THE SACRAMENT 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 the Eucharist.

"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)

BAPTISIMS

All Baptisms are by appointment only. Please call the rectory to schedule.

THE 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." (Catechism of 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."

Prerequisites

  • Parents must be  parishioners of Sts. Cyril and Methodius and St. Raphael  
  • Parents must schedule a viewing of  15-minute Baptismal film.
  • 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.

CONFIRMATION WEDDINGS


  • THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

  • This sacrament is administered every other year by the auxiliary bishop of New York.

  • Baptism, 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)


WEDDINGS

Please arrange your marriage plans with us six months in advance.

THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY 

"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 Marriage Checklist: 

  1. You must confirm the date and time of the ceremony prior to the printing of the wedding invitations (at least 6 months in advance) 
  2. You must provide updated copies of baptismal and confirmation certificates. If 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 acceptable.
  3. You must attend Pre-Cana conferences, which are scheduled by the Archdiocese of New York at various locations throughout the city and neighboring suburbs.      
  4. A face-to-face premarital interview will be conducted with the celebrant of the ceremony (The Pre-nuptial investigation).                            
  5. 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 arranged.                                                                       
  6. Music for the wedding mass can be arranged in advance with our church organist, but you are welcome to provide your own musicians.                   
  7. 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.

Note:

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.

 

SICK CALLS


We are here to administer to the sick of our parish. Please do not hesitate to phone the rectory with your needs.


THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING


Anointing of the Sick


This sacrament is administered any time. Please call the rectory. We will be more than happy to come and assist you in your need.


Through 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.


The 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

Confessions are heard 30 minutes prior to the start of each Mass.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

 "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 life?
  • 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 need something?
  • 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?

   LOVE OF NEIGHBOR  

  • 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? 

    LOVE OF SELF  

  • 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 chaste?
  • 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?

   LOVE OF CREATION  

  • 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 

  1. 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 Scripture. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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: 

ACT OF CONTRITION 

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.

IV. PENANCE 

   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 cheerful visitor.
  • 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 shelter.
  • Buy a sandwich and a cup of coffee for a homeless person.
  • 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).