Please advise the church office of needs for the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick or Holy Communion at home.
A general requirement for a child preparing for a sacrament is that he/she has been actively and regularly attending religious education prior to beginning the sacramental preparation program. Baptismal certificates and other sacramental records are required for the child or youth preparing for a sacrament and for his or her sponsor. Sacramental preparation programs include special study, prayerful preparation, regular attendance at classes, participation of parents in designated programs and regular participation in the liturgical life of the parish.
Children in grade 2 or above receive First Holy Communion, following two years of catechesis.
Children in grade 8 or above receive Confirmation, following two years of catechesis.
Offered every Saturday in the main church at 11:30 a.m., every Saturday in the main church at 6:30 p.m. in Spanish, every first Saturday at Holy Cross Mission at 4:30 p.m. or by appointment with the priest.
Anointing of the Sick
Preparation for Matrimony, one of the Church’s sacraments of vocation, takes place under the direction of the administrator and follows the model of Marriage Encounter. Prior to approval for a wedding at least one of the couple to be married must demonstrate active involvement in the life of the Church, a mature understanding of this sacrament of love, and a commitment to grow in faith. Whether both of the parties are Catholic or only one is, central to preparation for the sacrament of Matrimony is catechesis in how Christ is present in married love and how the Church understands the sacred and societal role of Christian family life.
The Rite of Marriage is most properly celebrated in the parish church of the people. When one person is Catholic and the other is not, the marriage must take place in the Catholic Church. Because the Rite of Marriage is an act of worship, marriages are not permitted to take place outdoors or in secular places such as hotels or clubhouses.
The pastor will grant permission for a marriage to occur only when it is determined that the couple promises to live a married life according to Catholic belief and teaching, when it is confirmed that the Catholic party/parties are active members of a Catholic parish, and that the Pastor of the Catholic party/parties will take full responsibility for all sacramental and canonical preparation of the couple.
Weddings in our church may take place on Friday evenings; or on Saturdays at 10 am., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. only. The church is considered reserved for purposes of the wedding party one hour prior to the wedding and one hour afterward.
Small weddings (capacity ~ 120) may be held at Historic St. Peter’s Church on Carteret Street on Friday evenings and on Saturdays at the same times listed for the main church and under the same circumstances.
A minimum of six months’ preparation of the couple is required by diocesan law.
Couples are reminded never to set a date for a wedding without first having reserved a time and date with one’s church.
For any questions you do not find answered here or in the guidelines, please contact May Hoffman at 843-522-9555 ext. 503 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to volunteer to help with wedding coordination please contact May Hoffman.
To help in planning your wedding music, you will also need to contact our music director.
Annulments need to be sought by persons who are divorced and/or remarried or thinking about remarriage. The church office arranges for private pastoral assistance.