Spiritual Formation


ADULT FAITH ENRICHMENT
Adult Faith enrichment opportunities are offered throughout the year to nourish ongoing/lifelong faith formation. Recent focus has been on Scripture study.

CENTERING PRAYER
Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of Contemplative Prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. It is an attempt to present the teaching of earlier times in an updated form. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him. It tends to build communities of faith and bonds the members together in mutual friendship and love. This group meets every Monday from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center and welcomes all who feel called to Silence.

PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION (PSR)
This is a religious education program for children in our parish who attend public schools. Classes, grades PreK-12 meet every Wednesday evening from 6:15-7:30 p.m. from September through April. Confirmation classes are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:45 pm. Adults as teachers and aides are always welcome to join in this ministry of mentoring our faith with the youth from grades PreK-12. A program is available for those with children who have special needs.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (R.C.I.A) and CONDENSED RCIA
The R.C.I.A. is the process by which adults (and children over 7 years of age) become full members of the Catholic Church. Each adult is accompanied by a sponsor, a practicing Catholic committed to supporting someone interested in learning about the Catholic religion and able to attend classes regularly. Other ways parishioners are involved is through prayer for the candidates and by donating breakfast items. Please call if you desire to learn more about the R.C.I.A. process or to contribute your time and talent in other ways.

SACRAMENTAL TEAM
Meets monthly to study church teachings and diocesan guidelines regarding the sacraments and how to implement this in our parish. Plans all sacramental retreats and meetings. If you are interested in making a lasting experience for those receiving a sacrament, this is the ministry for you.

THEOLOGY ON TAP
Theology on Tap is a lecture and discussion series for people in their 20’s and 30’s, single or married. The gatherings are at 6:00 p.m. in a local bar or restaurant in the deanery for food, drink and lively discussion about things that matter to you and the Catholic faith. Come make new friends through faith-filled and thought-provoking conversation in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Be sure to keep an eye on the parish bulletin for updates.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP SACRAMENTAL TEAM
The Youth Leadership Sacramental Team is in the early stages of development. It is a leadership team for the youth of the parish. It is an all inclusive group. All activities planned by this group will be open to all youth of St. Peter’s Parish. We assist the adult Sacramental team but are not limited to those activities.

BAPTISM
Please call the Baptism Coordinator to begin preparation for your child’s Baptism.

FIRST EUCHARIST
Preparation is generally done during the 2nd grade. Children prepare either through enrollment in St. Peter’s School or Parish School of Religion (PSR).

RECONCILIATION
This sacrament is offered before each Saturday Mass or by appointment. First Reconciliation is part of the First Eucharist preparation. First Reconciliation for 2nd grade is celebrated as a Communal Penance Service in the fall; First Eucharist is celebrated in the spring (May).

CONFIRMATION
Preparation for this sacrament begins in 7th grade with Confirmation being held in the fall of the 8th grade year. Classes are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

MARRIAGE
Arrangements should be made at the Parish Center at least 6 months in advance of the ceremony. See Wedding Guidelines on our parish website.

ANNULMENT ADVOCACY
Our priests, deacon(s), and specially-trained lay advocates provide support, guidance, and assistance to all with questions and concerns regarding previous marriages.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK
An Anointing Mass is celebrated once a year, but you can be anointed anytime by contacting the Parish Center.

If you are in need of celebrating any of the Sacraments, please contact the appropriate pastoral staff member or the Parish Center and we will assist you with preparations.