Easter is always a wonderful celebration and I hope as I write this message the weather will be a bright and sunshiny day. The beauty of the Lenten season is a preparation for this day. I hope you have had a wonderful Lent and you were able to devote yourself to prayer, fasting and almsgiving. I am very pleased with the parish Lenten practices. I am always amused because each year Father Koch asks me why we do stations of the cross twice in our church. This tradition has been a part of St. Peter’s for many years and hopefully will continue for many years to come. The reason for all of these celebrations is we always seek ways to deepen our spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ. The mission Father Wehrley presented was truly a gift from God. One of the other priests in Council Bluffs told me that his parish needs to imitate St. Peter’s with all the Lenten activities that promote spiritual growth. There were so many more opportunities for us to grow in the spirit of the resurrected Jesus as a parish family this Lent. The Friday shrimp boils were a wonderful opportunity for us to be together as a parish family and to share the best of the spirit of St. Peter’s with many people who came to share this shrimp boil meal with us. I wish to thank the Knights for all their work in putting on the shrimp boil, it was a wonderful time for us to enjoy the goodness of our parish family. The most important thing about the celebration of Easter is that we realize what a great gift Jesus gave us by rising from the dead and fulfilling his promise that He is in heaven preparing a home for all of us at this very moment. I hope the book I am giving to all of you will be a great help. The book, “Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic”, is a great guide for all of us to deepen our faith and to be great examples of the Catholic faith. The most important thing about Easter is that we all realize the only way to make the resurrection present to this world is for all of us to live as exemplary Catholics. If there is one prayer that I have for this Easter Sunday is that all of us realize that we are the real presence of Jesus Christ in the world today. God bless all of you and a very blessed and happy Easter.
DAILY MASS SCHEDULE
This is just a reminder that we will return to the regular daily mass schedule. The schedule is as fol-lows: Mondays 8:00 a.m. communion service at the Worship Center; Tuesdays & Fridays 8:00 a.m. mass at the church; Wednesdays & Thursdays.
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
1 Bluff Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503