Get Involved in Your Faith

If you would like information on the sacraments at Most Holy Trinity – St. Mary, you may call the rectory at (718) 384-0215 or submit an email inquiry, and you will be contacted by a member of the parish staff. Thank you for your interest.

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.

Baptism
Baptisms for babies and very young children normally take place during the last weekend of every month. Parents must register for the baptism before the first Sunday of the month in which the child is to be baptized. Please contact the parish office in order to make an appointment to register.

The parents of the child, ideally registered members of our parish, must be practicing Catholics. Godparents must bring a letter from their parish stating that they too are practicing Catholics and are qualified to serve in this important role.

Parents and Godparents must attend one class before baptism. This class is held on the second Saturday of the month.

School aged children who wish to be baptized must be enrolled in the parish’s Religious Education program.

Adults who wish to be baptized must enroll in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.). This is a process that usually begins in the month of September and culminates at the Great Easter Vigil with Baptism, reception of the Eucharist and Confirmation. Those participating in the R.C.I.A. are guided and gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic way of life. Please consult the Religious Education Office for more information.

Reconciliation/ Confession
The Church teaches us that we must go to confession “at least once a year.” This is known as “the Easter duty” because it is traditionally done sometime after the beginning of Lent and before the end of the Easter season. This is especially relevant for those who have committed “serious sins.” It is spiritually beneficial to go to confession on a more regular and frequent basis. We have confessions at Most Holy Trinity — St. Mary every Saturday, or anytime by appointment. Come and be reconciled to God and the community!

Saturdays
4:00-5:00 P.M. English, Spanish and Polish

Eucharist
The Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation is a 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.

Holy Matrimony
Diocesan rules dictate that a newly engaged couple planning to be married must contact their parish at least six months in advance, and before a date is set. In order to do this, the couple must contact the parish office in order to make an appointment with one of the priests.

The schedule of stipends, times and dates available, and other pertinent information will be discussed during the couple’s first appointment with the priest.

Holy Orders
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, also known as Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness. Through this sacrament, the Church comforts and supports the person who is suffering and continues the healing ministry of Christ. For those who are about to die, the Church, in addition to the Anointing of the Sick, offers the Eucharist as viaticum – food for the journey home.

Parishioners are asked to call the parish office when a family member is seriously ill and in need of Anointing. The parish occasionally offers this Sacrament during special Masses.

Our parish religious education program (also known as “C.C.D.”) serves many children and adults.  Below is a brief overview of the program for children and an introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

Religious Education Classes are available for children six years old and/or in grade one, through high school.

Religious education classes for children usually gather each Sunday from 10:30 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. in St. Mary’s Hall unless otherwise noted; the children are expected to attend either the 9:30 AM or the 12:30 PM Mass with their instructors.

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.)is for those who are not Roman Catholic and who now seek entrance into the Catholic Church; it is also for baptized Catholics who have not been raised in the faith or for those who simply wish to learn more about their faith. See further explanation to the right.

Adult Faith Formation Programs (such as Bible studies, etc.) are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about their faith.