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
Three seminarians have a free afternoon and, in honor of St. Peter, decide to go fishing. They get into a boat and pull out about 100 feet from shore. After an hour or so one says to the others that he has made a vow to pray the Divine Office at exactly 3 PM each day. It was almost time but he had left his Book of Christian Prayer on shore. He then steps out of the boat, walks across the water and returns with the book, almost dry shod.
Somewhat later the second seminarian says that he has notes for a sermon he would like to share with the others but those are also on shore. He gets out of the boat, retrieves his notes and return with his shoes barely wet. The third seminarian is amazed and thinks that if those other two can walk on water surely he has enough faith to do so as well. He makes some excuse, gets out of the boat and sinks like a stone. The first seminarian turns the second and says "I guess we should have told him about the sand bar!
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.