OKTOBERFEST THANK YOU
There are many people to thank for the marvelousOktoberfest. First, is Brad and Rebecca McGill for being the chair couple for this year’s Oktoberfest. Second is Jean Thomas and Casey Peters who served as the mentor couple for this year. Finally, Keith and Genette Wirtz, who will be the chair couple for next year. Thank you to all of you for your hard work and dedication to make Oktoberfest such a wonderful success. I wish to thank Jean Thomas as she worked above and beyond the call of duty to make certain that everything was organized for Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest planning and organizing takes about six months to put this one day together. Thank you again to chair couples for a job well done. The Oktoberfest mass was again a wonderful mass. I loved the Oktoberfest song and the four young people who held up the signs were tremendous. Each year I marvel at the wonderful Oktoberfest song. Thank you to the 10 o’clock mass choir for the beautiful mass and to all of you who attended the mass. It is truly the best way to start our celebration of Oktoberfest.
A special thank you to all of you who worked Oktoberfest. We had over 300 people working Oktoberfest and it is a marvelous thing to watch how well Oktoberfest comes together. There are so many jobs that have to be done and they all seem to come together on Oktoberfest weekend. Your dedication to this parish is truly a gift from the Good Lord.
This is my 18th Oktoberfest and I am amazed how it has grown over these 18 years. I would have never believed 18 years ago that we would have such a tremendous celebration.
We served 982 dinners at the celebration. I am concerned because that number seem to be going down each year. For many years we served between 1300 and 1400 dinners. If half of the members of our parish participated in the dinner we would serve over 1,000 people from our parish. Oktoberfest is a success because of the efforts of our parish family so I hope in the future that we do have great participation from all the members of our parish.
ALL SAINTS DAY MASSES
The feast of All Saints falls on Saturday, November1. We are going to have two masses in honor of this holy day. There will be a 5:00 p.m. mass on Friday, October 31 and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 1. We will honor all of those who have celebrated their funeral liturgy at St. Peter’s in the past year with the lighting of a candle to commemorate each person. The family is invited to come to the mass and take the candle home with them.
This is just a reminder that we have a prayer board in the front of the church. If you have a need or someone you wish to be prayed for please put a note on the board so that our parish community can pray for your intention.
Men’s Prayer Group
The men’s prayer group meets every first and third Thursday of the month. The meetings are from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the rectory. These meetings are open to all men of the parish. These meetings always are insightful and wonderful way to grow in faith and meet some great men of faith.
Women’s Prayer Group
The women’s prayer group meets every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the conference room. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow in your faith and to meet some great ladies of faith.
Saturday: 4 pm
Sunday: 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon
Weekday: Monday 8 am Communion Service @ St. Francis
Tuesday and Friday: 8 am Mass @ St. Peter
Wednesday and Thursday: 8 am Mass @ St. Francis
Holy Day & Vigil: 6 pm vigil, 8 am, 6 pm
Confessions: Saturday: 3:00 to 3:45 pm or by appointment
Pastor: Father Charles Kottas
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Dennis Kirlin
Deacon: Rev. Mr. Stephen Rallis
Parish Secretary / DRE: Dolores Kral
Bookkeeper / CYO Director: Jean Thomas
1 Bluff Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503