Baptism

 

“Let the children come to me,
And do not hinder them.
For to such belongs the Kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 19:14

Infant Baptism is celebrated on the Second Sunday of each month at 1:30 pm

To prepare for your child’s Baptism, contact the Parish Office at (908-688-1232) to speak with Deacon Michael Cavallo or one of the priests.

Parents and sponsors are expected to attend a Baptism preparation class prior to the scheduled baptism.

Baptism Classes are held on the Friday evening prior to the 2nd Sunday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Convent Chapel.

SPONSOR INFORMATION:

Sponsors are spiritual witnesses for your child.

 

  • There may be two sponsors, one male and one female.

  • They must be at least 16 years old and have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.

  • They must have a letter of eligibility from their parish.

  • You may choose to have only one Catholic sponsor and have the other be a Christian witness. A Christian witness is a baptized person who belongs to a Non-Catholic Christian denomination who must have a letter from his or her Church saying they are baptized, practicing members of that Church.

Reconciliation

 

“If only the people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 

(2 Chronicles 7:14)

At St. Michael’s Parish:

A priest confessor is available for Confession in the Church every Saturday from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

A priest is always available to hear your confession. If you need to go immediately, call the parish office at 908-688-1232.

Communal Penance Services are held during the year, especially during Lent and Advent Seasons.
These are announced in the bulletin, as and at when due.

Marriage

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“Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 
Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 

(Matthew 19:4-6)

Congratulations on your engagement!


Please contact our parish office to make an appointment with one of our priests so that we can help you with your wedding date.

For more information download our Sacrament of Marriage Guidelines:

 

 

 

Arrangements for the date and time of the wedding are made in consultation with a priest at least 6 months in advance.

Call the Parish Center 908-688-1232 for an appointment to meet with a priest.

Anointing of the Sick

 

“Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.”

(James 5: 14-15)

Among the Seven Sacraments, there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness and to provide them with the strongest means of support. This sacrament is called the Anointing of the Sick.

This sacrament confers divine grace unto the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit. It imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude, enabling the sick person to bear suffering bravely.

Any parishioner who is seriously ill may request that a priest come and administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

Also Long-term illness or old-age may prohibit a parishioner from attending Mass regularly. In that case arrangements can be made for Holy Communion to be brought to the parishioner at home by a priest or a Eucharistic Minister.

Call the Parish Center 908-688-1232 if you have such a need or if you know anyone who may benefit from this ministerial service.

Funerals

 

“When our earthly dwelling
here on earth is destroyed,
We gain an everlasting dwelling
place in heaven.”

(1 Corinthians 5:1)

The Church’s Funeral Rites are celebrations of belief in the Life, Death and Resurrection of the Lord and the celebration of a belief in a promise given at Baptism that if we live and die with the Lord, we shall be raised up with him.

St. Michael’s Parish is committed to offering prayerful and pastoral services to our church families at the time of the death of a loved one.

Traditional Catholic Funeral Services include prayers at a Funeral Home, Mass in Church and prayers at the cemetery.

At the time of the death of a loved one, please encourage your Funeral Director to make arrangements with the Church, for a proper Christian Burial, especially if your loved one has lived out his or her faith in the Catholic Church.

Call the Parish Center 908-688-1232 For further information.