Through prayer, parishioners of the Church of St. Peter nurture the personal relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Sacraments, serving, prayer groups, and music ministries aid in fostering this relationship, and through the Eucharist, the Church of St. Peter parish family is strengthened to go and serve the Lord.
Altar Servers assist the priest during Mass. Students are eligible to serve after they begin fourth grade, and are recruited through St. Peter School and the PSR program. Students receive training before they are assigned. Parents are welcome to be trained and to serve with their child. Other adults also are welcome to serve. Servers can sign up online to serve the Mass time of their preference.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are mandated by the Diocese to help distribute the Eucharist at Mass. They may also assist with blessing of throats and distribution of ashes and, with special training, may take Communion to hospital patients or parishioners who are homebound or in nursing homes. They may specify months and Mass times when they are available to serve.
Holy Communion to the Homebound and to Nursing Homes
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion take the Eucharist to parishioners who are homebound or in nursing homes who request it on Saturday, Sunday, or at other times.
Hospital Communion Ministry
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion take the Eucharist to Catholic patients at Blessing Hospital. Flexible schedules can be arranged. New volunteers are accompanied by experienced volunteers during their first hospital visits.
Moms Are Praying
One morning a week throughout the academic year, this group meets to pray for the intentions of the children in our parish. The group receives prayer requests from students in St. Peter School and PSR.
“The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly, more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth.”
— Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Since Oct. 25, 1987, a Perpetual Adoration Chapel has been at the Church of St. Peter. Our adorers want to abide within the dynamic life of the Eucharist, just as they desire that the Eucharist transform their whole life. Adoration and Eucharistic life transform believers into the image of Christ. In the Blessed Sacrament, the resurrected Jesus is really present and acting drawing mankind into a relationship with the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit. We would like anyone to be become an Adorer. There are still openings which perhaps would t into your schedule or you can just come by anytime. You will never be alone as we have Adorers around the clock and typically spend an hour of their choice each week or bi-weekly or monthly. Many serve as a substitute at the chapel when needed and called upon. We would love to have you join our group.
Talented vocalists with a strong sense of liturgy and interest in leading the congregation in song are welcome to become cantors. Cantors also proclaim the Psalm from the ambo during Mass. New cantors receive in-depth training before serving during a liturgy.
Chorale is open to any adult or high school vocalist who wishes to share his or her gift of music and benefit from the camaraderie of other musicians. The group rehearses from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights from September through May. Chorale sings at the 5 p.m. Saturday or the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass several times each month from September through May, as well as at special liturgies and major holy days and feasts.
Musicians skilled in woodwind, brass, percussion and stringed instruments occasionally are invited to play at special liturgies.
Jubilation (Parish Children’s Choir)
Jubilation is open to students in grades 4-8. The group rehearses from 3-3:45 p.m. on Mondays during the school year. Jubilation normally sings at the 9:30 a.m. Mass once a month during the school year, at the Family Christmas Mass (5:30 p.m., Christmas Eve) and occasionally at special liturgies. New members are welcome at the start of each semester.
Resurrection Choir (Funerals)
Singers are welcome to join the Resurrection Choir, which sings for funerals upon request. There are no rehearsals, and it is not necessary to be a member of another parish choir to join this group.
St. Peter Singers (11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass)
St. Peter Singers welcomes singers, guitarists, pianists and other instrumentalists who would like to lead the music at the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass and other liturgies. This group has occasional practices and is ideal for musicians who have uncertain schedules but would like to participate as time permits.
Outside Community Ministries
Quincy Cursillo is an opportunity to encounter Christ in a very special way during a Thursday evening through Sunday evening retreat at the Our Lady of Angels Spirituality Center of Quincy University. The program is designed to make a Christian community possible in the home, parish and broader community. St Peter representatives for Cursillo are Dwight & Barb Seeley - 217-224-5615 or firstname.lastname@example.org