Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s

Evening of Information
and Inspiration

Please join us for
an evening of


as we hear about and
pray for those detained at the

Presented by
Miriam Ford and Colleen Kelly

   October 23, 2019
   7:00 P.M.
   St. Peter the Apostle Parish


Quilt Raffle
Tickets & Drawing

The St. Peter’s Quilting Ministry will be raffling off a beautiful quilt made by their talented members to support their work in creating quilts for donation to our parish homebound as well as teens at Covenant House.

Tickets will be sold in the Gathering Space Oct. 12/13, Oct. 19/20, and Oct. 26/27 after all Masses.

Tickets are $5 for one or $10 for three. The winning ticket will be pulled on October 27th after the 12:30pm Mass. Please stop by and support our dedicated ministry members.

All Saints Day
Holy Day of Obligation

Holy Day of Obligation
All Saints Day
Thursday, November 1

Thursday, October 31
7:30 PM

Friday, November 1
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Parish Office:
Closed November 1


All Souls Mass of

All Souls Day Mass of Remembrance
Sunday, November 3 – 11:00 AM Mass

Our Catholic tradition is rich in its belief that our loved ones who have died are not removed from our care.  By prayer we accompany them and assist them in their final journey to the Kingdom of God. On All Souls Day, we remember all those who have died.

On Sunday, November 3rd, at 11:00 AM, a Mass will be celebrated to remember our deceased family and friends. In a candle-lighting ceremony, the names of all the deceased who have had funerals in the parish in the last year will be remembered. 

If you had a family member die in the last year who was not buried from St. Peter’s and you will be present for the Mass, please call the rectory at 201-261-3366 or email the name to by Wednesday, October 30th. Your loved one’s name will be read and someone in your family will receive a candle in remembrance.

The Book of the Names of the Dead

Located near the Baptismal Font you will find The Book of the Names of the Dead which already contains the names of those who have died and were buried from St. Peter’s. We invite you to enter the names of your deceased loved ones who will be prayed for during the month of November, the month of All Souls.

All Soul’s Remembrance

All Souls Day envelopes are in your envelope packets and are also available in the Gathering Space. The names you place on these  envelopes will be prayed for at all the Masses on All Souls Day as part of a novena of nine Masses in November that begin on November 2. Please place your envelopes in the basket located in the Gathering Space or bring them to the rectory.  


Care for the

Care for the Caregivers is an outreach ministry to caregivers which offers spiritual and emotional support as well as resources and information to those with families of our own caring for loved ones while also caring for aging or ill parents or other family members. Known as “The Sandwich Generation,” we often neglect our own physical, emotional and spiritual needs. The support sessions are led by Lenore Guido, Social Worker/Bereavement Coordinator at Holy Name Hospice and Palliative Care Community, and joined by Donna Grotheer and Chris Black.

Next Meeting:
Tuesday, November 12
7:00-9:00 PM
Casazza Center (Rectory)

In order for us to plan properly, we ask that you register by calling the rectory at 201-261-3366, emailing, or using the convenient registration form below. But keep in mind that the doors to St. Peter’s are always open in case you make a last minute decision to join us.

We hope you will join us for these enlightening and reflecting evenings. May you find comfort and strength through Our Lord, Jesus.


All Meetings in the Parish Center (unless noted) – 7:00-9:00 PM

September 17
October 15
November 12 – Casazza Center
December 17


January 14
February 18
March 17
April 14
May 5 (make-up date, if needed)


Evenings of
Peace & Friendship

Next Peace & Friendship Meeting
November 12 – 7:30 PM – Chapel

Come join us for a relaxed evening all about exploring God’s Word in community. We’ll read the upcoming Sunday Scripture, spend some time discussing, and finish the evening with conversation and friendship. It’s a terrific opportunity for parish acquaintances to become friends, a place for ministries to network, an occasion for the peace of God to come into our lives.

It’s open to all St. Peter’s parishioners and friends. You can come as often you wish. There’s no commitment and nothing to join. Please RSVP by emailing or use the form below to let us know you are coming so we can prepare:


All Meetings in the Chapel – 7:30 PM
unless noted

Sept 10
Oct 8
Nov 12

Nov 26
Dec 3
Dec 10
Dec 17 – Casazza Center


Jan 14
Feb 11

Feb 25
Mar 3
Mar 10
Mar 17
Mar 24
Mar 31

Apr 14
May 12 – Parish Center (Rm3-4)
June 9 – Parish Center (Rm3-4)

Rosary Society
Living Rosary

The Rosary Society is inviting the parish to join us on Monday, October 21 at 7 PM in the church, to participate in the Living Rosary. Please join us in experiencing this beautiful experience. Refreshments will be served after.

