The sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation welcome people into the Christian community and initiate them into the life of the Church. Adults who have not received the Sacraments of Initiation are invited to take part in our RCIA process.
If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully. For more information on any of the sacraments at St. Mary Magdalene, call the Rectory at (718) 949-4311, or send us an email and a member of the parish staff will contact you. Thank you for your interest. Peace and blessings!
At St. Mary Magdalene, we welcome new members and celebrate the Rite of Baptism in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. It is the first sacramental step a person takes on their journey to full membership in the Church. In the Rite of Baptism, we celebrate the reality of being immersed in God’s life.
As stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC, 1213): “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”
Children are welcomed to receive Eucharist for the first time after two years in our Faith Formation Program. Special preparation for children and their parents is provided.
The celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation completes the initiation of a young person into the Christian Community. At St. Mary Magdalene, Confirmation is celebrated at age 16 or in the second year of High School. Candidates take part in our GIFT program for teens and a 10 week Confirmation Preparation program.
Father is available before or after daily or Sunday Mass for individual celebration of the Sacrament. Communal Celebrations of Reconciliation are held in Advent and Lent. Please contact our rectory or parish office.
Serious preparation is needed for the Sacrament of Marriage. We invite those who are planning a Marriage to call the parish office at least six months before to make arrangements. You may also speak directly to the Priest you would like to celebrate your marriage or to Deacon Ernie.
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
The sick are a very important and valued part of our parish community. Our Pastoral Care Ministry insures that all the sick are visited regularly and have the opportunity to receive the Eucharist and Sacrament of the Sick in their homes. If anyone is hospitalized, home bound, or seriously ill, we ask that a family member or friend call the parish office so that a Priest may visit them and offer them the Sacrament of the Sick.
Request for Healing: Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Sick are available upon request. Please contact our rectory.