“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments” (CCC 1213).
Baptisms are celebrated on the second Sunday of every month at 12:30pm, after the 11am Mass.
A child who is baptized should be given a godparent (or two godparents) to help teach the faith and to provide prayers and support as your child strives to be a follower of Christ. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states “ ...the godfather and godmother... must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized—child or adult—on the road of Christian life.” (#1255). There are certain requirements in Canon Law to ensure that godparents are able and ready to take on such a task:
-must be at least 16 years old
-must not be a parent of the child to be baptized
-must be Catholics who have received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
-must be practicing Catholics who attend Mass regularly on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and receive the sacraments of the Church
-if they are married, they must be in a valid, sacramental marriage
-if you have two godparents, you must choose one man and one woman (but it is also an option to have only one godparent)
We would be happy to assist you in finding a suitable candidate to serve as godparent. While a baptized, non-Catholic Christian may not be a godparent, he or she may fill the role of Christian witness at the baptism. (Please note that a Catholic may not be a Christian witness.)
When a baptism is celebrated, it is customary
The Eucharist is the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ, and is the “source and summit of the Christian life” (LG 11). Here at St. Peter's, First Communion takes place when a child is in the second grade. Preparation for the Sacrament occurs either in a Catholic school or in St. Peter’s Sunday School. If your child does not attend a Catholic school, he or she should be enrolled in Sunday School in September in order to be prepared for First Communion in the spring. Please see the Sunday School section of this website for more information about registration.
Please know that children of all ages can receive their First Communion. If your child has already completed the second grade but has not received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, please be in touch with our Director of Religious Education, Elisa Dehan, for information about how your child can be prepared to receive this important sacrament.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion and perfection of the graces of Baptism. The faithful are fully initiated into the Catholic Church once they have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Here at St. Peter’s, children begin their preparations for Confirmation in the seventh grade and are confirmed when they are in the eighth grade. These preparations take place either in a Catholic school or in St. Peter’s Sunday School. If children are not attending a Catholic school, they should be enrolled in Sunday School in September of their seventh grade year in order to be prepared for Confirmation in the spring of their eighth grade school year. Please see the Sunday School section of this website for more information about registration.
Matrimony is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church, the one by which a man and woman join together the whole of their lives. Marriage is a means of grace in the life of the couple, and as the “domestic church” the family is the foundation of the Christian community
Catholic Marriage preparation contains the following elements:
- one-on-one meeting with a priest or deacon
- collecting pertinent paperwork
- Marriage Preparation class (Pre-Cana)
Marriage Preparation at St. Peter's
The Marriage Preparation classes (sometimes called Pre-Cana classes) are one part of this preparation process. Here at St. Peter’s we offer a series of preparation classes three times a year: in the fall, winter, and spring. You must have met with a priest or deacon prior to registering for the class. Our schedule is listed below. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PROGRAM CONSISTS OF FOUR CLASSES ON CONSECUTIVE SATURDAYS. Couples attend all four classes; attendance is mandatory to receive the certificate of completion.
**Before registering: please email Elisa Dehan to inquire about the availability of space in the upcoming classes, as the number of couples permitted in each class is limited.
If you are unable to participate in our sessions, consider these options:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that “by the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them” (CCC 1514). The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is for anyone who is seriously ill or who is preparing for major surgery. If you or a loved one would like to receive this sacrament, please call the Rectory office at 202.547.1430.