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 email@example.com
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 @ Home and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Fees (due at rehearsal either cash or individual checks):
- Director of Music: $200-Brent McWilliams
- Wedding Coordinator: $200-Jill Kennemur
- Acolyte: $25 if having Mass; $20 marriage outside Mass
- Priest: Free will offering, commensurate with size of wedding and/or time of wedding preparation.
- Cantor: $125
- Facility Fee: $600 if non-parishioner ($300 due at reservation)
- If you have contributed $600 or more to the parish the facility fee will be waived. You can verify with Jill Kennemur (see above for contact information) how much you have contributed to the parish if you are not sure.
Things to remember when planning:
- Please make your initial contact with the priest handling the marriage paperwork at least 6 months before your intended wedding date.
- At the initial meeting you will receive information about the marriage preparation as well as a list of paperwork that needs to be completed during this initial period. No further preparation will take place until all initial paperwork has been turned in or completed.
- Weddings are ordinarily held on Saturdays. Hours for weddings are: 1:30PM, or 7PM. No weddings may be scheduled on All Soul’s Day (Nov. 2), Good Friday, Holy Saturday, or the Saturday before Palm Sunday.
- Weddings are discouraged during the Holy Seasons of Advent and Lent to reflect the restraint of such liturgical seasons. If a wedding is scheduled during Advent or Lent, it is to be understood that the Sanctuary and Church décor and symbols reflecting such penitential seasons will remain in place during the weddings. Likewise, during the Holy Seasons of Christmas and Easter, the more elaborate Sanctuary arrangements are to be left in place. Even during the Holy Season of Ordinary Time of the Church year, the general Sanctuary décor for the parish’s liturgical life will remain in place for weddings.
- All weddings scheduled at Prince of Peace must be supervised by our Parish Wedding Coordinator. Her services include;
- Appointment time to discuss details of floral, photographic, and sanctuary arrangements.
- Will also be present to assist or if needed conduct the rehearsal.
- And will be available before, during, and after the ceremony to oversee all the many details of the wedding.
- If your marriage will be celebrated outside of Mass (e.g. one Catholic/one Protestant), you have the option of having a Deacon preside. Deacons are able to officiate at weddings that will not be celebrated within a Mass.
- The Old and New Testament readings should be read by Catholics. These are two separate readings; they can be done by two different people, or the same person.
- The Prayers of the Faithful can be read by anyone
- Prince of Peace prefers both psalm and gospel acclamation to be sung
- We will honor cultural traditions within liturgy as long as they have meaning and are appropriate
Ceremony Protocol and Decorations
- No flash photography once presider begins speaking.
- No one from the congregation can be moving around taking pictures-only professionals can be moving around with cameras in designated areas, but not overly, so as to cause too much of a distraction and are strictly prohibited from entering upon the altar platform.
- Photographers and Videographers may not use flash or extra lighting once the ceremony has started or during.
- You will have 30 minutes before and after the ceremony for taking pictures. Photographs taken on church grounds should reflect reverence and be suitable in composition to the sacredness of the space. “Fun” or “joke” photographs should never be taken on the Church grounds.
- Consider having both parents escort bride into church not just father. Remember, it took both parents to get bride to this point.
- The church provides candle stands with candles at the ambo and altar and an optional unity candle stand. If you decide to add a lighting of a unity candle to your ceremony, you will need to purchase candles from the church to fit our stand. Fixtures furnished by outside firms are to be removed promptly after the wedding and cannot be left in the church overnight. No decorations may be attached with glue, tape, or any metal device that may harm the finish.
- The florist/rental company can arrive no sooner than one hour before the wedding; however, flowers can arrive Friday afternoon or evening if it is easier for the florist.
- All flowers must be real
- Flowergirls CANNOT throw flowers on carpet
- No bubbles, rice, flower petals, confetti, etc. may be used anywhere on church premises.
- We ask the wedding couple and their friends to clean up areas used for preparation for the wedding, (bride’s room, groom’s gathering room, etc.). There is to be no smoking, eating, recreational drugs or alcoholic beverages anywhere on church property.
- Bride’s Room may be made available for use 90 minutes before and 30 minutes after the ceremony.
- One rehearsal is planned for your ceremony and is ordinarily scheduled the day before your wedding.
- Rehearsal time is limited and must therefore begin and end promptly as scheduled.
- Please note: Traffic in the north Dallas and Plano areas is especially heavy and difficult on Friday evenings, so participants who do not know the area should be informed of this and directed how to be at the church at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled rehearsal time.
- Once again, they are to be reminded that no alcohol or recreational drug use is tolerated on church property at any time.
- Bring Marriage License (must be purchased within 30 days but wait 4 days prior to wedding before use. There is a discount on the marriage license if you have taken the marriage preparation class and present your certificate of completion).
- Bring Fees (individual checks and/or cash including priest stipend).
- Bring Programs.
- Bring additional supplies if placing candles around font, etc.
- DO NOT BRING DRESS OR LEAVE OTHER VALUABLES IN BRIDE’S ROOM OVERNIGHT. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THEIR SAFETY.
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.