SACRAMENTS

LEARN ABOUT HOW TO OBTAIN THE SACRAMENTS


OVERVIEW

In our Catholic faith, the sacraments are visible signs of God’s invisible power and grace. Grace is the unseen but profoundly felt, life-changing power of God. It is the free and loving gift by which he offers all people a share in his life, and shows us his favor and will for our salvation. Even our ability to respond to the grace of God with our free will is itself also a product of God’s work in us. Our response to that Grace is the way we can imitate Christ in our daily lives so as to grow in goodness and love therefore becoming more like Him everyday.

Feel free to check out each of the 7 Sacraments of the Catholic Church as featured below. You’ll notice that each of them have their own steps or requirements depending on the Sacrament. Please know that these steps are by no means obstacles or meaningless barriers to exclude instead they are there because each of the seven sacraments is a beautiful and powerful moment of grace. Therefore, each sacrament should be received openly with appropriate knowledge and preparation to honor God with great dignity and also for your sake that you might get the most out of them by truly receiving them with an open and prepared heart.





Baptism

By Baptism we become members of the Church, the Body of Christ.


What is Baptism?

Baptism is called the gateway to the sacraments and necessary for salvation. Through it, men and women are freed from sin, and are reborn as the children of God, and are configured to Christ with an indelible character and are welcomed into the Body of Christ, the Church. (C. 849)

How to Obtain a Baptism

Baptisms for ages 6 & under: An appointment to go over the necessary paperwork for the required classes is needed. Baptisms can be scheduled only after the completion of classes, and the submission of all needed documents to the parish office. Godparents must be living in accordance with the Catholic Faith.

Contact:

Tim McCarthy

Deacon

Phone number: 210-861-2638
Email: tim_mccarthy@att.net


BARBARA FORDE

ADULT FAITH FORMATION COORDINATOR

Email: bforde@princeofpeacecatholic.org
Phone: 210.681.8330 Ext. 22




Confirmation

In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.


What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Confirmation: It strengthens the grace of Baptism and commits the baptized to become witnesses of Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith. Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the baptized continue on the path of initiation and are perfectly bond to the Church. (C. 879)

How to Obtain the Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation is an amazing sacrament. The following guidelines and requirements have been set by the church as a whole to help prepare fully for this sacrament. Confirmation Candidates are expected to meet prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Youth, please take some time to discuss each aspect of the requirement with your parents to ensure that you are well versed on each. It is ultimately your responsibility to meet or exceed these requirements to be truly ready to receive the sacrament.

Necessary Requirements

Mass: It is both essential and required to participate in weekly Mass and Holy Days of Obligation. As well as participate in a 2-Year process of Religious Education (Life Teen) with good attendance.

Baptismal Certificate: Please provide an original certificate of Baptism.

Sponsor: Prayerfully consider and choose a Sponsor(s) who is a good role model in their Catholic faith and provide a sealed Sponsor Form.

Saint Name: Prayerfully discern a Saint to model after and know their history, your confirmation name will given to you after the Saint of your choice.

Retreat (Quest): Attend a Youth Quest Retreat in Slumber Falls, New Braunfels, Texas.

Confirmation Retreat: Attend a Confirmation Retreat with your Sponsor(s)

Reconciliation: Participate in Confirmation Reconciliation Service

Community Service: Complete 40 hours of community service by May 1, 2018

Confirmation Prayer Service: Participate in Prayer Service (Confirmation Rehearsal) with Parents and Sponsor(s)

Confirmation Mass: Participate in Confirmation Mass and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation

10th Graders this year of 2017/2018 must attend Formation classes on Sundays at 11:30 beginning on 1/7/2018 followed by Mass at 12:30 pm

Contact:

Frank Ramos

Faith Formation Director for Middle School & High School

Phone: 210-681-5063 Ext. 26


BARBARA FORDE

ADULT FAITH FORMATION COORDINATOR

Email: bforde@princeofpeacecatholic.org
Phone: 210.681.8330 Ext. 22




Eucharist

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.'”  – John 6:35


What is the Eucharist?

