OF THE EUCHARIST BAPTISIMS
The Holy Eucharist completes
Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal
priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation
participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of
"At the Last Supper, on the
night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his
Body and Blood. This He did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross
throughout the ages until He should come again, and so to entrust to his
beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a
sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in
which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future
glory is given to us.” (Catechism
of the Catholic Church, 1322-23)
All Baptisms are by
appointment only. Please call the rectory to schedule.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Holy Baptism is the basis of the
whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis
ianua), 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."
the Catholic Church, 1213)
This sacrament is called Baptism,
after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptize
in) means to "plunge" or "immerse". The "plunge"
into the water symbolizes the catechumen's burial into Christ's death from
which he rises up by resurrection with Him, as "a new creature."
- Parents must be parishioners of Sts. Cyril and
Methodius and St. Raphael
- Parents must schedule a viewing of 15-minute
- The Godparents are required to be Catholic and must
provide SPONSOR certificates if they are not from St. Jerome Parish.
- Baptisms are regularly held on Sunday; any other time
must be scheduled with the priest.
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
This sacrament is administered every other year by the auxiliary bishop of
the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the
"sacraments of Christian initiation" whose unity must be safeguarded.
It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of
Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "by
the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the
Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they
are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend
the faith by word and deed." (Catechism
of the Catholic Church, 1285)
Please arrange your
marriage plans with us six months in advance.
THE SACRAMENT OF
"The matrimonial covenant, by
which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole
of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the
procreation and education of offspring. This covenant between baptized persons
has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." Sacred
Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness
of God and concludes with a vision of "the wedding-feast of the
Lamb."85 Scripture speaks, throughout, of marriage and its "mystery:"
its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end, its
various realizations throughout the history of salvation, the difficulties
arising from sin, and its renewal "in the Lord" in the New Covenant
of Christ and the Church. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1601-2)
Sts. Cyril and Methodius Croatian Parish
- You must confirm the date and time of the ceremony
prior to the printing of the wedding invitations (at least 6 months in
- You must provide updated copies of baptismal and confirmation
you didn’t receive these sacraments at Sts. Cyril and Methodius please
contact the church of your Baptism and Confirmation and obtain a recently
dated copy of your Baptismal certificate and Confirmation certificate.
Please note that the documentation is to be a recent copy of your
Baptism/Confirmation. An old copy of your Baptism/Confirmation is not
- You must attend Pre-Cana conferences, which are
scheduled by the Archdiocese of New York at various locations throughout
the city and neighboring suburbs.
- A face-to-face premarital interview will be conducted
with the celebrant of the ceremony (The Pre-nuptial
- You must schedule a date and time for
rehearsal, at which time the optional aspects of the ceremony
(unity candle, and/or flowers to Blessed Virgin Mary) will be
- Music for the wedding mass can be arranged in advance
with our church organist, but you are welcome to provide your own
- The bride and the groom as well as the best man and
maid-of-honor, should receive the sacrament of reconciliation (confession)
before the wedding day. You must remember that you are receiving a
Sacrament. It is vital that part of your preparation is to receive the
Sacrament of Confession. You are receiving a great sacrament and it is
necessary that you are in the state of grace. Please plan ahead to make a
good confession prior to your wedding so that you may reap the full
sacramental benefits of this special day of yours.
In case of a previous marriage, no
plans are to be made until proper procedures for annulment are followed. If
either party has been married before, the following documentation is needed
before any plans are to be made:
- A copy of the civil divorce papers
- The documentation of a church annulment.
- No dates to be arranged until the annulment (if
necessary) procedure is completed and finalized.
are here to administer to the sick of our parish. Please do not hesitate to
phone the rectory with your needs.
SACRAMENTS OF HEALING
of the Sick
sacrament is administered any time. Please call the rectory. We will be more
than happy to come and assist you in your need.
the sacraments of Christian initiation, man receives the new life of Christ.
