploration by Dr. Greg Carbone

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December 6 at 6:30 p.m. Pope Francis issued an encyclical entitled “Laudato Si” which means “Be Praised.” He wrote about care for creation and for our common home: Earth.

This document, Francis’s first papal encyclical, invites everyone to look at our connection to the Earth and to each other through the lens of environmental justice.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. and join us as Dr. Greg Carbone, professor at the University of South Carolina and parishioner of St. Peter’s. He will unpack the encyclical and aid us in recognizing how we can be move active in caring for our common home, Earth.

Religious Education needs YOU!

2 Co-Catechists needed (Kindergarten and First Grade) Due to a transfer and health reasons two catechists will be leaving our Christian Formation Team. We need 1 adult each for grades K-5 and first grade.

Volunteering in the Christian Formation Ministry allows you to grow in your religious knowledge, deepen your faith life AND assist in passing on the faith to the children/youth.
Each grade level has two adults so you have a partner working with you. No previous class experience is necessary. We provide on-going training and formation. Contact Donna Tomasini 779-0036 or email donna@visitstpeters.org to see how your experience of Church can be enhanced and how you can enrich the lives the children and youth of our parish

Symbolon: Adult Religious Education

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WHAT IS SYMBOLON?
Symbolon aims at transforming Catholics on all levels—how we think, how we pray, and how we live—by immersing us in the richness of the Catholic Faith. Symbolon is comprised of beautiful and engaging state-of-the-art video presentations filmed in different locations including Rome, the Holy Land and Calcutta.
In the 20 session series, a variety of teachers will take you through the entire story of the Catholic faith to answer questions like, “Who was Jesus? Why did He start a Church? How can I get the most out of reading the Bible? Why do I have to confession? Why must Catholics care for the poor?” And much more!

Join us on Wednesday, evenings at 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. in Neglia Hall Childcare is available QUESTIONS: Donna Tomasini 803-779-0036 or donna@visitstpeters.org