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Update 03/24/2020

DUE TO THE CURRENT COVD-19 PANDEMIC, BISHOP GEORGE LEO THOMAS HAS MADE THE DIFFICULT DECISION TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE ALL PARISH CHURCHES IN THE DIOCESE. FOR CONFESSIONS AND ANOINTINGS IN DANGER OF DEATH, PLEASE CALL THE PARISH OFFICE TO MAKE THE ARRANGEMENTS AT (702)970-2500.

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Per Bishop George Leo Thomas, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas: "MASS CESSATION, AND DISPENSATION FROM ATTENDING SUNDAY MASS HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 17, 2020".

Your ON-LINE DONATIONS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED AT THIS TIME. Please click "EGIVING" on the left (or below). You can also mail in your donations. Thank you.

The Holy Father has granted the gift of special Indulgences o the faithful suffering from COVID-19 disease, commonly known as Coronavirus, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them. Please share this with your parishioners! The entire text can be found at: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2020/03/20/200320c.htm l?fbclid=IwAR3OhSskgCswbk‐2ETFc1yirAF4TYe34WpB4GvM6L3tDeQW‐mwK68OlDnMg

SCAM Warning: Please be aware that there are already multiple scams being circulated about the coronavirus – including attempts at trying to pitch ‘early government refund payments, hawk bogus vaccines and cures, and soliciting funds from fake religious/religious organizations. Please be on guard about this and let your parishioners know that the Diocesan Bishop, priests, deacons, and parishes and Diocese will never make these types of calls or communications. One parish and one office in the chancery have already received these calls.

LETTER FROM BISHOP GEORGE LEO THOMAS (in English and Spanish)

Pastoral Letter to the People of the Diocese of Las Vegas

March 18, 2020

My Dear Friends in Christ,

People across the entire globe have been plunged into a world of hardship and uncertainty as the coronavirus continues to take its toll in every nation.

As individuals and families, we are facing the specter of critical illness, certain economic hardship, and the massive disruption of our daily lives.

The Church is no stranger to adversity, suffering, or privation. In times of difficulty, she has always raised her voice in prayer and earnest supplication, confident that God will hear our every prayer and answer all our pleas.

Down through the centuries, the Blessed Mother has played a vitally important role in times of trial, coming to us as a tender Mother, a tireless advocate, steadfast Intercessor, and cherished friend.

She has visited her people under the familiar titles of Virgin of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Antipolo, and Our Lady of La Vang. She is beloved in Poland as Our Lady of Czestochowa, in Ireland as Our Lady of Knock, and in Japan as Our Lady of Akita. Mary is revered by the people in Bosnia–Herzegovina as Our Lady of Medugorje, and in Spain, she is treasured as Our Lady of the Pillar. Mary is known in France as Our Lady of Lourdes, and in Portugal as Our Lady of Fatima.

On May 13, 1846, the Bishops of the United States unanimously chose the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Patroness of our Nation. Their decision was ratified by Pope Pius IX on February 7 of the following year. Diocese of Las Vegas

Now is the hour to turn to our Blessed Mother for her maternal help. She is always ready and willing to carry our prayers and petitions to the heart of her Son. Mary’s own words, contained in the Gospel of St. Luke, capture the special place that she holds in salvation history as the advocate and friend of God’s holy people. The Scripture says, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.”

I ask you, the people of the Diocese of Las Vegas, to turn to the Blessed Mother, who helps us keep the eyes of our hearts fixed on her Son Jesus during dark and trying days. The words of a powerful prayer called the Memorare, and attributed to St. Bernard, assure us that when we turn to Mary in times of need we have this blessed assurance -- that never was it known that anyone who fled to her protection, implored her help, or sought her intercession was left unaided.

When our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, she posed to him a question that is intended also for you and me. Mary asked Juan Diego, “Am I not here, I who am your Mother?”

Her question is a not-so-subtle assurance that Mary is our Mother too, standing ready and willing to protect and defend us, her children, in times of trouble and uncertainty.

I ask you, the people of the Diocese of Las Vegas, to bring your troubles to Mary. Give her your burdens, your worries. Share with her your cares and concerns. Be assured that under her maternal mantle, prayers are answered and miracles still happen.

Mary will not forsake her children in their hour of need, nor will she neglect our prayers in times of difficulty and distress.

In the days ahead, I ask you to consider praying the Rosary as a family, and ask parents and grandparents to teach your children about the healing power of Mary’s maternal care. I ask all parishioners to pray the beautiful Memorare at the close of each day, directing your prayer toward those who are sick and suffering, those who have died, for healthcare workers and researchers, and for civic leaders, who are under particular duress during these trying days.

