Baptism is an incredible gift from God. In this first sacrament of intiation, we receive the grace of the forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, and we become the adopted sons and daughters of God and members of his family, the church.
Baptisms are celebrated on the second Sunday of the month during the 11:30 Mass, except during the season of Lent. Parents are required to attend a Baptism Seminar, held on the last Monday of the month, to renew their connection with this beautiful sacrament. Please call Deacon Butch Shartle at 507-6334 or email at email@example.com at least three months before the anticipated date of birth to make the necessary arrangements.
Penance, also known as confession and reconciliation, is one of the sacraments of healing in the Church. The sacrament encompasses four parts: contrition, confession, satisfaction or penance, and absolution.
Contrition means that we are sorry for our sins, and we intend to try to do better. Confession is the act of stating our sins to a priest. This is always required with mortal or serious sins, but is also a good and pious practice with venial or less serious sins. Satisfaction or penance consists of prayers or particular actions the priest assigns to us to show our sorrow, and to make some amends for our actions. And finally absolution - the words Jesus Christ speaks to us, through the priest - freeing us from our sins.
Jesus set up this sacrament as a way to heal sin and human weakness. He told the apostles:
"Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained" (John 20:21-22).
Confessions are heard at 4:15 p.m. every Saturday in the church. You may also call one of the priests to schedule a special time for the sacrament.
Holy Communion is a sacrament of initiation in the Church. In it we are nourished and strengthened for our daily lives. We believe that Jesus Christ is fully present - Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. The bread and wine are not symbols, but signs of his Real Presence.
Although we normally receive Communion during Mass, if someone is homebound by illness, a Priest, Deacon or Extraoardinary Minister of the Eucharist will bring the Eucharist to that person. If you are homebound or know someone who is, call the office at 626-6977.
Preparation for First Communion takes place at Mary, Queen of Peace during the second grade, with reception of the sacrament in May. Traditionally, First Communion is held on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend.
Confirmation is also a sacrament of initiation. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
"By the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed" (par. 1285).
Like Baptism, Confirmation can be received only once since it imprints on our soul an indelible spiritual mark. At Confirmation, we are marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation is conferred in the 11th grade. Preparation begins in the 10th grade. Classes focus on the sacrament itself and on Church teachings so that students are fully prepared to be members of the Catholic faith. The candidates choose a patron saint and a sponsor. The patron saint is chosen based on attributes he or she exhibited in life that the candidate wishes to emulate, or for some other similar reason. A man or woman, faithfully living out the Catholic faith, is chosen as a sponsor - to be a support and a role model of Christian living. For information on Confirmation, call DRE Jewell Bayhi at 674-9794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You're engaged and excited about getting married. Where do you start? What's the process? Who should you call?
Your first step: Call the church to make sure it is available. It is important to contact the parish as far ahead of your proposed date as possible since weddings are booked quite far in advance. To begin the process, please contact the church office at 626-6977 at least six months before your wedding date.
To be married in the Catholic Church, one party to the marriage must be Catholic and both must be free to marry, i.e. either not previously married, or if one was previously married, he/she has received through the Catholic Church a declaration of nullity for that previous marriage.
Sacrament of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is meant to strengthen those who are seriously ill. Many mistakenly think of this Sacrament as "Last Rites." However, the Church's teaching is that the Anointing of the Sick is for everyone who is "in danger of death" from sickness or old age. Most serious illnesses and any surgery that requires general anesthetic put us "in danger of death."
For more information contact the church office at 626-6977.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles; thus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as "the sacrament of apostolic ministry." "Ordination" comes from the Latin word ordinatio, which means to incorporate someone into an order. In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, a man is incorporated into the priesthood of Christ, at one of three levels: the episcopate, the priesthood, or the diaconate. If you are interested in learning more about the diaconate, priesthood or religious life, contact the pastor at 626-6977.
Receiving the Sacraments while homebound or hospitalized
Ill health should never separate a person from the Sacraments or from the Mary, Queen of Peace community. If you, or a member of your family, is homebound, please contact the office at 626-6977. If you would like to receive the Sacraments of the Anointing of the Sick, Penance or Holy Communion while you are hospitalized or ill, call the parish office and it will be arranged.