The following sacramental programs and adult faith formation opportunities are offered at St. Peter’s throughout the year and we welcome you as participants.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
We welcome your inquiries about the Catholic faith. RCIA is the ancient practice of the Church through which non-baptized adults (catechumens), after proper instruction and formation, are fully initiated into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Adults previously baptized in other Christian churches (candidates) are received into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Catechumens and candidates attend instructional sessions that are conducted weekly from September through April. After proper periods of formation and discernment, adults are initiated and received into the Church at the Easter Vigil.
Baptismal Preparation for Parents
As a community of faith, we celebrate the newest arrival to your family. Parents desiring to have their child(ren) under five years of age baptized are required to attend a preparation class which is conducted on the third Tuesday of each month from 7-9 pm in the Birch Library which is located in the parish office building. Parents with children ages five and older desiring baptism should contact the Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation.
Guidelines for selecting a godparent: You need one Catholic godparent who is:
• Confirmed, and
• at least 16 years of age and
• practicing the Catholic faith (attending Mass each week and receiving the sacraments).
Celebrating the Baptism – Communal baptisms are held on the second and fourth Sundays of each month at 12:15 pm in the Church OR you may celebrate baptism at any of the weekend liturgies. In either case, call the parish office to register for preparation classes and to select the date of the baptism.
Adult Confirmation is celebrated by the Archdiocese in May and November of each year. The bishop reserves the privilege of confirming adults who have been catechized, but opted to defer their confirmation. If you have completed your catechetical formation and would like to prepare to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation, we will be happy to assist you.
Congratulations on your engagement! Couples planning to marry should contact their officiating minister at least six months prior to the ceremony. Marriage preparation is required for all couples. There are several options available for marriage preparation to best suit your needs. Complete the registration form HERE to begin your marriage preparation.
If you would like information on the annulment process in the Archdiocese of Baltimore or are ready to begin the application to petition for an annulment, contact:
Carolyn Nolan at 301-898-5111 x 19 or email@example.com
Deacon Jerry Jennings – firstname.lastname@example.org
All inquiries are confidential.
ANNULMENT FAQS: http://www.archbalt.org/about-us/marriage-tribunal/