The Seven Sacraments

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

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 baptized are to journey along the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (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.

See what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches about the Sacrament of Baptism: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a1.htm

 

SACRAMENT OF FIRST HOLY 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 Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), along with adults who are preparing for baptism.

See what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches about the Sacrament of First Holy Communion:http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a3.htm

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

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 information as to how we can prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please visit https://www.catholic.org/prayers/confession.php

See what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches about the Sacrament of Reconciliation: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c2a4.htm

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

Children who have been baptized, received First Holy Communion 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.

See what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches about the Sacrament of Confirmation: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a2.htm

 

SACRAMENT OF HOLY MATRIMONY

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, please visit https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/marriage/getting-married-in-the-church/

See what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches about the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c3a7.htm

 

 

SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS

Any man discerning a vocation to the priesthood should make an appointment to speak with a priest in the rectory.  In addition, for any woman discerning a vocation to the consecrated life should do likewise.  Finally, any man who is discerning a vocation to the Permanent Diaconate should do likewise.  Also, for more information on discernment please visit https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/vocations/vocations-office/

See what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches about the Sacrament of Holy Orders: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c3a6.htm

 

 

 

SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK

Any person who is ill, preparing for surgery, has a chronic illness, or is preparing to enter eternal life, should call the rectory and speak to a priest so that he can come to your home, nursing home, or hospital and administer the sacrament.

See what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c2a5.htm

 

 

 

For more information or to speak to a pastoral staff member regarding the reception of a sacrament, please contact the Rectory at (718) 357-8888.