United In Faith We Are Strong

peter-paul-unityIn a Peanuts cartoon Lucy demanded that Linus change TV channel, threatening him with her fist if he didn’t.

“What makes you think you can walk right in here and take over?” asks Linus.

“These five fingers,” says Lucy.

“Individually they’re nothing but when I curl them together like this into a single unit, they form a weapon that is terrible to behold.”

“Which channel do you want?” asks Linus. Turning away, he looks at his fingers and says, “Why can’t you guys get organized like that?”

In unity there is strength.  This weekend we celebrate the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul—two great pillars of our Catholic faith.  Peter and Paul were quite different in their backgrounds, yet they were united in faith.

Who were Peter and Paul?

Both of them were Jewish, that is true.  But Peter was a blue-collared fisherman, while Paul was a highly educated Pharisee.

Peter was called personally by Jesus, was made head of the apostles by Jesus, and given the keys of the kingdom.

Paul, on the other hand, probably never met Jesus face to face. He once was a persecutor of the Church. His conversion came about through a vision on the road to Damascus that left him blind. His inspiration and his style of presenting the gospel came from visions and charismatic experiences.

Sometimes, Peter and Paul did not see eye to eye.  For instance, Paul once had a public disagreement with Peter on whether Jewish Christians could eat together with Gentile Christians. (Galatians 2).

However, if Peter and Paul did not agree in life, they did agree in death. Both suffered the same kind of death, martyrdom, in the same city, Rome, at about the same time, 64-67 A.D.

 Two pillars of the Church

The early Church recognized Peter and Paul as the two pillars of the Church of Christ. This is depicted in an ancient icon with Peter on the right and Paul on the left, each extending a hand with which they bear up the Church.

By placing two of them together in one icon, united in lifting up the Church, the Church is sending a message to all her children that they likewise should be united, in spite of individual and local differences.  We are all called to build up the one Church of God.

Peter and Paul were two different men, who had different ideas.  But when it came to living their lives for Jesus Christ—they were united as one.  They professed one Lord, one baptism, one faith.  And in this unity, they provided the strong foundation of our church.

Strong in unity

Saints Peter and Paul exemplify to us that even if we are different and even if we have disagreements, we can still live and work together in the Church.

We can find reconciliation with one another through God’s grace and love.

Together we are better.  Together, united in one faith, we are strong.


Ice Cream Social at St. Mary’s in Pesotum

Join us for our annual Ice Cream Social next Sunday, June 8th.

We’re serving from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church Hall.

It’s at County Road 200 North, Pesotum.

We will be serving Homemade Ice Cream, BBQ, hotdogs, desserts, and drinks. Exciting raffles and lots of family fun including Bingo for everyone and games/face painting for kids.

Annual St. Matthew Parish Garage Sale

Sale dates: Thursday, June 12th – Saturday, June 14th

It is time again for the annual St. Matthew Garage Sale!

Volunteers are needed during drop off times and garage sale times. Also needed are good, clean, sellable items.

These items can be dropped off on the dates listed below.

Items that cannot be accepted are tires, large appliances, mattresses, magazines, encyclopedias, large exercise equipment, computer equipment and televisions.

Donations may be dropped-off at the old gym on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, June 4 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 5 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 6 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 7 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 9 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 10 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 11 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Garage Sale Times:

  • Thursday, June 12 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Preview Sale, $2 admission
  • Friday, June 13 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 14 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon $3 Bag Sale

To volunteer or if questions, contact Jim Hiller (359-3843) or Larry Swinyer (356-0799)

The Life of St. John Bosco: Indiscriminate Love

Saint John Bosco accomplished what many people considered an impossibility.

He walked through the streets of Turin, Italy, looking for the dirtiest, roughest urchins he could find, then made good
men of them.

His extraordinary success can be summed up in the words of his patron Saint, Francis de Sales: “The measure of his love was that he loved without measure.”

WATCH “Luck of the Draw” Fundraiser & Raffle

The next drawing for a $50 prize will be May 31st.

Purchase your chance now to win this and many other drawings to be held throughout the year.

Even when you win, your raffle ticket is put back in the pot for future drawings including $100 holiday specials and a $1,000 grand prize drawing in 2014.

Raffle ticket cost is $10. Forms are available in the Parish Office.

Proceeds benefit the non-profit organization WATCH.

Buy your tickets today!