I am grateful to St. Peter’s for continuing education opportunities which allow clergy and staff to participate in such conferences. Above all, I am grateful for our shared life of worship, music, and outreach: where we gather for beautifully inspiring worship, encounter God’s grace in the sacraments, and are sent out into the world to be agents of God’s kingdom and love.
The St. Peter’s parish community will have the pleasure of welcoming our new Bishop Diocesan, The Right Reverend Samuel Sewall Rodman III for his Visitation to St. Peter’s between October 14 and 15. (Details are available in news and notices.) Having had the honor and privilege to interact with “Bishop Sam” on a few occasions, it is evident that he is eager to spend time with and learn more about us, including how we might join him and the diocesan community in responding to the mission of God’s Church.
The dozen of us at the chronic care meeting (sometimes more, sometimes fewer), as any other random dozen might be, bring unique hurts, joys, sources of strength, roots of pain, disappointments and triumphs, our tears and our laughter, and we find support, needed support. There’s more than a whiff of Jesus’ command to love one another in that room. It’s sweeter than the aroma of baking bread or the perfume of incense at the Easter vigil.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is grounded in an understanding that God and the child have a unique relationship with one another particularly before the age of six and that the growth of this relationship should be assisted by an adult, but is directed by the Spirit of God within the child. The religious needs and capacities of older children are no less great or essential from those of the younger children. Their religious potential is equally strong as they seek the presence of God in a tangible way. Children need their own place to foster that presence and the growth of that relationship.
To me, pledges and donations are outward expressions of gratitude for the blessings we receive from God. My family and I feel blessed to belong to the community of St. Peter’s, as I hope you do too. Our response to God’s love and abundance in the form of a financial commitment will help us uphold and realize our Parish Vision. -Jay Norton, Annual Fund Chairman
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