Sacraments are "powers that comes forth" from the body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are "the masterworks of God" in the new and everlasting covenant. (CCC 1116)
Baptism is the sacrament of rebirth by which one becomes a member of the church and a new being in Christ.
BAPTISM FOR INFANTS
Members of Prince of Peace are encouraged to have their children baptized here. Those who are members of another faith community or those who are currently not registered in any community should arrange for a visit with one of our priests. At least one of the parents must be an active Catholic who is committed to raising the child in a Catholic environment.
The Baptism classes are held every other month on Thursdays, starting at 7:00 PM. Since childcare is not provided during the classes, parents are encouraged to schedule the classes prior to the birth of their child. If there are older children, parents are strongly encouraged to arrange childcare for them.
If parents have attended other Baptism Preparation Classes recently, the decision for any additional preparation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Godparents must ordinarily be a practicing Catholic, at least 16 years old and must have celebrated the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. If married, the marriage should be within the norms of the Catholic church. Godparents are strongly encouraged to attend a Baptism preparation class wherever they live. The classes give them an opportunity to update their understanding of the sacrament of Baptism and to more fully understand their responsibilities as godparents.
Baptisms take place several weekends during the month. There are no Baptisms during Lent.
The requirements for scheduling a baptism at Prince of Peace:
- Must be a registered parishioner in our parish or have permission of your pastor if you are coming from another parish.
- Attend a baptism preparation class or have attended a class within past 5 years.
- Submit a copy of child's birth certificate.
- Provide a sponsor letter from the church where the godparent is registered.
We ask that paperwork be submitted two weeks prior to the scheduled baptism.
BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN
Children up to the age of reason (typically around age seven), may be baptized without any prior preparation at the parents' request. Children age seven and older who have not been baptized are eligible to join Kid Cat, which is the Children's Catechumenate, where they are prepared for full initiation into the Church.
For more information on this process, please visit our Becoming Catholic for Children page.
BAPTISM FOR ADULTS
Rite of Christian Initiation
RCIA is the normal way in which adults and children of school age become full, active participating members of the Catholic Church. Children and teens follow a process similar to the adults but adapted for their own peer group. see Becoming Catholic for Children
The process to become Catholic involves 4 phases:
Phase I - Precatechumenate
Begin attending Sunday morning precatechumenate sessions beginning in the fall of 2017 at 9:30 am, in Las Mercedes. During this time, the discussion centers around how God communicates with us in the Scriptures, what changes need to be made in our lives to respond to God’s inspiration, and what Baptism in the Church means. These sessions provide time to ask questions about the Catholic faith. There is never any pressure to become Catholic.
Phase 2 - Catechumenate
Attend 9:30 am Mass on Sunday mornings, followed by doctrinal sessions to develop a deepening awareness of the responsibilities of Baptism as lived out in the Catholic community. It is a time of nurturing, growth in faith, and conversion through Catholic beliefs and doctrine. This phase will introduce the uniquely Catholic ways of approaching the Word of God and of Catholic teaching accommodated to the liturgical year.
Phase 3 - Purification and Enlightenment
The days of Lent are the final period of purification and enlightenment leading up to the Easter Vigil. This phase is a time of prayer, study, and interior reflection leading up to the Easter Vigil, as well as joining in our faith community’s practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Phase 4 - Mystagogia
This is a period of time to reflect on the experiences of the Easter Vigil and continue to learn more about Scripture and the teachings of the Church.
This is also an opportunity to reflect on how to serve Christ and help in the Church’s mission and outreach activities.
Prince of Peace offers a 9 week program for those who have been baptized in another Christian faith (with water and in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), have been attending Mass regularly with family or friends, and are involved in the community.
For more information please contact:
972-380-2100 or 515-201-8280(cell)
Our sacramental preparation program uses a series published by Resources for Christian Living/Benziger. The children are prepared within a formative faith community to celebrate the sacraments with reverence and understanding. Prince of Peace Students and Parish children attending other schools must register for Sacraments using the on-line registration.
Registration begins July 1, 2017 and includes First Reconciliation and Eucharist
Dallas Diocese Requirements:
Your child must be:
- In grade 2 or higher (2017-2018)
- Actively participating (2017-2018) for the second consecutive year in the "Be My Disciples" program or attend Prince of Peace School.
INFORMATION FOR PARISH CHILDREN
If your child is enrolled in the Be My Disciples at Home , your child will need to attend classes on Sunday at Prince of Peace.