The Eucharist: The Lord Jesus Christ himself is contained, offered, and received continually by the Church and lived fully and grows as it commemorates the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord. All other sacraments and the ecclesial work of the Church is geared towards the Eucharist and ordered to it. (C. 897)

How to Obtain the Sacrament of First Communion

The Eucharist is the Holy of Holies where by we meet Jesus himself in Flesh and Blood through a process called Transubstantiation. During the Mass we ask God to transform bread and wine into the actual physical presence of our Lord. Every mass God grants this request by his power because He wills that every man and woman receive His Body and Blood for without it “there is no life in him”. However, we must be ready to receive our Lord as it is a great gift to be able to receive Him and be in communion with Him at all. Therefore, every young child must go through a process of preparation to receive our Lord for the first time. This preparation helps us to become ready to understand how to receive Him in the Mass.

Necessary Requirements

For Baptized children under 7:

  • 2 years preparation for First Communion beginning in the 1st grade. Sacrament received in the 2nd grade
  • Parent and student participation at meetings and retreat
  • It is important that both child and parent have good attendance in class and at Mass. These classes after all show us how to meet God himself in the mass. Student’s are allowed only 3 absences.

RCIA adapted process (after 7 years old):

  • This process is for children age 7 and older who are not baptized and also for children in 2nd grade or above who have not received First Communion and/or have not received their first year preparation for First Communion
  • A parent must also attend RCIA for adults
  • It is important that both child and parent have good attendance in class and at Mass. These classes after all show us how to meet God himself in the mass. Student’s are allowed only 3 absences.
Contact:

Rosemary Hernandez

Elementary Faith Formation Coordinator

Email: rhernandez@princeofpeacecatholic.org


BARBARA FORDE

ADULT FAITH FORMATION COORDINATOR

Email: bforde@princeofpeacecatholic.org
Phone: 210.681.8330 Ext. 22




Penance

Penance is an experience of the gift of God’s boundless mercy. Through the Sacrament of Penance we are forgiven and restored in our relationship with God and with ourselves.


What is the Sacrament of Penance?

Penance: The faithful confess their sins to a legitimate minister (priest), are sorry for them with a firm intention to reform themselves and live by the grace of God, as they receive absolution and forgiveness for the sins through which they have wounded the Church. (C. 959)

How to Obtain the Sacrament of Penance

The sacrament of Penance is offered on Tuesdays 6 pm – 7 pm & Saturdays from 3 pm – 4:30 pm

We recommend going through a brief but essential Examination of Conscience. An examination of conscience is when a person examines their interior conscience and their mind for sins that they have done or good things they have failed to do using the 10 commandments as a moral guide. We recommend avoiding lax attitudes (when one thinks is lazy in the spiritual life and thinks few things if anything is a sin) or scrupulous attitudes (when one is nit-picky or thinks everything is a sin) in the spiritual life. Usually the truth lies somewhere in the middle but simply examine your conscience which as much genuine honesty as possible in preparation for the sacrament. Perfection is not necessary only authenticity. Remember, in the end God loves you and He is happy you have come to offer him your sins and will only give you love and grace in return for your repentance.

Recommended resource for an Examination of Conscience:

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examinations-of-conscience.cfm

Necessary Requirements

Only that you be truly sorry for your sins and willing to make amends and live a changed in life in Christ by the grace of God. There is no degree of sorrow that is necessary only that there be genuine desire to repent and amend one’s life.

Contact

Father Rodolfo or Father Praveen

Pastor or Parochial Vicar

To schedule confessions outside of normal hours, please call the parish office at 210.681.8330




Anointing of the Sick

Jesus came to heal the whole person, body and soul.


What is the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick?

Anointing of the Sick: Through the Anointing of the sick, the Church commends the faithful who are gravely ill to the suffering and glorified Lord in order that he relieve and save them, is conferred by anointing them with oil of the sick. (C. 998)

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

In case of grave illness . . .

1514 The Anointing of the Sick “is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as any one of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.”130

1515 If a sick person who received this anointing recovers his health, he can in the case of another grave illness receive this sacrament again. If during the same illness the person’s condition becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated. It is fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced.

