Welcome to St. Peter, “A Home to Grow in Holiness”
It is the Lord, above all, who draws us together and welcomes us here. One of the first things people notice when they come here is the genuine joyful welcome of our greeters, and the relaxed, kindly atmosphere. The restrictions imposed on us by Covid-19 currently prevent normal greetings, and we are practicing social distancing rather than shaking hands. But the love remains and grows. We love sharing together in God’s profound sacramental gifts and, in normal time, gathering some for parish brunches, some for volunteering together, some for prayer outside of Mass (even in Tagalog, in the case of our El Shaddai group), some for sing-alongs, some for quilting together, etc.
In order to ensure safety in worship at this time, we unfortunately have to limit the number of people who can attend Mass at a time, and regular meetings, gatherings, and other celebrations outside of Mass are cancelled until the Saskatchewan Health Authority and our bishop both determine that it is safe to resume. The most important result of all this is that in order to come to a weekend Mass, one must send a request to our organizers (please see the bulletin on our front page for details). For weekday Masses, though, which have fewer people attending, one does not currently need to contact our organizers, but rather just attend as normal.
Families that join our worshipping community are asked to fill out a parish registration form. Please click the icon to download the PDF file, fill it out, and bring it to the parish office (if the church is closed, please put it in the north parking lot door’s mail slot).
We kindly ask that if any information (address, family members, etc.) changes, or if you leave the parish for any reason, please let us know.
We are Family Friendly and Wheelchair Accessible.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them,” Jesus said. Normally, we have little pew art / suggestion cards for families with small children available beside the hymnals in all the pews. On one side, suggestions begin with, “Relax! God put the wiggle in little children…” On the other side, parents and children can draw or write to each other, ideally in a way that helps raise the child’s mind to God. Click on the image to see its message. These, like the hymnals, are temporarily removed, due to COVID-19 related concerns. When all that is behind us, parents with little children are invited to bring a pencil or crayon for them to make “pew art.”
If you or your family need wheelchair accessibility, please speak with one of our ushers. Note, the wheelchair accessible washroom is downstairs, behind the stage of our Parish Hall. To get down there, one may use the wheelchair accessible elevator (outside the doors beside our baptism font). Please read elevator instructions carefully if it’s needed.
Baptism for Infants and Young Children
Entry into the Church family is done through the beautiful and joyful sacrament of baptism. We thank St. Joseph Studios for making and posting to YouTube the following concise explanation of why baptism is necessary:
Before the pandemic, Baptism for infants and young children could be done here after most weekend Masses except, normally, on the fourth Saturday of the month. During COVID-19 restrictions, baptism can be Saturday late morning, Saturday at 7:00 p.m. (after 6:00 Mass) or Sunday at noon (after 11:00 Mass). You must read and fill out an application form (please click on the icon to download it) and bring or send it in to us well in advance. If your family is not yet registered at St. Peter Parish, please fill out the family registration form (above) as well. These can be filled out on good (even free) PDF reader programs, such as Acrobat Reader, Foxit Reader, PDF-Xchange Editor, etc., then save after you type in the information and attach your saved file to an email to us. (Please do not use word processors which would import the PDF into their own file format and change the document in the process.) There is a mandatory Baptism class for parents and godparents, who must be practicing Catholics. More information is given in the registration form.
Baptism is the first of the “sacraments of initiation.” All other sacraments require it. Confirmation and Communion take the unity of love with God and with the Church to deeper levels. For more on them, please see the section of this website called “God Empowers.”
Baptism, with Confirmation and First Communion, for Older Children, Teenagers, and Adults
The registration form for Confirmation, 1st Eucharist and 1st Reconciliation for children 7-14 years is in our web site’s section, “God Empowers.” For further information on the nature of these sacraments, as well as some great prayers associated with them, please see our sections, “Forgiveness and Healing” or “God Empowers.”
The Church is described in the New Testament (Eph 5:22ff, Rev. 21:2ff, et. al.), as the bride of Christ. Those who join the Church become part of the bride of Christ. As you know, entering into a marriage is not a hasty business. For a potential bride and groom, it is important and wonderful to take time to learn all about each other before making a permanent commitment of living for the other. Therefore, those who decide about baptism and confirmation need to learn what all they mean, and need to learn the mind of the Lord to whom they would thereby be united. For that reason, the process of preparing to become Catholic, which is called RCIA (Rite of Catholic Initiation of Adults) for those over 14 years old, and RCIC (of children) for those between 7 and 14 years, involves months of prayer, attending Mass, and study. Then, in a very joyful ceremony, baptism, confirmation and first communion are bestowed. For adults, there is a very close connection between baptism and confirmation, since in confirmation, one makes the promises of baptism one’s own in a mature, courageous way to the whole community.
We understand when people ask, (a) “Does it have to take months?”, (b) “If babies and their parents didn’t need months of classes, how is it fair that I be required to take them), (c) “Why must I take classes when, according to Acts 2:38-41, St. Peter baptised 3000 people on the spot without making them take classes?”, or even (d) “I don’t read that Jesus baptised the apostles – why can’t I just be Catholic without baptism?”
These good questions are commonly asked to parish offices. We want to make sure there are no causes for unhappiness and no impressions of unfairness. So, (a) In normal circumstances, it does have to take months, but people who take RCIA normally say that this time greatly benefited them and enhanced their experience of the sacraments. Even those who thought they knew quite enough about Catholicism commonly learned much more, unlearned some misconceptions, and the spritiual preparation also did much good. (b) The parents of baptised babies did, in effect, take months or years of classes. If the parents were “cradle Catholics,” their classes were going to Mass throughout their lives, and their sacramental prep classes, in addition to at least one refresher class before the baptism. If the parents were converts, they would have done RCIA or the equivalent. The babies for their part, not having absorbed any anti-Catholic morals or beliefs, and not having cultivated vices in their hearts or sinful thought-patters, had no obstacles to baptismal graces that instruction, prayer, and fasting would need to root out. (c) St. Peter was baptising those who had been raised religiously as Jews in the teaching of the Old Testament, who also had just witnessed a tremendous miracle done through the apostles (Pentecost) . And he, with the other apostles, did give them one spectacular class first, whose content and length we are not told (2:4-40). This, together with what was well known of Jesus and His teachings at that point, corrected what in their minds and hearts would have needed to be corrected. (d) Jesus did baptise, according to John 3:22, and he ordered the apostles to continue to baptise all whom they could (Mark 16:15-16). This is enough to indicate that He would have baptised the apostles. And he made them study under Him a lot longer than a term of RCIA before they were Confirmed, at Pentecost. So, there is no unfairness or heavy burden being placed on would-be converts here – rather, a great gift to be savored! That being said, there are sometimes special situations in which a priest may decide to omit or adjust the normal requirements of RCIA or RCIC.
Ideally, RCIA and RCIC classes are done in a communal setting, not one-on-one. The candidates and instructor(s) share their faith, pray together, study Catholic teachings, and talk about issues of faith and reason and morals. Our parish rarely get requests for RCIA or RCIC; moreover, we don’t have a pastoral assistant to lead it. If you wish to become a Catholic and join St. Peter, you must take RCIA or RCIC classes through another parish.