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


Holy Week

Palm Sunday – April 2
Blessing of Palms at all Masses
Saturday – 5:00 PM
Sunday – 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM

Chrism Mass – April 3
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart – 8:00 PM

April 3, 4, 5
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Daily Mass: 9:00 AM

Holy Thursday – April 6
Morning Prayer – 9:00 AM
Midday Prayer – 11:30 AM
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper with
Procession of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 PM
Adoration until Midnight

Good Friday – April 7
Morning Prayer – 9:00 AM
Stations of the Cross – 12 Noon
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
with Veneration of the Cross

and Holy Communion at 3:00 PM
  Taize Service at 7:00 PM

Holy Saturday – April 8
Morning Prayer – 9:00 AM
Easter Food Blessing – 11:00 AM
Easter Vigil Mass of the Resurrection – 8:00 PM

Easter Sunday Masses
April 9

8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM

Monday – April 10
9:00 AM Mass

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Parish Office:
Closed Holy Thursday, April 6
Closed Good Friday, April 7
Closed Holy Saturday, April 8
Closed Easter Sunday, April 9
Closed Monday, April 10

Join the New
Evangelization Ministry

The New Evangelization Ministry would like to extend their gratitude to the community of St. Peter’s for supporting Community Sunday on March 26th!

Community Sunday is a great way to connect with other parishioners, make new friends, enjoy refreshments and share what is happening in our vibrant community!

All are welcome to join our ministry. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 7:45 PM in the parish center.

Feel free to join our meeting and learn more about what we do for our community. No commitment necessary.

For more information, please contact Cris Olson at

Disaster Relief for
Mississippi Tornadoes


In response to the devastation in Mississippi, a member of the Advocacy for Peace and Justice Ministry will be in the Gathering Space before and after each of the Masses the weekend of April 15th and 16th to accept check and cash donations. The money collected will be brought directly to the local American Red Cross office and will be used for the re-building of the communities impacted by the recent tornadoes.

Sneaker and
Socks Drive

The Soup Kitchen at St. John’s Church, where Father Camilo Cruz is Pastor, serves approximately 500 meals (breakfast and lunch) each day to feed the hungry of Newark.  St. John’s is currently in need of new men’s and women’s sneakers and white socks for those who visit the Soup Kitchen, as well as parishioners at St. Patrick Pro Cathedral, where Father Cruz is also Pastor, and people from the larger Newark population.

As different sizes are needed, please take a sneaker tag from the display in the Gathering Space and purchase the required size.  Please bring the sneakers and/or socks to the Gathering Space by April 16th, the Sunday after Easter Sunday.  Thank you for participating in this important parish activity.


Respect Life
Ministry News

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

How can we help you?


Cardinal Tobin: Why all life is worthy of our protection, care
January 20, 2023 (Full Statement)


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

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.

Next retreats, in both English and Spanish:
September 22-24, 2023 – Newark, NJ

(Option 2 for Spanish) (English) (Spanish)

A Jubilee Event:
International Celebration

International Celebration
of our Cultural Diversity

You’re invited to an afternoon of food tasting and fellowship as we celebrate the cultural diversity of St. Peter’s parishioners during our 75th Anniversary year. At 1:00 on April 2 (Palm Sunday), the Parish Center will be transformed to reflect the International Celebration of Our Cultural Diversity. We are envisioning a multi-cultural buffet where people walk around and taste samples of food from around the world.

All are welcome whether you contribute or not. There is NO charge for this event. However, if you want to make a donation at the celebration, the money will be sent to Catholic Charities.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join other parishioners on Sunday, April 2, at 1:00 pm. It will be a chance to sample food, learn about other cultures, connect with people who you may recognize from Church but haven’t yet met, and gather with family and friends. It’s a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate St. Peter’s Jubilee.

For more information, please stop by the Information Table in the Gathering Space or email Diana Caporino at



A Jubilee Event:
Sacrament Celebration

Submit Photos by April 2

As we honor Saint Peter’s 75th Jubilee, we would like to share memories of some of the special days we have had in our parish.

We are inviting parishioners to share with us photos of you and your family celebrating sacraments at Saint Peter’s. You can share photos of Baptisms, First Communions, First Reconciliations, Confirmations, and Marriages.

On Easter weekend, these photos will be displayed as a slide show in the gathering space. As parishioners come to celebrate Easter mass, we hope they will take a moment to view the pictures and be reminded of the many special days we have had in this building.

To share pictures, there is a simple form that allows you to upload photos directly from your phone or computer. Go to

If you prefer you can attach your photos to an email and send to

We hope you will take this opportunity to search back through photos, to share memories with parishioners, and to celebrate what a special place Saint Peter’s has in our lives.

Come to the
April Meeting

April 16:
The meeting will be April 16th since Easter is April 9th. Our guest speaker will be Heidi Gross, Publisher-Creative Director of Autumn Years magazine, Celebrating Life over 55. Join us for coffee and conversation as we wrap up the Spring Season.

The group will not meet in May or June. We will all be busy with the Jubilee celebration, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and graduations.

A Jubilee Event: 75th
Anniversary Dinner Dance

Save the Date
June 11, 2023
75th Jubilee Mass and
Dinner/Dance Celebration

Plan to celebrate St Peter’s 75th Anniversary on June 11th. It will be a beautiful day! Mass will be celebrated at 12:00. A dinner dance will follow from 3:00-7:00 at The Graycliff in Moonachie. Details to follow.

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.

    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 after 9AM Mass



    "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

    2023 Spring Plant Sale

    Spring is right around the corner so it’s time to order your flats of flowers, potted plants and herbs, and hanging baskets! The St. Peter Academy Spring Flower Sale is on and we’re ready for your orders!

    Order forms may be found in the “take one” rack in the Gathering Space and at all the church exits or download the form here (pdf).

    All orders must be received by Friday, March 24th. Your flowers will be delivered to the St. Peter Academy upper parking lot on Monday, May 8th and will be ready for pick up between 12noon – 6pm.

    Please review the order form and mark your selections carefully. Thank you for your support of this St. Peter Academy fundraiser! If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Donohue at

    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.