If your child is enrolled in the Be My Disciples Sunday Classes, preparation for the sacraments will be part of the Be My Disciples Sunday classes.
You will need to provide a copy of your child's baptismal certificate by November 1, 2017.
Class time: 11:15am - 12:15pm
- Lesson 1: January 7, 2018
- Lesson 2: January 21, 2018
- Lesson 3: January 28, 2018
- Lesson 4: February 4, 2018
- Lesson 5: February 11, 2018
- Be My Disciples at Home students - Room 214
- Be My Disciples Sunday students - your child will stay in the same Sunday classroom
RECONCILIATION CELEBRATION FOR PARISH CHILDREN
Date: February 15, 2018
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Make up Lessons for Parish Children:
If your child misses class, the lessons must be completed (you can find below) and returned the following Sunday to class. Be sure your child’s name and teacher’s name appear on the front page of the makeup work or you can scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A "Parent Teaching Guide" document is posted next to each student lesson to help guide your instruction.
Our sacramental preparation program uses a series published by Resources for Christian Living/Benziger. The children are prepared within a formative faith community to celebrate the sacraments with reverence and understanding. Once your child has registered for First Reconciliation, enrollment for First Eucharist is automatic so further registration is not required.
Please read carefully the Diocesan requirements listed below:
Your child must:
- be baptized
- enrolled in Sacrament Preparation 2017-2018
- be in Grade 2 or above for the 2017-2018 school year
- be actively participating (2017-2018) for the second consecutive year in a formal religious education program such as the "Be My Disciples Sunday or the At Home program" or attend Prince of Peace School.
Parish children will celebrate First Eucharist May 5, 2018 at 11:00AM during a dedicated Mass.
The children will be preparing as part of the curriculum within the Be My Disciples Sunday class.
Whether your child is enrolled in Be My Disciples Sunday classes or the At Home Study, preparation for the sacraments will be part of the Be My Disciples Sunday classes.
Class time: 11:15am - 12:15pm
- Class 1: March 4, 2018 Lesson 1
- Class 2: March 25, 2018 Lesson 2
- Class 3: April 8, 2018 Lesson 3
- Class 4: April 15, 2018 Lesson 3
- Class 5: April 22, 2018 Lesson 5
- Class 6: April 29, 2018 Video and Practice
- BMD Sunday 2nd graders remain in assigned Sunday classroom
- BMD at Home and BMD Sunday students 3rd - 5th graders - room 214
Make up work:
If your child misses class, the lessons must be completed (you can find below) and returned the following Sunday to their teacher. Be sure your child’s name and teacher’s name appear on the front page of the makeup work. You can also scan and email to email@example.com
A "Parent Teaching Guide" document is posted under each student lesson to help guide your instruction.
The sacrament of Confirmation is one of the initiation sacraments connected to both the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist (Holy Communion). The reception of Confirmation is required in order for initiation into the Catholic faith to be complete. Confirmation ratifies our Baptism, roots us more deeply in love, unites us closer to Christ, increases in us gifts of the Spirit and binds us more tightly to the Church. In Confirmation, we receive a special strength to live our faith more fully and witness to what we believe as disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is available to all 8th grade youth, and those who are older who have not yet been confirmed. All Confirmation candidates must be enrolled in our parish and registered in Prince of Peace Youth Ministry or in Prince of Peace Catholic School. They are to be fully active and participating regularly in youth ministry the full year prior to Confirmation. Power Sunday, a special event for youth, parents and sponsors, takes place every spring and the Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the winter of each year, with many other encounter events in between. Confirmation candidates are encouraged to attend all encounter events and complete all items outlined in the Confirmation Pathway created by Prince of Peace. This will ensure that youth are ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and that youth, parents and sponsors are equipped to continue to live as disciples of Jesus Christ beyond this sacrament of initiation.
ADULT SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION (fast track)
Prince of Peace Catholic Community is offering a special opportunity for members of our community who may have been baptized Catholic and not been confirmed or baptized inanother faith tradition, have been regularly attending Mass, and who may be interested in becoming Catholic, or for Catholics who just want to know more about their faith.
We will begin our new Adult Sacramental Preparation program on Tuesday March 14 at 7 PM and end with Confirmation at our 5 PM Pentecost weekend Mass. This fast-track program is designed to introduce the doctrine of the Catholic Church, and answer any questions you may have regarding the Catholic faith.
