Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s
ANNOUNCEMENT: RECTORY OFFICE CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19
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We are anticipating the celebration of Christmas Masses this year. In light of the present limitations due to the pandemic we are asking you to plan your attendance at Christmas Masses. We have presently scheduled six Masses, three on the Eve and three on Christmas Day.
We request that you sign up for the Mass you would like to attend. We will have space for 100 people at each Mass. Sign up on our regular Mass Sign-Up Genius form.
Please help us with this initiative so that we can determine if we need to plan for additional Masses. Thank you.
The rectory office is available to take care of your requests by phone. Please call 201-261-3366 Monday-Friday 9am-3pm.
The following PDF(s) include the Nicene Creed and the hymns for this Sunday’s and special masses (holy days, etc), which can be used in the absence of hymnals. You can either print it at home to take to mass with you, or view it on your phone at mass if you prefer.
If you do bring printed sheets with you to mass, please be sure to take them home with you after mass. For sanitary purposes, do not leave your sheets in the pews. Thank you!
November 26, 2020
First Sunday of Advent
November 29, 2020
Communal Reconciliation Service
Monday, December 14th – 7:00 P.M.
Individual Reconciliation (Confessions)
Every Saturday during Advent
11:00 A.M. – 12 P.M.
Dec. 2nd , Dec. 9th , Dec. 16th
7:00pm – Church
The Nativity of the Lord
Masses on Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 24th
4:00 P.M. Carols
4:30 P.M. Mass
7:00 P.M. Mass
9:30 P.M. Carols
10:00 P.M. Evening Mass
Masses on Christmas Day
Friday, December 25th
8:00 A.M., 10:00 A.M., 12:00 P.M.
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of God
New Year’s Eve
Thursday, December 31st – 5:00 P.M.
New Year’s Day
Friday, January 1st – 9:00 A.M., 11:00 A.M.
Please sign up in advance due to COVID restrictions.
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Advent / Christmas Live Streams
Advent Taize – Wednesdays
December 2nd, 9th and 16th – 7:00 PM
Thursday, December 3rd – 7:30 PM
Advent Communal Reconciliation Service
Monday, December 14th – 7:00 PM
Christmas Eve 4:00-9:00 PM
Our version of the Yule Log
Christmas Eve Carols 9:30 PM
Christmas Eve 10:00 PM Mass
Christmas Day 10:00 AM Mass
New Year’s Day 11:00 AM Mass
The rectory office is asking for your help in updating your contact information so that we can send you important parish communications by email. We ask that you please take a moment to click on the link below to update your family’s preferred email address and phone number. Thank you for helping us keep our records current.
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.
Advent Taízé Prayer:
December 2, 9 and 16
7:00 PM in the Church
The Liturgical Season of Advent is a time for us to focus on the coming of our Lord. It is a time for us to reflect back and celebrate the anniversary of the Lords first coming into this world. It is also a time for us to prepare that our Lord will come again and we must be ready to meet Him.
We invite you to join us as we enter into this joyful season of preparation and hope.
This year our Advent Giving Tree will be an online Sign-Up Genius form listing the requested gift items for Families within our community, and h.i.p. (Heightened Independence and Progress) — Individuals living independently in spite of their disabilities.
As in the past, Gift Cards are a valuable resource for those we are helping through this Christmas season.
Please bring unwrapped gifts and gift cards to the Gathering Space at any time, but no later than Sunday, December 13th.
If you prefer to donate gift cards, mail or drop off your donation at the Rectory, c/o Chris Black and we will purchase the gift card(s) for you.
Contact Chris Black at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-261-3366 if you have any questions.
Advent Evenings of Peace
and Friendship ZOOM
The Small Christian Communities CORE committee will be hosting an Advent Evening of Peace & Friendship… on ZOOM gatherings at 7:30pm on the following Tuesdays through Advent:
Tuesday, November 24
1st Sunday of Advent 11/29
“What I say to you I say to all: Watch”
Tuesday, December 1
2nd Sunday of Advent 12/06
“Prepare the way of the Lord!”
Tuesday, December 8
3rd Sunday of Advent 12/13
John 1:6-8, 19-28
“Who are you?
And in whose name do you speak?”
Tuesday, December 15
4th Sunday of Advent 12/20
“For with God nothing will be impossible”
Please email SCC@saint-peter.org for the link and passcode to the ZOOM meeting. All are welcomed — there is nothing to join.
Are You Ready?
The New Evangelization Ministry
is hosting a St. Peter’s Advent Reflection:
“Are you ready?”
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7:30 PM
The New Evangelization Ministry would like to invite you to prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth through prayer and reflection.
Are you ready?
Please join us with speaker Eileen Hanrahan to prepare your heart for the Christmas season amid the flurry of Christmas preparation during these uncertain times.
Please sign up below to attend in person (for up to 100 people) or to register for the livestream. All are welcome!
Reproductive Freedom Act is Raw Abuse of Power that Will Oppress the Will of NJ Voters
On October 2nd the Murphy Administration and pro-abortion legislators announced their plans to introduce a radical abortion bill to expand abortion that appears to be similar to one signed into law by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2019. Although the proposed legislation is sure to appease the abortion industry and a small minority of Governor Murphy’s pro-abortion supporters to shore up his base for his re-election, this type of extreme measure is not supported by the majority of people in our state or across our nation who support life protective laws and limits on abortion. That is surely why the majority party and Governor will not seek voter approval on this type of measure, but instead seek to act in an autocratic manner to oppress the will of the people.
This announcement follows the unanimous vote made by the NJ Board of Medical Examiners on September 15th to make abortion less safe for women. The Rule change will now allow abortions to be performed by non-physicians and permit abortions beyond 14 weeks gestation to be performed in an office setting.
Abortion is not healthcare. It is an act of violence that wounds countless women and brutally and painfully takes the lives of so many innocent children. Contrary to the claims of those who make a profit from the bodies of women and the killing of innocent children, abortion is not a safe procedure and laws like this will surely place more women’s lives in danger.
Make Your Voice Heard
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Last spring the pandemic cancelled the Respect Life Committee’s Lenten Afternoon at the Movies event featuring the movie “Unplanned.” Because restrictions still apply, we are making the movie available for home viewing.
If you would like to borrow the DVD, please email Maria Brockmeier at email@example.com who will be happy to drop it off at your house and pick it up after you’ve viewed it.
On the Lord’s Day
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
(10AM Mass Livestreamed)
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM
(Wednesday Mass Livestreamed)
Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
9:00 AM on Holy Day
11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
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:
For River Edge Residents
River Edge Residents
Stay Connected – Stay Informed!
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Cardinal Tobin: Transparency & 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
Report on Parish Listening Session
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com, or on our website: www.kofcriveredge.com for more information. We look forward to welcoming you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Boy Scout Troop 184
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
(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
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
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