Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Set your mind on things that are above..." Col. 3:2

St. Paul's exhortation to the Colossians, to set their minds "on things that are above", has powerful spiritual implications.  At St. Peter's we have the added advantage of benefiting from a more literal interpretation.

One only has to look up at the church ceiling to understand why this is the case.  Gracing the ceiling of our church are 15 murals created by the Maritime-born artist, L. Scott Young, who died at the age of 37 in 1950.

The majority of them are signed and dated by the artist.  The date indicates that most were completed in 1945, which means that next year the paintings will be 70 years old!

The murals form a precious and treasured collection on account of their beauty, their history, and the assistance they offer in raising minds and hearts to "things that are above."

Jesus Knocking at the Door

St. Anthony of Padua and the vision of the Child Jesus

The Death of St. Joseph

A close-up of the book in the St. Anthony Mural

Signature of the artist in mural corner.

Another signed and date mural.

Guest Presentation: Anne Magiskan on the "Walk a Mile Project"

St. Peter’s CWL is hosting Ann Magiskan, Aboriginal Liaison, with the City of Thunder Bay to speak about the Walk a Mile Project

The Walk a Mile Project was developed and by the City of Thunder Bay Aboriginal Liaison Department. The project is a five-part film series. This unique and innovative project is designed to address the desperate need for education/training resources that focus on Thunder Bay’s changing demographics. 

This project is also a way of building on the positive steps the City of Thunder Bay has already taken to improve its relationships with the Aboriginal community. Following the presentation Ann will be available to answer questions. 

All parishioners are invited to this event. Coffee and refreshments will be available.  

Wednesday, October 1, at 7 p.m in the Church Hall.

Special Olympics Bottle Drive

Fr. Francois Maynard Council 15995 is hosting a bottle drive in support of the Special Olympics Ontario.

Save your beer, wine, and liquor bottles and join the Knights in support of this great cause!  

All refundable bottles and cans as well as "non-refundable" aluminum cans for recycling will be accepted.

Drop off location: Parking Lot at St. Peter's Church (corner of Pacific Avenue and McIntosh Street) 

Drop-off Times: Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 
Sunday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pancake Sunday!

Pancake Breakfast 

Sunday, September 28
(following the 10 a.m.  Mass)   

No admission fee is required, but a free-will offering may be made.  Hosted by Knights of Columbus Council 15995.
All are welcome!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pilgrim Journal ... in Photos.

The recent journey of parishioners and friends to a Marian shrine south of the city was captured in photos by one of the pilgrims who kindly shared them and given permission for them to be posted.

The rain-showers took an afternoon break to allow us to make the pilgrimage with spirits (and attire) un-dampened.

The pilgrimage coincided providentially with the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross. Our meditation was on the Fifth Station of the Cross and the person of Simon of Cyrene, conscripted to help Jesus carry the Cross.

The days events gave us many opportunities to associate our own life with the lessons of the Fifth Station: being in solidarity with those who carry heavy crosses and being open to the help and concern offered by others are we carry our own!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Knights of Columbus - Installation of Officers

This past weekend, the officers of our newly-formed Knights of Columbus Council were formally installed in a ceremony following Sunday Mass.  Friends, family members and parishioners joined in the celebration.  

Our council banner - generously donated by other local councils.

The jewels/medallions worn by officers during regular meetings and at formal events.

The officers being invested with the jewels, symbolic of their office.

The crew...