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

Our church is closed and doors locked until further notice, as per the updated directive from the Archdiocese of Newark.

1. Announcement Concerning St. Peter’s Food Pantry

1. Holy Father to give extraordinary blessing via live stream this Friday, March 27, at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

1. Click Here for Video Message from Fr. Mike
2. IMPORTANT Update from the Archdiocese of Newark

1. Announcement from Catholic Cemeteries

1. Message from Fr. Mike Sheehan and the Pastoral Staff of St. Peter the Apostle Parish

We have been Informed by the Archdiocese that the celebration of the Eucharist is suspended until further notice. From the Archdiocese:
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and until further notice, public celebration of both Sunday Mass and daily Mass is suspended. This decision comes after exhaustive discussion and with an especially heavy heart. It is crucial that you comply with this directive to protect the faithful as well as your own health.

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The Good Lord is with us, and sustained with the grace of God we will overcome this together. Blessings and stay healthy.



St. Peter the Apostle Parish
Video Message from Fr. Mike
Mass Live Stream Sundays at 11:00 AM


These are some other websites where you can participate in the Eucharist via online streaming, or access other resources:

Archdiocese of Newark
Mass livestreams and video playback from Newark:

As many parish communities establish live streaming services online, these streams will become available on the same page.

Daily Mass with Bishop Robert Barron at 8:15 AM
Word on Fire Daily Mass

Notre Dame Mass
live from Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Sundays at 10:00am ET
Monday ~ Saturday. at 9:30 am
Monday ~ Friday at 7 & 11:30pm

Sunday through Saturday at 8am & 12 Noon EST

Monday through Friday at Midnight
EWTN’s weekly schedule, including Masses:

Celebrate daily Mass 1:00 pm ET and Sunday Mass, and pray the rosary with Relevant Radio

Other Virtual Resources
Join families in praying the Children’s Rosary every day at 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm via conference call:
  Children’s 54 Day Rosary – Info
Complimentary online version of Magnificat Prayer Journal
Complimentary Access to Word Among Us Resources


If you need to contact one of the priests for a true emergency here are the emails:

Fr. Mike Sheehan:

Fr. Camilo Cruz:

Fr. Andrew Jung:

The Good Lord is with us and sustained with the grace of God we will overcome this together.

Blessings and stay healthy.

St. Peter’s Taízé Service*
Good Friday, April 19, 2019

Part 1:

Part 2:


*Recorded last minute with an iPhone, but we hope you will enjoy the beautiful music despite the recording imperfections.

Lenten Taízé Prayer:

Listen to the St. Peter’s Taízé Prayer  from last year’s Good Friday service. Click on the Taízé Prayer tab above in the COVID-19 Update Box.

Taízé Prayer:
Canceled until further notice.
Please check back for updates.

Lenten Taízé Prayer:
Wednesday Evenings

March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
7:00 PM in the Church

Join us for our Lenten Taízé Prayer Services every Wednesday through Lent. Taízé is simple, meditative prayer which includes scripture, music and periods of silence. The intent is that through this contemplative prayer the fullness of God might be revealed.

Faith Formation
Classes Suspended

Faith Formation classes are suspended due to the corona virus until further notice.

GIFT families grades 1-6 meeting on Sundays, please complete the work online. Have your child read the chapter, answer the questions online, and submit:

GIFT Make-Up Work

Traditional families that meet on Mondays, please complete the work online if applicable by having your child read the chapter, then answer the questions online and submit:

Traditional Families Make-Up Work

Traditional Faith Formation for Grades 3,4, 6,7,8 on Mondays your lesson plans will be posted shortly.

Care for the Caregiver
March Meeting Canceled

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 Gathering: April 14
March 24 meeting canceled
7:00-9:00 PM
Parish Center

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

January 14
February 18
March 24 (canceled)
April 14
May 5 (make-up date, if needed)


Seder Supper

Seder Supper – CANCELED
Tuesday, March 24th


Community Sunday

Coffee, Crumb Cake and Conversation

Please stop by the Parish Center on Sunday, date TBA, after the 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 Masses for Community Sunday. We extend a special welcome to New Parishioners to join us after the 9:30 or 11:00 Mass.

