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. To learn more, please read below or feel free to speak with our priests before or after mass.

If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully. If you would like more information on any of the sacraments at Sts. Peter and Paul and Epiphany, call the rectory at (718) 388-9576, or submit an email inquiry and you will be contacted by a member of the parish staff. Thank you for your interest. Peace and blessings!

StPeterStPaulBaptism/Bautismo
As of January 2017, the baptisms will be held the second Sunday of the month in bilingual. Parents should come to the Rectory to arrange for the baptism of the child. Please bring the child’s birth certificate to this meeting.

A partir de Enero del 2017, los bautismos se celebraran el segundo domingo del mes en bilingue. Los padres deben venir a la Rectoría para los arreglos para el bautismo del niño. Favor de traer el certificado de nacimiento del niño a esta reunión.

Confirmation/Confirmacion
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/Reconciliación
Saturdays following the 9:30 a.m. Mass at Epiphany, or by appointment

Sábados después de la Misa 9:30 a.m. en la Epifanía, o por cita.

Marriage/Matrimonio
Engaged couples should call the rectory for an appointment at least six months prior to scheduling a wedding date. Our Pre-Cana Teams can assist you in marriage preparation and the celebration. Diocesan information is also available here.

Las parejas comprometidas deben llamar a la rectoría para una cita por lo menos SEIS meses antes de programar una fecha de la boda.

Holy Orders/Ordenes Santas
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.

Anointing of the Sick/Unción de los enfermos
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.

Communion to the Sick
When illness prevents someone from attending mass, please call to arrange for a priest or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to bring Holy Communion to the person at home. Ongoing weekly or monthly visits can be arranged.