Sacraments and Rites

Baptisms

  

St. Peter's Italian Parish receives with great joy the birth of your son/daughter! We are also very pleased in your decision to baptize your child in our Parish. Please take the time and read the following:   
 

Things for you to reflect on:
1. Why do we want to baptize our son/daughter?
2. How is our Faith life? (Both personal and as a family)
3. What am I going to do to educate my child’s faith?
4. What is my relationship with the Parish and Church?
  *This is not a test of any sort, simply a guide of things to reflect on.
 

Baptism Classes
 

Baptism Classes are held once per month in English and twice per month in Spanish. We will provide you with your options when you register for baptism.

 The following information should serve as a reference guide and help you decide if you are ready to baptize your child at St. Peter's Italian Catholic Church.
 

Children: 


  •  Newborn children up to the age of five years
  • If your child is over age five please      consult the Pastor.

Parents: 


  • Only the parents can register the child to receive the sacrament of Baptism.
  • Parents are required to attend pre-Baptismal Class or provide certification of previous attendance. 
  • If parents reside outside the parish boundaries, they may attend classes in their parish and provide a Certificate of Attendance. 

Godparents:


  • Godparents must be 18 years or older to sponsor child. 
  • Both godparents should be practicing Catholicism and must have all of their Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, and Marriage by the Roman Catholic Church.
  • If a godparent is a single person (not married) he or she may not be in a living arrangement that resembles a marriage.
  • Godparents must attend  Pre-Baptismal class or provide recent certification of previous attendance. 

Requirements:


  • Bring original Birth Certificate or a sealed letter from the hospital (letter      will only be accepted if the child is under 4 months old). 
  • Suggested donation for each child is $50.00. 
  • Complete names of Godparents 
  • Valid Identification 
  • Registration

If you have any questions or need more information please call the parish office:  E:mail stpeterit@yahoo.com

             (323) 225-8119 

Marriage

  

The sacrament of Marriage begins an intimate community of love and life, founded on a life-long covenant expressed through the marriage vows. The union of husband and wife symbolizes the permanent union of Christ and His church. 


REQUIREMENTS FOR MARRIAGE

The Church

1. RECENT BAPTISM CERTIFICATES. These certificates should be obtained within six months prior to wedding date, from the parishes the groom and bride were baptized. 


2. CERTIFICATES OF CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION. 


3. PRE-MARRIAGE CLASSES. The priest will give you a list of places and dates where you may take this required classes. 


4. PRE-NUPTIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. The groom and bride will respond to a series of questions which will state that they are marrying of their own free will, that they understand the role of husband and wife; and that they accept to fulfill these obligations. 


5. TESTIMONY OF TWO FAMILY WITNESSES. They will declare that the groom and bride are marrying of their own free will and there is no known reason for them not to marry. 


6. WEDDING BANNS. Your pending wedding is announced for three Sundays in our church bulletin. 


7. DETAILS OF YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY. The priest will discuss with you the regulations the church has regarding flowers, the organist, other music, church runner, photographer, video etc.


8. Persons who have been previously married civilly must notify the priest of this marriage. He will inform you of what documents you will need to bring in. 


Civil Marriage License

In the United States, you do NOT have to marry civilly before your church wedding. With this Civil Marriage License, YOU WILL BE MARRIED BOTH RELIGIOUSLY AND CIVILLY. To obtain your civil marriage license, both groom and bride need to go in person. 

East Los Angeles 4716 E. Cesar Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90022 (213) 260-2991 

Norwalk 12400 Imperial Hwy, Room 1002 Norwalk, Ca 90650 (310) 462-2137 

The license is valid for 90 days in which to get married. DO NOT GET MARRIED CIVILLY THERE. BRING THE LICENSE TO YOUR PRIEST. 


Suggested donation to Church: $400.00 (Does not include decorations and organist) – We can suggest an organist who can provided organ music and singing for $150.00.


TOTAL COST OF CEREMONY MUST BE PAID ONE MONTH PRIOR TO WEDDING.


Contact the parish office to schedule a time to meet with the pastor.

(323) 225-8119

First Communion classes

 Is your child ready for First Communion?  If they are at least in the first grade in school, then they absolutely are to start classes.


First Communion preparation is a two year process.


Parents must accompany their child and  attend the bilingual (English/Spanish) 9:30 a.m. Mass.


Registration for First Communion  Classes at St. Peter's will begin on the first Sunday in September and continue through the end of the month.  


If your child was previously enrolled in the program, you must re-register them in order for them to continue on with their faith journey.  We will have our parent meeting on the last Sunday in September at 10:30 am. Classes begin the first Sunday in October.  


We will not accept any registrations after the first class.


If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Michelle Fanara, via e-mail at michellefanara@gmail.com


Confirmation classes

Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.  


Is your teen ready for this step in their faith?  If they are at least a freshman in high school, then they might be ready to start classes!


Confirmation is a two year process.


Parents must accompany their child and  attend the bilingual (English/Spanish) 9:30 a.m. Mass.


Registration for Confirmation Classes at St. Peter's will begin on the first Sunday in September and continue through the end of the month.  


If your child was previously enrolled in the program, you must re-register them in order for them to continue on with their faith journey.  We will have our parent meeting on the last Sunday in September at 10:30 am. Classes begin the first Sunday in October.  


We will not accept any registrations after the first class.


If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Michelle Fanara, via e-mail at michellefanara@gmail.com



Funeral

  

Funerals are a time of grief, but also of great hope in the promise of Christ's Resurrection.


 At St. Peter's Italian Church we work with families who have experienced the loss of a loved one to provide care and guidance in preparing for the funeral liturgy. If you have experienced a loss and would like to schedule a funeral at St. Peter, please contact the parish office at (323) 225-8119 to speak with our Priest.


Though funerals take priority over most parish functions, there are certain days or times on which it may not be possible to hold a funeral, such as specific Feast Days, during other liturgies, on Sundays, or celebrations of other Sacraments. Please contact the parish office for more information on what those times might be.