ANSWERING THE CALL OF JESUS, TO BE FULLY ALIVE IN THE FAITH AND TO IMITATE HIS LIFE
Handmaidens is a faith formation group for single women between the ages of 18 and 35, dedicated to cultivating a deeper relationship with our Lord, as well as a greater understanding and appreciation of the dignity of their vocation as women. Formation and living holiness in the world is supported and nurtured through adoration, prayer and conferences given by the Carmelite Sisters and chosen laity.
As a member, you will share in the works and spirit of Carmel with the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. You will have the opportunity to help the Sisters in our various apostolates, learn more about your faith and the joy of living it as a teenager, make lasting friendships, and enjoy opportunities to meet with other Dēcor Carmeli members monthly for social activities.
Opportunities available to help the Sisters in their work, to learn more about your faith, and to get together with other Décor Carmeli friends for outings with the Sisters.
"Approximately 50 shut-ins are adopted and visited weekly by Extraordinary ministers who take them our Lord in Holy Communion and a parish bulletin to keep them in touch with the parish family. Approximately 60 residents at Sandalwood Manor and the Christopher House receive Communion weekly from the Legion of Mary Extraordinary ministers. The outreach to the elderly and the sick of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish continues with approximately 100 persons receiving our Lord in Holy Communion."
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR:
-Taking Communion to Lutheran Hospital, to the Homebound, and Nursing Home
-Legion of Mary
-Young Adult Group
-Cleaning the Church (alternating Monday's)
-Front Desk Assistant
If you have an interest and/or some time for any of the above, call the parish office at 303.424.3706
Each member of the church shares in responsibility for its mission; each is called to practice stewardship of the church. Christians are to place themselves at the service of the entire human community, especially those who are most in need. These are the organizations that help our parishioners achieve this goal.
If you have any questions or an interest in participating in any of these ministries, please call the parish office.
(303) 424-3706 ext. 13
Parents are the primary educators of their children in the ways of the faith. The purpose of the Sts. Peter and Paul Religious Education Program is to assist parents in the faith formation of their children by offering a comprehensive quality program where children can experience and learn the importance of their gift of faith, and to express that faith in daily life. Programs offered at Saints Peter and Paul Parish are as follows:
The Office of Religious Education seeks individuals to join its core team in the capacity of catechists and assistant catechists each year. Help is also needed in the areas of planning, retreat preparation, help with logistics, and administrative tasks. For the protection of our children, all teachers/volunteers working directly with children will be screened for suitability to work with minors according to Archdiocesan guidelines.
K-8 (Sunday School)
A series of classes designed to provide basic instruction in the faith for students not attending Catholic school. Based on the Catechism of the Catholic church and a curriculum approved by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, the students are exposed to the tenets of faith as a foundation for their moral and social lives.
Classes meet in the school on Sundays from 10:10 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. Parents are asked to attend the 9:00 a.m. Mass with their children.
Sts. Peter and Paul school students who are registered in the 2nd grade program will receive instruction and preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (Confession) and First Eucharist (Communion) as part of the second grade Religious Education Curriculum.
RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) and RCIT (Rite of Christian Initiation of Teens)
A series of classes designed to provide sacramental training for children and teens in the third grade and higher who have not received Baptism, First Confession, or First Eucharist. Classes meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Big Mac.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
The RCIA is a process for adults interested in learning about and/or becoming members of the Roman Catholic Church. This is a time for inquiry and introduction to the message of the Gospel. It is an opportunity for the beginnings of Faith. The program is open to the non-baptized, and non-Catholics who are already baptized, and seek admission into the Catholic Church. RCIA is a community of faith journey that leads to a transformation of mind and spirit. Guided by the Gospel and Faith community at large, newcomers can find their place in the family of believers. Participants will be brought into the church during the Easter Vigil in Holy Week.
Adult Confirmation classes are for those practicing Catholics 18 years of age or older. Adults must have already received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation (Confession) and First Eucharist (Communion). Four preparation classes will be required. Please bring a copy of your Baptism and First Communion certificates to the registration or first class. Adult Confirmation: They will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on the same day as the Sts. Peter and Paul School students. The date for Confirmation will depend on the Archbishop's schedule.
