The Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Peter the Apostle on June 29th. Saint Peter’s given name was Simon at birth. He and his brother were fisherman from the village of Bethsaida in Galilee. One day as the brothers were mending their fishing nets, Jesus called out to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). Both brothers left their nets to become disciples of Jesus.
Peter was present during the major events of Jesus’ ministry. After Jesus rose from the dead, Peter was one of the first to see him alive. Jesus gave him the name "Peter." The name means "rock." Jesus entrusted Peter with a very special task, appointing him the leader of the Church. Jesus said, "You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18).