Sacraments

Welcome to our parish community!

New Parishioners: Please register at the Pastoral Center. Ordinarily, new Parishioners should live within the geographical boundaries established by the Diocese. Also, as a member of our Parish Community,  please use Parish envelopes. This is our means of identifying you as an active Parishioner. It is also important for testimonial letters regarding sponsorship for the Sacraments.

Baptisms
A Special relationship exists between GODPARENTS and the baptized. The Church calls GODPARENTS, as practicing Catholics, to be living examples of a Christ-centered life today . Sponsor letters for all Godparents should be submitted ASAP — but no later than  three weeks before the scheduled Baptism.

Baptisms are held at 1:30 p.m. on most Sundays. Registered parishioners may make arrangements by calling the Pastoral Center during the day. Godparents must be practicing Catholics and present a statement from their parish priest to this effect. One parents is required to attend one baptismal preparation conference.

Marriages
The Common Policy of the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey mandates that arrangements be made at least one year in advance – before any social plans are made. Either the prospective bride or groom must be a registered member of our parish. A marriage questionnaire, available in the Pastoral Center, must be completed and returned. A Parish Priest or Deacon will then contact the couple to meet with them.

Sacrament of Reconciliation/Penance  
Individual confessions are heard most Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and after the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  Communal Penance Services are held during Lent and Advent with a number of visiting clergy present to assist with individual confessions.

Anointing of the Sick
In case of dangerous illness or accident, phone the Pastoral Center at any time. A communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is held twice a year, in the spring and fall.

Communion for the Sick
Eucharistic Ministers bring Holy Communion to the homebound upon request. Information: phone the Pastoral Center.

Hospital Visits
Our parish clergy will visit parishioners confined to local hospitals when notified by the family. However, the administration of the Sacraments to the hospitalized is under the pastoral jurisdiction of the assigned hospital chaplains.

To Become a Catholic
If you or someone in your family is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, please call to arrange an appointment with a member of our staff. An adult, who wishes to become Catholic, normally enters a program called The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The RCIA is a year-round process with weekly sessions. It includes opportunities for inquiry, education in the tenets of the Catholic faith, faith-sharing by members of the parish community and fellowship, leading to the reception of the Sacrament of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.