Now we carry this life "in earthen vessels," and it remains
"hidden with Christ in God." We are still in our
"earthly tent," subject to suffering, illness, and death. This new
life as a child of God can be weakened and even lost by sin.
Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of
the paralytic and restored him to bodily health, has willed that his Church
continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, His work of healing and salvation,
even among her own members. This is the purpose of the two sacraments of
healing: the sacrament of Penance and the sacrament of Anointing of the
Sick. "By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of
the priests, the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and
glorified Lord, that He may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts
them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting
themselves to the Passion and death of Christ." (Catechism of the Catholic
Church, 1420-21, 1499)
Confessions are heard 30
minutes prior to the start of each Mass.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
"God the Father of mercies,
through the death and resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to
Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through
the ministry of the Church, may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve
you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Spirit." - Words of absolution
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered at St. Cyril & Methodius & St, Raphael before every mass and
also any time by request.
Twice a year we gather as a community for Reconciliation Services. These are
held during the Advent and Lenten seasons as our preparations for the two most
important Christian holy days, Christmas and Easter, respectively.
I. PREPARATION FOR THE SACRAMENT
Read one of the following Scripture
texts and consider what the Lord is saying to you through the Good News. Then
pray for the gift of a contrite heart. A sample prayer is included.
Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi
sitting at his customs post. He said to him, “Follow me”. Leaving everything
behind, Levi stood up and became His follower.
After that Levi gave a great
reception for Jesus in his house, where he was joined by a large crowd of tax
collectors and others at dinner. The Pharisees and the Scribes of their party
said to the disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and
non-observers of the law?” Jesus said to them, “The healthy do not need a
doctor; sick people do. I have not come to invite the self-righteous to a
change of heart, but sinners.” (Luke 5:2 7:32)
While he was still a long way off,
his father caught sight of him and was deeply moved. He ran out to meet him,
threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. The son said to him, “Father, I
have sinned against God and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your
son.” The father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring out the finest robe and
put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Take the fatted
calf and kill it. Let us eat and celebrate because this son of mine was dead
and has come back to life. He was lost and is found.” Then the celebration
began. (Luke 15:20-24)
Turning then to the woman, he said
to Simon, “You see this woman? I came to your home, and you provided me with no
water for my feet. She has washed my feet with her tears and wiped them with
her hair. You gave me no kiss, but she has not ceased kissing my feet since I
entered. You didn't anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with
perfume. I tell you, that is why her sins are forgiven — because of her great
love. Little is forgiven the one whose love is small.” (Luke 7:4448)
II. EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE
When asked what must be “done” to
inherit everlasting life, Jesus quoted the Book of Deuteronomy which called the
believer to love God with all of one’s heart, soul, and mind. Then he added
from the Book of Leviticus the call to love one’s neighbor as oneself.
Christian life, life as a disciple of Jesus, has to do with conversion to this
manner of love. This relationship of love is a gift. When we sin, we make
choices that damage, inhibit, ignore, or resist this relationship of love. Sin
has to do with relationship and choice. Sometimes we actually choose to damage
our relationships; other times we simply refuse to choose, which also damages
our relationships. Examining our conscience means simply examining our choices
as disciples looking at our relationships. What we do or don’t do is
important. That we love as Jesus did, relate to God, brothers, sisters,
and the world around us as Jesus did, is essential. Using the following
questions or others with which you are more familiar, examine your conscience.
LOVE OF GOD
- Is my heart set on God, or does my necessary concern
with material things exceed my love for God? Is there another “god” in my
- Do I make time for prayer in my life? Do I take the
time to thank God for the gifts I have been given? Do I pray only when I
- Do I put my trust in the Lord, or do I turn to
horoscopes, mediums, occult practices, or other superstitious practices?
- Do I show reverence for the Lord in speech?
- Do I celebrate the Eucharist with the gathered assembly
on the Lord’s day? Do I receive communion worthily at every Mass I attend,
recognizing that in the Eucharist less serious sin is forgiven, and that
it is a means of staying close to God?