For those who wish to join the Rosary Society the dues are $15.00.

We will have a brief update meeting also during the refreshments to introduce the new co-leaders and to discuss the upcoming dates for meetings.


Support Group for Parents
Grieving the Death of a Child

Third Monday of each month
Next meeting: October 21
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Rectory
No preregistration and no fee


St. Martin’s Kitchen
Help Needed

Saturday, November 12: All who wish to participate are invited to join us. We will assemble in the parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and return to River Edge by 2:30 p.m.  In order to ensure that we will have enough volunteers, we would ask that all who intend to go call Ed Bowen at 201-599-3112. Your generous response is appreciated.


New Lectors

The Lector Ministry is inviting parishioners to join this ministry to proclaim readings from Scripture, except the Gospel, at Sunday Masses.  We have a great need for new Lectors at every weekend Mass.

What is required of this ministry?

♦ A love of Scripture
A voice that is pleasing to the ear and can project to the entire worship space
The ability to read slowly and with feeling

New Lectors can register for the Mass they normally attend.  Lectors are assigned to read based on the number of Lectors registered for each Mass, so they may be assigned to read as frequently as once every few weeks or once a month.  Lector workbooks will be provided to those who register for this ministry and attend one of the training sessions.  The dates of the Lector Training will be published shortly.


3rd Annual Ladies
Christmas Tea

Gather your friends and family to prepare your hearts and minds for the Christmas season at St. Peter’s 3rd Annual Ladies Christmas Tea:

WHEN: Thursday, December 5, 2019
WHERE: St. Peter The Apostle Church/Gym
TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
GUEST SPEAKER: Marianne Conway
THEME: “Accept The Invitation”

More information will be available after all masses on October 27, 2019

Altar Servers Invited
Grades 4-8

New Altar servers are invited!

What does an altar server do?
– Assists the priest and deacon at Mass
– Helps at weddings, funerals, and other Liturgical celebrations.

What are the qualifications to be an altar server?
– 4th-8th graders who have received First Communion
– Reliable and willing to serve at Mass
– Able to attend training sessions.
– Training Sessions for New Altar Servers will be announced later.

For more information, parents please contact:
Fr. Andrew   201-261-3366

Quick Links

Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Teen Mass Schedule

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon



Cardinal Tobin: Transparency & Healing

Archdiocese of Newark: Commitment to Transparency and Healing

“The release of names of clergy with a credible allegation(s) of sexual abuse of a minor is part of our ongoing commitment to be transparent to help bring healing to the victims and to help restore trust in the leadership of Catholic Church. Additionally, the disclosure of the names is part of our ongoing commitment to protect our children and to ensure safe environments for minors.

The list is the result of an extensive review of the Archdiocese’s records by an Archdiocesan review team and outside legal counsel to identify allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy in the Archdiocese dating back to 1940. The disclosure of this list of names is not an endpoint in our process – it is a beginning.

We express genuine sorrow and regret to the victims who put their trust in a member of the Church only to have that trust so profoundly betrayed.

We must protect our children, first, foremost, and always.

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., February 13, 2019

Caution: Email and Texting Scams

Continuing Caution Concerning Email and Texting Scams

There has been an increase in the number of fraudulent emails across the country. Financial losses can exceed hundreds of thousands of dollars and are often uninsured.

Recently we have received notification of email and text scams that will use the name of a pastor to solicit funds in the form of gift cards or cash donations.

The email usually includes no recipients’ name, and asks for financial help for a worthy cause. The pastor’s name concludes the request.

Several of our pastors have already heard from parishioners who have received emails or text messages, seemingly from the pastor, asking for donations.

Our parishes and schools do not raise money in this manner so please exercise the utmost caution when receiving this type of communication.

Law enforcement agencies urge parishioners to question any email or text that doesn’t come from a person in their contacts. If a pastor’s name is used, parishioners should contact the parish to verify the legitimacy of the appeal.

Anyone who feels that they have been the victim of this type of scam is urged to contact their local police department.

