KNIGHTS PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Today the Knights of Columbus are serving a pancake, sausage, biscuits and gravy breakfast in the social hall from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
The tickets for Oktoberfest are on the table in thefront of the church. If you have not picked up your tickets for Oktoberfest please do so after mass. One of the most important aspects of Oktoberfest is that it is a wonderful opportunity to share the spirit of St. Peter’s with your friends, neighbors and family. There is no greater experience of St. Peter’s than to experience Oktoberfest. In the past few years we have had a declining number of people attending Oktoberfest. So we are very dependent on your support of the event and also for bringing other people to this wonderful event. The best plan is to try to bring two people with you from outside the parish.
OKTOBERFEST SIGN UP
If you did not have the opportunity to sign up to workOktoberfest you can still sign up. Please call the office and we will be very happy to find a job for you. Oktoberfest is the best day of the year and it is a wonderful opportunity for you to make new friends and enjoy time with many of your friends. One of the great signs of a vibrant parish is when we work together with a song in our hearts. We are so blest to have the opportunity that Oktoberfest provides us.
OKTOBERFEST BIKE RIDE & WALK
Today is a perfect day to go for a walk or a leisurelybike ride. This is a great way to get in the Oktoberfest spirit. We will meet at the south parking lot at Lake Manawa state park at 2:00 p.m. today. Please come and join the fun, celebrate the coming of Oktoberfest, enjoy the beautiful fall day and spend a couple of hours with the most wonderful people in the universe. Refreshments will be provided.
We have begun our religious education classes for the coming year. There are several things for which to be most grateful. First, there are many teachers who are giving up their time to teach our children in the ways of the faith. The teachers give our children the greatest gift that anyone could give our children and that is the bringing of the faith and the treasures of the church to our children. Second, we are trying to have more adult education this year. The ninth and tenth grade parents are studying the book, “Rediscovering Catholicism” by Matthew Kelly. They will meet in small groups once a month to dis-cuss the study questions. This is a golden opportunity for these parents to grow in their faith. One of the problems with our religious education process is that too often we do not sufficient opportunities for our adults to continue their growth in the faith. The most important thing is that, we, as a parish family support our religious education to the fullest. I know that with your prayers we will have a successful religious education program this year.
OKTOBERFEST BIKE RIDE
The celebration of Oktoberfest begins with the annual Oktoberfest bike ride on Sunday, September 28. We will meet at the south parking lot at Lake Manawa at 2:00 p.m. The most enjoyable thing about the bike ride is that we are able to get together, enjoy the day and get to know some more of the members of our parish family. Just remember this is a bike ride and not a bike race. I hope to see all of you for the bike ride.
Next Sunday is Catechetical Sunday. This is the Sunday when we honor all those who are teaching religious education. We have 52 people who are teaching in our religious education, R.C.I.A., children’s liturgy and confirmation programs. There are not sufficient words to thank all of the teachers in the various programs in our religious education programs. One of the most wonderful words in the English language is SERVICE. The service that these teachers give to our children and their families is outstanding. Please offer a special prayer next week for all the teachers who generously give of their time to bring Jesus Christ to the children and adults of our parish family. A special blessing to Dolores Kral who is the director of our religious education program. She does a fantastic job making certain that our programs run smoothly. Her task directing these programs is monumental.
CONFIRMATION CLASSES BEGIN
The 9th grade confirmation classes will begin on September 10, at St. Albert at 6:15 pm. These classes are for all the ninth grade students attend-ing public school. A reminder to all 10th grade stu-dents: your confirmation class begins this Wednesday, September 3 at 6:15 p.m. in the social hall. For all 11th grade students your confirmation classes will continue this Wednesday September 3 at 7:15 p.m. in the social hall.
I am very pleased to announce that this year’s car for Oktoberfest is a Green BMW Z-3 convertible. I must say that this is the neatest car that we have ever had and I hope that one of you wins the car. This car is such a magnificent car that I am almost afraid to drive it. We searched the entire United States to find this car so I hope that you will help us set a record for selling chances on this car. I don’t know if we will ever find another car as neat as this one again.
We will have sign up for working Oktoberfest on the last weekend of August and the first two weekends of September. Oktoberfest is one of the great celebrations of our parish. We will begin selling chances on the car next weekend. The car is a BMW, Z-3, convertible. This is one of the neatest cars that we have ever had and it is the first time that we have had a BMW.
This is just a reminder that we have a prayer board in the front of the church. If you have a need or someone you wish to be prayed for please put a note on the board so that our parish community can pray for your intention.
Men’s Prayer Group
The men’s prayer group meets every first and third Thursday of the month. The meetings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the rectory. These meetings are open to all men of the parish. These meetings always are insightful and wonderful way to grow in faith and meet some great men of faith.
Women’s Prayer Group
The women’s prayer group meets every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the conference room. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow in your faith and to meet some great ladies of faith.
Saturday: 4 pm
Sunday: 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon
Weekday: Monday 8 am Communion Service @ St. Francis
Tuesday and Friday: 8 am Mass @ St. Peter
Wednesday and Thursday: 8 am Mass @ St. Francis
Holy Day & Vigil: 6 pm vigil, 8 am, 6 pm
Confessions: Saturday: 3:00 to 3:45 pm or by appointment
Pastor: Father Charles Kottas
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Dennis Kirlin
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Stephen Rallis
Parish Secretary / DRE: Dolores Kral
Bookkeeper / CYO Director: Jean Thomas
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Council Bluffs, IA 51503