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.
Congratulations to the
2nd Graders at St. Peters School and the Religious Education program.
They made their 1st Reconciliation
this Saturday December 3!
We are in need of Volunteers to help water the Christmas Memorial Poinsettias. We want to keep the church looking beautiful! If you are able to help or have any questions, please contact the parish office at 815-965-2765.
Thank you and have a Blessed Holiday Season!
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Reflections For the Week
Based on the Gospel according to Matthew 3:1-12
John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea
and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said:
A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
John wore clothing made of camel’s hair
and had a leather belt around his waist.
His food was locusts and wild honey.
At that time Jerusalem, all Judea,
and the whole region around the Jordan
were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.
When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees
coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers!
Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.
And do not presume to say to yourselves,
‘We have Abraham as our father.’
For I tell you,
God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees.
Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit
will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand.
He will clear his threshing floor
and gather his wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Thoughts about the Gospel: In today's Gospel, as we prepare for the coming of Jesus, John the Baptist is called to conversion for some communities. It is an invitation to open their hearts and to welcome the Son of God. John the Baptist does not judge anyone, but he has entrusted the power of judgement for the Son. Through the Gospel, John the Baptist continues to speak down the centuries to each generation. John asks us to prepare for the coming of the Lord. Often, however, for many of us, this reflects materialist attitudes.
Something to think about this week: As we go about our week it is up to us to decide our future destiny. It is our everyday behavior in this life that we determine our eternal fate. At the time of our death, we will be evaluated on those behaviors. Make them good behaviors so you can experience the greatest gift of all! Eternal life with Jesus!