The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The seven Sacraments are outward signs instituted by Christ to give grace. They point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are encounters with Christ. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace.
If you learn more about the Sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully. To learn more about the individual Sacraments, please follow the links below. You'll find easy-to-understand articles and a good sample of common questions and answers.
Infant Baptisms take place at 12:15 every Sunday throughout the year.
Parents seeking Baptism for their child attend one preparation session. See Baptism Preparation for greater detail.This session provides opportunity for parents to reflect on their faith and the sacrament of Baptism. Please call Laura at the Parish Center (847) 516-AMEN (2636) to reserve a date for both the Baptism and the Preparation at least four to six weeks prior to the expected Baptism date.
Couples wishing to be married at SS. Peter & Paul should call the parish center to arrange the wedding date. The purpose of this call is determine whether or not the desired wedding date is available. Once this date is confirmed it goes on the parish calendar and the process of marriage preparation begins.
Please call the Parish Center (847) 516-AMEN (2636) at least four months before the desired date to begin making necessary arrangements.
Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 7 - 8pm (which is also during Adoration).
Saturday mornings from 8:30 am - 9:00am and Saturday afternoons from 3:15 p.m until 4:15 p.m. or by appointment.
Please contact one of the priests if you wish to make an appointment.
First Communion and First Reconciliation
Preparation for these sacraments involves both the parents and the children. This family oriented program includes prayer, learning, celebration, and a retreat (Jesus Day).
Confirmation (High School age)
The time of Confirmation marks the decision by an individual to be an active adult member of the Catholic Church and community. The process emphasizes acceptance of God, Faith and community into one’s life. Steps in the process include classes, a retreat, as well as stewardship projects. Parents, sponsors and the parish community are asked to support the students in their faith development.
Catholic Adults (ages 19+ yrs) celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at the time of year when the Bishop comes to the Parish or at the Easter Vigil when the Pastor is delegated the power to Confirm. Adults who have been baptized Catholic and receive Holy Communion, please call the Parish Center (847) 516-AMEN (2636) for information regarding preparation for and the celebration of Confirmation.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process and a program for adults who want to be Baptized or come from another Faith Tradition or need to complete their initiation.This length of time provides all with the opportunity to ask questions and to reflect upon their faith stories in conjunction with the doctrines and teachings being presented. This process happens Monday evening. We follow the Symbolon Program from Ignatius Press and Lighthouse Catholic Media.
Difficult to fit into this structure? We can accommodate.
Also see Adult Sacraments and Rite Of Christian Initiation for more information.
Anyone interested in becoming Catholic or being Baptized and/or Confirmed, please call the Parish Center (847) 516-AMEN (2636).
Anointing of the Sick
The priests and Ministry of Care members visit persons who are hospitalized or confined to their home. Please notify the Parish Center when a family member is in need of a priest or a Minister of Care at (847) 516-AMEN (2636). Please call the parish office and speak to one of the priests if a loved one is seriously ill or in the hospital.
There is a Book of the Sick on the table in front of the large cross window as you enter. Each weekend please write the names of the sick family members and friends for whom you would like us to pray at Mass. During the Prayers of the Faithful (Petitions) individual names will no longer be read, rather we will pray for all the people whose names are written in the Book of the Sick. These intentions will also be remembered at daily morning Masses.
Please feel free to stop and read the names for your own prayerful reflection.
For the Deceased
Arrangements are made with the parish through your funeral home. The family meets with one of the priests before the funeral. To request a name of a loved one to be included in Petitions for the Deceased, please call (847) 516-AMEN (2636) before noon on Friday.