This Week at St. Peter: April 5 - April 11, 2021
EASTERTIME: A SENSE OF THE SEASON
First, we kept the forty days, with praying, fasting and giving alms. Then we celebrated the three days of Christ’s passion, dying and rising. Now we delight in the fifty days, with rejoicing, feasting and giving witness! The season of Easter is fifty days long. It is a time of unbridled joy, of exuberant rejoicing. The Church tells us, “The fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated in joyful exultation as one feast day, or better as one ‘great Sunday.’ These above all others are days for the singing of the Alleluia.”
Why is Eastertime fifty days? The ancient cultures that gave us the Bible had great respect for numbers. They believed that numbers contained hints about God and the meaning of life. The number seven was thought to contain fullness. There are seven days in the week, according to God’s original way of ordering time, creating all that there is and resting. So if you multiply 7 times 7, you have “fullness times fullness.”
But wait 7 X 7 is 49! With God, there is always more – more than we can ever imagine. So our holy season of Easter is even more than “fullness times fullness.” It’s “fullness time fullness” and then some: 7 X 7 + 1. That’s what love is like: more than we can ever imagine. That’s what heaven is going to be like: more than we can ever imagine.
The fifty days are days of looking for the risen Lord among us, for hearing in each other’s stories of rising from the big and small deaths, days when we experience something of Christ’s triumphs. That’s why we look to the newly baptized, robed in bright new clothes and oily with gladness: At Easter, they died and rose with Christ! Now they take their places with us. Together, like the apostles who were so full of the Spirit that people thought they were drunk, we rush about with good and giddy news: Death is not the last word! Life and love are forever! And slowly, painstakingly, we work together, together with Christ, to change this world into the world to come. Sing, Alleluia!
Whereas Lent we repented, in Eastertide we rejoice. Whereas we fasted, now we feast. Whereas we gave alms, now we give witness in all manner of ways to all people that Christ is truly risen, the old world order is passed away and the reign of God is begun. Begun in the newly baptized, newly oiled believers who have taken their place at Christ’s table. Begun again in us who were baptized and chrismated long ago or last Easter.
In Central Europe, it’s customary to spritz people with water on Easter Monday, to remember baptism, to make merry and in some cultures, even to choose a spouse! The bathed and anointed Church is the risen Christ’s spouse. Let the wedding feast begin!
Lent was 40 days, the season of sorrow and striving and training. But Eastertide is 50 days, the season of joy and celebrating and feasting! Fifty days for our delight! Fifty days to sing the song of saints and angels: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
EASTER SYMBOLS: WATER
A glorious and lovely custom, the origins of the Easter bath dates back a little more than a thousand years, from the time that large numbers of Eastern Europeans first accepted Christianity and were baptized into the faith.
The custom takes many forms. It can be as sensuous as taking a warm bath or shower, a perfumed bath by candle light, a relaxed time in a hot tub/whirlpool. And it can be as frivolous as tossing water balloons on some poor unsuspecting soul.
Water is precious to Christians. It reminds us of the rivers of paradise, the great flood and the Red Sea. In baptism we enter those waters to be created anew. In baptism we are led safely to freedom. Baptismal waters are like a tomb. In them we die, are buried and are raised with Christ. The waters are like a womb. In them we are reborn.
Throughout Eastertime, the 50 days from Easter to Pentecost, on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord each January and on the actual anniversary of your own celebration of the first sacrament, remember and renew your baptism. Ask a parent or godparent what they can recollect about your baptism. What mementoes can you find – your Christening gown or robe, your candle or certificate?
Have a container of Holy Water in your home. Morning and night, take some water and make the sign of the cross as a pledge of the resurrection and your baptismal vows of commitment. When your children are in bed bless them with this Holy Water. Bless each other as spouses for your commitment and fidelity to each other and continually asking God to bless your marriage and your life together. Purchase a small fountain for your yard or patio or balcony so that the sounds and sights and feel of water surround you and remind you, on a daily basis, of your baptism and Easter and the preciousness of the gift of water.
On behalf of Father Paul and our entire St. Peter Staff, may I extend to you a most blessed and joy-filled Easter! Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed!
This Week's Bulletin
This week's bulletin is attached below. Hard copies of this weekend’s bulletin are available on the shelf in the vestibule of the rectory office.
Collection for Retired Priests this Easter Sunday
Archbishop Rozanski asks you to join him in supporting this year's Collection For Retired Priests. As part of our Everlasting Devotion to our faith and our Lord, we must care for those who devote their life to His service. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an especially great toll on our retired priests, with additional care needed to keep them safe. Our support is needed more than ever. Please give back to those who give so much by using the envelope found in your bi-monthly envelope packet, special envelope found in the back of church or online via
Collection for Retired Priests
The Real Presence of Jesus
What does the Real Presence mean?
Jesus promised He would always be with us and fulfilled that promise by giving the Church the gift of His Real Presence in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Although the Eucharist appears to be simple bread and wine, it is actually the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
"Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist in a unique and incomparable way. He is present in a true, real, and substantial way, with his Body and Blood, with his Soul and his Divinity. In the Eucharist, therefore, there is present in a sacramental way, that is, under the Eucharistic species of bread and wine, Christ whole and entire, God and Man."
—Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 282
Spend Time with Jesus!
We are so excited to provide continued adoration hours
starting April 7th
! We will have hours available from
6:00am on Wednesday through 3:00pm on Fridays
as we prepare the parish to institute a full 24/7 exposed Adoration chapel.
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Save the Date - Wednesday, May 19, 7:00pm
The Real Presence? How Can We Be Sure?
The real question is "How can we doubt It?"
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at 7:00pm in the Church to learn more and to grow in your knowledge of the Real Presence in the Eucharist.
Stay tuned to Flocknotes and the Bulletin for more information! Thank you!
Congratulations, St. Peter Fish Fry!
Thanks to your incredible support of the St. Peter Fish Fry, we were voted Best Fish Fry in St. Louis! The competition was stiff with 32 metro area parishes in the running, but your persistence and loyalty pushed us ahead to capture this coveted award. Your St. Peter Fish Friars will be back next spring to proudly serve up your Fish Fry favorites! God bless & Happy Easter.
How can I continue to support St. Peter Parish?
God bless you for your generous giving! There are a few options you can choose:
Mail your weekly offertory to St. Peter, 243 West Argonne, Kirkwood, MO 63122.
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on Monday, April 5 at 9:45AM