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

October Meeting
and More!

Join us on October 9th for coffee and conversation. Father AJ will be coming to meet the group. And we might get a Bingo game going too!! The meeting starts immediately following the 10:00AM mass.

Also, mark your calendars for the meeting on November 13th. I have invited Donna Atkins “the Life Story Lady” who will give us pointers on writing our life story! Donna is incredibly entertaining!

CYO Basketball

K thru 12 CYO Basketball Registration is now open through Sunday, October 9, 2022. Please register below:

∼20,000 Rosaries Event∼
∼NJ Right to Life Raffle∼

20,000 Rosary Rallies Across America!
Saturday, October 15 at St. Peter’s

America Needs Fatima! Please gather at the Mary Garden of St. Peter’s (right outside of the Gathering Space) for the 16th Annual Pray the Rosary for America. 20,000 Rosary Rallies is the goal for the recitation of the Rosary on October 15th at 12 Noon. The purpose of this prayer time is for the renewal of America.

Please come for whatever portion of the Rosary for which you have time, a couple of Hail Mary’s, a decade (Our Father, 10 Hail Mary’s, and Glory Be to the Father) or come to pray the full Rosary (Four Mysteries) which should take approximately 90 minutes.

Rosaries will be available for those who may need them and also “How To Pray The Rosary” pamphlets! In case of rain, the Rosary will be held in the church. For more info, email:

New Jersey Right to Life Raffle – October 15/16

New Jersey Right to Life is sponsoring a raffle this Fall to benefit the unborn, the elderly and the handicapped, and to be a voice for the most vulnerable in our society.

St. Peter’s will be selling raffle tickets after all the October 15/16 Masses.  The drawing date is November 18, 2022.  Tickets are $10 each and the prizes are:

1st Prize – 2023 Volvo XC40 AWD SUV valued at $42,400

2nd Prize – $1,000 Shop Rite Gift Card

3rd Prize –  $750 Shop Rite Card

4th Prize –  $500 Shop Rite Gift Card

For more info, email:


All Souls Day Jubilee
Mass of Remembrance

In the time of their visitation they shall shine, and shall dart about as sparks through stubble

All Souls Day is a Catholic day of remembrance dedicated to those who have recently died. Every year, we at St. Peter’s invite families and friends of loved ones who have died this year to attend the All Souls Mass for the Faithful Departed. A candle will be lit from the Paschal candle and given to a family member or friend in memory of the loved one, who now sleeps in Christ.

At this very special Mass, and especially during this, our 75th Jubilee, we invite you to be a part of a special remembrance liturgy; Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 7:30 PM, followed by light refreshments in the parish center.

This year we will remember in a special way any past members of our church who have gone before us with a picture and their name. To achieve this, we ask you to please share a picture of your loved one with us; indicate their name, your name, and your contact information so we can return your photo at the end of the month. A container, located in the gathering space, will be designated for you to leave your photos until October 29th.

We will then line the walls of our church with their pictures, to remind us that they are loved, and they are connected to us. They are the generations of souls who have been born, and baptized, wed, and died in this sacred space. Their pictures and names will remain in the church throughout the month of November, after which time your photos will be returned.

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 email the name to or call the rectory at 201-261-3366 by Wednesday, October 26th. Your loved one’s name will be read and someone in your family will receive a candle in remembrance. 


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.

Please contact Chris Black (ext 206) or Donna Grotheer (x209) at the Rectory 201-261-3366 with any questions you may have.

“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 the Sunday masses on January 8, 2023. The blessed holy water will be distributed to parishioners for their personal devotion.

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.

    Respect Life Committee:
    How Can We Help You?

    St. Peter’s Respect Life Ministry
    We Support Life from
    Conception to Natural Death

    How can we help you?

    40 Days for Life

    Would you like to do something to help unborn babies? Take a leap of faith and get involved with 40 Days for Life! Consider giving one hour on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays, between the hours of 7:00 am and 2:00 pm from 9/28 until 11/6.  St. Peter’s parishioners are there on Tuesdays between 1:00-2:00 pm and Thursdays between 11:00 and 2:00 pm if you would like to join them. We stand in a peaceful and prayerful vigil across from Women’s Choice Abortion Clinic (10 Zabriskie St. in Hackensack), usually praying the rosary. For more information or to sign up, contact Margaret at 201-805-0937 or send an email to

    Local Crisis Pregnancy Centers:

    Birthright of Bergen County
    19 W. Pleasant Ave., Maywood, NJ
    Phone: 201-845-4646
    24/7 HELPLINE: 1.800.550.4900

    New Hope Pregnancy Resource Center
    149 3rd Ave., Westwood, NJ
    Call 24/7: 201-722-4705

    Rachel’s Vineyard
    Healing the pain of abortion …
    one weekend at a time

    Do not continue to live in the shame,
    fear or numbness.
    Call our toll-free national hotlines:
    Rachel’s Vineyard: 877 HOPE 4 ME (877-467-3463)
    National Hotline for Abortion Recovery:
    866-482-LIFE (866-482-5433)

    Rachel’s Vineyard is therapy for the soul
    Participants, who have been trapped in anger toward themselves or others, experience forgiveness. Peace is found. Lives are restored. A sense of hope and meaning for the future is finally re-discovered.

    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, October 7, 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

    Evening of
    Peace & Friendship

    Please plan to join us in casual conversation and discussion about the upcoming Sunday Scripture and its relevance in our lives. We look forward to your sharing this time with us.

    An Evening of Peace & Friendship
    Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30 PM
    in the Chapel and on ZOOM

    All are welcome — there is nothing to join. Please email for the link and passcode to the ZOOM meeting if you don’t plan to attend in person.

    Save the Date!
    Annual Christmas Tea

    Thursday, December 1, 2022

    An evening you will not want to miss!

    St. Peter’s Annual
    Ladies Christmas Tea
    Sponsored by the
    New Evangelization Ministry

    If you are interested in joining our committee, please contact Kathy at

    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.

    Quick Links

    Mass Schedule

    On the Lord’s Day
    5:00 PM

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

    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

    11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

    Eucharistic Adoration

    First Friday of the Month
    in the Chapel



    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 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.

    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.


    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.

    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

    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.