Sacraments

Baptism

Parents are encouraged to have their children baptized within a few months of birth. A parent should call the rectory office to arrange an interview with one of the priests at 718-229-5929. A copy of the child’s birth certificate should be brought to this meeting. An instruction class for parents is offered the last Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. in the rectory. The Rite of Infant Baptism is celebrated on the second Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in church.

Older children and adults seeking Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion are initiated through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). For more information on this process, please visit our Religious Education page.

The Holy Eucharist

In Chapter 6 of John’s record of the Gospel, Jesus says, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them…” (Jn 6:53-55)

Jesus says four times in John 6 that we must “eat his flesh and drink his blood” if we are live eternally with him. He doesn’t mean it figuratively or symbolically. He means it literally! We need Christ’s Supernatural Life in the Eucharist to feed our supernatural life—our SOUL!

Jesus wants us to know, and be comforted by the fact, that we are being nourished and sustained by HIS supernatural life in the Eucharist. Jesus proved by predicting his death, and then rising from it, that he is Eternal. God is the Source of all Life. And just as plants need nourishment from the sun in order to live and thrive, WE need nourishment from God’s Son for our souls to live and thrive. This is why Jesus also says in Chapter 6 of John’s record of the Gospel, “It is the SPIRIT that gives life, the flesh profits nothing…”

“Our flesh” profits nothing, for we know that our bodies will eventually breakdown and die. But the Body and Blood of Christ, his “Spiritual Flesh” was given to us to “Feed our Soul” with his Divine Life.

For more information on receiving the Sacrament of 1st Holy Communion, please visit our Religious Education page.

Confirmation

Adults who were previously baptized and received Holy Communion but never confirmed as children can prepare for this sacrament during the Easter season. The sacrament is celebrated on Pentecost Sunday. Please call the Religious Education Office during Lent to arrange for the preparation program.

Reconciliation (Penance/Confession)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance, also called Confession, is celebrated each Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. Other times are scheduled during Advent and Lent. The Reconciliation Chapel is located just inside the church to the left. If this is not convenient please call the rectory to make an appointment with a priest. Catholics are encouraged to celebrate this sacrament frequently, but especially in the case of serious sin.

Marriage

A couple should call the rectory for an appointment with a priest soon after becoming engaged, but at least six months before the desired wedding date. Our Pre-Cana Teams and our Wedding Committee, both described on this site, can assist you in marriage preparation and the celebration. Diocesan information is also available at www.pre-cana.org.

Holy Orders

Vocational guidance and information is available for men who are discerning a call to the Diaconate or Priesthood. Please speak to a priest about this. The Diocese also has a Director of Vocations and an Office to assist in this, as well as help with vocations to the consecrated life of sister or brother. Cathedral Preparatory Seminary is a High School in Elmhurst that assists young men in discerning a vocation while offering a standard high school curriculum. Cathedral Residence in Douglaston and the John Paul II Residence in Brooklyn assist college-age and older men in preparing for the major seminary. Visit Brooklyn Priests for more information regarding Vocations in Brooklyn.

Anointing of the Sick

This sacrament is available for any baptized Catholic who is seriously ill or suffering the effects of advanced age. Please call the rectory to make an appointment for a priest to come to the home, or call anytime for a sudden illness. If serious surgery is scheduled, call to arrange for the anointing before you enter the hospital. A communal celebration of this sacrament is celebrated annually.