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.


 

Attention all St. Peter Alumni!

We would love to keep in contact with all of you.  There are several fun and exciting opportunities that go on here at the Cathedral!  In order for you to know what is going on in our community, we need to contact you.  In order to do that, we would love for all contact information to be up to date.  Please feel free to call the parish office at 815-965-2765 or email cwente@cathedralofstpeter.org.  We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at St. Peter functions!


Lent Events

 

   Lenten Almsgiving 2017:

Today we begin our annual LENTEN ALMSGIVING collection.  Until Palm Sunday there will be a table at the back of the church where we will be collecting items for local charities.  This is an opportunity for each family to prayerfully consider how to share your blessings with others in the Rockford area.

Our second Lenton collection will be for Rockford Meld.  Please bring your items to the back of the church by 8:30am Friday March 24.  The following items are needed most for BABIES:  baby wipes, baby shampoo, baby wash, onsies, bibs, sleepers, baby socks, chunky books, new rattles, teething toys, and band aids.  The following items are for TEEN MOMS:  body wash, body lotion, cute socks, small picture frames, hand sanitizer, personal hygiene items and personal care products.

Our third Lenton collection will be for Carpenter's Place.  Please bring your items to the back of the church by 8:30am Friday March 31.  The following items are needed most:  new or used silverware sets (not plastic), disposable razors, stick deodarant, shaving cream, garbage bags, 8 oz Styrofoam cups, plastice forks and spoons, laundry soap, paper towels, new men's boxers (M, L, XL), new women's briefs (sizes 6, 7, 8, 9), adult white socks, adult back packs (new or gently used).

Our final Lenton collection for the Lenten season is for the Emergency Assistance Program at St. Elizabeth Center.  Please bring your itemsto the back of the church by 8:30am Friday, April 7th.  The following items are needed most: cereal, pasta & pasta sauce, tuna, pinto beans, chili beans, ramen noodles, macaroni & cheese, pork & beans, Spam, oatmeal, crackers, tomato sauce, canned vegetables, soap products, baby items.  Canned goods with flip top lids are most appreciated.  Brown grocery bags in good condition are also needed.

Monday's During Lent:

Lenten Faith Formation Series-"Vast Company of Witnesses"

Join us each Monday of Lent from March 6 to April 3, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Fellowship Hall.  Presented by Fr. Steve St. Jules with materials prepared by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire)

Mass at 8:15 am

 

Tuesday's During Lent:

  Evening Prayer, Adoration/Confession 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

At the beginning of Tuesday evening Adoration, we will recite Evening Prayer during Lent.  This is one of the five official daily prayers of the Church.  For centuries it had been entrusted only to the clergy, but Vatican II encouraged all the laity to also participate.  The entire prayer takes about 20 mins to recite communally, allowing some time for reflection between sections.  Prayer booklets with instructions will be provided.

Mass at 8:15 am

 

Wednesday's During Lent:

April 5, 2017: Be reconciled Confessions 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

                 April 5, 2017: Palm Weaving in Fellowship Hall 6:00 pm (experience not necessary)

Mass at 8:30 am

 

Thursday's During Lent:

Mass at 8:15 am

 

Friday's During Lent:

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross every Friday at 12:45 pm & 5:30 pm

Living Stations of the Cross on April 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm (no 12:45 pm stations) and 5:30 pm

Mass at 8:15 am

 

Fish Fry:

Don't miss the last Lenten Fish Fry the Friday March 24, from 5:30-7:30. 

Prices: Adults-$8.00; Children-$6.00.

Price includes fried fish, fried shrimp or baked cod with baked potato, coleslaw, clam chowder, dessert and beverage. Kids Menu- smaller portion of above or optional hot dog & chips. Beer and wine available for purchase.

 

Saturday's During Lent:

Confessions at 8:30 am till 9:00 am and 3:30 pm till 4:30 pm

Mass 8:00 am & 5:00 pm


 

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Reflections For the Week         

Based on the Gospel according to John 4:5-42

Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar,
near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob's well was there.
Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.
It was about noon.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water.
Jesus said to her,
"Give me a drink."
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
The Samaritan woman said to him,
"How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?"
—For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.—
Jesus answered and said to her,
"If you knew the gift of God
and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink, '
you would have asked him
and he would have given you living water."
The woman said to him,
"Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep;
where then can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob,
who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself
with his children and his flocks?"
Jesus answered and said to her,
"Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again;
but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst;
the water I shall give will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
The woman said to him,
"Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty
or have to keep coming here to draw water."

Jesus said to her,
"Go call your husband and come back."
The woman answered and said to him,
"I do not have a husband."
Jesus answered her,
"You are right in saying, 'I do not have a husband.'
For you have had five husbands,
and the one you have now is not your husband.
What you have said is true."
The woman said to him,
"Sir, I can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain;
but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem."
Jesus said to her,
"Believe me, woman, the hour is coming
when you will worship the Father
neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You people worship what you do not understand;
we worship what we understand,
because salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here,
when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth;
and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship him
must worship in Spirit and truth."
The woman said to him,
"I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ;
when he comes, he will tell us everything."
Jesus said to her,
"I am he, the one speaking with you."

At that moment his disciples returned,
and were amazed that he was talking with a woman,
but still no one said, "What are you looking for?"
or "Why are you talking with her?"
The woman left her water jar
and went into the town and said to the people,
"Come see a man who told me everything I have done.
Could he possibly be the Christ?"
They went out of the town and came to him.
Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat."
But he said to them,
"I have food to eat of which you do not know."
So the disciples said to one another,
"Could someone have brought him something to eat?"
Jesus said to them,
"My food is to do the will of the one who sent me
and to finish his work.
Do you not say, 'In four months the harvest will be here'?
I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest.
The reaper is already receiving payment
and gathering crops for eternal life,
so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together.
For here the saying is verified that 'One sows and another reaps.'
I sent you to reap what you have not worked for;
others have done the work,
and you are sharing the fruits of their work."

Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him
because of the word of the woman who testified,
"He told me everything I have done."
When the Samaritans came to him,
they invited him to stay with them;
and he stayed there two days.
Many more began to believe in him because of his word,
and they said to the woman,
"We no longer believe because of your word;
for we have heard for ourselves,
and we know that this is truly the savior of the world."

Thoughts about this week's Gospel:

Looking at today's Gospel, we can find this conversation very interesting.  God thirsts for our faith and our love, and he longs for us to be good.  In order to be good we have to let God himself into our lives, because he is the good. The Samaritan woman, on the other hand, represents the constant disappointment and dissatisfaction of someone who does not find what he seeks.

If we entrust ourselves to God, we will receive every “possible good”, which is God himself.  This means giving up our self-centered way of thinking. Man without God is inevitably destined for dissatisfaction, cannot think to reach endless joy and love.  

Happiness, another word for the living water, can only be given by the One who possesses it, and man does not possess it. God alone can share it with those who place their trust in Him and follow Him.

What could we do this week:

Think about this questions: "Why should we give ourselves completely to God?"  Think about everything he has given us and given up for us.  We can stop and think about how we can completely give ourself to God, the way he did for us.

 

 
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