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

Feast of St. Blaise
Blessing of Throats

Feast of St. Blaise
Friday, February 3

Individual Blessing of Throats
at the 9:00 AM Mass

Sunday Masses, February 4/5
General Blessing of Throats
at all Masses


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, February 3, 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

Collection of
Old Palm

Don’t know what to do with last year’s palm? Baskets for collection of old palm are available in the Gathering Space until February 12th. We will burn the palm and the ashes will be used for distribution on Ash Wednesday, February 22nd.

February, March, April
Meeting Schedule

February 12:
Join us for coffee and conversation on February 12th after the 10:00 mass and we can lend a hand for SOUPer Bowl.

If you would like to make soup or chili for SOUPer Bowl, please sign up here.

March 12:
Join us for coffee and conversation after the 10:00 mass.

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.

St. Peter’s Support
Group Bus Trip to PA

St. Peter’s Support Group
Bus Trip to Gettysburg and Hershey
April 26-28

St. Peter’s Support Group invites parishioners and friends to join us on our bus trip to Gettysburg and Hershey. We depart from the church parking lot on Wednesday morning April 26 and return Friday evening April 28.

The itinerary includes a narrated tour of Gettysburg and the battlefield, plus a visit to Eisenhower’s home. In Hershey we will tour and learn the history of the town, take the Chocolate World tour ride, and visit the Hershey Gardens. As an added treat, we will stop at The Turkey Hill Experience on route to learn about making delicious ice cream. Yummy.

Price of $489 double occupancy $625 single includes 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, bus transportation and all taxes and gratuities. Contact Kathy Marshall to sign up. 201-615-7824 of email

A Jubilee Event:
SOUPer Bowl

As we continue to celebrate St. Peter’s 75th Anniversary, our Lector Ministry is sponsoring a fun, creative and scrumptious event, not only to celebrate our 75th Anniversary but also “Souper Bowl Sunday” on February 12th!!!

Watch the game as you enjoy some soup or chili prepared by our talented parish chefs just for this special weekend!

Do you have a delicious family recipe for a tasty and hearty soup, or are you a “Chef du jour” of a wonderful and warm chili recipe? Would you like to share your soup or chili on Souper Bowl Sunday with our parish?

Here are the details:

• Quart containers will be available the weekend before Souper Bowl Weekend (February 4,5). Take enough to fill with your Soup or Chili recipe (limit of 5 containers will be offered)

• Bring your marked, filled quart containers to the Gathering Space at 8 AM on Sunday, February 12-Souper Bowl Sunday

• Bring 2 printed copies of your recipe with your containers, as your recipe will be included in our future St. Peter’s 75th Anniversary Cookbook

• All containers of Chili and Soup will be sold in our Gathering Space on Souper Bowl Sunday, after all Sunday Masses, for a $5 donation, which will go to our Food Pantry

Join in on the fun, share your recipes, delight our parish community with your culinary talents, root for your favorite team, and make a difference by supporting our Food Pantry.

Please click here to access our sign up genius where you will fill in your name, name of your soup or chili recipe and number of containers needed so that we know how many quarts we will have to distribute on the weekend of February 4/5.

A Jubilee Event:
Holy Land Pilgrimage

Fr. AJ DeSilva is leading a Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from the 4th to the 13th of November, 2023.

Click here for the informational flyer and reservation form (pdf)

Click here to sign up or to see answers to questions posed at the recent informational meeting

A Jubilee Event:
International Luncheon

Volunteers Needed!
celebrating our

The New Evangelization Ministry is seeking volunteers to help plan this Jubilee event, which will take place on Palm Sunday, April 2.

Please contact Diana Caporino at for more information and to volunteer.

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.

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?


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
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)
Next available weekends (Newark, NJ):
March 24-26, 2023
September 22-24, 2023

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.

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.

    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


    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.


    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.