Sacraments

 

BapTISm:

We are always delighted to share in this special celebration with families here at St. Francis!

 

For children under 7 years old:

Baptisms take place on the 3rd Sunday of the month in English and on the 2nd Sunday of the month in Spanish. 

We require parents to begin this process 3 months in advance in order to complete all preparation and paperwork. Classes are a mandatory requirement for first-time parents.

For more information, please contact Sally Zeuner by calling the Parish Center at 201-641-6464 or emailing szeuner@stfrancisrp.org.

For children over 7 years old:

Baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil. Children must be enrolled in Faith Formation classes. To learn more, you can visit our Faith Formation School page or contact Celeste Farrell by calling the Parish Center at 201-641-6464 or emailing cfarrell@stfrancisrp.org.

For adults:

Baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil. Adults must be enrolled in RCIA classes. To learn more, you can click here or contact Celeste Farrell by calling the Parish Center at 201-641-6464 or emailing cfarrell@stfrancisrp.org.

 

RECONCILIATION:

Priests are available, by appointment, during the week to hear individual confessions. Please call the Parish Center at 201-641-6464 and ask to speak to a specific priest to schedule a time for confession.

We also have two Parish Penance Services throughout the year: one during Advent and one during Lent.

 

Holy Eucharist (First Communion):

Parents interested in having their children receive the sacrament of Holy Eucharist must enroll them in Faith Formation classes. Classes start at the end of September and finish in May. Registration for the upcoming school year begins on July 1st. The Archdiocese requires 2 years of preparation for the sacrament.

For more information, you can visit our Faith Formation School page or contact Celeste Farrell by calling the Parish Center at 201-641-6464 or emailing cfarrell@stfrancisrp.org.

 

Confirmation:

For children/teenagers:

Our students receive Confirmation in the fall of their 10th grade year. They begin preparing for Confirmation in the 8th grade. Students should continue in Faith Formation classes from the time they receive the sacrament of Holy Eucharist until Confirmation. If you have missed any number of years of instruction, remedial classes are offered to get everyone caught up. To learn more, you can contact either Stephanie Canal (Confirmation Coordinator) or Celeste Farrell (Director of Religious Education) at 201-641-6464. You can also email scanal@stfrancisrp.org or cfarrell@stfrancisrp.org.

For adults:

Adults are confirmed either on the Easter Vigil or Easter Sunday. For more information, you can click here or contact Celeste Farrell by calling the Parish Center at 201-641-6464 or emailing cfarrell@stfrancisrp.org.

 

MATRIMONY:

First off, let us begin by saying, "Congratulations!" We are happy to assist you as you embark upon this journey and receive the beautiful sacrament of Matrimony. Couples contemplating marriage should make arrangements with one of the priests at least one year in advance. We want to make sure to secure your date on the parish calendar. You can request a particular priest for your wedding, or, if you do not have a specific request, any one of our priests will be happy to help you! You can make an appointment by calling the Parish Center at 201-641-6464.

 

RCIA:

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process for adults to be brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the 3 Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation. 

RCIA is for:

  • Adults who are not baptized

  • Adults who are baptized in non-Catholic Christian faith but are interested in becoming Catholics

  • Adults who are baptized Catholic but need to receive sacraments of Holy Eucharist and/or Confirmation

 

RCIA classes begin in September and continue until you receive the sacraments on Easter weekend. Candidates attend 9:30am Mass every Sunday, along with their catechists (teachers), Mike & Marge Slattery. Class then takes place in the Parish Center from 10:30am-11:45am. 

 

If you desire to fully embrace the Catholic faith, please contact Celeste Farrell by calling 201-641-6464 or emailing cfarrell@stfrancisrp.org.