Serving Catholics in Flushing, Auburndale and Bayside
Celebrating the Sacraments at St. Kevin
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Please contact the Rectory (718) 357-8888 to set up an appointment.
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated for infants and children (under the age of eight) usually on the second Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m., with a preparation evening for the parents and godparents on the Wednesday prior to the Sunday Baptism Celebration. Godparents must be fully initiated Catholics (fully initiated meaning that they have received the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist and be at least 16 years of age) and attending the Eucharistic Liturgy (Mass) weekly.
For older children, ages nine through high school, the Sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) adapted for Children. These children/young adults will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist all at the Easter Vigil. Two/three years of Sacrament preparation classes are required. Adults who wish to be baptizedarticipate in the RCIA. Candidates for baptism normally require at least one year of preparation before receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. RCIA candidates will attend scripture discussions and learn about Catholic tradition and devotions on Sunday mornings.
EUCHARIST (FIRST COMMUNION)
Children who have been baptized and who have been attending Catholic School or a weekly Religious Education Program for two consecutive years will receive their First Eucharist in the springtime during the Easter Season at a Sunday Liturgy - usually the first Sunday of May.
Adults who have been baptized either in the Catholic Church or another Christian denomination will participate in the RCIA, along with adults who are preparing for baptism.
Children who have been baptized and who have been attending Catholic School or a weekly Religious Education Program for two consecutive years will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to receiving their First Eucharist.
Adults who wish to prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time may contact the Rectory (718) 357-8888 and speak to one of the priests. For A Guide for Confession: Press here
Children who have been baptized and who have been attending Catholic School or a weekly Religious Education Program for three consecutive years will receive Confirmation in the spring of the third year.
Adults who wish to receive Confirmation will participate in a preparation program during the Lenten and Easter Season and receive the Sacrament on Pentecost Sunday.
Couples who wish to make marriage arrangements should contact the Rectory (718) 357-8888 and make an appointment to speak to the priest at least six months prior to their wedding date and before making arrangements for the wedding reception.
For complete information about required marriage preparation in the Diocese: Press here
Most members of the Roman Catholic Church are baptized as infants. Growing up in Catholic homes, they receive some form of religious education and slowly but surely come to share in the full sacramental life of the Church. Then we have: · Persons baptized in the Catholic Church but for one reason or another did not receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist · Persons who were previously baptized in another Christian traditions but wish to embrace the Catholic Faith · The un-baptized ~ seeking entrance into the Catholic Church.
They will go through a process, a faith journey that will lead them to full membership in the Catholic Church ~ this process is called the RCIA ~ the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is not a program nor is it part of an instructional course of study in Religious Education but rather a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful.
"From the time of the apostles, becoming a Christian has been accomplished by a journey and initiation in several stages. This journey can be covered rapidly or slowly, but certain essential elements will always have to be present: · proclaiming of the Word, · acceptance of the Gospel entailing conversion, · profession of faith, · Baptism itself, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and admission to Eucharistic communion. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1229)
This process or faith journey consists of weekly sessions reflecting on the scripture readings, the teachings of the Church, spirituality and prayer. The goal is to help one grow closer to God and his Church. If you are interested, or simply curious or know someone who might like to be a part of this process at St. Kevin's Parish please contact the Religious Education Office at 718-357-5317 or the Rectory Office 718-357-8888 and leave your name and telephone. We wish to assist you, answer your questions and be of support in whatever way we can. As you discern God's will for you know that you will be in our prayers. God bless!