Sacramental Preparation  

Baptism and Godparent Requirements

Parents of children who are six years of age or younger and who are in need of baptism must be registered, active parishioners of Saint Peter Church.

Godparents take on serious obligations when they sponsor a person for baptism and they should be virtuous and faithful Catholics. Godparents must be fully initiated, practicing Catholics; if either godparent is married, he or she must be married in the Catholic Church.

Baptisms may be scheduled only after the parents and godparents have completed the requisite classes and after the parish office receives a letter from the parish to which the godparents belong stating that the godparents are in good standing with the Catholic Church and are eligible to be Baptism sponsors.

Parents and sponsors must attend baptismal classes before the baptism either here or at another Catholic parish. The classes are valid for a five-year period. Please call the parish office to register for the next classes to be offered in English or Spanish. 

  • Baptisms in English are usually offered on the second Sunday of the month at 2:30 pm, and on the fourth Saturday of the month at 9:00 am.
  • Baptisms in Spanish are usually offered on the first, second, and third Saturday of the month at 9:00 am; and on the fourth Sunday of the month at 2:30 pm.

When all of the requisites are completed please contact the parish office to schedule a Baptism. For more information, please contact the parish office.

Catechism Classes & Sacramental Preparation for Children

Registration for catechism classes for the academic year (September through May) begins in May and continues through August. Homeschooling families whose children are preparing to receive a Sacrament that school year should also fill out a Homeschool Sacramental Preparation form (see below). The Catechism Office is usually open for registrations on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm, and Saturdays from 10:30 am-12:00 pm in St. Peter School, room 103. Please register by the end of August.

Catechism classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:30 am until 12:00 noon from the beginning of September through mid-May of each year. Children attending catechism classes normally attend classes for at least two years before receiving Sacraments.

For more information please call our Catechism Office at (402) 341-4560, ext. 113; or email catechism.sp@gmail.com. Office hours are Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, and Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. 

Important Dates for Sacramental Preparation 2017-2018

Enero 27-28, 2018:  Curso Felipe 

Invitamos a todos a venir a un Curso Felipe el fin de semana, el 27 y 28 de enero de 2018. Este Curso los ayudará a tener un encuentro personal con Jesús y el Espíritu Santo. El retiro será en el gimnasio de la escuela. Sábado de 8:00 am a 6:00 pm y domingo de 8:00 am a 4:30 pm. Es requisito vivir los dos días completos. La entrada es gratis y habrá venta de comida. Este Curso Felipe cumple el requisito de padres con niños en catecismo en la Parroquia de San Pedro.

Homeschool Sacramental Preparation 

At Saint Peter Parish, we agree with the Catholic Church that parents are the first and primary educators of their children in the ways of Faith. As such, we encourage parents to fulfill the duties they assumed at their children's Baptisms to rear their children in the Catholic Faith and prepare them for additional sacraments.

Homeschooling families whose children are preparing to receive a Sacrament in the coming school year must also fill out a Homeschool Sacramental Preparation form, even if your child will not be attending catechism classes at Saint Peter School. The Catechism Office is open for registration on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm, and Saturdays from 10:30 am-12:00 noon. For more information, please contact the Catechism Office St. Peter School, room 103, at 402-341-4560, ext. 113, or email catechism.sp@gmail.com. Office hours are Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, and Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Homeschool Registration Forms

Please fill out and return both forms: 

Send completed forms via email catechism.sp@gmail.com  
Forms should be sent/received by September 1st. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Catechism Office at 402-341-4560, ext. 113 or emailcatechism.sp@gmail.com. We are in the Catechism Office on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, and Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Outside of these hours, please leave a message. 

Important Dates for Sacramental Preparation 2017-2018  

Homeschool Catechism Class

All children being prepared at home for First Holy Communion are invited to a homeschool catechism class with Sister Clara Acosta. The class will begin on Tuesday, September 5, from 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm in O’Brien Hall. The supplemental class will be held on Tuesdays when the Schola Cantorum is in session. 

Marriage

A couple should be married in the home church of either the bride or the groom. Because we are a large parish and receive many requests for wedding ceremonies in our church, Saint Peter Parish follows these norms:

  • A person who wishes to marry at Saint Peter Church must be a registered and active member of the parish for at least six months, or a dependent child of a registered member. Registering in the parish for the sake of requesting a marriage in Saint Peter Church does not fulfill this requirement.
  • All weddings at Saint Peter Church are celebrated and witnessed by one of the parish priests serving at Saint Peter Parish. A priest who is a brother or uncle of the bride or groom is welcome to celebrate the Mass and witness the marriage. Priests who are close friends of the bride or groom are welcome to concelebrate with the Saint Peter Parish priest. Relatives or friends who are deacons are also welcome to serve at the Mass.

The practice of living together or of sharing physical relations before sacramental marriage is strongly discouraged. Jesus tells us that fornication - sex outside of marriage - is a mortal sin (Mt. 15:19). Moreover, cohabitation disrupts the courting and engagement process. It publicly contradicts the message of Christ, and does not set a good example for the rest of the Christian community. We hope that you will strive to honor God's desire for you to be chaste before matrimony.

The Archdiocese of Omaha requires at least six months of preparation time prior to your wedding date. To begin marriage preparation and to set a wedding date, please contact the parish office for instructions in English or Spanish.

For a copy of the wedding policies and requirements at Saint Peter Church in English or Spanish, please contact the parish office

Adult Catechesis & RCIA

Those over the age of seven who desire to become Catholic and/or receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Communion should contact the parish office for classes in Spanish or English. All are welcome to attend.

Classes on Catholic doctrine in Spanish

  • Location: The O'Brien Hall, connected to the northwest corner of the church.
  • Meeting Time and Day:  Mondays from 10:30 am - 12:00 noon, or from 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm. Classes for the current year begin on Monday, September 12, 2016, and continue to May 2017.

Classes on Catholic doctrine in English

RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Adults in need of Sacraments should call the parish office.  St. Peter Parish offers instruction year round for those interested in becoming Catholic or who are Catholic and need to receive Sacraments. 

RCIA Class of 2014 after the Easter Vigil on April 19, 2014