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 St. 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 to each other) 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. Classes are good for a three 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 p.m. and every fourth Saturday of the month at 9 a.m.
- Baptisms in Spanish are usually offered every fourth Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m. and every first, second, and third Saturday of the month at 9 a.m.
No date will be scheduled for a baptism until all requisites are completed. For more information, please contact the parish office.
Catechism Classes for First Communion and Confirmation for Children
Registration for catechism classes for the academic year 2014-2015 (September through May) will begin in May, 2014. Fees for classes and books are $50 for one child, $90 for two children in the same family, $120 for three children in the same family, $140 for four children in the same family, and $10 for each additional child in the same family. Families who cannot pay the total cost may apply for a scholarship.
Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. or on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. until noon from the beginning of September through May of each year. Children taking catechism classes must be registered and attend classes for at least two years before receiving sacraments.
For information or to register, please call our Catechism Liaison, Mrs. Irene Perez, at (402) 341-4560, ext. 113. Registration is normally open from mid-May to September 1st of each year. Registration for the 2014-2015 school year will be held after all of the Masses on the weekends of June 14-15, July 12-13 and August 9-10, 2014.
- Norms in English: To download an English copy (updated Nov. 1, 2013) of the expectations, norms and requirements for both parents and children in catechism classes, click here.
- Norms in Spanish: To download a Spanish copy (updated Nov. 1, 2013) of the expectations, norms and requirements for both parents and children in catechism classes, click here.
- Catechism Calendar (Bilingual): To download the complete, bilingual 2013-2014 calendar (updated Nov. 1, 2013) for catechism classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays, please click here.
Home School Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation for Children
Please inform the Catechism office by September 1st or as soon as possible if your child plans to receive a sacrament this school year.
At St. Peter, 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.
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.
- First Reconciliation and First Communion Preparation Requirements at Home - 2013-2014 - UPDATED Oct. 26, 2013
- Confirmation Preparation Requirements at Home - 2013-2014 - UPDATED Jan. 29, 2014
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, St. Peter Parish follows these norms:
- A person who wishes to marry at St. Peter Church must be a registered and active member of the parish for at least three entire months, or a dependent child of a registered member. Registering in the parish for the sake of requesting a marriage in St. Peter Church does not fulfill this requirement.
- All weddings at St. Peter Church are celebrated and witnessed by one of the parish priests serving at St. 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 will be welcome to concelebrate with the St. Peter 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, contact Fr. Cook or Fr. Ofalsa for instructions in English or Spanish.
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 Sr. Clara Acosta for instruction in Spanish, or Fr. Ofalsa for classes in 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, September through May, 7:15 p.m.-9 p.m.; or 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Classes on Catholic doctrine in English
- Location: The McMahon Hall, located at 723 S. 27th St. (east of the church).
- Meeting Time and Day: Tuesdays, September through May, 7:15 p.m.-9 p.m.