Tour of St. Peter the Apostle Parish
Fifth Avenue view of the new St. Peter's
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
These tour pages are about our church, the Church of St. Peter the Apostle
in River Edge. They have been taken from a booklet written to celebrate
the Rededication of our church, after the renovation and construction of
an addition to the building that have taken place between 1999 and 2000.
For our parishioners who view these pages, I hope it serves to heighten
your awareness of the rich symbolism that surrounds us as we gather here
for worship. I hope it also arouses in you the healthy sense of pride that
comes from looking at the results of a job well done. Your generosity in
the Forward In Faith Campaign made possible all that you see around you.
You have completed the dreams of those who went before us, enhancing the
beauty of our church and at the same time making it capable of supporting
the expanding ministries of our parish.
For those who come to our website as guests, may I first say "Welcome!"
There is no church exactly like ours, so we hope you find these web pages
helpful in explaining it. Our church design owes its artistic inspiration
to Catholic architectural tradition that stretches back 2000 years. We
Catholics make much use of visible elements of God's creation and human
artistry to create a symbolic language that expresses our faith in what is
If you are Christian, explanations of Catholic symbolism may help reduce
the strangeness of the surroundings. When you understand the symbols,
you'll see that what unites us in faith is more extensive than what
divides us. To those who come from a faith tradition that is not
Christian, please see around you the work of a community that, like your
own, is sincerely searching for God and trying to follow God's ways. Let
us all be united in understanding and love.
To all who are taking this virtual tour, please understand that the
building of brick and concrete, stone and wood, only points the way to the
Church that is being built up by Jesus Christ, made of "living stones"
(1Pt. 2:5), the members of this parish. May we who call this our spiritual
home, grow to resemble more and more the symbols that surround us. May our
guests find here the peace that Jesus offered when he said, "Peace I leave
with you; my peace I give to you ... Do not let your hearts be troubled or
Please click on the links on the bottom of
each page to take
our virtual tour.
Sincerely in the peace of Christ,
Monsignor Robert H. Slipe
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