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

1. Gradual Opening of St. Peter’s

1. Faith Formation has added the May / Mother’s Day issue of Faith Alive to their Updates tab.

1. Catholic Charities Clothing Bins Reopening May 18: Read More
2. Fr. Mike will be doing a weekly video message every Wednesday.

1. Updated Directives Regarding Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark


While public Masses are suspended, the priests of St. Peter’s are celebrating private Mass each day and the intentions for those Masses are being fulfilled.

When we are able to re-open the Church, if you would like to have your intention celebrated at a public Mass, we will arrange to accommodate your request.

Thank you for understanding and please be assured that your loved ones are remembered at the Masses we celebrate along with all those families who are suffering during this pandemic.

I’m sure you are pleased to know that so many people are benefiting from the grace of the Masses we celebrate each day.

Fr. Michael Sheehan

1.  West Bergen Mental Healthcare, Inc. has launched a temporary “warmline” for frontline workers — healthcare, first responders and essential workers. Click here for more info.

1. Next Mass Live Stream Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 AM and Sundays at 11:00 AM

4-05-20 (Palm Sunday)
1. Food Pantry Update: Please read the new announcement.
2. Palm Sunday Palms: We received notice from the Archdiocese this week, quoting the Holy Week directives that state  “Palms may be made available for distribution at a later date.” However, due to the guidelines on social distancing and the increased spread of the coronavirus, parishes should not distribute palm branches until the constraints of social distancing have been removed.   The Palms that we ordered did not arrive this week, we will renew the order and we will reserve the blessing of palms and the distribution of palms until a later date when we are able to be together again.
3. Holy Week: During Holy Week we will be Live-streaming daily Mass on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9 AM.  On Holy Thursday we will live stream Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 11 AM and the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 4 PM.  On Good Friday, we will live stream Stations of the Cross at 12 Noon and the Celebration of the Passion of Our Lord at 3 PM.  Easter Sunday Mass will be live streamed at 11 AM.  Please check for updates on the Live Stream page.

1. Listen to musical meditations and beautiful psalms right on our website.
2. The Office of Faith Formation has added the FAITH ALIVE @ HOME Palm Sunday and Holy Week guide to their Updates.

1. A Message from Cardinal Tobin: Spiritual Closeness in a Time of Social Distancing: Seven Suggestions

1. Please scroll the home page below for information formerly found in the COVID-19 news section.
2. The Palm Sunday and Holy Week Mass and Services Live Stream Schedule is located on the Live Stream page.
3. You can now add names to our Book of Intentions. Submit Name
4. The scheduled sacramental celebrations of Confirmation and First Communion are postponed at this time.
5. NEW! St. Peter’s Facebook page.

1. Announcement Concerning St. Peter’s Food Pantry

1. Holy Father to give extraordinary blessing via live stream this Friday, March 27, at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

1. Click Here for Video Message from Fr. Mike
2. IMPORTANT Update from the Archdiocese of Newark

1. Announcement from Catholic Cemeteries

1. Message from Fr. Mike Sheehan and the Pastoral Staff of St. Peter the Apostle Parish

We have been Informed by the Archdiocese that the celebration of the Eucharist is suspended until further notice. From the Archdiocese:
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and until further notice, public celebration of both Sunday Mass and daily Mass is suspended. This decision comes after exhaustive discussion and with an especially heavy heart. It is crucial that you comply with this directive to protect the faithful as well as your own health.

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The Good Lord is with us, and sustained with the grace of God we will overcome this together. Blessings and stay healthy.



Gospel Reading
and Reflection

Mondays – Wednesdays – Fridays:
Wednesday, May 27
John 17:1-11

Deacon Andy Golden

Contact Our

Fr. Mike Sheehan:

Fr. Camilo Cruz:

Fr. Andrew Jung:

The Good Lord is with us and sustained with the grace of God we will overcome this together.

Blessings and stay healthy.