Outside St. Peter’s

40 Days for Life: 9/25-11/3

From September 25 through November 3, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to actively participate by peacefully praying during a 40-day vigil outside the Women’s Choice Abortion Clinic, 10 Zabriskie Street, Hackensack.

We pray for the babies, their moms and the staff as well as for God’s protection of all human life. Please consider giving some of your time this Fall by joining us to pray one hour a week to help bring an end to abortion.

If you’d like more information – and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact: Margaret 201-805-0937

Help New Moms at New Hope

We offer outreach to first-time single moms who are in crisis and call upon us for assistance. Please see our web site to learn more about our all-volunteer program and our Pregnancy Resource Center. Read about some of our many moms who rely on your generosity to make ends meet. Come visit our Center at 149 Third Avenue, Westwood, NJ. If you have a passion for pro-life, please consider volunteering. If you know anyone in need, we are here to help. E-mail us at or call us at (201) 722-4705.

Police Reserves Needs Volunteers

Volunteers Needed to Join the River Edge Police Reserves

Make a difference; give us your time and talent!

The River Edge Police Department is currently seeking volunteers to join their dedicated team of Police Reserve officers.  The Police Reserves are civilian volunteers trained to support and contribute to the overall safety and protection of the community.  The Reserve force provides the department with extra manpower on a regular basis that can be deployed quickly for critical incidents and other emergency situations that require more officers than would otherwise be available.

Applications to become an Officer in the River Edge Police Reserves are accepted year round and can be picked up in person at the River Edge Police Department Headquarters.

Knights of Columbus Membership

The Knights of Columbus are inviting all Catholic gentlemen over the age of 18 to join our organization for promoting our guiding principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The River Edge Knights serve the Parish of Saint Peters the Apostle and local community by volunteering their time and treasure in assisting the poor, disabled and disenfranchised, as well as programs for supporting our youth. Please contact Bob Garcia on: 201-262-7766, or via Email:, or on our website: for more information. We look forward to welcoming you!

LIONS Needed!

The River Edge Lions Club is in need of some new members due to a recent drop in enrollment (retirement, relocation, other obligations).  The Club does much to help the visually impaired, families in need, schools, scouts, recreation, and other community organizations as well as national and international causes.  “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.”  Please join in helping others.  The Lions meet at the River Edge Diner on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of September through June.  Please call Lorraine or Mike Blake at 201-967-1289 for more information.

Bergen Volunteers Needed

The Bergen Volunteer Center turns caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to meet community needs. We can provide your members with information about a multitude of choices for a rewarding volunteer experience.  Individual volunteer opportunities, group projects, family-friendly volunteering, student or school volunteer ideas—The Volunteer Center can help in choosing an activity that is a good match for a person’s talents, interests and availability. Our website ( lists hundreds of volunteer opportunities in and around Bergen County.

Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients. If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact Rev. David Armstrong – Director, Pastoral Care, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601 – 551-996-2345.

Request for Hospice Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care. Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.

Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit patients during the daytime hours during the week and weekends. Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of 6 months. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals. For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-523-9745 or

Birthright: Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.

St. Peter Academy News

Adopt-A-Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.


The Seniors of St. Peter's

For Ages 55+
2nd Sunday of the Month
After the 11:00 AM Mass
In the Parish Center

St. Peter's Youth Group

Every Sunday, 7:00 PM in the Youth Room

St. Peter's MoMS Group

MoMS Group
(Ministry of Mothers Sharing)

Weekly on Wednesdays
September to June
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)

All are welcome!

St. Peter's Singles Support Group

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM
St. Peter Academy Meeting Room

All are welcome!

In addition to meetings and giving support when needed, we also travel both locally and internationally and socialize with activities during the week and weekends.
For more information and upcoming events, visit:

Parents Support Group

Support Group for Parents
Grieving the Death of a Child
Third Monday of each month
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Rectory
No preregistration and no fee

Project Linus

Crocheters and knitters meet weekly on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12:00 January through early June in the Casazza Center which is in the basement of the rectory. We make afghans, which are donated through the local chapter of Project Linus to sick and needy babies. All who are interested are welcome.

Any question, email:

St. Peter's Quilters

The quilters meet weekly in the Parish Center on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Fall and Spring (announced in the bulletin). All are welcome. We will find a job for everyone and will teach you our skills. The finished quilts are donated to the homeless teens at Covenant House in Newark. For more info call Pat Weiscarger 201-967-1509 or Kathy Tubridy 201-265-3080.