Sacraments

The word Sacrament comes from the Latin word sacramentum, which means “a sign of the sacred.” The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred and significant for us as Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully.

For more information on any of the sacraments at St. Anthony-St. Alphonsus Parish, please read below or feel free to speak with our priests before or after mass. You may also call the Rectory at 718-383-3339, or submit an email inquiry and a member of the parish staff will contact you. Thank you for your interest. Peace and blessings!

Baptism

St. Anthony-St. AlphonsusBaptisms are celebrated in English on the last Sunday of every month and in Spanish on the first Saturday of every month. Arrangements must be made at the rectory in advance. The birth certificate must be presented. Instructions are required for parents and godparents before Baptism.

Communion
Please contact us at the rectory for more information on classes for children and adults.

Confession:
English: Thursday after 8:15 a.m. Mass
English: Saturday from 4-5 p.m.
Spanish: Friday 7:00 p.m. and after 7:30 p.m. Spanish Mass

Confessions are heard in the upper church. All other times, please call the Rectory.
Confesiones se oyen en la iglesia superior. Todas las otras veces por favor llame a la Rectoría

Bishop DiMarzioConfirmation
Please contact us at the rectory for more information on classes for children and adults.

Marriage
Arrangements should be made six months in advance. Pre-Cana Conferences are part of preparation. Wedding Masses are available Monday through Saturday. Please contact us at the rectory for more information.

Ministry to the Sick: Communion and Anointing of the Sick
Priests are available anytime. Ministers of the Eucharist can be invited to bring Communion to the home of the sick. Please contact us at the rectory to speak with a priest.

Holy Orders
Please contact us at the rectory for more information.


What are the Seven Sacraments?

Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

SacramentEucharist

The Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as the Sacrament of Penance, is where we find God’s unconditional forgiveness, and as a result we are called to forgive others. We are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Penance frequently throughout our lifetime so that we can benefit from the graces we obtain through reception of this sacrament.

Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is a mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God’s fidelity to us.

Marriage

The Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.

Holy Orders

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, also known as Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness. Through this sacrament, the Church comforts and supports the person who is suffering and continues the healing ministry of Christ. For those who are about to die, the Church, in addition to the Anointing of the Sick, offers the Eucharist as viaticum – food for the journey home.

Leave a Reply