Fasting & Abstinence During Lent

Penitential Disciplines of Lent

"The Christian faithful, during Lent, are clearly conscious of the need to turn the mind towards those realities which really count, which require Gospel commitment and integrity of life which, through self denial of those things which are superfluous, are translated into good works and solidarity with the poor and needy" (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, #125).

In addition to choosing their own penitential practices, Catholics are also asked to observe the practices of fast and abstinence during the 40 days of Lent. The Lenten Fast and Abstinence Regulations are as follows:

1. Everyone 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Friday of Lent.

2. Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 years of age is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. (The obligation of fasting ceases with the celebration of one's 59th birthday.)

3. Fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday means eating only one full, meatless meal. Two other smaller, meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted on these two, days, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.

4. Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed minimal penitential practices.

Lead the Rosary at Mass

Come to Mass a little early and see how blessed your life can be if you pray the rosary. Teach your children how to prayer the rosary. Learn the mysteries. If you would like to help in leading the rosary before Mass, please sign up and click here.

We ask that you are prepared to begin the rosary 20 minutes before Mass begins. You will be provided with the prayers of the rosary. What a great way to learn the rosary! If you have any questions, please call the office.

Christ Renews His Parish

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) is a spiritual renewal weekend designed to help individuals grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with others in their faith community.

We invite men and women, separately, for a weekend of renewal. The entire weekend is informal and meals, refreshments and facilities are provided for you by the Parish. You stay overnight at the Parish. The weekend begins on Saturday morning at 8:00am and ends around 4:00pm on Sunday afternoon.

           Women's Retreat Weekend  -  February 24th & 25th

           Men's Retreat Weekend  -  March 3rd & 4th

Click here for more information or to register.

Shroud of Turin Exhibit

SS. Peter & Paul Church is very excited to be hosting The Man of the Shroud Exhibit in our gathering space from Feb. 15 – 20. The shroud is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus. This exhibit includes a canvas reproduction of the Shroud as well as numerous photographs and illustrations. The exhibit will be open from 8am - 8pm and is open to all. 

Click here for more information.

We would like to have a volunteer at the exhibit during these times to make certain everything is running smoothly. This might include making certain the DVD is running, the donation boxed is being manned and no mishaps occur (e.g. a panel falls down). The sign up is for one-hour time slots but volunteers are encouraged to sign up for consecutive time slots if possible. No training is required and an instruction sheet will be left at the exhibit. You will receive a reminder email 2 days before your scheduled time. Thank you in advance for your time and please pass this on people in your ministries/groups who may want to volunteer. Click here to signup.

Here's a link to the signup. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094eacaa2aa1fa7-volunteer

Subscribe to The Observer

The Observer is the official newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford. It is a weekly publication that contains articles written by Bishop David Malloy and Pope Francis, as well as articles written by the staff about what is happening in our diocese. It also has articles about world events from a Catholic perspective and articles about our faith.

The Observer would like at least half of our parish families to subscribe to the paper. If we do not have half of our families subscribe, our parish has to make up the difference in a dollar amount. This year, our parish had to pay more than $24,000 to the Observer. For those of you who subscribe, thank you. For those of you who do not, please consider it. The Observer is available in print and online, and a subscription is only $28 per year ($2.33 per month). Subscription forms are available on the table in the narthex, or click here to subscribe.

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive

The Knights of Columbus Blood drive will take place Sunday, February 12th, from 9 – 1pm in the school gym. If you are able to donate, please consider it. Thank you.

New Altar Server Training

Students 4th Grade and older may join at this time. Only one training session is required, but servers are always
welcome to go to several. At least one adult should attend with their child. The meetings will last 1½ hours.

SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, January 18
4:30 - 5:50pm OR 6:30 - 7:50pm
RE students will be allowed to attend
in place of class on this day only.

Thursday, January 19
2:30 - 4:00pm

Saturday, January 21
9:00 - 10:30am OR 5:30 - 7:00pm
(immediately after 4:30pm Mass)

For more information, contact Deacon Mike Boyce
at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the parish center.

Advent Communal Penance Service

Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm is SS. Peter & Paul's Advent Communal Penance Service. Confessions can be heard in both English and Spanish.

If you cannot make this date, there are other communal confession opportunities.

Monday, Dec. 19               St. Mary, Huntley
Tuesday, Dec. 20              St. Thomas the Apostle, Crystal Lake
Thursday, Dec. 22            St. Margaret Mary, Algonquin

Individual Confession Schedule
Every Tuesday 7:00 – 8:00pm (English & Spanish) except Dec.20th
Every Thursday 7:00 – 8:00pm except Dec. 8th and Dec. 22nd
Every Saturday 8:30 – 9:00am and 3:15 – 4:15pm except Dec. 24th
Saturday, Dec. 24th 8-10am or by appt.