If you are interested in participating in our new program or have any questions about our RCIA process, please feel free to contact me before Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the number listed below, or via email at:
Director of the Catechumenate
972-380-2100 x167 or 515-201-8280(cell)
Prince of Peace will hold a one day confirmation workshop in the spring for adults who have been baptized Catholic, have received the Sacrament of Eucharist, are actively participate in the Sunday liturgy, and have no sacramental encumbrances.
Baptized adult Catholics who have not been confirmed, and have not received the Sacrament of Eucharist, will need to refer to the "Becoming Catholic" information found on this website for completion of these sacraments.
The next adult confirmation workshop will be held on a Saturday April 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. here at Prince of Peace. Please contact Monte Hauserman for more information.
Director of the Catechumenate
972-380-2100 x167 or 515-201-8280(cell)
Director of Youth
Prince of Peace Catholic School
Teacher of Religious Education
The matrimonial covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature, ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of sacrament.
Although we recognize that all of your life has been preparing you for this new journey in faith, we believe that the seriousness of marriage commitment requires an equally serious time of preparation be set aside before the sacramental celebration. The preferred time frame to start the preparation is one year, no less than six months prior to the wedding date.
You begin the process by submitting the wedding preparation form, which will be submitted to Angela Gwinn. She will contact you regarding setting an appointment to begin collecting the necessary documentation. Prince of Peace Catholic Community and the Catholic Diocese of Dallas cooperate to provide several different programs and services to help you formulate the most beneficial program for your experience.
The parish offers a premarital inventory called FOCCUS (Facilitation, Open Couple Communication , Understanding and Study) which identifies attitudes, values, and behavior, which the couple needs to discuss in order to know each other adequately enough for marriage. After completing the FOCCUS assessment, the couple may select one of the followinhg programs:
- Prince of Peace Sponsor Couple Program: Using the FOCCUS assessment and In Faithful Love (a program designed to explore the FOCCUS results) married couples selected from the parish work with engaged couples to help them better understand the nature of sacramental marriage. The Sponsor Couple is trained by the Diocese and volunteer their time to support those desiring marriage in the Church.
- The Engaged Encounter: The Engaged Encounter is a weekend retreat for couples planning a marriage. It is designed to give couples an opportunity to dialogue honestly and intensively about their future life together. Interdenominational and interfaith couples, as well as those who are both Catholic, are most welcome. An ideal time to for couple to attend is six months prior to the wedding date. To make arrangements to participate in an Engaged Encounter, contact the Diocese Marriage Ministry at 214-528-3260
Your wedding liturgy will be planned in consultation with the presider. The wedding coordinator will help with guidelines for use of the parish facilities.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROCESS
Register for FOCCUS Assessment. Both of you will receive an email from FOCCUS with their website address and password.
Once you have completed the assessment, you will have 2 options:
- Work with a Sponsor Couple trained to review the results with you. This consists of four meeting of about 1 ½ hours each.
- Attend the Engaged Encounter weekend sponsored by the Diocese. This option will include one meeting to review the Foccus results
WEDDING AT PRINCE OF PEACE
Prince of Peace Wedding Policies
Prince of Peace Catholic Community is honored to celebrate your wedding with you. In order to assist you with the planning of your wedding liturgy, we have created the following guide to make the choices that will make your wedding liturgy reflect you and your spouse.
Setting your Date
Before you book any reception venues or send out invitations, please be sure that the Church is available on the date and time you prefer. Weddings are not celebrated during Holy Week and on All Souls Day. Also, be aware that diocesan policy states that you should reserve your wedding date at least 6 months prior to the wedding date, so that you may have ample time to complete the required marriage preparation. Our parish counselor is happy to assist you with these marriage preparations and confirming your wedding date on the parish calendar.
The following times are available for your wedding ceremony. Fridays at 5:00pm and 7:00pm, Saturdays at 11:00am, 1:00pm or 7:00pm. Any other times will need to be discussed with the Director of Liturgy to check the feasibility of that time. The wedding rehearsal is generally held the evening prior, and lasts approximately 1 hour.
Mass or Service
If there are two Catholics being married, Celebration of Matrimony within Mass is preferred. If a deacon is going to witness the Rite of Matrimony for the Church OR either the Bride or Groom are non-Catholic, the Rite of Matrimony Outside of Mass is used. This means that there would be no Eucharist offered in these two situations.
