The Pastoral Council is the coordinating and unifying structure of the total parish community. Its function is to provide leadership, direction, education, resources and encouragement in accordance with the goals of the parish. It also seeks to serve the parish community by providing ways in which the parishioners share their skills and gifts. All organizations and groups of the parish are committed and organized under the Council. All active parishioners 18 years of age and over are eligible for nomination and election to the Pastoral Council.
Any member of the parish who is interested in participating more fully in parish life is encouraged to call the parish office in the pastoral center at 328-2335 so contact may be established with a contact person.
The Finance Council is a consultative body established to advise the Pastor in matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the parish. The pastor appoints members.
Annual Catholic Appeal
The parish participates and contributes in the annual fund raising effort to support Catholic educational, social, and health services in the Diocese.
Leaders of Song
Cantors lead the congregation in songs and responses at liturgies. The ability to read music is not necessary, but cantors are expected to attend periodic workshops to review music and vocal techniques.
These musicians are welcome and needed to enhance the liturgies.
Ministers of the Word
Lectors proclaim the Word of God at the liturgies. Some technical preparation in public speaking is required. This group meets as needed
Boys and girls (grades 3-12), assist the priest and deacon at the celebration of the liturgies. Altar servers are expected to attend training sessions and periodic meetings.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Ministers of Holy Communion are commissioned by the Pastor to help distribute Holy Communion at Masses. They take Holy Communion to the sick and homebound. For this ministry training and attendance at monthly meetings is required.
A member of the adult choir attends weekly choir rehearsals on Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 PM from September to May. The choir sings on Sundays and for special liturgies. Members are not required to read music.
Ministers of Hospitality
The Ministers of Hospitality help coordinate congregational activities before, during and after Mass. They assist in welcoming, seating, taking up the collections and in any way to provide coordinated and organized liturgies. This group meets several times a year.
This sub-committee of the liturgy committee helps maintain the solemnity and sacredness of the church environment. They meet monthly and perform their duties weekly. Anyone with interest and/or creative talents is welcome to join. Help is always needed.
St. Peter Catholic School offers Catholic education from pre-school to grade eight for members of the parish and the extended community. Registration for new students takes place during Catholic Schools Week. Pre-testing and evaluations are required for admission.
Extended Care Program
This program cares for children during the school day when classes are not in session. It strives to provide experiences that meet children’s needs and stimulate learning in all developmental areas. It begins at 7:00 AM until the start of school and continues after school until 6:00 PM. The Extended Care Program is available only when school is in session.
Athletic Association sports programs organize and sponsor boys and girls for different athletic teams. Coaches instruct youngsters in the fundamentals of each sport. There are sponsored fund-raising activities to help defray the cost of CYM league fees, equipment, uniforms, and field maintenance.
Religious Education Program
Classes in religion further the faith development of all the children in our parish family in grades 1 through 8, who attend either a public school or a non-Catholic private school.
Sacramental Preparation Programs
The Religious Education Staff directs and conducts special classes to help parents instruct their children to receive the sacraments. Times and dates are pre-announced in the Bulletin. Included are classes for Baptism, First Communion, First Confession and Confirmation. Our parish priests coordinate preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony. Please call the parish office between the hours of 9:00 AM & 1PM, at least 1 year prior to the wedding for instruction.
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
Persons who are inquiring into the Catholic faith, those preparing for Baptism, Confirmation and full initiation into the Roman Catholic Church are members of this process. They join a team of clergy and parishioners on a regular basis that assists with their formation in the Catholic faith.
This organization ministers to the physical, spiritual and social needs of the homebound. They strive to serve in a manner that reflects Christ’s teaching, “to love one another”. They provide services daily and meet monthly.
Parish Nurse Program
Parish Nursing is a new and exciting “grass roots” ministry for our parish. Health Care Professionals in the parish will be part of a health cabinet to offer assessment, counseling, referral, advocacy, screening activities, and health education. Through the combined resources and expertise of our parish’s many health care members, we hope to better serve the health issues of our parishioners.
The Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary promotes devotion to Mary, Mother of God. They pray for the well being of the parish and perform other acts of charity. A business meeting, program or social event follows the 8:00 AM Mass on the first Sunday of the month. All women of the parish are welcome to attend.
The Christmas Bazaar is a long-standing social and financial event. The committee meets as needed during the year and more frequently as the event approaches. This is an opportunity for all parishioners to use their skills and talents for the benefit of the parish. The Bazaar takes place over a weekend.
Old New Castle Run
This race has become the Fallen Heroes 5K Run/Walk , which raises funds for the Elizabeth Loncki Scholarship Fund.
Maintenance Council & Work Force
These committees serve the parish by assising in the maintenance and care of parish facilities. Parishioners, especially those with building or trade skills are encouraged to volunteer.
Other Organizations Associated with St. Peter the Apostle
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic gentleman’s organization dedicated to charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The Council supports the parish in various liturgical spiritual and social functions. They hold various fundraisers during the year. In addition, the Council membership provides spiritual and material support to other organizations, such as St. Vincent de Paul Society, Birthright and Bayard House. Membership drives are conducted annually.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
This Society includes both parishioners and non-parishioners. They serve the community in the New Castle area by providing food and financial support. The major goal is to seek, in a spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are in need or who are suffering.
Senior Social Club of New Castle
This Club brings together persons over the age of fifty (50) to socialize, enjoy entertainment, travel and enjoy each other’s company. Monthly meetings are held the third Monday at 7PM, September through June in Msgr. Crowley Hall.