Sacraments

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.

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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 or you may download the Baptism Form here…Baptism Registry Information

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.

Confirmation seals the relationship that is established at our Baptism when we receive the Holy Spirit. Not only is this relationship sealed but it is strengthened. As a sacrament of initiation, confirmation is closely related to Baptism. Through this relationship with the Holy Spirit, we receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit which are: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Fortitude, Counsel, Holiness and Awe of the Lord.

In addition to the gifts, we also receive the Fruits of the Holy Spirit which are: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity. We can recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit through the effects that the Spirit has on people.

Confirmation used to be celebrated in 10th (Sophomore) grade. Beginning this year (2020) we are working our way down to celebrate Confirmation in 8th grade. In order to do this in an orderly manner, we will be celebrating Confirmation with the present 9th and 10th graders.

Next year- 2021 -2022 we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation with the students who will be in grades 8th and 9th that year.

The following year – 2022 – 2023 we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation with the 8th graders that year. From that year on, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation with 8th graders.

Students preparing for the reception of Confirmation, should remember that there is a two year preparation process for this Sacrament.

For more information please contact:

Sister Beatrice Caulson
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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
  • Participation in the liturgical banquet by receiving the Lord’s body and blood

These elements constitute one single act of worship. The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, that is, of the work of salvation accomplished by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, a work made present by the liturgical action. The essential signs of the Eucharistic sacrament are wheat bread and grape wine, on which the blessing of the Holy Spirit is invoked and the priest pronounces the words of consecration spoken by Jesus during the Last Supper: “This is my body which will be given up for you … This is the cup of my blood…” Taken From: The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part II, Section 2, The Seven Sacraments of the Church.

First Holy Communion is usually received in 2nd grade. Classes at Queen of Peace begin in September, with First Communion being received in May. Two years of Religious Education classes are required prior to receiving Communion. Sacramental preparation classes take place in the Parish. All children, whether in a Catholic School or in Religious Education classes must attend the preparation classes the year of the receipt of the Sacrament.

For more information please contact:
Lisa McQuagge
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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

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.

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!

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. David Ruchinski p. 352-372-3533
If you feel you are being called to the Religious Life contact. . . p. 352-332-6279, Ex. 117