Sacraments

If you would like information on the sacraments at Holy Family, you may call the rectory at (718) 257-4423 or submit an email inquiry, and you will be contacted by a member of the parish staff. Thank you for your interest. Learn more about the Seven Sacraments.

Baptism
Contact the Rectory for information.

Eucharist (Holy Communion)
To prepare for the Sacrament of first Eucharist, a minimum of two years is required. Parents are asked to enroll their children in the program at the beginning of grade one so that they will be ready to receive first Eucharist at the end of their second grade. The Sacrament of First Eucharist is administered around the month of May each year.

Penance
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (first Penance) is usually celebrated for students in grade two who are preparing for first Eucharist. However, some older students who are baptized and are preparing for first Eucharist also form part of this group. Sacrament of First Penance takes place in the winter of each year.The exact date is announced at the beginning of each session.

Confirmation, Youth
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation takes a minimum of two years for students in junior high school. Apart from the formal religious instructions in the classroom, students also partake in service projects (home, school, and community).Finally, students make a retreat, which is a time away from the daily routine and a chance to reflect on their lives.

Confirmation, Adult
This is a program for those that have received the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist, but have not been confirmed. The program takes a minimum of one year to be completed. The minimum age requirement is eighteen.

Marriage
Serious preparation is needed for the Sacrament of Marriage. We invite those who are planning a Marriage to call the parish office at least six months before to make arrangements. You may also speak directly to the Priest you would like to celebrate your marriage. For the Marriage Preparation Program please visit Diocese of Brooklyn’s Pre-Cana webpage.

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
This sacrament is available for any baptized Catholic who is seriously ill or suffering the effects of advanced age. Please call the rectory to make an appointment for a priest to come to the home, or call anytime for a sudden illness. If serious surgery is scheduled, call to arrange for the anointing before you enter the hospital. A communal celebration of this sacrament is celebrated annually.