Mass Schedule

Sunday:  7:30, 9:00, 10:30 & 12 Noon
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. (Vigil)
 
Weekday
7:00 a.m. & 9:00 a.m.
8:45 (Morning Prayer)
 
Confession
Saturday: 12:30 p.m.
 
  
Holy Days
Schedule noted in the Bulletin 

 

Sacraments

Baptism

“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 children 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, no. 1213)
 
Baptism is an invitation, a call from God through the Christian community to live the Gospel message as committed disciples of Christ. We become a “new creation” in Christ by sharing in his death and resurrection through Baptism. Baptism gives us the gifts of faith, hope and love. We become temples of the Holy Spirit through this sacrament.
 
Baptisms are celebrated on designated Sundays throughout the year, but not during Lent. Procedure for scheduling Baptism are:
 
1. Register in the parish if not already a member.
2. Call the parish office to schedule the baptism.
3. A member of our parish Baptismal ministry team will contact you.
4. Both parents are expected to attend the parent preparation sessions. For more information contact the Parish Center at 201-891-1122.

 


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Eucharist

The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life”. All of the sacraments point to the celebration of the Lord’s Passion and Resurrection in the sacrifice of the Mass. The entire life of the Church leads to the Eucharist, where Christ is present in a unique and incomparable way. Jesus Christ is present in a real, true and substantial way in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. It is his body, blood, soul and divinity as true God and true man which are present in a sacramental manner. Each Mass makes the one sacrifice of Christ on the cross present, actual and effective for the sake of God’s Church and the whole world. His sacrifice becomes our sacrifice as our lives become united with his through the celebration of the Eucharist. Holy Communion increases our union with Christ and with his Church. It preserves and renews the life of grace received at Baptism and Confirmation and makes us grow in love for our neighbor. It strengthens us in charity, wipes away venial sins and preserves us from mortal sin in the future. We are united with the Church of all ages through the Eucharist and receive the promise of eternal life with God through Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit. (Compendium of the Catechism, nos. 271 – 294)
 
First Communion is celebrated, generally, in second grade.








 


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Reconciliation

This sacrament has several names: Penance, Reconciliation, Confession, Conversion and Forgiveness. Jesus Christ calls us to constant conversion and new life in his Church. Even after Baptism, we may give in to human weakness and commit serious or lesser sins. The Lord instituted the Sacrament of Penance to help us on the way of life with the gift of his Holy Spirit to the Apostles: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven. If you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:22-23). Christ’s work of mercy and forgiveness continues in the Church through the ministry of the bishops as the successors of the Apostles and through their co-workers, the priests.
 
Every Confession is an encounter with Christ for us to find forgiveness and reconciliation with God, with the Church and with each other. We experience God’s grace and love granting us peace of mind, a clean conscience, renewal of spirit and strength for the struggles of Christian living. Priests and bishops are bound to secrecy by the “sacramental seal” of Confession.
 
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated weekly each Saturday afternoon between 12:30 and 1:30pm. There are also two communal celebrations scheduled during Advent and Lent. Preparation for Reconciliation begins in first grade. The actual celebration of First Reconciliation is in early February for second grade. These are children who are preparing for First Communion. Parents assist in the preparation of their children for this sacrament and are expected to attend those meetings that will support their efforts.



 


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Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation confirms and strengthens the grace of baptism. Confirmation is a seal on our soul which strengthens our commitment to the Church. We share in the work of Jesus Christ in the world by the gift of the Spirit. The Spirit marks our belonging to Christ and helps us give witness to our Christian faith before others.
 
The age for Confirmation varies throughout the Archdiocese of Newark. At St. Elizabeth's Confirmation is celebrated during high school years. Requirements for Confirmation candidacy:
 
1. Candidates are high school students.
2. Candidates are registered parishioners.
3. Candidates have had continuous and sequential catechesis in a parish catechetical program or Catholic elementary school.
4. Candidates attend Sunday Liturgy on a regular basis.
 
Baptized Catholics who have not been confirmed and wish to do so participate in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program. The sacrament will be celebrated during the Easter season. Please contact the Parish Center at 201-891-3262.

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R.C.I.A.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which adults are fully initiated into the Catholic faith community. Those who would like to become a Roman Catholic, adults who have never been baptized as well as those baptized into other Christian traditions, participate in this process. RCIA is also open to those baptized Catholics who have never completed the Sacraments of Initiation and desire to do so. Those who become catechumens (the unbaptized) or candidates (those seeking full communion) are provided with parish sponsors who will assist them on the spiritual journey. For more information contact Jonathan Camiolo at 201-891-3262.

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Marriage

God who is love and who created man and woman for love has called them to love. By creating man and woman he called them to an intimate communion of life and of love in marriage: “So that they are no longer two, but one flesh” (Matthew 19:6). God said to them in blessing “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28). The marital union is endowed with its own proper laws, since it is God who has created men and women for this unity. Marriage is the expression of God’s plan for men and women to live in communion for the good of each other, of their children, of the Church and of the world. Christ raised marriage to a sacrament by his actions and presence in the marital union: “What God has joined, man must not separate” (Mark 10:39). Christ gives dignity and grace to the couple through the sacrament of matrimony because it is a symbol of his love for his bride, the Church, for whom he gave his life (Ephesians 5:25). 
 
Marriage is a public declaration between the man and woman to remain in an exclusive, irreplaceable, faithful and loving relationship for life. The Church celebrates marriage publicly, witnessing to the consent of the spouses in the presence of the ordained priest or deacon of the Church and with other witnesses present. Marriage is a sacred bond which is established in the free and conscious consent of the spouses. Christian marriage is a call to service for the salvation of the couple and the world. (Compendium of the Catechism # 337-347)
 
Couples requesting to be married at St. Elizabeth's must contact the parish office one year in advance of the desired wedding date. One member of the couple should be an active member of the parish and both need to be canonically free from any previous marital unions. In discussion with the priest whom they choose to witness their ceremony they will work out an appropriate schedule of preparations including Pre-Cana. Special preparatory discussions may be offered for interfaith couples. For more information contact the Parish Center at 201-891-1122.




 


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