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Sacraments

Dear friends, we invite you to register and become a part of our parish community by calling the Parish Office and making an appointment with the Pastor. Every family in the parish is required to be registered in our parish. If you are not registered we are unable to serve you by issuing testimonial letters in connection with sponsorship for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Matrimony. We cannot give recommendations for Catholic schools or character references. The regular use of envelopes is the present system of supporting our parish. We ask you to use them.

Record of your contribution for the year can be available to you for Income Tax purposes, upon request. Every working member of Sacred Heart Parish is expected to contribute to the support of our church. Please register when you move into the parish and notify us also when leaving or changing address as soon as possible.

Baptism

“After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased” — Luke 3:21-22

The requirements that must be met before the sacrament of Baptism can be administered.

  • Birth Certificate must be provided for the baby as well as the other paperwork required.
  • Arrangements should be made at least one month prior to the Baptism, preferably during the pregnancy.
  • Parents must be registered and practicing members of our parish for a minimum of three months.
  • Parents are required to attend a Baptismal Class prior to making an appointment with the Pastor. Please call the rectory office to make arrangements for the class.
  • Godparents: Ideally, both sponsors should be practicing Catholics. If it is not possible to find two practicing Catholics, one sponsor can be non-Catholic as long as they practice a Christian religion. (The other must be Catholic.) Keep in mind that the non-Catholic would not be a godparent to the child, but a witness to the Baptism. You must obtain a letter from the godparent’s parish called a "Certificate of Eligibility" stating that they are able to be a Godparent.
  • After attending Baptism Basics and obtaining the "Certificates of Eligibility" for the godparents, the parents must call the parish office (908-231-1330) and make an appointment with the Pastor.
    The Pastor is the only person able to schedule a Baptism. Baptisms cannot be scheduled until the meeting with the Pastor takes place.
  • Baptisms usually take place on Sundays after 10:30AM Mass.
  • There will be no Baptisms performed during Lent, on Easter Sunday or on Christmas Day.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the parish office at the above number. May God bless you and your family and continue to keep you in His care.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
“[Jesus] said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” — John 20: 21-23

Saturday 3:30—4:15 PM or by appointment
First Communion
“Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.’ And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.’” — Luke 22: 19-20

The First Communion usually is celebrated on May, for children who have completed the first 2 years of the Religious Education Program.
Confirmation
“The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name — he will teach you everything and remind you of all that [I] told you.” — John 14:26

The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred on young adults following completion of 8th grade Religious Education.
Matrimony
“But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” — Mark 10:6-9.

The Common Policy for the Diocese of New Jersey requires a period of preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage, which includes sessions with the parish priest or deacon and participation in either the Pre-Cana Conference or the Engaged Encounter Weekend. Therefore, arrangements with the Parish Office should be made up to one year in advance, and before any social plans are finalized.
Anointing of the Sick
“Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven”
— James 5:14-15

The person who is seriously ill needs the special help of God’s grace in this time of anxiety, lest he be broken in spirit and subject to temptations and the weakening of faith.

Christ strengthens the faithful who are afflicted by illness with the sacrament of anointing, providing them with the strongest means of support.

The celebration of this sacrament consists especially in the laying on of hands by the priest, their offering the prayer of faith, and the anointing of the sick with oil made holy by God’s blessing. This rite signifies the grace of the sacrament and confers it.

This sacrament provides the sick person with the grace of the Holy Spirit by which the whole man is brought to health, trust in God is encouraged, and strength is given to resist the temptations of the Evil One and anxiety about death. Thus the sick person is able not only to bear his suffering bravely, but also to fight against it. A return to physical health may even follow the reception of this sacrament if it will be beneficial to the sick person’s salvation. If necessary, the sacrament also provides the sick person with the forgiveness of sins and the completion of Christian penance.

Arrangements for pastoral visitation and Holy Communion to the sick and infirm at home particularly on the First Friday of the month can be made by contacting the Parish Office.

Catholic Chaplains are assigned by the Diocese of Metuchen for patients in our area hospitals. If you would like a visit from our parish clergy, please contact the Parish Office. Please note that if you or your loved one is hospitalized, a family member must call the Rectory Office because the hospital will no longer do so.

Emergency sick calls are made at any time.
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