Eternal, All-Compassionate God:
You are our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home.
We lift our hearts and voices in lament to you this day
as we grieve the violence, the loss of life, and the destruction
Have mercy, O God, have mercy.
We entrust to your infinite compassion all those who have died.
May they rest in your eternal peace.
We pray for those who are fighting for their lives, and for those who are maimed and injured in body, mind, and soul.
Grant them easing of their pain and healing.
We pray for those tasked with responding to this catastrophe.
Give them steadfastness and wisdom.
And, as you commanded us to do, we pray for our enemies.
Let them not be lost in violence and hatred.
To all of us, grant deep compassion for all that lives, and an abiding longing for your peace.
Lord, send out your Spirit
And renew the face of our marred and grieving world.
The Year of Mercy
Pope Francis has declared the celebration of an extraordinary Holy Year called the “Jubilee of Mercy” which began on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015 and will conclude on November 20, 2016, with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
The Door of Mercy
A Holy Door has been used since the 15th Century to symbolize conversion. Pilgrims enter the door as a sign of leaving the past behind and crossing the threshold from sin to grace. During the Year of Mercy the faithful are encouraged to make a pilgrimage to their local Holy Door to encounter the mercy of God.
On December 8, 2015, the Holy Door in the Basilica of St. Peter at the Vatican was opened by Pope Francis. On the following Sunday, December 13, the Third Sunday of Advent, the opening of the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Rome, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, took place. After that, the Holy Doors of the other Papal Basilicas were opened.
Bishop Noonan has designated the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe as the location of the Diocesan Holy Door because of its significance as a minor basilica and as a place of pilgrimage, attracting thousands of pilgrims each year. These pilgrims will encounter the merciful embrace of the Father on their path of conversion. The Orlando Basilica's Holy Door was opened on December 13, 2015.
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We invite you to consider our new electronic giving program as a way to automate your regular weekly offerings.
Electronic giving is convenient for you and provides much-needed consistency for our church. There is no cost for you to participate.
As an example, if you are currently giving on a weekly basis, you will no longer need to write out 52 checks a year, instead you can set up online donations and simply drop your empty envelope into the basket each week as an attendance record. And when illness, or other circumstances prevent you from attending mass, this program will allow your weekly offerings to continue on an uninterrupted basis.
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This year, our Church is celebrating the Year of Mercy. We are opening wide the doors to the saving mercy of Christ. We are asked to consider the question: what does it mean to be merciful?
While we sometimes limit “mercy” to “forgiveness,” Christ’s example shows us so much more. It is about finding ways to better serve our brothers and sisters in need – and what better way to begin than by supporting our own diocesan ministries? Gifts to Our Catholic Appeal help our diocesan family care for those who are suffering, defend human life and dignity, engage youth through education and campus ministry, and evangelize more people than we could ever reach alone.
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We are a Christ-centered, Spirit-filled family. Responding to the Father's loving invitation, we gather together as a diverse community to worship, to minister to others, and to celebrate our faith through the sacraments, community outreach, education, and personal witness.
To deepen and enhance the spiritual life of the parish through liturgy, personal prayer, and devotions.
To provide religious education and spiritual formation.
To minister to those within the parish family and community.
To reach out to returning Catholics and unchurched persons.
To deepen our commitment to stewardship of prayer, time and talent, and treasure.
To celebrate our diversity and our commonality.
Sts. Peter & Paul Parish was established on July 27, 1967. We celebrated our first Mass on August 13, 1967, on the grounds of Camp San Pedro. During the following two years, Pastor Michael Troy and 200 families were a community on the road, celebrating Mass in San Pedro Center, New Hope Baptist Church and Aloma Elementary School. On November 1, 1969, we celebrated the first Mass in the domed recreational building. It served not only as our church, but also the rectory, church offices, ministry meeting room and community auditorium.