The Seven Catholic Sacraments
Worship is integral to our lives as Christians. When we engage in the prayer and ritual of the Church, we are formed as Church. Our sacramental rites are of primary importance while we are gathered.
Although it is not a sacrament, Christian Burial will be addressed in this section.
The sacrament of Baptism is considered a Sacrament of Initiation. To initiate means "to begin." In this case, when a person is baptized, where as an infant or an adult, he or she begins a life shared with God.
Baptisms are celebrated every Sunday of the month at 12:30 PM. Parents are expected to participate in a Baptismal Preparation Program and should call the parish office at 314-966-8600 to make arrangements and set a date for the Baptism.
We encourage expectant parents to make arrangements for the preparation program at least a few months prior to the birth of their child.
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
First Communion for Children and Adults
The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God's unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.
Second Grade and Adult Reconciliation
Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three sacraments of Initiation. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation for Eight Graders and Adults
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.
Please contact the parish office for details regarding the preparation program. In accordance with the Archdiocesan policy, couples should contact a member of the parish clearly at least six months prior to their proposed wedding date.
Weddings at St. Peter
Holy Orders and Consecrated (Religious) Life
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.
If interested, please call the parish office or the Archdiocesan Office of Vocations at 314-792-6460, or visit their web site by clicking here.
Anointing of the Sick
The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.
After the 9:00 AM Mass each Sunday, we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. This is meant to include such concerns as upcoming diagnostic tests, limits of aging, anxiety, depression, undue stress, addiction, etc., for all ages.
Please gather in the pews at the front of the church and the priest will be with you approximately 10 minutes after Mass.
Funerals and End of Life
The Church asks spiritual assistance for the departed, honors their bodies, and at the same time brings solace of hope to the living. The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to the Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites also recall to all who take part in them God's mercy and judgment and meet the human need to turn always to God in times of crisis.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults includes the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, but also all of the rites of the catechumenate. The initiation of adults is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful.
Together with the catechumens, the faithful reflect upon the value of the paschal mystery, renew their own conversion and, by their example, lead the catechumens to obey the Holy Spirit more generously.
Becoming Catholic (RCIA)