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 Gods saving presence. If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully.

For more information on any of the sacraments at Sacred Heart Parish, please read below or feel free to speak with our priests before or after mass. You may also call the rectory at 718.428.2200, or send us an email and a member of the parish staff will contact you. Thank you for your interest. Peace and blessings!

Baptism
Sacred Heart Parish offers the Rite of Baptism on designated Saturdays at 1:00pm. Please call to inquire and register. The parents of the baptismal candidates are required to attend one Baptismal Orientation meeting. Several volunteer married couples, who are parents, conduct the Orientation meeting. They also assist the celebrant in the Baptismal Rite.

Communion
First Communion is considered one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Roman Catholic’s life. It means that person has received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Most Catholic children receive their First Communion when they’re seven or eight years of age because this is considered the age of reason. Others can receive communion for the first time whenever they’ve met all the Church’s requirements.

Confirmation
Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of 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.

Matrimony
Arrangements at parish must be made six months prior to wedding. Contact Fr. Brosnan to register. For diocesan requirements log on to http://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
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can be received by anyone who is being admitted to the hospital for tests or surgery. Call 718 428-2200 to make an appointment or approach any priest after mass to administer the sacrament.
Our communal Anointing of the Sick is held on the Saturday before Palm Sunday.

RCIA
RCIA invites anyone who has never been baptized or baptized in another faith or who was baptized a Catholic but never received the sacraments of Confirmation or Holy Communion to join our group.