I’m Father Rob Ketcham, chaplain of Saint John the Baptist High School in New York.
I make short videos for the students at the school, and it was suggested that I make them available online. So I created petersboat.net. Other categories have been added to the videos here, all of which are directed toward my students and their families.
I hope you enjoy the site. I don’t post things very often (only once a week or so), so you may want to follow by Email or on Facebook.
The name petersboat.net comes from when Jesus got into Saint Peter’s boat. The crowd on land was so great that Jesus could teach only those very near to him. So, “getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he taught the people from the boat” (Lk 5:3).
Compared to a parish, a website is a thing admittedly “put out a little from the land,” but as such it serves its purpose. Like a kind of Peter’s boat, it simply helps Jesus to reach the multitude.
And of course, the Catholic Church herself may be likened to Peter’s boat, still casting her net for souls in union with that first fisher of men.
(In this case, we’re just using a dot net.)