What are the Sacraments
The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. the visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1131)
The Sacrament of Baptism
In order to schedule your child’s Baptism, parents and Godparents must have attended a Baptism Workshop class within the last three years. Workshops are held on the second Wednesday of the month except for July and December. Please contact Kathy Post at 732-291-0272, ext. 117 for more information.
The Sacrament of Penance
Confessions are held on Saturdays throughout the year, with the exception of Holy Saturday, from 4:00 pmat Saint Agnes and OLPH at 3pm. They are also held by appointment with a priest (call parish office at 732.291.0272).
The Sacrament of First Eucharist
In the organic whole, the Eucharist occupies a unique place as the “Sacrament of Sacraments”: all other sacraments are ordered to it as to their end. The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life”. The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ Himself.
The reception of First Eucharist follows adequate Catechetical instruction, usually in the second grade level. Children first receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, generally during the Penitential Season of Lent. Every Catholic is encouraged to receive communion weekly at Sunday Mass and they are urged to make a frequent good confession, especially if in a state of Mortal Sin. It is fitting that First Eucharist be received during the Easter Season. Due to the large number of children receiving, each child will be assigned a particular date by the Office of Religious Education. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Once in First Grade, all children should be enrolled in Religious Education classes. First Holy Communion is usually received in Second Grade, after two years of preparation in Religious Education classes. For more information, or to register your child for classes, please call the Office of Religious Education at 732-291.2035. For information relating directly to First Holy Communion, Please contact Mr. Kevin Connelly in the Office of Religious Education at 732-291.0272.
The Sacrament of Confirmation
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian Initiation”, whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses, of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”
Please contact Mr. Kevin Connelly in the Office of Religious Education at 732-291.0272.
In the Diocese of Trenton, a full year’s preparation is required before the Sacrament of Marriage can be received. Couples must meet with a priest or deacon, complete a Pre-Cana Program, and furnish certain paperwork. Please call the Parish Office as soon as you are engaged so that we can begin to prepare for your wedding and help make it the blessed, special day that it should be.
Sacrament of the Sick
By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. The reception of this sacrament is available to any Catholic who finds themselves in grave physical, spiritual or mental state of illness. Arrangements should be made through the parish office for those who are homebound. If after hours, or on weekends, and the person is in imminent danger of death, leave a message. The phone is checked periodically throughout the day. If you are having surgery you may ask a priest to anoint you before the surgery. Call the office to schedule an appointment. Please do not arrange for someone else to be anointed unless you are immediately related to the person in need and know they desire to receive the sacrament. This avoids embarrassing the priest and the ill person avoiding an otherwise awkward situation. Please note: It is best not to wait until the very last moment to call for a priest. There are situations when no priest is available and might be several hours away from responding.
The Sacrament of the Sick is available to people who are suffering from chronic or terminal illness, going for surgery, or nearing the end of their lives. Arrangements can be made by calling the Parish Office at 732-291.0272. If you call after office hours, please wait for the emergency line. We periodically offer a Mass of Healing where the Sacrament is offered, so check the bulletin for a future Mass.
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to His apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate. This Sacrament has three degrees within it: Diaconate (Permanent and Transitional), Priests and Bishops. Those who feel called to the Order of Deacon may contact the Pastor to discern the Call to this vital ministry in the Church. The permanent Diaconate is open to married or single men over the age of 35 who have gone through the Trenton Diocese Diaconate Classes (currently a 4 year program).
If you feel as though you may have a calling to the priesthood, please call the Parish Office to speak with Father Fernando to get more information about the Priesthood at 732.291.0272, ext 114