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Baptism

Baptisms are celebrated during the 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses. Eucharistic liturgies every three months. If you are preparing to have your child baptized, please call the office to arrange for an appointment.

The pastor, deacon and the baptismal preparation team conduct parents’ and godparents’ formation sessions. Part of the preparation is the “Naming and Claiming” celebration. This ceremony, filled with spiritual and cultural elements, celebrates the gift of the life of each child to the family and community.

Contact the parish office at (504) 822-8059 for more information.

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Reconciliation and Eucharist

Preparation of children ages seven and older for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is available both in St. Peter Claver Catholic Central School Religion Program and the Parish Elementary Religious Education Program. Preparation for the Sacraments for children attending St. Peter Claver Catholic Central School is accomplished For children attending St. Peter Claver School, preparation is accomplished during religion classes. Children attending non-Catholic schools prepare for these sacraments through the parish’s elementary religion classes are held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a. m. in the school building.

Parents are required to attend meetings as their children prepare for these sacraments.

Contact the parish office at (504) 822-8059 for more information.

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Confirmation

High School

The Confirmation program is a three-year program beginning in the ninth grade year. The sacrament is celebrated in the eleventh grade year. Ninth and Tenth grade students are required to enroll in high school Religious Education either in a Catholic high school or the Parish high school Religious Education program. Direct preparation for the sacrament takes place in the eleventh grade year. Students journey in Faith through class participation, prayer, retreats, service projects, and community worship. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:OO p.m. until 7:OO p.m. in the parish Umjima Center.

Adults

Young adults and adults who have not been confirmed and would like to be confirmed should contact the parish office at (504) 822-8059.

 

Marriage Enrichment Ministry

This ministry seeks to strengthen Christian married couples within our parish by upholding the Lord’s command, “what God has joined, let no one divide.” There is an annual renewal of marriage vows, a Supper and Substance event, and a retreat. Committees are formed to plan all events. Contact the church office to join the planning committees or participate in the event.

 

Anointing of the Sick

When Christ sent His disciples out to preach, “They cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them” (Mark 6:13).

St. Peter Claver Church celebrate the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick once a year during Mass for all who would like to participate and offer this sacrament as requested by those who are seriously ill, under going operations or near death. Only priests can administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, since, when the sacrament was instituted during Christ’s sending out of His disciples, it was confined to the men who would become the original bishops of the Church.

Received in faith and in a state of grace, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick provides us with a number of graces, including the fortitude to resist temptation in the face of death, when we are weakest; a union with the Passion of Christ, which makes our suffering holy; and the grace to prepare for death, so that we may meet God in hope rather than in fear. Call the parish office if you or someone you know is in need of this sacrament.

 

Penance

Sacrament of Penance God is rich in Mercy

Jesus entrusted the Ministry of Reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God.

(Taken From United States Catholic Catechism for Adults)