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Baptism at O.L.F. Catholic Church
Baptismal Preparation

Holy Baptism Is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments . .Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission ... " (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213)


Because of original sin, we are born without grace in our souls, so there is no way for us to have fellowship with God. Jesus became man to bring us into union with his Father. He said no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is first born of "water and the Spirit" (John 3:5) - this refers to baptism. Through baptism we are born again, but this time on a spiritual level instead of a physical level. We are washed in the bath of rebirth (Titus 3:5).


Parents and godparents whose children are to be baptized must attend a Baptismal class (Once a Month on WEDNESDAY at 8:00pm) to reflect on the responsibilities they undertake when baptizing their children. Please contact our Church Office for more information.


Baptism Guidelines

We welcome you as family of O.L.F Catholic Church. Baptism is a Sacrament of Initiation and should be celebrated in the parish where the parents of the child worship.

Baptism is a communal celebration. The child is being joined to our parish community, the Body of Christ. Our community pledges to assist your child along his/her journey of Christian Faith.


Baptisms are celebrated at 2:30 p.m., SUNDAY.

Baptism Donation: 50.00 dollars


To register a baby for Baptism at OLF please provide the following:

  • Proof that parents are active parishioners at OLF.
  • Birth certificate of the child.
  • Sponsor certificates for godparents stating they are practicing Catholics, are at least 18 years of age, and at least one of them has been fully confirmed into the church and practice their faith.
  • Love donation ($50.00) when reserving date.
  • If one parent belongs to another religion or will be absent at the baptism, a notarized letter giving OLF the authority to baptize the child.
  • Parents and Godparents must attend catechesis on the Sacrament of Baptism.


Thank You. God Bless your Family.


To request a copy of a Baptismal Certificate for any Baptism celebrated at OLF Catholic Church, please contact the Parish Office, (973)764-4457 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Guidelines For The Reception Of Communion

 

On November 14, 1996, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the following guidelines on the reception of Communion. These guidelines replace the guidelines approved by the Administrative Committee of the NCCB in November 1986. The guidelines, which are to be included in missalettes and other participation aids published in the United States, seek to remind all those who may attend Catholic liturgies of the present discipline of the Church with regard to the sharing of Eucharistic Communion.

FOR CATHOLICS

As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.

FOR OUR FELLOW CHRISTIANS

We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ's prayer for us "that they may all be one" (Jn 17:21).

Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 §4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of Communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 §3).

FOR THOSE NOT RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION

All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.

FOR NON-CHRISTIANS

We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family.

 

© 1996, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

 

Guidelines for Receiving Holy Communion

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

Welcome to the O.L.F. confirmation program. According to the teachings of the Church:

"Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self -mastery -the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the 'material and instinctual dimension s to interior and spiritual ones.' mParents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to
their children, parents will be better able ta guide and correct them. " (CCC 2223)

"Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child's earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another ta grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, naccompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith . Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and
to discover their vacation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents. "(CCC 2226)

The Sacrament of Confirmation Preparation at O.L.F is about two years and usually starts in 7th grade with the receiving of the sacrament in 9th grade. (We also have programs for adults)

 
Definition

A sacrament in which the Holy Spirit is given to those already baptized in order to
make them strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ.
The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of
baptismal grace ... "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." (CCC No. 1285, LG No. 11)

Effects

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." CCC 1285

It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is
the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day
of Pentecost. CCC  1302

From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:

- It roots us more deeply in the divine .filiation which makes us cry, "Abba!
Father!";
- It unites us more firmly to Christ;
- It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
- It renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
- It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by
word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly,
and never to be ashamed of the Cross. CCC 1302

Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too
imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the "character," which is the sign
that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him
with power from on high so that he may be his witness. CCC 1303

Biblical References

John 20:22 - And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
"Receive the Holy Spirit."

Acts 2:17 - I will pour out a portion of my spirit upon all flesh.

2 Cor 1:21-22 - But the one who gives us security with you in Christ and who
anointed us is God; he has also put his seal upon us and given the Spirit in our
hearts as a first installment.

The Essential Rite

In the case of confirmation, Christ bestowed upon the Apostles the power of
giving the Holy Ghost, but He did not specify the ceremony by which this gift
should be conferred; the Apostles and the Church, acting under Divine guidance,
fixed upon the imposition of hands, the anointing, and the appropriate words.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the anointing with Chrism on
the forehead, which is done by the laying on of hands, and through the words, "Be
sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit."

Those to be Confirmed

To receive confirmation licitly outside the danger of death requires that a person
who has the use of reason be suitably instructed, properly disposed , and able to
renew the baptismal promises. Can. 889 §2

The sacrament of confirmation is to be conferred on the faithful at about the age of
discretion unless the conference of bishops has determined another age, or there is
danger of death, or in the judgment of the minister a grave cause suggests
otherwise . Can. 891

Marriage

Catholics who have not yet received the sacrament of confirmation are to receive it
before they are admitted to marriage if it can be done without grave
inconvenience. Can. 1065 § 1.

Baptism

To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must:
3 o be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy
sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the
function to be taken on. Can. 874 § 1.

 

Catholic Funeral Rites 

 

One of the most beautiful ministries that we have at our parish is the ministry that takes place when one of our members goes home to the Lord. So many people who take part in Funeral Masses here at Our Lady of Fatima comment on the beauty of the music and the careful preparation of the Mass. Our music and solemnity, helps to give expression to our faith in eternal life as well as the human grief that is always a part of loss. The death of one whom we love is always a solemn moment that deserves to be marked with the celebration of the most sacred rites of the Church. The way that we treat the end of human life says something about the value we attach to all human life. It seems that upon the death of loved ones, many now ask for services at funeral homes instead of having a Funeral Mass celebrated in church; I know that making those kinds of decisions are difficult and personal to each family. We try to accommodate those who ask for services at the funeral home. However, such services really do not express the fullness of our Catholic Funeral Rites. As the Eucharist is the very center of our lives, the celebration of the Mass for those who have died is an important aspect of our celebration of rites to commend the souls of the faithful departed to Almighty God. According to the Order of Christian Funerals:

At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in funeral rites with the comforting word of God and the sacrament of the Eucharist (n. 4).

As the Church is the place where we come to celebrate the most important moments of our life on earth, all of which are centered around the Lord, so too do we come to our parish church to commend the departed to the loving care of the Good Shepherd.

When Funeral Rites are celebrated at the Funeral Home, it is always important to schedule a Memorial Mass for the deceased in the church and to have Masses celebrated for those whom we love. The Mass is the most powerful means that we have to pray for those souls who are in need of our prayers. According to the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World of Vatican II:

Our union with the Church in heaven is put into effect in its noblest manner especially in the sacred Liturgy, wherein the power of the Holy Spirit acts upon us through sacramental signs. Then, with combined rejoicing we celebrate together the praise of the divine majesty; then all those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ and gathered together into one Church, with one song of praise magnify the one and triune God. Celebrating the Eucharistic sacrifice therefore, we are most closely united to the Church in heaven in communion with and venerating the memory  first of all of the glorious ever-Virgin Mary, of Blessed Joseph and the blessed apostles and martyrs and of all the saints (Gaudium et spes, 50),

The liturgy celebrated here on earth reminds us that we are participating in a foreshadowing of the heavenly liturgy and remain united to all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.

 

Download the Funeral Handbook here