Fr. Aidan Peter Writes

  • Kathy Crow: An Appreciation – Week Of June 25th
     KATHY CROW: AN APPRECIATION We cannot fit too much in this bulletin, and we have celebrated in worship and fellowship Kathy’s retirement last Saturday,...
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  • Week Of June 18th
    Last week we celebrated the feast of God himself; Holy Trinity. This weekend we celebrate the Feast of how God continues to be...
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  • Week Of June 11th
    After Ascension and Pentecost we now have Holy Trinity Sunday. Jesus has gone up, sent down the Holy Spirit and now we rejoice...
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  • Week Of June 4th
    Last weekend we celebrated the Confirmations of  127 of our mainly younger members. Bishop Thomas Curry celebrated for us with his usual kindly...
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  • Week Of May 28th
    Fr. Aidan Peter is away on retreat but would like to extend a great big THANK YOU to all who helped make his Jubilee...
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  • Week Of May 21st
    I want to write about priesthood. This week I celebrate 25 years of Josephite Priesthood. I remember the day of my ordination vividly....
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  • Week Of May 14th
    We congratulate our 1st Holy Communion children who received the sacrament for the first time this Saturday. I want to thank their parents...
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  • Week Of May 7th
    Thank you for all the kind regards to the Josephites and the DMJs on the 200th anniversary of our Foundation in 1817. We...
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  • Week Of April 30th
    This Monday, May 1,st The Feast of St Joseph the worker is the 200th anniversary of the Founding of the Josephite Fathers (the...
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  • Week Of April 23rd
    First of all, I want to thank all those who helped make our Easter celebrations be wonderful worship of Our Risen Lord. The...
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  • Week Of April 16th (Easter Sunday)
    May the Glory of the Risen Christ shine upon you and your family and enfold you in his grace and love. Easter, the...
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  • Week Of April 9th (Palm Sunday)
    Passion Sunday (also known as Palm Sunday) starts Holy Week. If one looks at the Gospels we notice that apart from the earliest...
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  • Week Of April 2nd
    Well it is good to be home again and in my own bed after my extended trip to Africa. My visit was very...
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  • Week Of March 26th
    From Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom The current crisis is not only economical and financial but is rooted in an ethical and...
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  • Week Of March 19th
    From Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom If we——all of us——accept the grace of Jesus Christ, He changes our heart and from sinners...
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  • Week Of March 12th
    From Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom And I want to repeat these three words:  please, thank you, sorry.  Three essential words!  We...
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  • Week Of March 5th
    From Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom Most people nowadays would not consider love as related in any way to truth.  Love is...
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  • Week Of February 26th
    From Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom Crossing the threshold of faith means that we keep our eyes filled with wonder and do...
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  • Week Of February 19th
    From Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.  Those...
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  • Week Of February 12th
    Well, I will see you the weekend of March 24th! I have left for my six week mission as Vicar General of the...
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  • Week Of February 5th
    This week we commence our Together in Mission campaign. I want in this piece to formally offer you all a profound thanks for...
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  • Week Of January 29th
    This week we celebrate Catholic Schools and Education. We are blessed with both an Elementary and a High School in the parish. We...
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  • Week Of January 22nd
    Next Saturday the 28th, our children in the first communion program will be making their first reconciliations. This is a big step for...
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  • Week Of January 15th
    After all our Christmas Festivities and with the last three feasts of the season reflecting on the ways God is revealed to us,...
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  • Week Of January 8th
    One of the joys of coming from England is that we don’t have termites over there, so tenting has never been something I...
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  • Week Of January 1st
    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL I’m sure that many of you like me cannot think where 2016 went. It was a...
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  • Week Of December 25th
    Well I hope you all having a great Christmas. Christmas is a season which goes on until Epiphany when the Magi arrive to...
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  • Week Of December 18th
    A week to go until Christmas. Always a time of expectancy mixed with a great deal of hard work and family fun. The...
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  • Week Of December 11th
    This week I have just started to feel Christmas in the air! Decorations in gardens and all over houses have started to twinkle...
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  • Week Of December 4th
    This Sunday the Gospel introduces us to one of the important figures in Advent, John the Baptist. He quotes the great prophet of...
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  • Week Of November 27th
    THANKS. Thanks for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Thanks for your generosity to the Josephite African Missions. Thanks, thanks, thanks....
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  • Week Of November 20th
    Well, we have come to the end of the Year of Mercy. What a joy it has been for the parish. We have...
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  • Week Of November 13th
    I feel somewhat awkward as an Englishman writing to you about the election. Also, given the timeline of the production of this bulletin...
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  • Week Of November 6th
    Last weekend our musicians had an excellent time of ministry development with the composer Paul Inwood and his wife Catherine. Much was learned...
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  • Week Of October 30th
    Well it is incredible for me to think that I have now been the pastor here at SLDM for exactly one year to...
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  • Week Of October 23rd
      While Fr. Aidan Peter is away, he would like to share this reflection with you:   BREAD, WINE AND GENTLENESS Be gentle...
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  • Week Of October 16th
      While Fr. Aidan Peter is away, he would like to share this reflection with you: DISCLOSURE Prayer is like watching for the...
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  • Week Of October 9th
    Well, we had a great time with Bishop Robert last week. We must all heed his expression of the Church’s message to be...
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  • Week Of October 2nd
      We welcome Bishop Robert with us this weekend. He will celebrate the 11.30 Mass as a “Welcome Home” Mass for the Year...
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  • Week Of September 25th
    I want to thank everyone who helped out with the Ministries fair. I hope all who signed up will enjoy their involvement in...
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  • Week Of September 18th
    If we look at our church during Mass we see that it is pretty full. That’s because we spread out a bit. But...
