One of the prayers from the great Easter Vigil reads, “Father, even today we see the wonders of the miracles you worked long ago. You once saved a single nation from slavery, and now you offer that salvation to all through baptism.”
Today, even in the midst of conflict and division, we still see the seeds of peace. Even in the midst of poverty and suffering, we still see the seeds of generosity. Even in the midst of worry and despair, we still see the seeds of hope.
God’s miracles are still changing the world. The Good News of the Resurrection still lives in the hearts of God’s people. The power of Easter is still changing hearts. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness shall not overcome it!
Each year, at Easter, we renew our Baptismal Promises. We renew our commitment to be God’s light for the present generation. We renew our resolve to allow God to work his miracles through us.
At the Easter Vigil we continue our prayers in these words, “Lord God, you have brightened this night with the radiance of the risen Christ.” May the risen Christ continue to brighten your lives so that others will see Christ shining through you. May the risen Christ renew your hope for salvation so that you may be hope for others. May the risen Christ bless you so that you, in turn, will be a blessing to others.
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.