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 a preparation session. This is a great time to register your family in our parish if you have not already done so.

Baptism Sessions
Parents are required to attend a Baptism preparation session upon initial celebration of the sacrament for a child in the family.  Formal preparation is not required for parents who have already had a child baptized.

Godparents are encouraged to attend the preparation session, if possible.

Sessions are scheduled as needed.

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


 

Reconciliation

Saturday: 3:00-3:45 p.m., or by appointment. See the bulletin for additional seasonal opportunities.

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.


First Communion

Click the Faith Formation tab for more information, or contact the Coordinator of Faith Formation, Vanessa Booth at 616-527-3575.

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Confirmation

Youth:  Click the Faith Formation tab for more information, or 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.