On the four Sundays of Advent, the Catholic lectionary presents a series of Gospel readings that prepare for the celebration of the birth of Christ. The Sunday Advent readings all rotate on a three-year cycle, but they always follow the same pattern. The Gospel for the First Sunday of Advent always tells of the reign of Christ at the end of time. It echoes the theme of the previous Sunday, the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. Advent starts with the
message that we await the second coming of Christ. This entire season is not just a reminder of a past birth but an anticipation of future glory. The Second and Third Sundays of Advent always have Gospel readings about John the Baptist. John is an adult in these passages, proclaiming the nearness of the kingdom of God and serving as the prophet who bridges the Old and New Testaments. John foreshadows Jesus in his birth, his preaching, and his death. John’s message on these two middle Sundays of this season inspires us to follow Christ. The Fourth Sunday of Advent always tells part of the story that just precedes the birth of Christ. These familiar episodes set the stage for one of the Bible’s best-known passages, the story of Christmas. The Gospel readings of the four Sundays of Advent come to us in reverse chronology. We start with the end of time. We continue to the period when Jesus was an adult. We end in the days before his birth. Like a funnel, Advent opens with a giant theme, the grandness of Christ the King, and it ends with a specific one, the child lying in a Bethlehem manger.
We are in the midst of the holiday season. With all the business, shopping, cooking, and merriment that lie ahead, it is important to stop for a moment and remember the importance of what we celebrate. Just as Thanksgiving reminded us that both individually and as a country, we must thank God for what he has given us; so too, Christmas, of course, reminds us that we must thank God for his greatest gift, the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.
These celebrations remind us of all the wonderful meals we will be sharing and the many, many “leftovers” we will be enjoying. Even though leftovers can be just as tasty (if not even better) than the first time, they still don’t seem to have the same satisfying impact as they do when shared with family and friends at that first beautiful celebration.
Likewise, when we celebrate our Christian faith, we are reminded that our many gifts of time, talent, and treasure are given to us in order to help us strengthen each other and build up God’s kingdom. Unfortunately, at times we might think about only giving the “leftovers” to God and his Church. And even though these leftovers may be just as good (and just as much), what a wonderful spiritual difference it makes when we give not the leftovers, but the first fruits of what God has given us.
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 not 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 or prepare 52 envelopes. And when travel, illness, or other circumstances prevent you from attending mass, this program will allow your weekly offerings to continue on a uninterrupted basis.
To find out more about our excited new service, click here.
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.