Sacraments and Liturgy
"It is the whole community, the Body of Christ united with its Head that celebrates." Liturgies are not private functions. The celebrating assembly, the community of the baptized, offer spiritual sacrifices. The ordained ministers act in the person of Christ for the service of all the members. Servers, readers, commentators, and members of the choir also exercise a genuine liturgical function. Each person present has an office to perform in the service of the praise of God and fulfillment of His plan. (Taken from the "Catechism of the Catholic Church.")
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist: Typically, children prepare for and receive the sacraments of First Eucharist and First Reconciliation in second grade. Sessions begin in late fall and occur throughout the year. It is very important that children who are preparing for the Sacraments be practicing their Catholic faith, including attending Mass every week with their families. They must also be receiving formal religious education so that they fully understand what they are undertaking. This education can occur at Fr. Marquette School, here at St. Peter Cathedral, as part of a homeschool curriculum, or some combination of these.
To receive the Sacraments at St. Peter Cathedral, children MUST:
- Be actively practicing the Catholic faith, which includes attending Mass every Sunday and Holy Day.
- Provide a copy of a baptismal certificate if not baptized at St. Peter Cathedral.
- Be registered parishioners at St. Peter Cathedral.
- Receive formal religious education, either at Father Marquette School OR Sunday Faith Formation classes.
NOTE: Fr. Marquette students do not attend Sacrament Preparation sessions at the school. Students are prepared at the parish to which their families belong.
The 2016-17 First Reconciliation / First Eucharist calendar is available here (revised 11/8/2016) & Registration form here.
Confirmation: Confirmation Preparation is the High School Faith Formation Sessions, as outlined in the Diocese Curriculum. More information regarding this program is outlined on our Faith Formation page.
For the Guide for the Confirmation Preparation Process & Application click here. This guide outlines the timeline for catechesis, other formation, rituals, applications and letters, as well as how to select a sponsor, communication ideas between the candidate and sponsor and choosing a Confirmation name.
For any questions regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation please contact Jenny Lochner in the Faith Formation Office.
Ministry Schedule Sept. - Nov. 2016
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion