THE SACRAMENTS AT ST. LAWRENCE
The Sacraments of Christian Initiation
Through the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist
and Confirmation), we are brought into the community of believers—are
freed from sin, reborn as members of the Body of Christ and invited to
share in Jesus’ mission of bringing God’s compassion to the world.
Adult Baptism – The RCIA [Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults] is a process for adults who are preparing to
become members of the Catholic Church.
At the Easter Vigil Service each year, those who are ready
receive the Sacraments of Initiation.
The process usually takes a year, but may be extended according
to the needs of each person.
St. Lawrence also has an RCIA
process adapted for teenagers, as well as for children of school age.
They receive the Sacraments at Easter along with the adults.
information, call the Parish Office at 589-0042 or
Infant Baptism is celebrated on designated Sundays
throughout the year, with the exception of the season of Lent.
Parents presenting children for baptism attend an “Evening for
Parents” in preparation for the sacrament. Arrangements for this
preparation and celebration are made through the Liturgy Office.
For more information call Liturgy Office at 589-8934 or
Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life”.
It was instituted by Christ at the Last Supper and is central
to the living of our faith. The Eucharist is thanksgiving and praise to the Father, the
sacrificial memorial of Christ’s sacrifice and the presence of
Christ by the power of his Word and of his Spirit.
First Eucharist (also called First Communion) is usually celebrated by
children in the second grade. The
preparation for Eucharist is a two year program. In the first year (usually first grade) the children are
taught at home by their parents who attend several parent meetings and
prayer services to support their efforts.
In the second year children attend weekly catechetical sessions
and children along with parents gather several times during the year
For more information call the
Office of Faith Formation
at 589-3160 or
Anointing of Confirmation links us to Christ -
THE Anointed One.
Confirmation strengthens us for taking our place in the world as
disciples of the Lord Jesus, witnessing in our lives to the mercy and
compassion of God.
normally received by those
in the eighth grade. The
preparation for Confirmation, like First Eucharist, is a two year
program, usually conducted for those in the seventh and eighth grade.
The preparation includes instruction, community service and a
preparatory retreat and evenings of prayer for students, parents and
For more information, call the Office of Faith Formation at 589-3160
Adult Confirmation takes place each year on the Feast
of Pentecost, which is usually in May or June. There is a preparation for
the Sacrament which takes place during the Lenten and Easter
For more information, call Fr. Tom Pers at 589-0042 x17
The Sacraments of Healing
Sacraments of Healing-Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick-
are for the purpose of offering us the assurance of
God’s mercy and faithful love in our experience of struggle with our
sinfulness and with the struggles that are part of our experience of
illness and human frailty.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
(Penance or Confession) is celebrated each Saturday from 3:45 to
4:45 p.m. in the church. Additional opportunities to celebrate the
sacrament are offered during the year, especially in the penitential
seasons of Advent and Lent. Individual confession may also be
arranged by calling the Parish Office at 589-0042, ext.10
and making an appointment with one of the priests.
is celebrated in the second grade (shortly before the time of First
Communion). Information on the sacrament is given to parents and
children in the course of the preparation for First Communion.
Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is intended to strengthen those
who are being tried by illness. It
is not a sacrament only for those who are at the point of death.
People may receive the sacrament more than once.
It is a liturgical and communal celebration, regardless of the
setting, and is often preceded by the sacrament of Penance and followed
by the sacrament of the Eucharist.
The Anointing of the Sick can be received by persons who are:
with a chronic condition or disability
medical treatment such as chemotherapy or dialysis, etc.
over 65 may be anointed annually
Anointing of the Sick
is celebrated communally at St Lawrence
immediately following the
9:00am Mass on the first
Saturdays of December, February, April and
The Sacraments of Service to Others
The Sacrament of Marriage
is the sacrament by which a man and woman form with each other an
intimate communion of life and love.
It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with
which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus
perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their unity, and
sanctifies them on the way to eternal life.
The Sacrament of Marriage requires arrangements to be
made with the church at least six months in advance of the celebration.
In order to correctly select St. Lawrence as the site of the
wedding, it is necessary for either the bride or the groom to have a
home in the parish. Couples
who marry in St. Lawrence are required to attend Pre Cana sessions or
Engaged Encounter. Arrangements
for marriage can be made by calling the Parish Office at 589-0042
Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by
Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church.
Those who receive Holy Orders are consecrated in Christ’s name “to feed the
Church by the word and grace of God.”
Men interested in learning more about the priesthood can contact
Vocation Office at the Diocese of Rockville Centre at 516-678-5800 or
Vocation Office Website
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