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St. Genevieve

The Church of St. Genevieve's was founded as a parish of the Archdiocese of St. Paul in 1853. 

As disciples of Jesus Christ, parishioners are called to worship God, to participate in life-long faith formation and to serve God in our communities.


Dear Friends,

     This week we will focus on Article 21: Sharing the Peace of Christ.Why don't we move the sign of peace to the beginning of Mass so that we would greet each other as we start rather than waiting until Communion time?” Many pastors have heard that suggestion over the years. It has this element of truth: We should greet one another as we gather for worship. The body of Christ needs to assemble as one body, and that means we need to be hospitable toward everyone who gathers with us. 

     That is not the purpose of the sign of peace, however. The earlier spot for this gesture placed it before the presentation of the gifts, linking it to Christ's command: “Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matt. 5:23-24).  Putting the sign of peace within the Communion Rite serves a similar function.  It reminds us that we dare not approach the altar of the Lord for Communion if we are not willing to be reconciled with the other members of Christ's body.

     The sign of peace gives us an opportunity to express our unity. This may mean reconciling with someone who is estranged from us, or it may simply mean reminding ourselves that we belong to one another. In both cases, we will be better prepared to enter into Communion with one another in Christ.

     Part of the problem in understanding the sign of peace, perhaps, is our custom of using just a handshake for this ritual. This gesture suggests a standard greeting rather than a prayerful wish for Christ's peace. The official books simply say that we should make an appropriate sign of peace according to local custom.  However you make the gesture, it fulfills its function if it makes us more aware of the love of Christ that binds us to one another. That's what Communion strengthens, and the sign of peace points the way.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Greg Esty


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Wednesday August 27, 12-6 PM
St. Genevieve Parish Center




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Telephone 651.429.7937  |  FAX 651.653.0071

In Case of Emergency: 651.426.5085 Deacon Dan Kirchoffner

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7:30 am - 2:00 pm (Monday - Thursday)

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Mass Schedule

4:30 PM at St. Genevieve Parish Center

  8:30 AM at St. John the Baptist Church
10:30 AM at St. Genevieve Parish Center

Daily Mass
Tuesday- Friday 8:00 AM
St. Genevieve Church
Daily Readings

Holy Days
8:00 AM at St. Genevieve Church
7:00 PM at St. John the Baptist Church

Saturday 3:30 - 4:00 PM at 
St. Genevieve Church

St. Genevieve Church Office at 7087 Goiffon Rd., Centerville, MN 55038
St. Genevieve Parish Community Center at 6995 Centerville Rd.,
Centerville, MN 55038 651.429.7937 

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