Sacraments

Baptism of Infants
(Children age 7 years and younger)

Baptism Preparation Classes
for families planning to have their child baptized at Immaculate Heart of Mary will take place the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Center. Parents must attend; sponsors are also encouraged to join us for the class.Families must be registered for the class prior to attending by contacting the Rectory.We will celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, May 22nd and June 12th. You must be per-registered and attend the Baptism Preparation Class held first Wednesday of the month.

Baptism of Children
(Children who have celebrated their Birthday and older.)

Children who have celebrated their 8th birthday must participate in a process-
The Rite of Christian Initiation (R.C.I.A.) adapted for Children.This process takes place over three to five years and includes your child attending Faith Formation Classes and Mass regularly. This is a faith journey for both you and your child. When there is an appropriate readiness, your child is baptized, confirmed and receives Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. Your child continues regular instruction in the Faith Formation Program for several years after their initiation. For more information contact S. Mary Ann.Only Parents or Legal Guardians may register a child for Baptism. No date is definite until you have completed all registration forms at the Rectory.

Proximate Preparation
Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation

All families registered in our parish who anticipate their children will receive Penance & First Eucharist (Communion) in the spring of 2016 or Confirmation in the fall of 2016 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church must attend our Proximate Preparation Program. This would include children of our parish currently registered in Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy, other Catholic or Private Schools and/or our Children’s Faith Formation Program.

Children who worship in other parishes who will be attending Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy and wish to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Immaculate Heart of Mary will need a letter from their pastor granting them permission to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

In addition, children of our parish who attend other private or Catholic Schools are encouraged to ‘come home’ to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Proximate Preparation is for parents and children to attend together.
As always, it is the expectation that all are attending mass regularly. Remember these are the Sacraments of Initiation, initiation into the worshiping community. For further information or clarification, please contact S. Mary Ann. To assist us in planning, please call to register if you are not attending our Children’s Faith Formation Program.

All Proximate Preparation Sessions take place
in the School (3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway)
Confirmation Proximate Preparation
Saturday, May 21st at 3:30 p.m. Followed by 5:00 p.m. Mass
Reminder— Completed Folders Due June 10th

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

The R.C.I.A. is designed for adults who have never been baptized, perhaps been
baptized in another faith, or baptized Catholic but never received Eucharist and Confirmation. This is an opportunity to explore life in the Catholic Community, have a companion on your faith journey, prepare for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, and/ or Eucharist, and Confirmation).

What can you do to help someone who seeks to be part of the Catholic Church? Accompany them to Mass; encourage them on the journey; introduce them to other parishioners.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the RCIA call: S. Mary Ann at: (718)-871-1310 Ext 15

Learn more about the Seven Sacraments offered by the Holy Catholic Church.