Sacraments


Every fourth Sunday of the month during Mass. Parents are required to schedule an appointment with a Priest four weeks prior to Baptism.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GODPARENTS

Godparents are to help “the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with Baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations” of being a Christian (Code of Cannon Law c. 872).  Because godparents have this important role to play in their godchildren’s lives, each godparent must be- 
     1.)  14 years of age or older.
A Catholic who has been Baptized and received First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Practicing the Catholic faith, including REGULAR ATTENDANCE at Sunday Mass (except in case of illness or other just cause),
If married, married in the Catholic Church (Code of Canon Law c. (874).
For persons not in the parish a note from the pastor of church to which the Godparent attends  indicating that he or she is in good standing with the Catholic faith is required.

A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic Church may not be godparent, but can be a witness to the baptism, together with the Catholic sponsor.

Call the rectory at (718) 574-5772 for further questions or any help we can give you.



Along with the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion is one of our three sacraments of initiation. It is through these sacraments of initiation that we become full members of the Church. We receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time during the First Holy Communion. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity that are truly present in the consecrated host and wine (now called the Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar. For us as Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass.

First Holy Communion is considered one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Roman Catholic person’s life. It is the first time that a person receives the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, which is the eating of consecrated bread and drinking of consecrated wine. Most Catholic children receive their First Holy Communion when they are 7 or 8 years old as this is considered the age of reason.

Older people can receive communion for the first time when they have met all of the Catholic Church’s requirements. If you are an adult, 18 years or older, who is seeking more information on how to become a member of the Catholic Church, or if you are a baptized Catholic and have never received First Holy Communion, please refer to The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for further information.

If your child is approaching second grade, or a little older; we want to assist you in raising your child in the faith. Below are some of the frequently asked questions to help you understand the process of having your child receive First Holy Communion. If you have any further questions, contact Michelle Joseph, director of faith formation (718) 574-5772 or mjoseph@smdpp.org


Our Confirmation Preparatory Program is modeled after the Diocese of Brooklyn's Guidelines for Confirmation, in which the use of doctrine, spiritual formation, works of charity, and liturgical observances are integrated into a comprehensive, year-long process. 

Through prayers, retreats, classes, small group discussions, service projects, and working with an adult spiritual mentor (or 'Sponsor'), young people will be able to recognize & understand the presence of God's Holy Spirit within themselves as well as His people.  Equally as important, they will be able to identify themselves as active members of the Catholic Christian Community.

As a primary requirement, Confirmation Candidates must be in their 9th year of school to begin the preparation process.  The earliest candidates can be confirmed in the Spirit is the spring semester of that year.  Our program is open to all High School youth.

For more information about this and other Youth Ministry Programs, please contact the Tamika Daniel, director of youth ministry (718)574-5772 or tdaniel@smdpp.org

 


Arrangements must be made seven (7) months prior to the wedding date.

Call the rectory at (718) 574-5772 for further questions or any help we can give you.


The Catholic Church does not reserve the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick just for the dying but also for those who are chronically ill or about to undergo surgery. Please call the rectory at (718) 574-5772 to make arrangements.


Vocations

Everyone who is baptized into Christ received the call to be a witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some respond by being parents, by taking up various professions, others respond by dedicating their lives in the service of the Lord through the priesthood, the diaconate or as a member of a religious community. Those interested in discerning a vocation to the priesthood, diaconate, or a religious community, should contact Fr. Alonzo Cox, our pastor.