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  • Week Of September 11th
    This week at Mass one of the psalm responses was “The Lord takes delight in his people”. Well, all I can say is...
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  • Week Of September 4th
    This weekend we witness the Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta (Kolkata); an Albanian nun whose life became totally devoted to relieving the...
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  • Week Of August 28th
    Well I’m back from the Josephite General Chapter and my holiday (that’s “vacation” in your dialect) with my family and friends. As I...
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  • Week of August 21st
    While Fr. AP is away, he has chosen this passage for you to enjoy: FIT FOR GOD Holy God, who madest me And...
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  • Week of August 14th
    While Fr. AP is away, he has chosen this passage for you to enjoy: A MEDITATION God has created me to do Him...
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  • Week of August 7th
    While Fr. AP is away, he has chosen this passage for you to enjoy: NOTHING MORE THAN LOVE Love is a great thing,...
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  • Week of July 31th
    While Fr. AP is away, he has chosen this passage for you to enjoy: Dream Church This is the Church of my dreams-...
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  • Week of July 24th
    While Fr. AP is away, he has chosen this passage for you to enjoy: Only a House What is this place where we...
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  • Week of July 17th
    While Fr. AP is away, he has chosen this passage for you to enjoy: Bread, wine and gentleness Be gentle When you Touch...
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  • Week of July 10th
    This week and next, the General Chapter of the Congregation of the Josephites takes place in our French speaking boarding school in the...
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  • Week of July 3rd
    The Entry Antiphon for this Sunday has three key words which go together Mercy, Praise and Justice. In this Year of Mercy we...
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  • Week of June 26th
    In today’s Gospel,Jesus starts his journey to Jerusalem after his time in Samaria where he was not made welcome because of his destination....
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  • Week of June 19th
    We must be clear about something, following Christ and living his merciful Gospel is to embark on a radical, challenging and constantly life...
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  • Week of June 12th
    After last week’s Gospel where Jesus cut through a taboo by touching the funeral bier carrying the widow of Nain’s Son, now we...
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  • Week of June 5th
    We now settle down into the season of Ordinary Time. I have always had an ambivalent attitude towards this title, “Ordinary” time? Surely...
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  • Week of May 29th
    This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Corpus et Sanguinis Christi (the Body and Blood of Christ) transferred now from its traditional Thursday...
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  • Week Of May 22nd
    Well, we move into so called Ordinary Time, but the next two Sundays have feasts not from the Gospel life of Christ but...
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  • Week Of May 15th
    This week we celebrate Pentecost. It is in many ways a hinge feast between Easter and the rest of the Liturgical Year. It...
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  • Week Of May 8th
    We come to the feast of the Ascension, when Christ returns to be seated at the right hand of his heavenly Father. There...
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  • Week Of May 1st
    In our Gospel today, Jesus is preparing the Apostles for a future without Him physically present in their midst. He is going to...
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  • Week Of April 24th
    Our destiny is glory! The descent of Jesus in the incarnation is set to be the rising to the throne of Grace. Jesus...
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  • Week Of April 17th
    Our second reading this week from the book of the Apocalypse is intriguing to say the least and it is so full of...
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  • Week Of April 10th
    As I look out of my window whilst typing this missive it is very sunny and a warm 80+. Here we are in...
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  • Week Of April 3rd
    Happy Easter Everybody! May the gift of the resurrection of Christ be with you and your loved ones this Easter Season. Yes remember it...
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  • Week Of March 27th
    In this Jubilee Year of Mercy Easter takes on perhaps an even greater significance for us if that were possible. Easter is the...
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  • Week of March 20th
    Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week, the most important time in the Church’s year. We accompany Christ into Jerusalem and then...
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  • Week of March 13th
    Our Gospel this week is almost pure comedy were it not for the fact that sin and miss-applied legalism was involved. It is...
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  • Week of March 6th
    Today’s Gospel of the prodigal son is universally accepted as one of the greatest parables. It is such a rich story that could...
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  • Week of February 28th
    In Lent we are reminded that the Gospel is for the most part a real challenge rather than a comfort. We need to...
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  • Week of February 21st
    The Gospel today recalls the wonderful moment when Jesus and the core group of the Apostles go up a high mountain to pray...
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  • Week of February 14th
    The 40 days of Lent are upon us. Preface II for Lent tells us, “For you have given your children a sacred time...
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  • Week of February 7th
    This week we see the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday 10th. You can see the times for the Masses and Ashing Ceremonies here. I...
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  • Week of January 31st
    Last week, Jesus started his public ministry and today’s Gospel continues where last week left off. Jesus from the very start challenges the...
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  • Week of January 24th
    This weekend at St. Louis (next week at St Anthony’s and San Ramon) we have the In-pew Exercise for the Together in Mission...
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  • Week of January 17th
    In our 2nd reading today St. Paul paints a wonderful picture of the Holy Spirit working through us with so many different gifts...
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  • Week of January 10th
    This weekend we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord. It is the hinge from the Christmas season into the period we call Ordinary...
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  • Week of January 3rd
    Well the Christmas Festivities draw to a close today with the Feast of the Epiphany, when the Christ child is honored and worshiped...
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  • Week of December 27th
    A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the Christmas festivities go so well. The Church looks beautiful and we certainly celebrated...
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  • Week of December 20th
    “Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in the old man’s hat. If you haven’t got a ha’penny...
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  • Week of December 13th
    This weekend 12/13 Dec. the 3rd Sunday in Advent, at the Saturday Spanish Mass and the 11.30 Sunday Mass, we will formally bless...
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  • Week of December 6th
    Well here we are in the month of Advent having just received two riveting Missions. The Hispanic community mission with Fr Leandro and...
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  • Week of November 29th
    Well, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and where possible you were able to offer hospitality to someone...
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