All this Lent we have been invited to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Over and over again, he has been saying to us: I am the bread of life; I am living water; I am light. All of these images are variations on a single theme, that Jesus has come so that human beings may have life. This is the gift that Jesus gives which reaches its crescendo in the words of this Sunday's gospel:
"I am the resurrection and the life.
Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die." John 11: 25-26
Live Stream of Sunday Eucharist at 10:15 am
We will continue to live stream the Sunday Eucharist at 10:15 am. If you have a Facebook account you can access the live stream video from the parish Facebook page.
If you do not have a Facebook account a recording of the service will be posted on the homepage of the parish website at 11:15 am. Go to stpetersmountainlakes.organd click the button for Sunday Worship to view the recording. The service bulletin can also be downloaded from the parish website.
The service bulletin for the 5th Sunday in Lent is available HERE.
The Voice Online -
A weekly diocesan publication for telling and hearing the stories of this extraordinary time
During this time when we are restricted from gathering with one another, communication is more important than ever. Therefore, beginning April 1, and for as long as the situation requires, The VOICE Onlinewill be published weekly on Wednesdays and we will share a link to it each week here on St. Peter's KeyNews. Each edition will share information from the Bishop and our Canons, stories from around the diocese and updates about the health crisis and ways we can pray in this time. View this week's Voice Online HERE.
In the Time of Pandemic
And the people stayed home.
And read books and listened, and rested and exercised,
and made art and played games,
and learned new ways of being and were still.
And listened more deeply.
Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.
Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless ways the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses, and made new choices,
and dreamed new images,
and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed.
Written by Kitty O’Meara, inspired by an Italian poem by Irene Vella
Supporting St. Peter's financially during the health crisis
Many parishioners have been asking how to make their pledges and donations while we are not physically gathering. Of course, you can mail your check to the parish office, drop your check through the mail slot in the parish office door, or you can make your pledge/donation on-line with a debit or credit card by clicking the "Donate Now" button on the homepage of our website,or clicking the link HERE.
Some parishioners have expressed concern that the credit card companies charge a processing fee. The processing fee is small and it is more important right now that the church keeps receiving pledge contributions to meet its fiscal responsibilities. Thank you for all you give especially in these trying times.
Sunday March 29 is North Porch Sunday
North Porch fills the gap in emergency situations when needy families are displaced or have shortfalls in their budget by providing critical supplies for mothers and babies. Clearly collection of items will not happen but North Porch would appreciate any donations online via: North Porch's Website.
North Porch is facing significant challenges....NJPAC closed the building we use for our Newark Clients and most other locations are in churches with restricted access so we are working to support clients in alternate ways. The needs are especially great at this time with the COVID19 situation for the most vulnerable and our staff safety issues as well. Did you know that parishioner E.V. Janopaul is on the Board of North Porch, serving as the Treasurer.
News from Mozambique
Don MacGowan continues to keep in touch with Eugenio, Alberto and Antonio in Mozambique (the three young men whose college education was funded by St. Peter's). Recently Don invited them to join with our live stream Sunday worship. To our delight Antonio watched with us and shared the following news via e-mail.
Dear Don and all,
May you receive our warm regards.
In fact, it's been long time without any news from our side. So sorry for delay in responding your e-mails. As I am writing this, I am in Zambezia Province, centre region of Mozambique. Today I am flying back to Maputo. I was quite busy conducting a research on out of school under a global campaign, "Every Child. Everywhere. In School", to which I am the manager on behalf of ADRA where I am currently working since January 2019.
I am happy for accomplishing successful the fieldwork jointly with the consultant. I am now free and picked time to write you. I will be following your service from the hotel where I am staying here in the City of Quelimane (Zambezia Province) while waiting for my flight this afternoon. Thank you for invitation to attend this Sunday worship. My wife and daughter are all doing well including our parents in Sofala province where we were born...
We are happy to know that the whole family at S. Peter's Church is quite well. May God still keep you all safe.
As to Alberto he is doing very as well. Unfortunately, he has left the Superior Polytechnic of Songo where he was working in Tete province. He's back to Maputo and currently working at Institute FOCO where he has been before he headed to Tete. The reason why he left had to do with financial constraint. The Institute was delaying to pay salaries until he decided to leave. Fortunately, he was well received at FOCO Institute. His family is also doing well...I have attached a picture of me with my wife and daughter.