As a community of believing people, we must be actively involved in the various ministries of the parish, especially through our willingness to share our time, our talents and our treasures. A vision of church looks beyond the parish boundaries and calls everyone in the parish to be signs of God's presence in the world. Members should be seeking God's vision for parish, not any individual or group. The only way to seek God's vision is to involve God. Searching through many sources helps discover God's vision for ourselves and the world. Therefore, we must facilitate open, creative, and substantial dialogue among all parishioners with the hope of encouraging shared visions through a collaboration of praying, dreaming, thinking and listening to one another. The shared visions must then be explored for their implications for the future.
During the month of August we reached out to our parishioners, by providing a survey after Mass, to see how we could better serve them. In that survey, there was a question - 'What is the one question about St. Peter's that you always wanted to know but didn't ask?'
We appreciate all of those who responded to the survey, and would like to share the questions and answers. CLICK HERE to review the original survey. Then to review the responses to the 'one question' mentioned above CLICK HERE.
A Bit of Funny
There were two Catholic Boys, Timothy Murphy and Antonio Secola, whose lives paralleled each other in amazing ways. In the same year Timothy was born in Ireland, Antonio was born in Italy. Faithfully they attended parochial school from kindergarten through their Senior year in high school. They took their vows to enter the priesthood early in college and upon graduation became priests. Their careers had come to amaze the world; but, it was generally acknowledged that Antonio was just a cut above Timothy in all respects. Their rise through the ranks of Bishop, Archbishop and finally Cardinal was meteoric to say the least, and the Catholic world knew that when the present Pope died, it would be either Timothy or Antonio who would become the next Pope. In time the Pope did die, and the College of Cardinals went to work. In less time than anyone had expected, white smoke rose from the chimney, and the world waited to see who they had chosen.
The world, Catholic Protestant and secular was surprised to learn that Timothy Murphy had been elected Pope! Antonio was beyond surprise, he was devastated, because even with all Timothy's gifts, Antonio knew he was the better qualified. With gall that shocked the Cardinals, Antonio asked for a private session with them in which he candidly asked, "Why Timothy?" After a long silence, one old Cardinal took pity on the bewildered Antonio and rose to reply, "We knew you were the better of the two, but we just could not bear the thought of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church being called Pope Secola.
The resources below may be of value to our parishioners and/or website visitors.
Supporting the community of Lake Gaston NC & VA.
The Primary Voice on Lake Gaston Issues - Supports the five counties in two States that surround Lake Gaston.
The Lake Gaston Water Safety Council (LGWSC), is a non-profit 501(c)(3), public service organization serving the boating public throughout the North Carolina and Virginia area surrounding Lake Gaston
Our Lady of the Lake Council 9309 members volunteered their time to assist non-profit organization Helping Hearts and Hands to build handicap ramps. Helping Hearts and Hands was developed by one of our members, Chuck Youse. If other church members would like to help provide a much needed service to handicapped residents in our Lake Gaston Community, please touch base after Mass with Paul Kurilla, Bobby Berndt, Chuck Youse, Roland Martin or Tom Oneill after mass.
Donating stocks, bonds and mutual funds to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church is one of the most tax efficient ways to give.
Any long term (owned for over one year) securities having a current value greater than their original cost may be donated to a public charity and a tax deduction taken for the full fair market value of the securities – up to 30% of the donor's income. Securities held in an IRA, 401-K or other tax deferred account do not qualify.
Since the securities are donated rather than sold. Capital gains taxes from selling the securities no longer apply. The more appreciation the securities have the greater the tax saving will be. Check with your tax preparer to see if this type of donation will benefit you.
For information on how to donate securities call the Parish Secretary at (434) 636-6277.