Since my conversion, or reawakening in the faith, or “re-version” as it is sometimes termed for cradle Catholics, Advent has felt very Marian in nature. It could merely be that the Immaculate Conception is in the first half of the season, setting the tone. On the other hand, it could [...]


Next weekend starts our fundraising year for our 25th annual workcamp trip! Over the past 25 years St. Peter’s has supported our teens as they have embarked on a week of life-change by becoming Christ’s hands and feet in the communities we have served.  I participated in my first Workcamp [...]


The moment I sat down to write this article is the moment it finally dawned on me that this Sunday marks the First Sunday of Advent. “How did it get here already?”, I ask myself, wondering how I could have lost track of time so completely. It’s easy to let [...]

The Last Thing

During these final days of the Church year, our readings focus on the four last things: heaven, hell, death and judgement. We are reminded that “we know not the day nor the hour” and we can certainly see the truth of this in our everyday lives. The Church’s intention in [...]

A Humble Community

Before her death in 1997, Mother Teresa spent her life serving the poor in the slums of Calcutta. Her mission, in her own words, was to serve “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, [...]

Sacrificial Love

The readings this week are remarkably unanimous in their message. We hear laid out the shape of love, which is the very essence of discipleship. In fact, this love can be summed up in a single word. We have heard Fr. Steven mention several times the concept of a love [...]

Love The Lord!

A couple of years ago, I started using a laptop at work instead of a desktop. This provides me with more flexibility to take my computer wherever it needs to go – the youth room, retreat centers, offsite meetings, etc. It also allows me to take my laptop and sit [...]

Happy Anniversary!

Recently, on October 22, the Feast of St. John Paul II, 122 people gathered here for a party to celebrate the one-year anniversary of our Adoration Chapel of the Nativity. If I had to describe the evening in just a single word, I would choose “bounty.” The bounty of God’s [...]

The Icon of Christ the Servant

It’s hard to believe that I am approaching my third year of ministry here at St. Peter’s. These past three years have been a time of great learning and the gradual integration of my life roles as husband, father, grandfather and deacon. I am so grateful to Father Steven, and [...]

From The Director’s Chair

I love parish festivals. That is a large understatement. I LOVE PARISH FESTIVALS! Apart from the sense of community that they drive, parish festivals are a wonderful opportunity to spotlight the best parts of our communal life together and show visitors the passion we have for our faith, service and [...]