I ask you to invite Mary our Mother into your hearts and homes, and to venerate her as your loving Mother, as one who will lead you and your families closer to the heart of her Son.

Each Sunday, I ask you to consider reading the Sunday readings as a family, allowing the living Word of God to draw you into the heart of the Word made Flesh.

Finally, I commend our entire Diocese to the maternal care of Mary, entreating her to “pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,” and protect our people with grace, peace, and temporal relief.

I close this reflection with the consoling words of St. Francis De Sales, who had deep devotion to Our Lady, and unfailing faith in God’s Provident care. He wrote, “Do not fear what will happen tomorrow. The same loving God who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. God will either shield you from suffering or will give you the unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.”

Be certain of my daily prayers and blessings. Bishop George Leo Thomas, Ph.D. Bishop of Las Vegas

CARTA PASTORAL AL PUEBLO DE LA DIOCESIS DE LAS VEGAS

18 de marzo de 2020

Mis queridos amigos en Cristo,

La gente alrededor de todo el mundo se ha visto sumida en un mundo de dificultades e incertidumbre a medida que el coronavirus continúa haciendo estragos en todas las naciones.

Como individuos y familias, nos enfrentamos al espectro de enfermedades críticas, ciertas dificultades económicas, y la interrupción masiva de nuestra vida diaria.

La Iglesia no es ajena a la adversidad, el sufrimiento o la privación. En tiempos de dificultad, ella siempre ha alzado la voz en oración y súplica sincera, confiando en que Dios escuchará todas nuestras oraciones y responderá a todas nuestras súplicas.

A través de los siglos, la Santísima Madre ha desempeñado un papel de vital importancia en tiempos de prueba, llegando a nosotros como una Madre tierna, una defensora incansable, un Intercesora constante y una amiga querida. Ella ha visitado a su gente bajo los títulos familiares de Virgen de Guadalupe, Nuestra Señora de Antipolo y Nuestra Señora de La Vang. María amada en Polonia como Nuestra Señora de Czestochowa, en Irlanda como Nuestra Señora de Knock, y en Japón como Nuestra Señora de Akita. María es venerada por la gente en Bosnia-y-Herzegovina como Nuestra Señora de Medugorje, y en España, es atesorada como Nuestra Señora del Pilar. María es conocida en Francia como Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, y en Portugal como Nuestra Señora de Fátima.

El 13 de mayo de 1846, los obispos de los Estados Unidos eligieron por unanimidad a la Santísima Virgen María como la Patrona de nuestra nación. Su decisión fue ratificada por el papa Pío IX el 7 de febrero del año siguiente.

Ahora es el momento de recurrir a nuestra Santísima Madre por su ayuda materna. Ella siempre está lista y dispuesta a llevar nuestras oraciones y peticiones al corazón de su Hijo. Las propias palabras de María, contenidas en el Evangelio de San Lucas, capturan el lugar especial que ocupa en la historia de la salvación como defensora y amiga del pueblo santo de Dios. La Escritura dice: “Mi alma proclama la grandeza del Señor; Mi espíritu se regocija en Dios mi Salvador. Porque ha mirado la humildad de su sierva; he aquí, de ahora en adelante todas las edades me llamarán bendito."

Les pido a ustedes, la gente de la Diócesis de Las Vegas, que recurran a la Santísima Madre, que nos ayuda a mantener los ojos de nuestros corazones fijos en su Hijo Jesús durante los días oscuros y difíciles.

Las palabras de una poderosa oración llamada Memorare, y atribuida a San Bernardo, nos aseguran que cuando recurrimos a María en momentos de necesidad, tenemos esta bendita seguridad: que nunca se supo que alguien que huyó a su protección, imploró su ayuda, o buscó su intercesión, se quedó sin ayuda.

Cuando nuestra Señora de Guadalupe se le apareció a Juan Diego, ella le hizo una pregunta que está destinada también para usted y para mí. María le preguntó a Juan Diego: "¿No estoy aquí, yo que soy tu madre?"

La pregunta de María es una garantía no tan sutil de que María también es nuestra Madre, preparada y dispuesta a protegernos y defendernos a nosotros, sus hijos, en tiempos de problemas e incertidumbre.

