Faith and Sacraments
Baptism is administered by washing with water and blessing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It frees us from sin and brings us into the Church. It is thus the door to a new and supernatural life.
Baptisms are celebrated the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Classes for parents planning to baptize a child are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Please call the Rectory at 718-984-8535 to register.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion (the Holy Eucharist) is the true Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ represented by the bread and wine.
“I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give you is my flesh for the life of the world” (John 6:48-51).
In the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation we confess our sins to a priest, receive forgiveness for them and are reconciled with God and the Church.
Confessions are heard Saturdays: 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall and by request.
Confirmation is the Sacrament which gives us the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. It completes the grace we receive at Baptism and helps to make us strong and faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
Children in our Religious Education Program normally receive Confirmation in the fall of the seventh grade. All children in the Religious Education Program must attend Sunday Mass each week. Children cannot be considered for the Sacraments unless they are attending Mass on a regular basis.
The Religious Education Program for children can be reached at 718-966-7327.
Adults can receive the Sacrament of Confirmation through the Rite of Christiian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Call the Rectory at 718-984-8535.
Matrimony is the Sacrament which makes holy the bond of Christian Marriage and gives a special grace and strength to the man and woman who receive it.
Couples planning to get married should see a priest at least six months before the wedding to secure a date and arrange for the required PreCana Conferences.
"Christian Marriage is based on the love, unity and self-giving which is present between Christ and his Church" ( Ephesians 5:21).
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is the anointing which is given by a priest to those who are seriously ill. Its effect is the strengthening of the soul, often of the body as well, and in the necessary conditions remission of sins.
A priest of the parish will be happy to visit those home-bound because of sickness or age. Anointing may also be requested after Mass at the Parish Hall.
"Is anyone sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the Church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick man; and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins he will be forgiven" (James 5).
To contact the Vocations Office for the Archdiocese of New York, call Fr. Luke Sweeney at (914) 968-1340, or reach him by email at email@example.com..
The Sacrament of Holy Orders was instituted by Christ who ordained the Apostles at the Last Supper. It is administered by a bishop through the laying on of hands and the invocation (calling down) of the Holy Spirit. The effect of the sacrament of order is to impart the Holy Spirit and to impress an indelible character, which permanently configures the person to Christ. There are three orders: deacon, priest and bishop.
Deacon: The ministry of the deacon is one of service in three areas: the Word, the Altar and Charity. The deacon's ministry of the Word includes proclaiming the Gospel at the Eucharist, preaching and teaching. His ministry at the Altar includes various parts of the Mass proper to the deacon, including being the proper minister of the cup. The ministry of charity involves service to the poor and working with parishioners to help them become more involved in such ministry.
Priest: To serve as a priest is to be a spiritual leader and to preach. The most significant liturgical acts reserved to priests are the administration of the Sacraments including the celebration of the Mass, and the Sacraments of Penance (also called Confession or Reconciliation) and Anointing of the Sick. Baptism can be celebrated by anyone and Matrimony may be witnessed by a deacon, but most often these are also normally administered by a priest.
Bishop: the role of the bishop is to provide pastoral teaching, and to fulfill all the duties of the priest. In addition, the Bishop is the ordinary minister of Confirmation, ordains deacons and priests, and serves as the leader of a diocese much as a priest may be the pastor of a parish.