Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 19, 2017
Online Giving is now available at San Isidro!
The Chair of Saint Peter Apostle
The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter celebrates the papacy and St. Peter as the first bishop of Rome. St. Peter's original name was Simon. He was married with children and was living and working in Capernaum as a fisherman when Jesus called him to be one of the Twelve Apostles. Jesus bestowed to Peter a special place among the Apostles. He was one of the three who were with Christ on special occasions, such as the Transfiguration of Christ and the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemani. He was the only Apostle to whom Christ appeared on the first day after the Resurrection. Peter, in turn, often spoke on behalf of the Apostles. When Jesus asked the Apostles: "Whom do men say that the Son of Man is?" Simon replied: "Thou art Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
And Jesus said: "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood have not revealed it to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to you: That you are Peter [Cephas, a rock], and upon this rock [Cephas] I will build my Church [ekklesian], and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven". (Mt 16:13-20) In saying this Jesus made St. Peter the head of the entire community of believers and placed the spiritual guidance of the faithful in St. Peter’s hands. However, St. Peter was not without faults. He was rash and reproached often by Christ. He had fallen asleep in the Garden of Gethsemani instead of praying, as Jesus had asked him to do.
He also denied knowing Jesus three times after Christ’s arrest. Peter delivered the first public sermon after the Pentecost and won a large number of converts. He also performed many miracles and defended the freedom of the Apostles to preach the Gospels. He preached in Jerusalem, Judaea, and as far north as Syria. He was arrested in Jerusalem under Herod Agrippa I, but miraculously escaped execution. He left Jerusalem and eventually went to Rome, where he preached during the last portion of his life. He was crucified there, head downwards, as he had desired to suffer, saying that he did not deserve to die as Christ had died. The date of St. Peter's death is not clear. Historians estimate he was executed between the years 64 and 68. His remains now rest beneath the altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The feast day is February 22.
The San Isidro Lending Library
Is an opportunity for us to grow spiritually closer to our Lord through gaining knowledge by reading about the Saints and other good atholic books.
Between the confessional area and the chapel there is a cabinet where we have the books that you may borrow … more instructions are posted on the front of the “sing out” notebook.
The books are in English, but are available to all.
The Library will be available ONLY before and after Masses. If you have any question e mail: email@example.com
Help needed with Breakfast Ministry
Persons needed to help with breakfast.
One Sunday each month to either cook, serve and clean up.
If you are able to help or need more information please call Angela - 954-974-8453
Place $1.00 in the yellow envelope (located in the pews and on the back of the Church).
Write your name and phone number (This is very important).
Put the envelope in the collection basket in the weekends.
Each week a winner will be drawn and the total amount in the envelopes will be divided equally between the winner and the Church.
Congratulations to the Winner of this week’s 50/50 Drawing!
This week’s winner would like to remain anonymous
***We ask all winners to please pick up your gift as soon as you can. After a month you will lose the opportunity to receive it.***
2017 Archbishop's Charity and Development Drive (ABCD)
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Jesus Keeps Knocking on Our Doors…
ABCD: Give and You Shall Receive
Our church is a place to pray, to give thanks, to mourn and to celebrate. A place for us all to unite in need and abundance to have mercy, lift each other up and ease pain and suffering. A place people turn to in their time of need. We are all instruments of God’s mercy and peace. One church, one family uniting to help those in need.
Thank you to all who have already generously responded to this year’s ABCD. Your support strengthens the ministries that serve our Archdiocese and allow the Church to form new disciples. As Scriptures remind us, Give and it shall be given to you. Your neighbor needs you. You are the answer to someone’s prayers, and together, we are changing lives.
If you have yet to respond to this year’s ABCD, please join us by making a gift now. You can obtain a pledge envelope from the parish office or you can make a gift online at www.isupportabcd.org. Thank you for all that you do and the spirit in which you do it.