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 God’s saving presence. If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully.

For more information on any of the sacraments at St. Pius V Parish, please read below or feel free to speak with our priests before or after mass. You may also call the Rectory at 718 739-3731, or submit an email inquiry and a member of the parish staff will contact you. Thank you for your interest. Peace and blessings!

Baptism
Arrangements should be done at least one month before desired baptism date. Baptismal candidates birth certificate must be brought to the appointment regarding the baptism.
The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
1st Saturday, 1:30 p.m. English
2nd and 3rd Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Spanish
4th Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Portuguese

Baptism Preparation
Please contact us before attending any preparation meeting.

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. Adults who were previously baptized and received Holy Communion but never confirmed as children can prepare for this sacrament during the Easter season. The sacrament is celebrated on Pentecost Sunday. Please call the Religious Education Office during Lent to arrange for the preparation program.

Reconciliation
Anytime during office hours, please call before.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as the Sacrament of Penance, is where we find God’s unconditional forgiveness, and as a result we are called to forgive others. We are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Penance frequently throughout our lifetime so that we can benefit from the graces we obtain through reception of this sacrament.

Communion
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. Contact the Rectory for more information.

Special Masses
Quinceañera, Sweet 16’s and any other blessings during the mass must be arranged with the secretary.

Communion for Homebound
Anyone unable to attend mass because of illness may receive Holy communion at home regularly. Please call the rectory to make arrangements

Anointing of the Sick
Second Saturday of the month during the 8:00 a.m. (English)
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.

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.

Marriage
Arrangements must be made six months in advance of the wedding date. Pre-Cana Conferences are part of preparation. Please make arrangements with the pastor.