When thinking about music for your liturgy, you will need to choose one piece for the Procession of the Wedding Party. This can be instrumental or music sung by those gathered to celebrate your wedding. This is a good option to allow those who are not familiar with our Catholic traditions and rituals to feel welcomed and to participate more fully in the liturgy.
The Gloria should be sung or said as part of the Marriage Mass, except for penitential seasons and other pastoral reasons. It is not used at Marriages outside of Mass.
Just as on a Sunday, there are three readings from Scripture proclaimed at your Wedding Liturgy. Typically, there is a reading from the Old Testament Scriptures, the New Testament Scriptures and from the Gospels. During the Easter Season, the Old Testament reading should be replaced by a reading from the Acts of the Apostles. The priest or deacon that will be presiding at your wedding will assist you in the selection of your readings.
We realize that your wedding day is very special and music can play an important role in making
your day special and unique. Our music staff is prepared to help you plan your special day. In choosing your music please realize that the Church states that music used in the Rite of Marriage should be “appropriate and should express the faith of the Church…” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, no. 78) A useful measure is asking yourself “how comfortable would you feel if you heard this piece at a Sunday Mass.” Because of the unique nature of the Catholic liturgy, it is important to have qualified musicians in place for your liturgy. Any outside musicians will require the approval of the Director of Music. It is recommended that you meet with the Director of Music to plan your wedding music 4 months prior to your wedding, so that musicians can be booked and the music can be adequately prepared for your liturgy.
Environment and Decorations
We realize that flowers can add beauty to your day. Because of the unique architecture of the church, we recommend minimal use of flowers in your decorating. If you wish to utilize flowers, realize that all flowers must be fresh and not artificial. Any decorations that are used, must be removed immediately following the ceremony and out of the way for any other parish liturgies. Because of environmental and safety issues, the use of flower petals (real or otherwise) by flower girls, rice and bubbles is not allowed at all. If you choose to use an altar arrangement, the height of the arrangement may not be higher than the top of the altar. No decorations may be placed on the altar. Our staff is more than happy to assist you in the planning of the environment and decorations.
We have a wedding coordinator on staff, who will assist with the facilitating of your actual ceremony. While you might choose to hire an outside wedding coordinator to facilitate the other details and preparations for your wedding, only the staff wedding coordinator will be allowed to provide coordination of the liturgy and other details on the premises of Prince of Peace.
We recommend the taking of wedding pictures prior to the wedding liturgy itself. Due to the sacred nature of the liturgy, we insist that the photographers taking pictures of the ceremony minimize their movement during the liturgy. They may not enter the sanctuary during the liturgy and no flash photography is allowed during the liturgy once the procession has completed. Our ministers are more than happy to restage shots following the liturgy as time permits.
We wish to make your guests comfortable while they are witnessing your Wedding Liturgy. We realize that your guests come from diverse backgrounds and traditions. To help make your guests feel more at home, we are happy to provide a worship booklet that will assist your guests with responses and make them feel more comfortable fully participating in your wedding liturgy. This is done as a free service to you.
Know that we must have the Marriage License present at the wedding rehearsal. The license can be purchased from any County Clerk in the State of Texas. (By state law it must be purchased within 30 days prior to your wedding, but cannot be used within 72 hours of purchase.)
We do have limited space for receptions and dinners. Our Parish Administrator is happy to discuss those rental fees and policies with you.
All church fees must be paid by the wedding rehearsal. While individual checks and/or cash are preferred, you can also pay your fees to the parish as well.
The following fees are appropriate:
Clergy stipend as you wish
Wedding Coordinator $200.00
Director of Music $200.00
Facility Fee $600 for non-parishioners ($300.00 deposit is required at the time of reservation)
If you are a parishioner and have contributed $600.00 or more, the facility fee will be waived. The Wedding Coordinator can assist you in determining how much you have contributed to the parish.
972-380-2100 ext firstname.lastname@example.org
Darnell St. Romain
Reception (if at Prince of Peace)
Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life
If you are interested in learning more about the priesthood, the permanent diaconate or the religious life, please contact the Vocations Office for the Diocese of Dallas at 214-379-2860 or speak to one of our priests or deacons about this exciting life of service to the people of God.
of the sick
This sacrament is intended for the strengthening and healing of those who are ill, elderly or about to undergo an operation. It is a normal part of Catholic life: not just for the dying, but for anyone who is seriously ill. It may be received when a person is at home or in the hospital. Our parish celebrates a communal anointing of the sick, in the context of Mass, several times a year.
Please call the Parish office at 972-380-2100 if you wish to receive this sacrament.