Feasts of Saints Peter and Paul
Dear Parishioners and friends,
This Sunday, June 24th we celebrate the Feasts of Saints Peter and Paul in honor of their martyrdom in Rome. Peter was chosen by our Lord to shepherd God’s flock and was the first to recognize that Jesus was “the Messiah, the Son of the Living God”. He is regarded as the Catholic church’s first Pope.
Paul was the Apostle of the Gentiles. He was a Jewish Pharisee who persecuted Christians in Jerusalem. St Paul converted to Christianity when on his was to Damascus, he was surrounded by a great light from heaven, was blinded and fell off his horse. He heard a voice saying “why do you persecute me?” Paul answered “who are you, Lord? Christ replied “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. St Paul continued to Damascus where he was baptized, his sight was restored and he spent his remaining years preaching the Gospel.
St Peter was martyred in the year 64, where he was crucified upside-down per his request as he claimed not to be worth to die as his Lord. Paul was beheaded in the year 67. St. Augustine of Hippo, said in the year 395 that “we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles’ blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labors, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith".
The Divine Liturgy will be offered at 11:00am, where together we will celebrate Peter and Paul, the founders of the See of Rome. Also, at this Sunday’s mass we will have two collections. The first is for the church, the second is for Peters Pence-the collection for the Holy Father to assist with helping the needy word-wide.
I hope to have all join me this Sunday.