The seven sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Reconciliation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick) are the life of the Catholic Church.
Each sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace. When we participate in them worthily, each provides us with graces, the life of God in our soul.
In worship, we give to God that which we owe Him; in the sacraments, He gives us graces necessary to live a truly human life.
The first three sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion) are called the Sacraments of Initiation because the rest of our life as Christian depends on them.
To learn more about a particular sacrament, including: registration, classes, and requirements at Regina Pacis, review the below sections for details.
The Sacrament of Baptism, the first of the three sacraments of initiation, is also the first of the seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church.
There are two essentials to the rite of Baptism: the pouring of water of water over the head of the person to be baptized and the words “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. Parents are reminded of their serious obligation to have children baptized as soon as they can safely be brought to the church. The customary stole fee is $20.
Please call Father Rickert to request the Baptism of your child. The traditional Latin baptism rite will be performed for all baptisms. Reminder: non-practicing Catholics may not serve as godparents, since they lack the intention of seeing to the traditional Catholic upbringing of children.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (commonly called Confession or Penance) is the method given by Christ to the Church by which individual men and women may be freed from sins committed after receiving Baptism.
In the Catholic tradition, after making an examination of conscience that often involves review of the Ten Commandments, the penitent confesses his/her sins in order to restore his/her relationship to God and to receive the fullness of God’s grace and salvation. The intent of this sacrament is to provide healing for the soul as well as to regain the grace of God, lost by sin.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is administered before all Masses and on request. Please call Father Rickert for special requests. The Sacrament of 1st Reconciliation is performed a few weeks before the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Eucharist is about gathering at the Lord’s altar where all are welcome to celebrate the death and Resurrection of Jesus. We gather with the community to be renewed in our faith, challenged and encouraged by the Word of God and nourished and strengthened by the Body and Blood of Christ Jesus.
We are honored to invite our children to prepare for their First Eucharist (Communion), a Sacrament of Initiation. There are few moments in life that are remembered so tenderly as Frist Eucharist.
Children entering the second grade may begin the preparation process in the fall of each year for both the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of First Communion. The children are required to attend Sunday (before Mass) catechism class. Regular Mass attendance by the child and his/her family is expected. First Reconciliations are celebrated a few weeks prior to First Communion, which is celebrated in early May.
Please contact Father Rickert is your child is of age to receive their First Communion, he will then begin arranging the preparations for their Sacrament.
The Sacrament of Confirmation instills the same fullness of the Spirit the Disciples received on Pentecost. It perfects in us what was begun at Baptism. It deepens our bond with the Holy Trinity and strengthens our bond with the Church. Through Confirmation, we are empowered to assume an active role in the work of Jesus by witnessing to and spreading the faith.
Such and awesome undertaking requires discernment and preparation. As such, youth who are entering the seventh grade, or above may begin the preparation process in the fall of each year.
Please contact Father Rickert is your child is of age to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, he will then begin arranging the preparations for their Sacrament.
Sacrament of Matrimony (Marriage) is a practice common in all cultures, a natural institution. At its most basic level, marriage is a union between a man and women for the purpose of procreation, mutual support, and love.
In the Catholic Church, however, marriage is more than this; it was elevated by Christ Himself, in His participation in the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11), to be one of the seven sacraments. A marriage between two Christians, therefore, has a spiritual element as well as a natural one.
Marriage is a symbol of the divine union between Christ Bridegroom, and His Church the Bride. As married Christians, open to the creation of new life and committed to our mutual salvation,, we participate not only in God’s creative act but in the redemptive act of Christ.
Couples planning to be married at Regina Pacis / St. Peter’s Church must contact Father Rickert at least six months prior to the wedding date. Also, before your date and time are confirmed, it may be helpful to check with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government to be certain that there is not going to be any civic activity that may interfere with you and your guest.
In the simplest terms, the word “vocation” means a “call”. So, in general terms, your vocation is what God calls you to do with your life and how to follow Him. Everybody is by God to know, love, and serve Him. The difference is in how we each choose to do this.
Individual vocations vary among being single, married, a religious, or a priest. However, we usually use “vocation” to mean a call to the consecrated, religious or priesthood. As we progress through youth to young adulthood, God reveals our vocation to us, more as an invitation than an imposition.
Consider the possibility of the priesthood or religious life! Life as a priest, religious sister, or religious brother is a dynamic combination of creativity, challenge abd fulfillment. We invite all single men and women to consider a religious vocation as a viable option for the future.
If you would like to discuss the development of your vocation or possibility of a religious vocation, please contact Father Rickert to make an appointment. There’s also a FSSP website dedicated to vocations: http://fssp.com/press/vocations/
Anointing of the Sick:
Anointing of the Sick, also known as Extreme Unction or the Last Rites, is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during illness, especially near time of death. It is a sacrament of healing and prayer for physical and spiritual health.
Formerly, the sacrament was given near the time of death. Now the sacrament is seen as a joint ministry to the sick and to the dying. The sacrament is administered to those who have a serious illness or will undergo a medical procedure or surgery.
If you or a family member would like to receive this sacrament, please call Father Rickert. If you have a sacramental emergency, please call Father Rickert at MOBILE NUMBER?
The usual stipend (offering) for a Mass is $10. Please make your request directly with Father Rickert or by putting an envelope in the collection basket. All Mass intentions will be listed in the weekly bulleting.
Please let Father know if you need to get a First Blessing or get something blessed. It’s a very good idea to keep exorcized salt and holy water in supply at your home. The salt may be sprinkled around or used with food. Also be sure to get your residence blessed.
Only those who have regularly attended the chaplaincy can be buried from it; that is to say, have a Requiem Mass with the casket present. All other Requiem Mass will be said as a Mass intention. The stole fee for a funeral is $100 if the priest is able to go to the cemetery, otherwise $50.