Midnight Mass Moved Earlier

The Christmas Midnight Mass has been moved earlier to 10pm on Christmas Eve. This change was made due to the priests' schedules. Mass times are:

Christmas Eve:  4pm, 6pm and 10pm (Spanish 8pm)

Christmas Day:  8am, 9:30am and 11am (Spanish 1:30pm). No 5pm.

Spirit of Christmas Work Party

Help Us Decorate the Church for Christmas!
Saturday, December 3
8:30am—Noon
Please come to the Spirit of Christmas work party on Saturday, December 3 from 8:30am - noon. We will be decorating our campus for Christmas!
You do not have to stay the entire time - any amount of time is appreciated. Many hands make light work!
Join us in the gathering space after the 8:00am Mass for donuts before we begin to work. Your time and talent is needed and appreciated!
Please note: This is a volunteer event and is not covered by the parish insurance. Any injuries that occur while volunteering would need to be covered by your own personal insurance.

Need Sentries for First Friday Adoration

Beginning in December, we will be adding First Friday Adoration.  We will have adoration round the clock for 24 hours beginning after the 8am Mass on the first Friday and continuing until the 8am Mass on Saturday (except for during the 7:30pm Spanish Mass on Friday evenings). You are encouraged to come for any amount of time you would like. Please enter through the main doors until 9pm. After 9pm please use the south church door off of the parish center parking lot. Please knock and someone will open the door.

In order to keep the Lord company, we need sentries. Sentries are invited to register via Sign Up Genius. Click here to sign up. Adoration Sentries are requested to commit to one hour (during the same time slot) each month for a total of twelve hours for the year. SSPP Ministries and Groups, Married Couples & Their Families as well as Individuals are encouraged to commit to a time slot for the year. Thank you for spending time with Our Lord.

Attention: Gala Photos Available

Sounds Of Music Gala 2016

 The 2016 SSPP Fall Gala has come to a close! We sincerely appreciate each and every one of you for attending!

We were so blessed to have had a beautiful fall evening at the Sanfilippo Estate to celebrate our Faith and Friendships together.  We are grateful for our auctioneer, Brian Sager, who was a fabulous facilitator of the Live Auction and Paddle raise--the generous Silent and Live Auctions were spectacular as always! We are also grateful to Debra Strand for donating and creating all the beautiful flower centerpieces.  A BIG thank you to all who donated to each  auction and raffle – your support is deeply appreciated.

 We want to thank our Gala Committee for their tireless work and dedication to make this Gala spectacular!  Along with our  Gala Co-Chairs Anne-Marie Morris and Lisa Glen. 

 We want to thank Father Beekman and Mrs. Strong for their dedication and support to the SS. Peter and Paul Community.    

A final THANK YOU to ALL who attended the Gala making it a community builder while raising funds to benefit our parish and school.  The amount raised will be published at a later date.

Click on the link below to view gala photos. Feel free to share or download (thank you to our photographer, Craig Weber).

https://goo.gl/photos/DhJYnaQiJUDqqD7M7

 

Wellness Ministry Fair

The Wellness Ministry Fair will be held on Saturday, October 8th from 9am - 1pm here at SS. Peter & Paul.

Free Services include:

physician consultation, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body fat screening, exercise trainer, diabetes counselor, hospice education and flu shots.

Questions? Call the parish office at 847-516-2636.

7th Annual Fall Gala

Join friends, family and your SSPP community
in celebrating our 7th Annual Fall Gala
on Saturday, November 5th at 5pm
at the Sanfilippo Mansion, Barrington Hills!

Start the evening with a tour of the Mansion!
Cocktail hour, Plated Dinner and Premium Cash Bar.

Join in the Raffles, Silent Auction and Live Auction!

Tickets are sold out for the event--thank you!

Thank you for all of your generous donations to the gala!

For Gala questions or more information regarding donating items,
please contact Gala Co-Chairs:
Lisa Glen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & Anne-Marie Morris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Benefiting the Saints Peter and Paul Capital Improvement Fund

Culver's SVdP Walk for the Poor Fundraiser

Culver's will donate a portion of their sales for the ENTIRE day when you visit their Crystal lake location on Wednesday, September 21st. Help the St. Vincent DePaul Society to continue to help those in need in our immediate area. Feed those less fortunate while feeding yourself!!

Msgr. Clausen Memorial Mass

There will be a Memorial Mass for Msgr. Clausen with Fr. Paul White here at SS. Peter & Paul on Saturday, September 17th at 10:00am. A reception following the Mass will be in the gathering space.

