Welcome to the Cathedral of St. Peter
Most Reverend David J. Malloy, D.D., J.C.L., S.T.D.
Bishop of Rockford
Cathedral of St. Peter is a Roman Catholic Church whose mission is that of Jesus Christ: the conversion of sinners and the salvation of souls. This is accomplished by preaching the Gospel, celebrating the Sacraments and evangelizing the world around us.
Reflections For the Week
Based on the Gospel according to John 1:29-34
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
"Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
He is the one of whom I said,
'A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.'
I did not know him,
but the reason why I came baptizing with water
was that he might be made known to Israel."
John testified further, saying,
"I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven
and remain upon him.
I did not know him,
but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,
'On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain,
he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.'
Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God."
Thoughts about this week's Gospel:
In today's Gospel, we learn more about Jesus "Taking away" our sins. The word “take away” literally means “to relieve,” “to take upon onself.” Jesus came into this world for a specific task, to free us from sin. How exactly does Jesus do this? Love! There is no other way to defeat evil and sin. The kind of love that moves one to give the gift of his life for others, and that is exactly what Jesus came here to do. In the testimony of John the Baptist, Jesus “has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, to the point of dying on the cross. So what does that mean for us? We should "LOVE" the way Jesus loved. It means putting innocence in the place of malice, love in the place of hate, humility in the place of pride, and service in the place of prestige.
What should we do this week:
Jesus gave everything for us. We should be disciples of the Lord, which means we shouldn't live our lives like we are under attack, but instead be welcoming and open. It means not having an attitude of closedness and testifying with our life that following Jesus makes us more joyful and free.
Catholic School's Week
January 29-February 4
Cathedral of St. Peter School Open House:
Catholic Schools week begins January 29 and goes through February 4. What a better way to start it off than having the Cathedral of St. Peter School host an open house. The open house is January 29 from 10:00-11:00. All parishioners, family, friends, and anyone interested in learning more about our school is welcome to come. This gives people the opportuinity to meet our wonderful teachers, learn about the educational excellence we support, see the different forms of technology in place, and view Illinois History Fair projects as well.
We are also very excited to inform everyone on the new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program (STEM program) we are implementing in the 2017-2018 school year. This will prepare our children of all ages for future success!
Pre-Kindergarten returns for the 2017-18 school year! This program will be for children turning 4 before September 1, 2017. The program will be either full day or half day, 5 days a week. It will be located in the school building. For more details please call the school office at 815-963-3620. Registration will be March 5, the same time as family registration.
IF THAT'S NOT ENOUGH OF A REASON TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. PETER SCHOOL, then how about a Pancake Breakfast, from 8:30-11:00 in the gym, hosted by our 6th & 7th grade classes along with the Knights of Columbus. Cost is a goodwill donation. Proceeds will support class field trips. Enjoy a great breakfast before going to our Open House!
Mardi Gras Dinner Dance
On Friday, February 3, 2017, a Dinner Auction to benefit the Cathedral of St. Peter Church and School will be held at the Radisson Conference Center. 200 South Bell School Road, Rockford, IL.
$50 per person includes:
Cash Bar 6:00 pm
Dinner 7:00 pm
Dance 8:30 pm
Dancing to the music of "Men of Our Times" along with a silent auction.
Please RSVP by Friday January 27, 2017. You may make your reservations by email. Please send your reservation request to Angie Kelly at: email@example.com
Include your name and the name of your spouse/guest. If you would like to be seated at a specific table, please include the names of your table mates.
Please mail your check payable to: Cathedral of St. Peter
1243 N. Church Street, Rockford, IL 61103
Thank you for your continued support to the Cathedral of St. Peter. We look forward to seeing you!
Audrey Engelbrecht-Chairman Mardi Gras 2017