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St. Peter and St. Paul's Parish Newsletter
April 21, 2003   News of Interest to our Parishioners and to Friends of the Traditional Latin Tridentine Mass
Father Baniak on the Mend
Father Walter Baniak, a true and loyal friend of the St. Peter and St. Paul Parish, sustained a shoulder injury on Holy Thursday. *********************************************** Father Baniak is recuperating at St. Mary's Hospital in Troy, New York. Say a prayer, send a get well card or drop by if you can.

Parish Events
FATHER FLANIGAN ANNUAL DINNER---The 5th Annual Rev. Thomas K. Flanigan Humanitarian Award Mass and Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 4, 2003. Following 4 pm Mass at St. Peters, there will be a reception and dinner at the Franklin Plaza, Troy. *********************************************** Honorees are Michelina DeRubertis, Hon. John McNulty and Elizabeth Owens. Posthumous awards will be given to the families of William Donnelly, William Maloney and Filomena Padula. *********************************************** For more information, call 272-2750 or 274-3792. Proceeds will benefit the Father Flanigan Marching Band at St. Augustine's School. *********************************************** FIRST FRIDAY--MAY 2 Friday, May 2, 2003 marks First Friday. A Tridentine Mass will be celebrated at 8 AM at St. Peter's. *********************************************** MAY DAY PROCESSION --- The second Annual May Day Parade will be held at 6 PM on Thursday, May 1, 2003 starting at St. Patrick's Church (3039 Sixth Avenue). Participants will then march to St. Peter's, where a Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be held. Contact Al Mertz (857-2076, 767-2219 or or Howard Reilly (664-5013) for further details.

Pope John Paul II's Biographer to Speak at Williams College
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 10, 2003 -- George Weigel, papal biographer and a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C., will present, "Man of the Century? The Life and Impact of Pope John Paul II." The lecture will be held at Williams College on Wednesday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in Thompson Memorial Chapel. *********************************************** Shaped by the terrors of Nazi-occupied Poland and the subsequent brutalities of the Communist era, John Paul II became one of the world's great proponents of religious freedom and human rights. Weigel will discuss how Karol Wojtyla's life has embodied the ideological hopes and struggles of the 20th century. His lecture will cover the Pope's role in the downfall of the Soviet Communism and his defense of the inalienable dignity of the human person. He also will speak about John Paul II's proclamation of the imperative of human solidarity in an emerging global civilization marked by secular humanism and pluralistic democracy. *********************************************** In conjunction with the lecture, Sawyer Library will sponsor a display on the college's holdings of Weigel's work, highlighting his writings on the relationship between Catholicism and American democracy. *********************************************** Weigel is a Roman Catholic theologian and a leading commentator on issues of religion and public life. He is author of "Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II," which has been published in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Czech, Russian, and German. *********************************************** He is the author or editor of 14 other books, including "Soul of the World: Notes on the Future of Public Catholicism" (Eerdmans, 1994), "The Truth of Catholicism: Ten Controversies Explored" (HarperCollins, 2001) and "The Courage To Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church" (Basic Books, 2002). Weigel has also contributed essays, op-ed columns, and reviews to major opinion journals and newspapers in the U.S., and has appeared on numerous network television, cable television, and radio discussion programs. He serves as a consultant on Vatican affairs for NBC News. *********************************************** Weigel was educated at St. Mary's Seminary College and at the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto. ***********************************************


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From the Pope's Newest Encyclical

. . . how distressing and irregular is the situation of a Christian community which, despite having sufficient numbers and variety of faithful to form a parish, does not have a priest to lead it. Parishes are communities of the baptized who express and affirm their identity above all through the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. But this requires the presence of a presbyter, who alone is qualified to offer the Eucharist in persona Christi. When a community lacks a priest, attempts are rightly made somehow to remedy the situation so that it can continue its Sunday celebrations, and those religious and laity who lead their brothers and sisters in prayer exercise in a praiseworthy way the common priesthood of all the faithful based on the grace of Baptism. But such solutions must be considered merely temporary, while the community awaits a priest. ************ The sacramental incompleteness of these celebrations should above all inspire the whole community to pray with greater fervour that the Lord will send labourers into his harvest (cf. Mt 9:38). It should also be an incentive to mobilize all the resources needed for an adequate pastoral promotion of vocations, without yielding to the temptation to seek solutions which lower the moral and formative standards demanded of candidates for the priesthood. ************* 33. When, due to the scarcity of priests, non- ordained members of the faithful are entrusted with a share in the pastoral care of a parish, they should bear in mind that as the Second Vatican Council teaches no Christian community can be built up unless it has its basis and centre in the celebration of the most Holy Eucharist.66 They have a responsibility, therefore, to keep alive in the community a genuine hunger for the Eucharist, so that no opportunity for the celebration of Mass will ever be missed . . .