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Sacraments at San Pedro

“I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses… a new heart I will give you and a new spirit I will put within you…

Why do Catholics have Sacraments?

The sacraments are “efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us” (CCC 1131). In other words, a sacrament is a sacred and visible sign that is instituted by Jesus to give us grace, an undeserved gift from God. (See also CCC 1084). Christ was present at the inception of all of the sacraments, which He instituted 2,000 years ago.

Christ is also present every time each sacrament is celebrated. The Catholic Church has all of the seven sacraments instituted by Christ, which include Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that “the seven sacraments touch all the stages and all important moments of the Christian life” (CCC 1210).

Ezek 36:25-27, it says, “I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses…a new heart I will give you and a new spirit I will put within you…and I will put My spirit within you…”

Baptism Requirements

  1. Parents are required to attend a preparation class. Contact the Office of Faith Formation at 941-426-2893
  2. Parents must be registered and active members of San Pedro. If you are not a member of San Pedro, you need a letter from your Pastor granting permission to have your child baptized in this parish.
  3. Godparents need to be 16 years of age, and at least one of the godparents must be a practicing Catholic. (i.e. attends Mass and receives the sacraments regularly).
  4. Godparents must have received the sacrament of Confirmation.
  5. If the godparents are not parishioners here at San Pedro, a letter from their parish stating that they are a parishioner in good standing is required.

Congratulations on your recent engagement and your pending nuptials! Christ himself has called us to “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34). Because marriage is a lifelong commitment and because through this Sacrament you ask our Lord Himself to unite you, our parish community desires to help you prepare for that serious commitment you are about to make to one another.

Diocese of Venice Policy regarding Marriage

Be sure to begin your engagement in prayer and continue to pray to ask the Lord’s guidance as you plan your wedding day and your future life together. Information for all engaged couples within the Diocese is called Witness to Love.

Steps to plan your wedding at San Pedro Catholic Church:

  1. Contact Anne in the Office of Faith Formation at least 6 months prior to your planned wedding date.
  2. Be a registered and active member at San Pedro Parish or another Catholic Church, if you belong to another parish you need a letter of permission from your Pastor to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony.
  3. Obtain a current copy of the bride’s and groom’s Baptismal Certificate from the church where you were baptized.
  4. Again, congratulations on this exciting time in your life. We at San Pedro look forward to helping you make your wedding day beautiful and your marriage an eternal sign of God’s love.

RCIA is a process that helps the unbaptized person prepare for full initiation into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. RCIA serves as the fullest model of what it means to become a Christian, a member of the Catholic Church. RCIA is also for those who have been baptized in other Christian traditions and are now seeking full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

For these Christians, the RCIA process assists the continuing conversion appropriate for all Christians, while giving understanding of Catholic beliefs and the experience of the Catholic Community. At St. John XXIII this process is ongoing, and we accept new inquiries throughout the year.

Children’s Catechumenate
Children who are not baptized and are of catechetical age (age 7) may enter into a process of initiation called the Children’s Catechumenate, which is modeled after the RCIA process. Through this process, children are initiated into the community and celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. This process involves the entire family.

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