Sacraments of the Church
Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism is the welcoming of a person into union with Christ through the Holy Spirit and being joined with the faith community of the Catholic Church. It is a permanent sign of God’s love and the gift of faith in the life of the one baptized.
The Sacrament of Baptism is administered once a month on the 2nd Sunday of the month. Parents who are members of the parish should call and arrange for the Baptism and must participate in the program of preparation. It is recommended that you make arrangements for the Baptism during the pregnancy and not wait until the child is born.
Godparents (Sponsors) for Baptism
In choosing a Godparent (Sponsor) please keep in mind that the church has certain requirements for sponsors for the Sacrament of Baptism. They must be a practicing Catholic, at least 16 years of age, and have received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation). There are two Godparents for the child a Godfather and a Godmother. Godparents must obtain a certificate of sponsorship from their parish
The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist:
The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist is the solemn reception of the body and blood of Christ given for our salvation. The Sacrament of the Eucharist is administered every time the mass is celebrated. For mass schedule please click here.
First Holy Communion Preparation is a two year process beginning in first grade for children. Enrollment in the program can be done by contacting Matthew DeCaux 201-664-1679
For adults please contact the Pastoral Associate Sr. Miriam 201-664-9130.
The Sacrament of Confirmation:
The Sacrament of Confirmation is administered to young adults who are sealed with the Holy Spirit, and become adult members of the Catholic faith community. A two year preparatory program beginning in the 8th grade is required. For further information contact Matthew DeCaux 201–664-1679
For adults the Sacrament is administered through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.). For further information contact the Pastoral Associate Sr. Miriam 201-664-9130
The Sacrament of Reconciliation-Penance:
The Sacrament of Reconciliation celebrates the forgiveness of Christ and restores us to fuller union with him and in the life of the Church. The Sacrament is celebrated every Saturday from 4:00 to 4:30 pm in the Church. You may make an appointment with one of our priests for more convenient times. Inter-parochial celebrations take place in Advent and Lent. Refer to our bulletin for scheduled times and place.
The Sacrament of Marriage:
Marriage is a sacrament in which a baptized man and a baptized woman are joined together in a sacred bond of love and fidelity which they pledge to one another. This pledge is witnessed and blessed by the priest or deacon of the church. The Sacrament of Marriage is a symbol of Christ’s love for his people and the eternal covenant of God with human beings.
The Bishops of New Jersey have directed that all preparations for the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage are to start one year prior to the date of the marriage. Engaged couples, themselves, are to make the arrangements for their marriage with one of our priests. The Sacrament of Marriage takes place within the church building.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders:
Holy Orders is the sacrament of apostolic ministry entrusted by Christ to his apostles to be exercised in the Church until the end of time. It is expressed by three specific ministries: the Eucharistic ministry, administering the sacraments and preaching. Holy Orders include the ordination of Bishops, Priests and Deacons. There are two orders of deacons Permanent Lay Deacons and Transitional Deacons. Transitional Deacons are those who are preparing for Priesthood.
Any man interested in a priestly or diaconal vocation should speak with one of our priests.
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick:
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has its origin in the healing ministry of Jesus and in Sacred Scripture where Saint James declares: “Summon the priest to pray over the sick one and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord…” The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is for those who are sick, for those in advanced age and those who are about to undergo serious medical procedures. It is the Sacrament of healing in the church. Call the Rectory to arrange for a priest to visit the home. Family members are urged not to wait until a person is critical before calling for the Sacrament. If a person is rushed to a hospital there are chaplains assigned to the hospital to provide the Sacrament of the Sick in the hospital. In case of emergency, call the rectory at anytime 201-664- 6624
Once a year our parish celebrates a Mass of Healing which includes the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
Note: Due to the Health Insurance Portability & Privacy Act (know as HIPPA) it is important that the family notify the rectory of hospitalized family member.