Get Involved in Your Faith

If you would like information on the sacraments at Our Lady of the Presentation – Our Lady of Mercy, you may call our respective offices at (718) 259-4636 for Presentation and 718 346-3166 for Mercy or submit an email inquiry, and you will be contacted by a member of the parish staff. Thank you for your interest.

R.C.I.A.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, is a program for adults (18 and older) who are interested in preparing for to receive Baptism, First Communion, or Confirmation. Please call the parish office for more information.

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 Gods saving presence. If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully.

Baptism 
Parents planning to have a child baptized must first call the Rectory during office hours to schedule an appointment for the Baptismal intake. This must take place 1 month prior to Baptism. Baptisms are celebrated on the 3rd Saturday at both parishes OLP at 11:00 a.m. and OLM at 2:00 p.m. No baptisms are scheduled during lent. Please note that language for the baptisms alternates each month. Instruction Class is required of Parents & Godparents and will be scheduled during intake which is to take place at least one month prior to the baptism. French is by appointment only.

Eucharist
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. First Eucharist classes are offered to children of all ages, 1st grade through High School. Two years of classes are required. Classes begin in September, registration is ongoing. Classes take place at both Our Lady of Presentation on Saturday morning, and Our Lady of Mercy on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

Reconciliation
Confessions are by appointment only. Please call the office to schedule one with our priest.

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. The preparation time is a two year program of study available to all high school students.

Marriage
The Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values. Anyone interested in getting married or having their civil marriage convalidated (blessed by the church) is encouraged to call the parish office for an appointment at least six months prior to the desired wedding date.

Holy Orders
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, also known as Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness. Through this sacrament, the Church comforts and supports the person who is suffering and continues the healing ministry of Christ. For those who are about to die, the Church, in addition to the Anointing of the Sick, offers the Eucharist as viaticum – food for the journey home.