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Saint Peter Catholic Church
515 E. Knight Street, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
517-663-4735         [email protected]

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Our Mission Statement
St. Peter Roman Catholic Church in Eaton Rapids is a welcoming Catholic Community in the Diocese of Lansing,
consecrated to Jesus Christ, serving the spiritual and corporal needs of our brothers and sisters.
We commit ourselves to celebrating the liturgy togeather, living the sacraments in a life of prayer and communion with the saints. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we will preach the Gospel and serve the community in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior.

We invite you to join us

for Masses on:
Tues. at 6:30 pm
Weds. & Fri. at 9 am
Thurs. at 6:30 pm
Sat. at 5 pm
Sun. at 8 am & 10:30 am

for Reconciliation on:
Tues. at 5:30 pm
Sat. at 4 pm
Lent & Advent as Scheduled
Other Times by Request

On Friday, September 14, Bishop Boyea will celebrate the 8:00am Mass at St Mary Cathedral, followed by a Holy Hour, in reparation especially for the sins of the bishops.  All are invited to join him there.

August 30, 2018

Good Afternoon,

Are you interested in a way to connect your faith with your life, or hope to grow in your understanding of scripture and our Catholic faith?
I would like to take a moment to invite you all to join one of our Small Faith Community Groups. Currently, we are studying The New Rosary in Scripture by Edward Sri. This study allows us to more fully understand the Rosary, why we pray it, and how it relates to the Bible. Our parish provides opportunities for adults to connect their love of God with their life in a new and deeper way, while strengthening the connection between other by participating in Small Faith Groups.

Why join a group? Small groups offer an opportunity to connect with other parishioners while enriching our own faith. These groups not only foster the faith of individuals, but they are living cells that build up the Body of Christ by reflecting together to pray, read, and share scripture.

Our groups meet for 1 hour once a month with a variety of different times and days to try and meet everyone’s schedule. No matter if you are young or old, married or single, or where you are in life, there is a group for you! Come join us as we take the word of God from Sunday to everyday with supportive friends.

May the Lords Blessings be with you,
Fr. George Puthenpeedika

August 27th, 2018

Religious Education Registration and other Faith Formation Programs

Dear St. Peter Families,

The new school year is upon us. There are days that moments that it feels daunting and moments I celebrated the return of the schedule of the school year. There are many concerns I have as a parent, concerns that the world doesn’t always share. Our children are going to come home from school asking questions about the world, why people do what they do, why the bullies are so cruel, why? why? Why?

I sometimes struggle to find the right words to answer my children. Days are tough, answers are difficult, and they aren’t always readily available on the tip of my tongue. As parents, we want to protect and console our children in difficult moments, but we also need to make them aware of the rest of the world and help them navigate it well while maintaining and growing in faith.

With this in mind, I invite you and your family to actively participate in the new Religious Education Program.
For parents, grandparents and those in college, there is Theology and Coffee. I believe this is the place and these are the people that will help parents have the wisdom we need when our children come to us with difficult questions and situations. Speaking personally, it is after spending time with Faithful Parents, praying and learning together, that I feel armed with better answers to the questions and the difficult moments my children have. Grandparents, we need your wisdom. College students and young adults, we need your enthusiasm. Each of you have much to offer. Theology and Coffee with The Wild Goose study.

For our high school students, Youth Group is it! We have an amazing year planned for our teens: the Youth Rally in November, movie nights, game nights, and service projects. And, of course, the Franciscan University of Steubenville weekend next summer. There is no cost to attend Youth Group, but the events (Youth Rally and Steubenville) do have a cost. More details and how the teens can help earn the money to come soon. (The teens call themselves “The God Squad” and are planning on a group attending the 3rd Diocesan Assembly on September 22nd. Go to https://madeforhappiness.org/index.html to register.)

For our K-8th grade students, Religious Education has undergone a complete transformation. Gone are the workbooks and crossword puzzles. The walls are down, the space is being prepared, and the materials are coming in for interactive stories, hands-on learning, exploration, large-group prayer, service projects and Family Days.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiative) for Adults begins on Wednesday September 12th from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Parish Library. This is open to anyone seeking more information about the Catholic Faith. If you or someone you know is looking for answers, considering joining the Catholic Church, or simply wants to increase their knowledge of the faith, please encourage them to attend.

The truth is, I am in this for the long run. I believe you are, too. Join us with your family on September 9th at 9:00 in the Church. Try Theology and Coffee. Encourage your teens to go to Youth Group. Sign up your kiddos for Religious Education. Try it all out for 8 weeks. Then decide if this is a good fit for your family. If it is, pay the registration fee for the K-8 kiddos and enjoy the year. If it is not, no worries. I know you are all doing all you can to teach your children the faith.

