Baptism Preparation Classes for families planning to have their child baptized at Immaculate Heart of Mary will take place on the first Saturday of every month at 11:00 a.m. in the Marian Center (Rectory). 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 usually celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism at Sunday Mass. Contact the rectory for the schedule 718.871.1310 x10. You must be preregistered and attend the Baptism Preparation Class held first Saturday of the month.
Baptism of Children
(Children who have celebrated their 8th Birthday and older.)
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 the rectory. 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.
Penance, Eucharist, and Confirmation
All families registered in our parish who anticipate their children will receive Penance & First Eucharist (Communion) in the spring of 2020 or Confirmation in the fall of 2019 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.
Communion Proximate Preparation Sessions take place on Sunday Mornings
in Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway)
Reminder— Completed Folders were Due June 1st
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.
Learn more about the Seven Sacraments offered by the Holy Catholic Church.