Press Release: "Sts. Peter & Paul Early Learning Center has been selected for the 2016 Best of Winter Park Award in the Preschool category by the Winter Park Award Program.
Each year, the Winter Park Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Winter Park area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Winter Park Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Winter Park Award Program and data provided by third parties.
The Winter Park Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Winter Park area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Winter Park Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy."
Sts. Peter & Paul Early Learning Center is among a very small group of companies that have won the Best of Winter Park Award for two consecutive years. This distinction has qualified Sts. Peter & Paul Early Learning Center for the 2016 Winter Park Business Hall of Fame.
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.