Theology & Coffee, Youth Group, and Religious Education meet from 9:00-10:15 am on Sunday mornings. We all begin together in the Church for opening prayer and announcements then move to our respective classrooms. I am hoping that we can eventually have something for our toddlers and preschoolers. If you have ideas on how to make that a reality, I am all ears!

The registration form is attached to this email. You can print it out, fill it out and mail it in or put it in the collection basket. You are also welcome to drop it by the office between 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday. Tuition is due on or before November 1st. Late fees will be charged after November 2nd. If tuition is a hardship for your family, contact me ASAP and we will make adjustments.

In His Grace and Goodness,
Jessica Schaub
Faith Formation Coordinator
[email protected]

Good Afternoon Everyone,​​

Our upcoming Diocesan Assembly "Made for Happiness" is expected to draw Catholics from all of our 77 parishes and 15,000 people will be in attendance.  This will be the largest gathering of Catholics in the history of our diocese and promises to be an historic event!

This year the Diocesan Assembly will take place at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Saturday, September 22, 2018.  The Assembly is for all Catholics from throughout the diocese and you are invited to attend this exciting full day of activities or any part of them.  

The Assemblies includes a four-mile Eucharistic Procession beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Join thousands of Catholics from across the Diocese of Lansing as we process with Christ in the real presence of the Blessed Sacrament from St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing to the Breslin Center in East Lansing.  More than a dozen priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation along the procession route and during the Assembly Gathering.

Join us for the many activities that will take place throughout the day at the Breslin Center.  Beginning at 7:00 a.m. when the doors to the Breslin Center open, Assembly goers will have the opportunity to view four popular religious displays.  From 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at seven suites on the Concourse level of the Breslin.  The Eucharistic Procession will be broadcast live via the Breslin's Jumbo Tron, along with other programming.  From 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., more than a dozen Catholic vendors and ministries will be available around the concourse.  Games and activities for children and families will open in mid morning and will stay open until 8:00 p.m.  Free professional child care will be available on a first-come, first served basis during the hours of the main presentations!

The Assembly Gathering commences with a blessing and brief message from Bishop Boyea followed by a series of inspiring and uplifting talks given by Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jennifer Fulwiler, Deacon Larry Oney, and emceed by Fr. Joe Krupp.  Additionally, and all-diocesan choir and multiple musicians will be performing during afternoon sessions.
I invite you to participate in the full day of events or as much of it as you wish.  Registration is FREE, but space is limited.  If you haven't registered yet, please be sure to do so!

There will be an informational meeting on Sunday, September 16th at 9:00 a.m. in the Meeting Room for all those who are attending.  This meeting will include all detailed specifics regarding the guidelines and prohibited items set forth for this Assembly.  

Additionally, please note that there is a signup sheet in the Gathering Space for T-Shirts for our Diocesan Assembly.  Shirts are expected to cost around $8.00 each.  Please sign up for a t-shirt no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 27, 2018.

Please visit  https://madeforhappiness.org/ to register for this event and for all details regarding the days activities.

Thank you all and God Bless,
Fr. George Puthenpeedika
St. Peter Catholic Church, Eaton Rapids, MI
(517)663-4735     [email protected]

 Welcome to our Parish
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting with us today! Founded in 1891, St. Peter Catholic Church has a vibrant history full of faith and discipleship, and today we strive to continue the tradition of both personal and Church growth. By blending spiritual direction and teaching with the Liturgy, worship, and fellowship, we work continually to create a true Parish Family.

If you are here on vacation or visiting family, let us be your "home away from home". If you are joining us in search of a new parish, please prayerfully consider making St. Peter your Church home. And if you are here exploring the Catholic faith, we will be honored if you choose us to guide you on your spiritual journey.

If you are in need of spiritual direction or assistance of any kind, please do not hesitate to contact the parish office. We pray that the ministries we provide will be a blessing in your life. 

Feast Day Potlucks
Twice a year, the Church community of St. Peter gathers after the 10:30 a.m. Mass for a family-style potluck. On the 2nd Sunday of January and the 3rd Sunday of June, these fun luncheons are open to all Parishioners and visitors for the low cost of a dish to pass.

Holy Smoke BBQ Grill-Off
On a Saturday in the fall, after 5 pm Mass, we have a fun Parish BBQ Competition! The evening features free, relaxed fun with delicious BBQ meat sampling and voting, sides and desserts, games, a bonfire, and music. All Parishioners are welcome to join us in celebration of our St. Peter Church Family.

Annual Ox Roast Festival & Carnival
On the 3rd weekend in May, we hold our largest Parish fundraiser of the year. Open to the Community with free, live entertainment and delicious food in the Pavilion, and a Carnival & Midway provided by Schmidt Amusements, we proudly uphold the family friendly atmosphere and a wide variety of fun and entertainment that makes our Festival the most popular community event in Eaton Rapids each year!