Adult Faith Formation
This is a series of presentations designed to update Catholics on the Faith, Scripture, contemporary issues, Catechism of the Catholic Church, etc.
Fatima Family Apostolate
Legion of Mary
St. Monica Prayer Group
Bereavement Luncheon Ministry
Hospital Eucharistic Ministry
Sack Lunch Program
Respect Life Group
Parish Family Life
Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Coffee & Donut Sunday
Knights of Columbus
Lenten Soup Supper
Young Adult Group
Parish Special Events
Christmas Set-up/ Take-down
Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist:
Extraordinary Ministers can assist in two ways: at Mass and to the homebound.During Mass, they help the priest in the distribution of the Holy Eucharist. A brief orientation and training session is required and they must be mandated by the Archbishop of Denver for a period of three years and receive the recommendation of the Sts. Peter and Paul Pastor.
For the Homebound & Hospital:
To the homebound (parishioners who are ill in their home, in nursing homes or those hospitalized), our Extraordinary Ministers take the Holy Eucharist offsite. The Eucharist must be obtained from the Tabernacle during the week. These Ministers must also receive a brief orientation and training session and be mandated by the Archbishop of Denver upon recommendation of the Sts. Peter & Paul Pastor. Note that anyone ministering at Lutheran Hospital must also attend a 4-5 hour volunteer training Program required by Lutheran Hospital.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God in the context of the Mass. Responsibilities include the ability to read clearly and carefully and to be comfortable reading in front of a congregation of people. Training is required.
A Sacristan prepares the Credence Table and the Gift Table prior to Mass. They insure that the current Prayers of The Faithful sheet is in the binder at the ambo and on the counter in the vesting sacristy and prepare the altar for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. A training session is required.
Ushers seat parishioners for Mass and assist them with various needs. They take up the collection at Sunday Masses, prepare the gift bearers who take up the bread and wine to the altar. Ushers are asked to attend the same weekend Mass. Substitutes are available when needed. Training is required.
Greeters welcome people as they arrive and enter the church. It is necessary for greeters to arrive 15 minutes before Mass begins.
Greeters are encouraged to attend the same Mass each weekend. Substitutes are available when necessary.
Those who sing in the choir have the desire to praise God in song and music.
Choir members must have ability in either voice or instrument. Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening.
Young people in the 4th grade or older are invited to be altar servers. Altar servers carry the crucifix in procession, carry candles, incense and thurible, assist the priest at the altar during Mass and also the Eucharistic Ministers at Communion, and in addition assist the priest and deacon with various duties during the Masses.
Vestment and Linen Care:
This ministry is ongoing and pertains to the task of maintaining the priest's vestments by sending to the cleaners and the cleaning of the altar cloths and purification by laundering at home.
Floral Altar Arrangements:
You can help glorify God and honor a loved one by participating in a new program here at Sts. Peter & Paul's. This program is a way of fulfilling the doctrines of the church by having "genuine flowers and plants" in the sanctuary. These arrangements not only beautify our church but will also be a form of intercession for you. You can purchase an arrangement for $40.00 and have the arrangement in honor of your living or deceased loved one. It could also commemorate an anniversary. The envelopes will be at be at the back of the church and you can fill it out with a donation and put in the offertory collection. Your loved one or intention will be put in the bulletin with your name. "Flowers are symbolic of our joy in Christ's resurrection. It is a gesture of thanksgiving for the gifts from the Creator.
Holiday Church Decorating:
Special committees are formed to prepare our church for the Christmas, Lenten and Easter feasts. This ministry can require some lifting and climbing. Watch the church bulletin around these holiday seasons requesting volunteers.
The parish is proud to provide a luncheon reception after funeral services in the church. Parishioners are needed to help in the set-up and clean-up. This is a sporadic ministry depending on the number of funerals at any given time.
The Youth Ministry program at Saints Peter and Paul is inspired by the premise that young people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care! In other words, if we are to hand on a vibrant faith to our youth, then they need to experience the love of the adult faith community in the parish. Thus, the primary goal of the Youth Ministry Program is to assist as many faith-filled, caring adults as possible, to build relationships and share faith with our young people.