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Archbishop visits St. Peter for confirmation

Ceremony took place in outdoor pavilion since church was damaged by Irma

Archbishop Thomas Wenski poses with the confirmation class from St. Peter Church in Big Pine Key after presiding at the Mass and confirmation ceremony April 4. At left is Father Jesus

Photographer: COURTESY | Rosalinda Hally

Archbishop Thomas Wenski poses with the confirmation class from St. Peter Church in Big Pine Key after presiding at the Mass and confirmation ceremony April 4. At left is Father Jesus "Jets" Medina, St. Peter's administrator.

Knowing the archbishop likes to ride to the Keys on his motorcycle, parishioners at St. Peter made sure to designate a parking space.

Photographer: COURTESY | Rosalinda Hally

Knowing the archbishop likes to ride to the Keys on his motorcycle, parishioners at St. Peter made sure to designate a parking space.

BIG PINE KEY | Despite damage from hurricane Irma, which made its church unusable, sacramental life is back on track at St. Peter Parish in Big Pine Key — only now Sunday Masses and other gatherings take place underneath the covered pavilion on the parish grounds, rather than inside the church.

It was there that Archbishop Thomas Wenski presided at an important sacramental event April 8 confirmation of a group of teenagers and several adults who had undergone the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Earlier that day, Father Richard Vigoa, director of the archdiocesan Office of Worship, also conducted a training session for St. Peter’s extraordinary ministers of holy Communion.

St. Peter is in the process of rebuilding its church, which was damaged by flooding from last September’s hurricane. The building must be rebuilt to comply with new building codes.

Also last weekend, the church’s food bank — housed in a trailer — re-opened. The food bank is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Father Richard Vigoa poses with the group from St. Peter, Big Pine Key, who took part in his training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. In addition to serving as Archbishop Thomas Wenski's priest-secretary and master of ceremonies, Father Vigoa directs the archdiocesan Office of Worship.

Photographer: COURTESY | Rosalinda Hally

Father Richard Vigoa poses with the group from St. Peter, Big Pine Key, who took part in his training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. In addition to serving as Archbishop Thomas Wenski's priest-secretary and master of ceremonies, Father Vigoa directs the archdiocesan Office of Worship.


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