The New Evangelization Ministry hopes to see you at Community Sunday.

St. Martin’s Kitchen
Help Needed

Saturday, April 11: 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.


Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross Services have been canceled.  Effective 3-25-20 the church will no longer be open for private prayer or personal stations of the cross until further notice, as per the Archdiocese of Newark’s latest directive.


Walk-In Supper Ministry:
Emergency Help Needed

For 28 years, dedicated Family Promise volunteers have provided free nightly meals to anyone who needed one through the Walk-In Dinner Program.
Now, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the availability of food for volunteers to prepare is unpredictable, the gathering of large groups of people is discouraged, and some of our volunteers are at high risk and should not serve.
So how do we fill in the gaps and ensure that people who are hungry can still be fed? The Walk-In Dinner Emergency Fund will help. Funds donated will ensure that people who are in need of a meal tonight, tomorrow or in the weeks to come will have one.
Won’t you please help? Thank you.

Lenten Movie: Unplanned

Date TBA

2:00 PM – Parish Center
Admission: FREE

Unplanned is the inspiring true story of one woman’s journey of transformation. All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women about their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby Johnson to join her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America.

Parents: Unplanned is rated R for the realistic depiction of medical scenes. Teens under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.



If you decide to come last minute, that’s OK. All are welcome!

Lenten Evenings of

Canceled until further notice.
Please check back for updates.

Lent invites us to a time of prayer, reflection and conversation. Join us Tuesdays at 7:30 PM in the chapel.

We will explore the Sunday Scriptures of Lent and help each other understand how Jesus fits into our daily lives. Come as often as you wish. There’s no commitment and nothing to join. We hope you’ll consider making a Lenten journey with us.

Please RSVP below. You can sign up as your schedule permits, or all at once if you know the dates you will attend:

I will attend on (check all that apply):

Tuesday, February 25

Tuesday, March 3

Tuesday, March 10

Tuesday, March 17

Tuesday, March 24

Tuesday, March 31

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


Jan 14
Feb 11 – Parish Center

Feb 25 – Rectory Meeting Room
Mar 3
Mar 10
Mar 17 – Canceled
Mar 24 – Seder Supper – Canceled
Mar 31

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

St. Peter’s Seniors
April Meeting

There will be no Senior meeting in April due to precautions being taken for safety during this medical emergency.

Please check back to see what plans may be ahead in the upcoming months. Stay well!!



Support Group for Parents
Grieving the Death of a Child

Third Monday of each month
March Meeting Canceled
Next Meeting: Monday, April 20
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Rectory
No preregistration and no fee


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


Food Pantry Wednesday
Hours Suspended

Announcement Concerning St. Peter’s Parish Food Pantry

On March 25, 2020 we were instructed by the Archdiocese to close the church building to the public. In light of this requirement, we would like to continue to assist those who need to access this assistance to the extent that we are able. We are asking those who would like to continue to be assisted to please contact me via email ( with your request. Listing if you can, what particular items you may need, and if those items are available we will attempt to fulfill your request to the best of our ability. The priest who is on duty that day will gather the items and they will be left at the front door of the rectory for you to pick up. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause for you. If you are aware of any family or neighbor who is in need of assistance, please inform us and we will attempt to deliver the needed items to them.

As of this announcement, the Wednesday hours for visiting the Food Pantry have been suspended until further notice. Thank you and take good care.

Fr. Mike Sheehan

Women’s Cornerstone

Save the Date!

Women’s Cornerstone weekend has been rescheduled!  Please join us on:

Friday, October 16 through
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Questions? Contact:
Marianne Escheveria Maloney:

More Info



For River Edge Residents

River Edge Residents
Stay Connected – Stay Informed!

Click Here to find out how you can receive Police Alerts & Emergency Updates as well as Borough Related Activities & Program via text and/or email.

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

Feb. 27-April 4: 40 Days for Life

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.