- Do I profess my faith as a Christian, or do I hide my
beliefs for fear of ridicule and embarrassment?
- Have I contributed to the well-being of my family? Have
I spent quality time with my spouse? my children? my parents?
- Have I a genuine love for other people, or do I use
them as means to my own ends?
- Have I harmed others through my actions? my speech?
- Have I put others in danger by my actions?
- Do I share what I have with the less fortunate? Do I
actively share in the mission of the church to the poor?
- Do I do everything that I can to eradicate racism in my
life and in society in general? Do I harbor a racist attitude? Do I make
racist remarks or tell racially insensitive jokes?
- Have I been faithful to my marriage vows? Have I taken
the time to tell my spouse that I love him/her?
- Have I been honest in my dealings with others in my
actions? in my speech?
- If I have been dishonest, have I made an honest attempt
to set right the wrong by making restitution?
- Have I obeyed legitimate authority, or do I break laws
because “everyone does it”? Do I give my employer an honest day’s work?
- Do I treat others with fairness and honesty?
- Do I protect my health to the best of my ability? Have
I put off seeing a doctor even though I know that I need some care?
- Am I temperate in my use of alcohol? Do I minimize or
deny my addiction to alcohol, tobacco, or mood altering drugs?
- Do I treat my body as a dwelling place for God? Do I
get the proper amount of rest and exercise?
- Have I been chaste according to my station in life? Do
I avoid temptations or situations that might lead to a failure to remain
- Have I fostered a healthy sense of respect and love for
myself? Do I foster a positive self-image by remembering that God loves me
for who I am and not for what I can do? Do I find my sense of self-worth
in God’s love for me or is it dependent on others?
- Am I proud or arrogant, thinking myself better than
others, or do I give in to feelings of self-pity, false humility?
- Do I perceive the world around me as a gift of God to
be cherished, revered, and used justly?
- Do I ever consider my consumption of food, water, and
other resources in light of those who are hungry, thirsty, and without
clothing? Do I consume more than I really need?
- Have I tried to live in the world with respect for its
resources, or do I see God’s gifts as my possessions?
- Do I see people as things rather than as reflections of
the image of God?
Ill. CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENT
- When you enter the confessional the confessor greets
you. Then make the sign of the cross. The confessor will invite you to
have trust in God. The priest might offer a short reading from
- Then confess your sins. If your sin is a matter of
serious or grave sin, you must express the number and kind of sin it is.
In the case of less serious sins, this is not necessary. Rather than
reciting a long list of less serious transgressions, try to capture the
sense of sin in your life.
- When you have finished, listen to the advice the
confessor gives you. Feel free to ask any questions you may have. Make
sure you understand what your penance is. When the confessor asks you to
make an act of contrition, you may do so in your own words, or in some
learned prayer. Some sample acts of contrition follow:
My God, I am sorry for my sins with
all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned
against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your
help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our
Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
ACTS OF CHARITY
- If the confessor asks you to perform an act of charity,
and you don’t know what to do, here are some suggestions.
- Call upon someone who is lonely and could use a
- Make a phone call to someone who is homebound, or to
someone who would really enjoy hearing from you.
- Seek out someone with whom you have been less than
charitable and pay them a sincere compliment.
- Put aside something you want to do and set aside a half
hour to spend with your children or you spouse.
- Volunteer an evening at a local soup kitchen or
- Buy a sandwich and a cup of coffee for a homeless
- The next time you hear some gossip about someone, say
something nice about the person.
- Do something at home for your parents, your spouse, or
your children without being asked to do it.
ACTS OF FASTING
- Give up food or parts of a meal and share the food or
its value with someone who is hungry.
- Take time from recreation such as watching TV and use
the time to visit, call, or write someone who is alone.
- Do without recreational beverages such as soda or
alcohol or coffee and send the money saved t some worthy organization.
- Go without the convenience of an automobile and use
public transportation or another mode of transportation that does not use
fossil fuels (walking, cycling).