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

St. Peter’s Carnival
September 26-29

The Annual St. Peter’s Carnival will be held Thursday-Sunday,  September 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th.

Have you signed up to work one of the game booths? Please check out our Sign Up Genius and plan on spending some fun time in one of the game booths over the weekend. Don’t forget if your Confirmation candidate needs service hours they can sign up to be a ‘runner’ during the Carnival. We have many spots that still need to be filled and we appreciate all our volunteers who help out!

Sign up to volunteer here:

Raffle Tickets and Pre-Sale Ride Tickets are on sale after mass and in the rectory.  Both the raffle and ride tickets are $25.00 each.

September 26-29
Thursday: 6:00-9:00 PM
Friday: 6:00-11:00 PM
Saturday: 1:00-11:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00-8:00 PM

We hope to see you all at the Carnival!
The Carnival Committee

Parish Food Drive
to Benefit CFA

We will be conducting a parish Food Drive to benefit the Center for Food Action the weekend of September 21/22. Please bring donations to the Gathering Space any time up until 2:00 PM on Sunday.

All nutritious food will be gratefully accepted, but especially needed are canned meats and tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, soups, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, tomato sauce, canned and dried beans, rice and baby food. Also: paper goods, personal hygiene products and diapers. Thanks for your help!

Christmas Tea
Planning Meeting

Our Committee will be meeting on Wednesday September 25 at 7:30 PM in the Parish Center. If you are interested in joining our committee please join us on Wednesday or contact Kathy at 201-575-2235

3rd Annual Ladies Christmas Tea

Thursday, December 5, 2019 – 7:00 PM
An evening you will not want to miss!


Evenings of
Peace & Friendship

Next Peace & Friendship Meeting
October 8 – 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)

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, October 15
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

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)


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

CYO Basketball

St Peter CYO
Registration Now Open
(2019 – 2020 Season)

Registration closes October 6th


MOMS Children’s
Clothing Swap

The Spring Clothing Swap will be Saturday, September 21st from 9:00AM-11:00AM in the Parish Center.

We will be collecting children’s clothing donations on Friday, September 20th, from 3:00-7:00PM in the Parish Center.

For more information, contact Lauren at


Advocacy for Peace and
Justice Discussion

Please join us on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, for an opportunity for open, honest and prayerful dialogue on topics of peace and justice that are part of the fabric of our society. In response to the Vatican-sponsored World Day for Migrants and Refugees, our first topic this year will be reading/discussion/prayer on the plight of our brothers and sisters seeking a better life for their families and themselves. We will meet in the Parish Center at 7:30PM. Please know how very welcome you are!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 7:00 PM, the Advocacy for Peace and Justice Committee will host an evening of Information and Inspiration. Ms. Miriam Ford and Ms. Colleen Kelly, each of whom recently returned from weeks at the United States/Mexican border, will share their experiences. More information will be forthcoming in the Bulletin prior to this event. Please plan to join us for this timely and important presentation.

St. Peter Academy

Saturday, October 12, 2019  10am
Registration at 9am

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

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.