Sacraments

Baptism

img-s9Through the Sacrament of Baptism, Saints Peter & Paul Parish welcomes your child into a faith-filled community. Baptism is a time of special joy and blessing. It can remind us of our own faith and what it means to be a Catholic Christian.

To prepare for your child’s Baptism
Contact Toni McKay at the parish office before or after your child is born to register for preparation sessions.

  • Register your family in our parish if you have not done so previously.

Baptism Sessions
Two Baptism Sessions are required for all families prior to Baptism.

  • Parents and Godparents should attend both sessions.
  • Sessions are scheduled once a month, as needed.

Session One
Highlights the importance of involvement and commitment to the faith community.

“We were all baptized into one Body…you are the Body of Christ
and individually His members” (1Corinthians 12:13,27)

Session Two
Rediscovering signs and symbols of the faith and their connection to the Sacraments. Includes rehearsal in the church.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)


Reconciliation

Saturday: 4:00-5:00 p.m., or by appointment.

The new life in Christ that begins in Baptism may be weakened or lost through sin. Sin ruptures not only our relationship with God but also with our brothers and sisters. By the nourishing light of the Holy Spirit, we are able to prepare for the Sacrament of Penance by examining our consciences to identify those ways in which we are not in right relationship with God and with others. This examination also challenges us to recognize our own participation in the “structures of sin” that degrade others’ lives and dignity. Through the Sacrament of Penance, God offers mercy and forgiveness. In response to this gift, we are called to become vehicles of Christ’s love, making amends and restoring justice and the bonds that have been broken. Healed and forgiven, we are sent to work for peace, justice, and love in our communities and world.

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Anointing of the Sick

If homebound, hospitalized, or facing surgery, please contact the parish office.

This sacrament is received by those who are ill or suffering. By the sacred anointing and the prayer of the priest, the whole Church commends those who are sick to Christ. The sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gifts of strength, faith, peace, and courage, and his or her suffering is united with the suffering of Christ for the building up of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], nos. 1520-23).

Through the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the Church carries out Jesus’ mission of compassion and healing for the sick. The one who is ill can also be a minister to others. By uniting their suffering to Christ, those who are sick can be signs of faith and witnesses of Christ’s Resurrection to the entire community (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici [The Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World], no. 54).


Marriage

Please contact the parish office at least six months in advance to begin the preparation process. See the Wedding Planning page, found under the Worship & Liturgy tab of this website, for information regarding the process for preparing for marriage.


Confirmation

Youth: The preparation offered for the Sacrament of Confirmation is designed to help teens develop a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit. Our goal is to awaken their sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal church, as well as our parish community. Our program is offered as a two year preparation with all candidates having had no less than one full year of catechesis prior to receiving the Sacrament. Candidate/Sponsor sessions begin in January and run once a month until Confirmation in the fall. For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Faith Formation, Vanessa Booth at 616-527-3575.

Adults:  Confirmation preparation for adults is offered as need is expressed.  Contact Toni McKay at the parish office to register.