Note to parents who wish to Baptize their children
Your openness to the grace of the Holy Spirit and your desire to have your children blessed by God and become part of the church is a beautiful witness to everyone. We are here to welcome you and to invite you to be more a part of this family, the church. As such, below are some helpful hints and guidelines that we believe will allow this graced moment to last a lifetime.
As part of the process of preparation for your child’s baptism, you will be asked to have a conversation with one of the priests, deacons or official representatives of the parish. This meeting is an opportunity for you to ask any questions and to get to know the people of the parish. It is another way of making this holy moment last a lifetime. At this meeting you will be asked to bring the following paperwork:
1. Your child’s original Birth Certificate (we will make a copy for you)
2. Godparents should be practicing Catholics, one male and one female.
After you have met with one of the priests, deacons, or parish staff, you will be required to attend an instruction. (The Godparents must also attend this instruction; if they live far away, they may feel free to attend a conference at their local parish and obtain a letter stating that they went to the meeting). This instruction will be about one hour in length. The dates for these classes will be given to during the interview with the priest. Attendance is mandatory.
First Communion, Confirmation:The process of Christian Initiation for adults (RCIA), teens and children begins in September/October of each year. Please contact Father Powers or Father Trochez at (718) 729-6060 for more information.
Adults who need the sacrament of Confirmation should contact a priest or deacon of the parish to make an appointment.
Confession/Reconciliation: Saturday from 4:00 to 4:45pm. If you cannot make scheduled time, please contact a priest at (718) 729-6060.
Marriages: Couples should make arrangements at least six months in advance with a priest or deacon. Please telephone the Rectory at (718) 729-6060 for information.
Holy Orders: The privilege of serving God’s people as a priest, permanent deacon, religious sister or brother is personally fulfilling and spiritually exciting. Anyone who feels they might be interested in the priesthood, diaconate or religious life should speak to a parish priest.
The Brooklyn Diocese Vocation Director is Father Kevin Abels, and his office’s website is http://www.brooklynpriests.org/.
Anointing of the Sick: Call the Rectory at (718) 729-6060 to arrange for a priest or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to bring communion to the homebound. In case where one’s health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age, please contact one of the Priests to administer the sacrament of the anointing of the sick.
If you know you will be entering the hospital for elective surgery, it is appropriate and recommended to receive the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick before entering the hospital. Simply ask one of the parish priests to give you the sacrament before admission.