As Catholics, we celebrate seven sacraments. We are honored to celebrate these sacramental moments with you as you journey in life. If you or anyone you know would like more information on any of these sacrament please contact the church office.
Sacraments of Christian Initiation
The sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion—are the three primary sacraments, on which the rest of our life as a Christian depends. Originally tied very closely together, the three sacraments are now, in the Western Church, celebrated at different milestones in our spiritual lives.
- Infant and Pre-School Children Below age 7 At Baptism, infants and pre-school children are initiated into the Christian community and begin a life-long journey as a committed disciple of Christ. Parents wishing to have their child baptized are required to attend a Baptism Preparation Class. These classes are held on the first or second Tuesday of the month (except during July) from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Registration for the class is required and baptism packets may be picked up from the parish office or by calling 332-6279. Adult Baptism Parents seeking to have a child above the age of seven baptized may contact our Director of Religious Education at (352)332-6279 X117. Adults seeking baptism can find out more about sacramental preparation at the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) under Faith Formation.
Youth ConfirmationConfirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation. The reception of Confirmation is a completion of Baptismal grace. By the sacrament of confirmation, the baptized person is more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Usually, at Queen of Peace, the sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the 10th grade. Students are required to be enrolled in the youth Group for two years prior to Confirmation. Other requirements include attending special classes of preparation and to give service time to help others. For more information please contact: Amy Barber Pastoral Associate of Youth Ministry e. Email
Adult ConfirmationAdults who are 18 years of age or older and have been Baptized and received the Sacrament of Communion but have not been Confirmed are eligible for these classes. The eight classes are usually held in May and June and Confirmation by the Bishop will be held in the Fall. For more information please contact: Sister Beatrice Caulson e. Email
The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church's life, for in it Christ associates His Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father. By this sacrifice He pours out the graces of salvation on his body, which is the Church.
The Eucharistic celebration always includes:
- The proclamation of the Word of God;
- Thanksgiving to God the Father for all his benefits, above all the gift of his Son;
- The consecration of bread and wine; and
- participation in the liturgical banquet by receiving the Lord's body and blood.
Sacraments of Healing
Within the Catholic Church, there are two sacraments of healing, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick. Healing brings us wholeness along the journey of our life and at the end of our life.
"Jesus is the basic reconciling sacrament. His entire life and mission were ministries of reconciliation. The reason Jesus came was to make God's desire of reconciling the whole of creation and to bring about wholeness and unity." Thomas Richstatter, O.F.M.Reconciliation is the first sacrament of healing. In this sacrament we celebrate our desire for wholeness and need for healing for all the ways in which we have not brought about wholeness and unity in our lives. Ordinarily, children are taught about the sacrament of Reconciliation during the first semester of second grade. Children who are older may also be instructed concerning this sacrament through the RCIA classes for children.
- This is a sacrament that is given to anyone in need of healing. One need not be near death to receive it, which is a common misconception. A priest will come and anoint the sick individual with holy oils and pray for their healing. This anointing is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Sacraments of Service to the Community
We are called to share our live with each other in a variety of ways. Two other sacraments, Holy Orders and Matrimony, are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God. (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1533 and 1534)
- Congratulations! The celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage is a beautiful, meaningful ceremony which requires careful planning. We recommend allowing at least eight months for the preparation process. The first step in this process is contacting our office at (352)332-6279 and scheduling an orientation session. The orientation session will explain in detail the marriage preparation process. Weddings are scheduled on Saturdays at 3:00pm. We look forward to working with you to make your special day a beautiful testament to the love God has for us and the love you have for each other! Weddings at another Parish If you wish to prepare for marriage here at QOP but your wedding ceremony will be taking place at another parish, please call the office at (352)332-6279 to arrange a meeting. Out-of-town marriage preparation procedures should begin at least eight months prior to your intended date.
- Each of us is called by God. This call is rooted in Baptism and is a way of participating in the mission of Jesus. Holy Orders is a sacrament through which a person dedicates his life to God through the priesthood and service in the Church. This includes Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. They receive special gifts to share the sacraments with the faithful. If you feel you have a calling for the priesthood contact. . . Fr. Jason Trull p. 904-212-3200 If you feel you are being called to the Religious Life contact. . . p. 352-332-6279, Ex. 117 e. Email