” . . . let him call for the presbyters of the Church”

1516 Only priests (bishops and presbyters) are ministers of the Anointing of the Sick.131 It is the duty of pastors to instruct the faithful on the benefits of this sacrament. The faithful should encourage the sick to call for a priest to receive this sacrament. The sick should prepare themselves to receive it with good dispositions, assisted by their pastor and the whole ecclesial community, which is invited to surround the sick in a special way through their prayers and fraternal attention.

How to Obtain the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

To obtain this Sacrament please plan ahead and call the Pastor Fr. Rodolfo or Parochial Vicar Fr. Praveen so that they can offer this beautiful sacrament of healing for your loved one. However, it is so important to call as soon as you believe a loved one is sick or in the Hospital rather than at the last minute it would be heartbreaking to ever be in a situation where travel time or any other factor impedes a priest from reaching your loved one in time.

Contact

Father Rodolfo OR Father Praveen

PASTOR OR PAROCHIAL VICAR

To schedule this the sacrament, please call the parish office at 210.681.8330




Marriage

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends”. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8


What is the Sacrament of Marriage?

Marriage: It is through marriage, a baptized man and a baptized woman establish a covenant of relationship between them, a partnership for the whole of life, which is aimed by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children. (C. 1055)

How to Obtain the Sacrament of Marriage

We want your marriage to be as fruitful as possible. For that reason, the Church asks that engaged couples truly prepare for this sacrament by partnering with their parish for guidance, learning materials, courses, as well as the spiritual enrichment that comes with retreats and mentorship with other more experienced couples. These tools will help new couples navigate many topics that are highly pertinent to marriage such as spiritual enrichment, conflict resolution, family planning techniques, and many other topics that will help to empower and strengthen your relationship with your partner in marriage.

Necessary Requirements

The following requirements for Marriage or convalidation will be required at Prince of Peace:

  1. Sacraments- Certificate for Baptism, & Confirmation will be requested (original updated copy) and kept on file at Prince of Peace.
  2. Prenuptial Questionnaire to be filled out.
  3. Copy of Divorce Decree (Only if previously married)
  4. We have a Survey provided by Fully Engage required by Prince of Peace which mentors are assigned to have couple discuss differences in answers. Fully Engaged seeks to ensure that the couple continues to grow in the Sacrament of Marriage during their time of preparation and beyond..
  5. Once the survey is received back to Prince of Peace, a mentor is assigned to meet 3 to 4 times with you. Meetings will be scheduled at times that are convenient for you. The charge for the survey is $25.00 for both.
Contact:

Robert G. Correa or Linda Correa

Deacon or Wife

If you need further information, please call Robert at 210 218-8686 or Linda Correa at 210 844-4186.




Holy Orders

Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God’s call using the words of the prophet, “Here I am, send me” (Is 6:8).


What is the Sacrament of Holy Orders?

Holy Orders: It is a divine institution through which some of the Christian faithful are marked with an indelible character and ordained as sacred ministers through the Ordination, and serve the People of God, each according to one’s grade with a new and specific role. (C. 1008)

How to Obtain the Sacrament of First Communion

If you or anyone you know is discerning a vocation, know that the Holy Spirit will always guide you on the correct path. We recommend making an appointment with Father Rodolfo or Father Praveen to discuss your situation and offer guidance here at Prince of Peace. In addition, can also contact Father Jonathan Felux, Director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, at 210-735-0553 or visit their website for more information at www.archsa.org/vocation

Prayer to Know One’s Vocation

Lord, my God and my loving Father, you have made me to know you, to love you, to serve you, and thereby to find and to fulfill my deepest longings. I know that you are in all things, and that every path can lead me to you.

But of them all, there is one especially by which you want me to come to you. Since I will do what you want of me, I pray you, send your Holy Spirit to me: into my mind, to show me what you want of me; into my heart, to give me the determination to do it, and to do it with all my love, with all my mind, and with all of my strength right to the end. Jesus, I trust in you.

Amen

Contact:

Father Rodolfo or Father Praveen

Pastor or Parochial Vicar

For help in your journey of discernment, please make an appointment with Father Rodolfo or Father Praveen for guidance here at 210-681-8330.