Mass Live Streams
Outside St. Peter’s

These are some other websites where you can participate in the Eucharist via online streaming, or access other resources:

Archdiocese of Newark
Mass livestreams and video playback from Newark:

As many parish communities establish live streaming services online, these streams will become available on the same page.

Daily Mass with Bishop Robert Barron at 8:15 AM
Word on Fire Daily Mass

Notre Dame Mass
live from Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Sundays at 10:00am ET
Monday ~ Saturday. at 9:30 am
Monday ~ Friday at 7 & 11:30pm

Sunday through Saturday at 8am & 12 Noon EST

Monday through Friday at Midnight
EWTN’s weekly schedule, including Masses:

Celebrate daily Mass 1:00 pm ET and Sunday Mass, and pray the rosary with Relevant Radio

Other Virtual Resources
Join families in praying the Children’s Rosary every day at 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm via conference call:
  Children’s 54 Day Rosary – Info
Complimentary online version of Magnificat Prayer Journal
Complimentary Access to Word Among Us Resources


Faith Formation
Classes Suspended

Faith Formation classes are suspended due to the corona virus until further notice.

GIFT families grades 1-6 meeting on Sundays, please complete the work online. Have your child read the chapter, answer the questions online, and submit:

GIFT Make-Up Work

Traditional families that meet on Mondays, please complete the work online if applicable by having your child read the chapter, then answer the questions online and submit:

Traditional Families Make-Up Work

Traditional Faith Formation for Grades 3,4, 6,7,8 on Mondays your lesson plans will be posted shortly.

A Guide to Family Worship and Family Faith Fun!
Created for you by the Catechetical Office of the Archdiocese of Newark
May / Mother’s Day

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The scheduled sacramental celebrations of Confirmation and First Communion are postponed at this time. We are hoping that over the summer we can celebrate in a meaningful way.

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 “Send” again as needed.

From Cardinal Tobin
Archbishop of Newark

Five Reasons We Turn to Mary in Times of Crisis
By Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.

St. Peter’s Has A
New Facebook Page

St. Peter’s has a new Facebook page!
Follow St. Peter’s at:

Featured on the St. Peter’s Facebook page:
A Message from Fr. Camilo
SEEK His Face
Psalm 91

Free Support Services
For Frontline Workers

Catholic Charities Bins
Reopening May 18

Sentinel Management has notified Catholic Charities that our Donation Bins are anticipated to be open as of May 18th. We are grateful for your patience and look forward to your continued support.

We need clothing, small appliances, shoes, linens, sheets, towels, stuffed animals, novels, toys, knickknacks, and children’s books.

We pray for an end of this virus in our society and throughout the world.

Thank you with all our heart.

Quick Links

Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Teen Mass Schedule

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon


Food Pantry

St. Peter’s Parish Food Pantry
April 5, 2020 Announcement

The Coronavirus has impacted our communities in various ways. These changes are disrupting so many aspects of our lives.  In a particular way, many people are experiencing food insecurity – Food insecurity refers to a lack of access to enough good, healthy, and culturally appropriate food. And this number is expected to grow.  Many food banks and food pantries are closed.  Many people in our Parish community are getting laid off.  Loss of wages equals loss of the ability to provide for ourselves and loved ones.  Those who already experience food insecurity will face even more challenges as the demand for food/supplies for daily living increases.  Our parish wants to try to help those who need food assistance. The first step in getting this assistance is to get in touch with us – Please – Communicate your need to us.  Confidentiality is assured.  You may email Fr. Mike at


We appreciate how many of our parishioners have continued to contribute to our food pantry.  We ask you to discontinue dropping off your food donations at the rectory at this time.  Instead, we will place the hamper for the food pantry at the front doors of the church under the portico.  Please place any items you are donating in the pantry hamper.  And again, thank you very much.



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.

Cardinal 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.

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.

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:, 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.

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.


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.