SVdP Friends of the Poor Walk

Be a Walker or a Sponsor (or both) to Help the Poor right here in our community! The walk is September 24, 2016 at 9:00am in the gathering space. Click here to register.

RCIA Program Begins Soon

Interested in Becoming Catholic
or Learning More About Your Faith?
 
Come learn, discover, and enrich your life through the study of Scripture and the rich traditions
of the Catholic Church.
 
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the process by which both unbaptized adults and those baptized in other Christian denominations learn about the Catholic faith and way of life. It is a spiritual formation process culminating with entry into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil by celebrating the Sacraments of Christian Initiation: Baptism (if not previously baptized in a Christian denomination), Confirmation, and the Eucharist. RCIA continues during the Easter season with the Period of Mystagogy lasting until Pentecost.
 
The first session is Monday, September 26, 2016 in the Mgsr. Clausen Room at the Parish office from
 7 PM – 8:30 PM
 
Questions? Interested in joining us?
Call the Parish Office
at 847-516-AMEN
Contact: Deacon Ken 847-602-2043

 

Catholic Woman of Inspiration

Do you know a woman who is always running here and there to volunteer? A woman who has her hands in just about everything as our parish? A woman who still has time to practice and grow in her faith? YOU DO? Please nominate this woman for the Catholic Woman of Inspiration Award. Nomination forms will be accepted until August 10. Please return completed forms to the parish center or place in the collection basket.

Forms are available  here or in the church entryway.

Annual Parish Picnic, Sunday, Aug. 27th

Come celebrate the Annual Parish Picnic in appreciation of you, our parishioners! Join us after the 11am Mass on Sunday, August 27, 2017 for hotdogs, hamburgers, tacos and corn on the cob. We will have inflatable bounce houses, a dunk tank, games for the kids and so much more. Come and bring the family!

Volunteer Sign Up

For those parishioners who signed up to help at the Ministry Expo, thank you. For those who missed the Ministry Expo, it's not too late to sign up. Please prayerfully discern what special skills and talent God might be calling you to share in our parish. To sign up, click here.

Mass Times

Weekday Masses: 6:30 am, 8:00 am
Saturday Masses: 8:00 am, 4:30 pm
Sunday Masses: 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00, 5:00pm
1:30 pm Español / Spanish Mass

Parish Directory

Capture memories that will last a lifetime!

Please be a part or our new family directory program--we need YOU to make our new family album complete! Let's put names with faces. We have chosen to partner with Lifetouch for professional photography that will connect our members and tell our story.

It's Convenient

Lifetouch will photograph at our location. In your one-hour session you will:

  • Check-in
  • Be professionally photographed
  • Immediately view your portratis
  • Have an opportunity to purchase additional portraits

When was the last time you or your family had a professional portrait taken?

Portraits are valued family keepsakes. Lifetouch Photography will be here in October, November, December and January. All families having their directory portrait taken will receive a FREE 8 x 10 and a coupon good for $10.00 off your portrait order!

Click the image below to schedule a portrait session.

We look forward to seeing you!

We need many volunteers to help this project run smoothly. If you can volunteer some time to help with this exciting project, please click here to sign up. Thank you in advance for your time.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura at the parish center.

Upcoming Parish Retreats

Begin the New Year by attending a parish retreat which will renew your spirit and bring you closer to God, no matter where you are in your faith walk. We have several opportunities:    

       Feb. 27-28th:     Women's Christ Renews His Parish Retreat. Click here for more information.
     March 12-13th:  Men's Christ Renews His Parish Retreat. Click here for more information.
     April 16th:            God Is! One day retreat. Click here for more information.

 

Make a New Year's resolution to do something special for yourself by attending a retreat. You won't regret it!

Advent 2015 Confession Schedule

Advent 2015 Communal Penance Services, all begin at 7:00pm:

   Thursday, Dec. 17         St. Mary, Huntley

   Monday, Dec. 21           SS. Peter & Paul, Cary (English & Spanish)

   Tuesday, Dec. 22          St. Thomas the Apostle, Crystal Lake

   Wednesday, Dec. 23     St. Margaret Mary, Algonquin

Regular Confession Times at SS. Peter & Paul Church:

     Every Thursday 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm; 

     Every Saturday 8:30 am - 9:00 am and 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

     or anytime by appointment,  Please call 847-516-AMEN (2636)

Additional confession times at SS. Peter & Paul have been added for Advent 2015:

     Tuesday, Dec. 15th 7:00 - 8:00pm (Adoration is also during this time)

     Tuesday, Dec. 22nd, 8:30 am - 9:00am