SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
In order for parents to have their child baptized, they must first be "suitably" instructed on the meaning of this sacrament and the obligations attaching to it". (Canon Law, no. 851.2). Prior to the Baptism, the parents of the child to be baptized, and the Godparents are highly recommended to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation (if they are a practicing Catholic) . Prior to Baptism, all parents must meet with the pastor and
participate in the Baptism preparation class, if it is your first child. If you have not attended any session about Baptism for your first child's Baptism, you are recommended to meet with the pastor for a session on Baptism. It is required that, at least one parent must be an active Catholic. Parents are to be registered at St. Peter of Alcantara Parish and should provide a letter from where they are registered and have already completed a Baptism preparation class. Vitally important to the reception of the sacrament of Baptism is the committed promise of the parent(s) to continually pass on their faith to their children by word and example. Preeminent among the means for this achievement is the ongoing full participation in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church. Each child must have at least one Godparent. This sponsor for the child must be a Confirmed and active Catholic of at least 16 years of age. The Godparent plays a primary role in support of the parents and fostering growth of the child's faith. It is encouraged that the Godparents accompany the parents for any preparation activities prior to the Baptism. An individual CANNOT receive the other sacraments of the Church until he/she is baptized.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available every Saturday from 3-4 pm during the winter and 4-5pm in the summer, First Friday's
at 7:30am or anytime by appointment. If you are conscious of having committed any mortal sin, then you must receive this sacrament before you can receive the Eucharist at Mass. (cf. Can.916)
See the Mass page for Mass times.
The Holy Eucharist can only be received by full members of the Catholic Church. If you are not Catholic, we request that you please refrain from receiving the Eucharist at Mass. You are, however, welcome to come forward with your arms crossed over your chest and receive a blessing.
According to Canon Law, in order for a baptized person to lawfully receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, he "must be suitably instructed, properly disposed and able to renew the baptismal promises" (Can. 889) Furthermore, "Parents and the pastor are to see that the faithful are properly instructed to receive the sacrament". (Can. 890) Please contact the Church Office or Father Jegin for more information.
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
A couple wishing to marry must contact the priest at least six months before the desired wedding date. According to the guidelines of our Diocese, you should not make absolute plans for a specific wedding date until after meeting with the pastor, Father Jegin. You may call the Parish Office at 270-764-1983 to set up an appointment.
If you are interested in becoming a priest or simply curious about the priesthood, we encourage you to visit GoPriesthood.com.
the website of the Vocations Office of the Diocese of Owensboro. You may also wish to speak with Father Jegin.
SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is celebrated upon request, and at least four times a year at all the weekend Masses. Please notify the pastor or call the parish office if you know of anyone who might need this sacrament, but may not be able to notify the pastor personally. Please inform the pastor or someone in the parish office if you or any of your family is in the hospital. If you notify us before surgery, we can celebrate this sacrament before you are admitted to the hospital. If your doctor is willing we can also have a blessing for him/her at the time of your anointing.
SACRAMENT TO THE HOME-BOUND
In order to meet the spiritual needs of our sick we ask that you please keep us informed of those who are ill at home, in the hospital, or in a nursing facility. Visits to the hospital are made on a weekly basis, and Communion will be brought to our homebound parishioners on the First Friday of each month. Weekly Communion calls made by lay ministers can also be arranged. For more information contact the
Parish Office at 270-764-1983.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is open for all who would like to inquire into our Catholic faith and possibly become full members of the Catholic Church. For more information about the RCIA please contact the Church Office at 270-764-1983.