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.
Its almost time for the Friday Fish Fry!!!! The dates are March 3, 10, & 24. We are still in need of some volunteeres. The times are from 5:30-7:30. We are in need of volunteers and this is a great opportunity for parents as well as students to fulfill your service hours. There are serveral different shifts and options to chose from. Thanks again for all of your support and dedication to the Cathedral. http://www.cathedralofstpeter.org/files/files/fish_fry_volunteer_2016__2_.doc
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.
Reflections For the Week
Based on the Gospel according to Matthew 5:38-48
Jesus said to his disciples:
"You have heard that it was said,
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one as well.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
hand over your cloak as well.
Should anyone press you into service for one mile,
go for two miles.
Give to the one who asks of you,
and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.
"You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect."
Thoughts about this week's Gospel:
The lesson from today's Gospel is pretty clear. Not only should we love our neighbor, we should love our enemies as well. It is easy for us to love our friends and family, but not as easy to love our neighbor. If we focus on loving just the ones closests to us, how are we really ever challenged to be a better person? If we work at loving our enemies, then we are challenged to live the way God wants us to. Learning this comes from home. We watched our parents as children learn to compromise and treat each other with respect. No two people will agree on everything. Once we have learned how to compromise and be respectful, then we are able to do that with our enemies. We have to remember that we will not be able to change our enemies personalilities, so it is up to us to do what God would want us to do, accept our enemy as they are!
What could we do this week:
This about someone who really gets on your nerves or someone whom you don't really care for. Ask yourself what it is about them that you dislike. Ask yourself how you can work on looking past that or coming up with a solution to fix whatever the problem is. After you have thought about that, go and find that person and try the approach you have thought about. Never know, you just might make a new friend!