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 copies of the godparents' sacramental certificates for Matrimony (if either godparent is married or if both are married) and a letter from the parish at which the godparents belong stating that the godparents are in good standing with the Catholic Church and are eligible to be 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 every second Sunday of the month at 2:30 pm, and every fourth Saturday of the month at 9:00 am.
  • Baptisms in Spanish are usually offered every every first, second, and third Saturday of the month at 9:00 am; and every 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 2016-2017 (September through May) began in May, 2016 and continue through September 10, 2016. Homeschooling families whose children are preparing to receive a Sacrament in 2017 should also fill out a Homeschool Sacramental Preparation form (see below). Catechists are available for registrations on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm, and Saturdays from 10:30 am-12:00 noon in the Catechism Office, room 103 of St. Peter School. Catechism classes begin on Wednesday, September 7, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm; and on Saturday, September 10, from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon.

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 must be registered and attend classes for at least two years before receiving sacraments.

For more information or to register please call our Catechism Office at (402) 341-4560, ext. 113; or email catechism.sp@gmail.com

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 2017 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, room 103 in Saint Peter School, 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 at 402-341-4560, ext. 113, or email catechism.sp@gmail.com

Homeschool Registration Forms

Please fill out and return both forms: 

  • Family Form
  • Child Form
  • Send completed forms via email catechism.sp@gmail.com  
  • Forms should be sent/received by September 10, 2016. 

Below you will find downloadable PDFs that list the expectations and requirements of children who will receive their First Reconciliation, First Communion or Confirmation preparation at home.

If you have any questions, please contact the Catechism/CCD Office at 402-341-4560, ext. 113 or email catechism.sp@gmail.com. We are in the 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. 

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 Father Broheimer, Father Carl or 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, R.C.I.A.

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

  • Location: The Upper Room Catholic Library, located above McMahon Hall at 723 South 27th Street (across the street from the east side of the Church)
  • Meeting Time and Day: weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm. Classes for the current year begin on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, and continue to May 2017.

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