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

“Waters of the World”
Water Collection

We are looking forward to celebrating the 75th Anniversary of our parish next year and are excited to bring back a past custom to celebrate the universality of the church and the diversity of our parishioners.

As you travel over the next several months, whether local or around the globe, for vacation, business, or leisure, we ask you fill a small bottle or container with water from your travels. The water can come from a font from another church or shrine, or from a lake, river, or ocean. When you return home, please bring the container to St. Peter’s, labeled with your family name and information from where you gathered the water (place, town/city, state, country). Collection receptacles will be available in the Gathering Space.

The “Waters of the World” will be purified and added to the baptismal font and blessed at a 7:30pm mass on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Monday, January 9, 2023. The blessed holy water will be distributed to parishioners for their personal devotion.

Altar Bread, Wine and
Lamp Availability

The Altar Bread, Wine or Lamp are available to reserve in memory of a loved one. The offering is $20 per item per week. Your memorial will be printed under the Mass Intentions in the weekly bulletin for the week you reserve.

Please call the rectory at 201-261-3366 to find out the open weeks and to reserve in your loved one’s name. After reserving your date, your offering can be made by check, or for your convenience, you can submit your offering online securely at Faith Direct One-Time Donation.

First Friday
Eucharistic Adoration

St. Peter’s monthly first Friday Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament devotion will take place in the chapel on Friday, July 1, immediately following the 9:00 AM Mass.

The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring everlasting peace on earth.”   — St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Virtual Book
of Intentions

If you would like to add a name to our Book of Intentions, please enter the person’s name below, and optionally a short description of the reason, if you wish to include it.

Our priests will include your intention(s) in their daily mass.

    To add additional names after sending your first entry, just enter the next name and click “Submit” again as needed.

    Synod Listening Sessions
    Report

    The Synod Listening Sessions Report is available for download (pdf) on our St. Peter’s Synod web page, or you can read the report right on the page. A Comments/Questions form is also available for your feedback:

    St. Peter’s Synod Report Page

    Summer
    Office Hours

    Rectory Office Hours

    Summer Hours:
    Monday to Thursday
    9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Begins week after Memorial Day
    Ends week after Labor Day

    Quick Links

    Mass Schedule

    On the Lord’s Day
    Saturday:
    5:00 PM

    Sunday:
    8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    (10AM Mass Livestreamed)

    Daily
    Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM

    Saturday Morning:
    9:00 AM

    Holy Days of Obligation
    7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
    9:00 AM on Holy Day

    Sacrament of
    Reconciliation

    Saturday:
    11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

    Eucharistic Adoration

    First Friday of the Month
    in the Chapel

    GIVING TO ST. PETER'S

    Notices

    NJ COVID-19 Information Hub

    Do you have questions about when and where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, mask requirements, or how to get a COVID-19 test? The State of New Jersey offers up-to-date information, resources, and guidance at our COVID-19 Information Hub.

    "At Risk" Residents Wanted

    River Edge is committed to helping “at risk” residents during serious emergencies, for example, during a massive power outage with significant snow accumulation. However, rendering assistance requires knowing who needs help.

    “At risk” residents include (but are not limited to) the homebound elderly, living alone or health care aides. Residents of any age with serious health issues, such as a child or adult on a respirator, or those who might need special medications, etc.

    If you have a family member, friend, or neighbor who you believe would be “at risk” in a serious emergency, PLEASE ENCOURAGE THEM TO CONTACT River Edge Health Nurse Arlene Faustini, at (201) 599-6289 for inclusion on her CONFIDENTIAL list.

    River Edge Library Homebound Delivery

    River Edge Library
    Homebound Delivery Service

    ​The River Edge Library has a volunteer-run delivery service to residents of River Edge who are unable to visit the library due to limited mobility, illness or disability. For more information, please visit:

    River Edge Library Homebound Delivery Service

    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.

    Outside St. Peter’s

    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 www.newhopeprc.org 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 info@newhopeprc.org or call us at (201) 722-4705.

    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: kofcriveredge@gmail.com, or on our website: www.kofcriveredge.com 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 (www.bergenvolunteers.org) 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 kiplifesourcehospice@gmail.com

    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.

    Ongoing

    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:
    www.support-group-nj.com

    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:
    carols713@yahoo.com

    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.

    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.

    From the Archdiocese

    Tobin: Statement on Recent Mass Shootings

    Report Abuse

    The Archdiocese of Newark takes very seriously any and all complaints of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy, Religious and lay staff of the Archdiocese We encourage anyone with knowledge of an act of sexual misconduct to inform the Archdiocese immediately so that we may take appropriate action to protect others and provide support to victims of sexual abuse. Although we will report all allegations of abuse immediately to the appropriate County Prosecutor, we encourage anyone with an allegation of abuse also to reach out to the prosecutor. Individuals who report an allegation of sexual misconduct may do so by calling the Victim’s Assistance Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection at (201) 407-3256. The phone numbers for the County Prosecutor for Bergen County: (201) 226-5689.

    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.

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