Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s
→ The Signup Genius for Mass Attendance is no longer needed.
The rectory office is available to take care of your requests by phone. Please call 201-261-3366 Monday-Thursday, 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!
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 1, 2021
On Friday, August 6, 2021, Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at St. Peter’s and continue on all first Friday’s of the month. The devotion will begin immediately following the 9:00 am Mass and will take place in the chapel and occur until 3pm. All parishioners are welcomed to pray before the Blessed Sacrament during our Eucharistic Adoration devotions.
We are most grateful and appreciative of the response by those who have already signed-up as adorers for the initial and future first Friday devotion. We still have a need for additional adorers (especially for the 1-2pm and 2-3pm hours) to commit time during each Eucharistic Adoration devotion. A one (1) hour commitments is preferred. Additionally, for those who cannot commit to a regular time, we ask that you consider signing-up to participate on an occasional “as-needed” basis when possible to fill-in voids which may occur. If you are interested, please contact Pat and Paul Lowenwirth at (201) 370-8754 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
We are most excited about this new devotion in our parish and thank you for your support and participation!
Evening of Peace and
Friendship on ZOOM
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
Scheduled on ZOOM
Tuesday, August 10, at 7:30 PM
All are welcomed — there is nothing to join. Please email SCC@saint-peter.org for the link and passcode to the ZOOM meeting.
Remaining 2021 Schedule:
An Update on Meeting In Person: Many of the pandemic restrictions for the Masses have been lifted and we have started to return to some sense of normalcy. At this point no decision has been made as to when we will return to the Parish Center or Chapel. However, we most likely will do so in August. We will advise you when this decision is made and know we do plan to maintain a ZOOM link for those uncomfortable about returning in person or unavailable to do so.
St. Peter’s has begun a telephone outreach to our parishioners who may need assistance. It is called “Care Calls.” It is an opportunity to check in, make sure you are okay and if you are in any specific need. Prayer support will be offered if desired, including an opportunity to schedule a lay Eucharistic visit or clergy visit.
If you are able and willing to volunteer by making phone calls to our parishioners, please let us know of your interest by completing our online sign-up form below. You may also leave a message with Donna Grotheer, at 201-261-3366 ext. 209.
Due to the nature of this outreach, volunteer callers must be at least 21 years old.
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.
and 50/50 Raffle
The Carnival is Back and the Sign Up Genius is now available!!
This year the Annual St. Peter’s Carnival will be held on September 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th.
As you know, volunteers are needed to help in the Game Booths and our online Sign Up Genius is now ready to accept volunteers. Those of you that have volunteered before will receive an email inviting you to sign up again, or anyone can use the link below to sign up:
By now you should have received our letter and raffle tickets for the ‘Welcome Home 50/50’. We will continue to offer contactless on line ticket sales and you can always mail you tickets stubs that you received back to the rectory in the envelope provided. If you would like to use our contactless ticket sale option through Faith Direct here is the link:
The Pre-Sale Ride Tickets will be $30.00 for a sheet of 30 tickets. We should have these ready to sell within the next few weeks and will let you know how we will proceed with the ticket sales.
We hope everyone is enjoying their summer and hope you are looking forward to the Carnival as much as we are!
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Lori Haggerty at email@example.com.
The Carnival Committee
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
“Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved, and forgiven.”
The Church can also be a place to heal. We are called to “be merciful like the Father.”
So many are suffering from the effects of abortion. Where can they heal? Where can they feel safe and loved?
The Archdiocese of Newark Respect Life Office will be hosting two upcoming Rachel’s Vineyard retreats to heal the wounds from abortion.
Retreat dates are:
September 10-12, 2021 (English)
October 22-24, 2021 (Spanish)
Contact the Respect Life Office for more details by calling 973-497-4350 (Spanish option 2)
or e-mail Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org (English) email@example.com (Spanish)
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Please take just one minute to contact your representative in Congress. Please tell them to support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act:
Click here to send an email with just one click!
Read Cardinal Tobin’s Letter:
Cardinal Tobin on Why the Catholic Church opposes the Reproductive Freedom Act
Cardinal Tobin Calls us to Action:
Please visit the New Jersey Right to Life page ( https://njrtl.org ) to find a pre-written letter to our state senator and assemblypeople (Lagana, Swain and Tully). Just provide your name and address, and all three will receive an email. Please stand up for life.
RADICAL NJ LEGISLATION PROPOSED
The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey have issued a statement opposing S3030/A4848, the so-called “Reproductive Freedom Act.” Visit NJ Catholic for more information. You can easily contact legislators through Lifenet Education.
For more information about respect life at St. Peter’s, contact Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org .
“Never tire of firmly speaking out in defense of life from its conception and do not be deterred from the commitment to defend the dignity of every human person with courageous determination. Christ is with you: be not afraid!” – St. John Paul II
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you.” – Jeremiah 1:5
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.
June 6, 2021
New Evangelization Ministry
May 16, 2021
May 9, 2021
May 2, 2021
April 25, 2021
April 18, 2021
Evenings of Peace and Friendship
April 11, 2021
April 4, 2021
March 28, 2021
Singles Support Group
March 21, 2021
March 14, 2021
March 7, 2021
February 28, 2021
The St. Peter’s Food Pantry
Altar Bread, Wine and Lamp
The Altar Bread, Wine or Lamp are available for a number of weeks in 2021 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.
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
"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:
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 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.
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
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.
From the Archdiocese
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
“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.