Les pido a ustedes, la gente de la Diócesis de Las Vegas, que traigan sus problemas a María. Denle sus cargas, sus preocupaciones. Compartan con ella sus inquietudes y preocupaciones. Tengan la seguridad de que bajo su manto maternal, las oraciones son respondidas y los milagros aún ocurren.

María no abandonará a sus hijos en su hora de necesidad, ni descuidará nuestras oraciones en momentos de dificultad y angustia.

En los días venideros, les pido que consideren rezar el Rosario como una familia, y les pido a los padres y abuelos que enseñen a sus hijos sobre el poder curativo del cuidado materno de María. Les pido a todos los feligreses que recen la hermosa Memorare al final de cada día, dirigiendo su oración hacia aquellos que están enfermos y sufriendo, aquellos que han. muerto, por trabajadores de la salud e investigadores, y por líderes cívicos, que están bajo una coacción particular durante estos días difíciles Le pido que invite a María, nuestra Madre, a sus corazones y hogares, y que la veneren como su Madre amorosa, como una persona que los llevará a usted y a sus familias más cerca del corazón de su Hijo.

Cada domingo, les pido que consideren leer las lecturas del domingo en familia, permitiendo que la Palabra de Dios viviente lo atraiga al corazón de la Palabra hecha Carne. Finalmente, encomiendo a toda nuestra Diócesis por el cuidado materno de María, rogándole que “ore por nosotros, O Santa Madre de Dios” y proteja a nuestra gente con gracia, paz, y alivio temporal.

Cierro esta reflexión con las palabras consoladoras de San Francisco de Sales, que tenía una profunda devoción a Nuestra Señora y una fe inquebrantable en el cuidado providente de Dios. Él escribió: “No temas lo que sucederá mañana. El mismo Dios amoroso que se preocupa por ti hoy te cuidará mañana y todos los días. Dios te protegerá del sufrimiento o te dará la fuerza inagotable para soportarlo. Entonces mantén la paz y deja de lado todos los pensamientos e imaginaciones ansiosos".

Esté seguro de mis oraciones y bendiciones diarias. Obispo George Leo Thomas Ph.D. Obispo de Las Vegas

March 17, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19 virus), Bishop George Leo Thomas of the Diocese of Las Vegas has made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend the public celebration of Mass across the Diocese of Las Vegas, at least through the weekend of Palm Sunday (April 5, 2020) or until further notice. This includes the suspension of all Church services, parish meetings, and religious education classes, effective immediately.

For confessions, emergency sick calls, and anointing, please contact the parish office at 702-970-2500.

All Mass intentions that have offerings for Masses that have been suspended will be fulfilled by the pastor and supply priests. Please not that due to circumstances, the original scheduled Mass date may be change, but will be fulfilled.

We will do our best to keep the church open for a few hours every day starting at 8am. All devotions and prayers are to be done silently and privately. Please space yourself out in the church to keep social distancing. You may check the parish website for updated information at Stpeterhenderson.org.

Thank you for your cooperation,

In Christ, Fr. Samuel

ST. PETER THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH

204 S. Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV 89015

Tel (702)970-2500 Fax (702)970-2555

Website: www.stpeterhenderson.org

Facebook: stpetertheapostleromancatholicchurch

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. NO MASSES UNTIL through April 17, 2020.

2. NO FAITH FORMATION CLASSES. NO First Communion, Confirmation, and continuing classes. There will be no youth, young adult meets, or other group meetings for at least the rest of this month. We will take it on a month to month basis for right now The parents should unsure that the students study their books.

3. E-GIVING is now available. You can give through this website. This will allow you to give anytime and anywhere. Please click the top left button and follow the instructions or you can give via text. You can send text to "77977" and on the message line, type "STPAHENDERSON", then follow the link.

4. STATIONS OF THE CROSS ON FRIDAYS IS CANCELLED.

5. There will be NO ANOINTING MASS on Monday, April 6, 2020.

6. The chapel is NOT OPEN.

7. ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST BE FINGERPRINTED AS WELL AS COMPLETE THE PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN CLASS (now called CMGCONNECT) WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE. Forms and information are available at the Parish Office.

8. NO BAPTISM CLASSES

9. You can pay your FAITH FORMATION TUITION on-line. Just click on "FAITH FORMATION TUITION" on the left hand side.



EUCHARISTIC ADORATION (CHAPEL)

***to be announced***



SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:

***PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT***



OFFICE HOURS:

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE



GIFT SHOP HOURS:

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church at 204 S. Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV 89015 Tel (702)970-2500 Fax (702)970-2555 email: info@stpahend.org