No one has more influence on a child's growing sense of God and the Catholic faith community than the child's parents. At Baptism, the faith is proclaimed for infants by their parents and godparents who represent the Church.
Baptism unites us with Christ because it incorporates us into the Church. St. Paul describes it as being "clothed" with Christ. The Church mediates the presence of the risen Jesus to us. It is through the Church that we are introduced to Jesus and grow in our ability to recognize his presence among us in the Scripture, in the Breaking of Bread, and the Assembly.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation: is administered on Saturday afternoon, 3:15 pm-4:15 pm prior to the 4:30 pm Vigil Mass. You can also schedule an appointment by calling the Life Center Office, 321-773-2783. During the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent, two Penance Services are held on an assigned day. Several priests are available after the service to hear confessions. If it has been a while since you have been to Confession, do not be afraid! The Priest will guide you through this Sacrament of healing or find out How to go to Confession.
First Reconciliation: First Reconciliation is celebrated each December for 2nd grade students. For further information, please contact Debbie Weir-Khan, 321-773-2783, x120, [email protected].
Preparation for the Sacraments is a family-focused process at HNJ. In addition to the child's participation in Religious Education classes, families gather several times for informational and spiritual enrichment sessions related to the Sacrament their child is preparing to receive. Resources are also provided for ongoing preparation at home. Celebrated by children, usually in the second grade, First Eucharist is held in May (First Reconciliation is celebrated in December for children in the second grade prior to receiving First Eucharist).
For further information, please contact Debbie Weir-Khan, 321-773-2783, x120, [email protected].
HNJ’s Confirmation Preparation process consists of various elements, which provide a framework for supporting youth and the parish as they grow as a faith community. The process includes opportunities for learning, service, and worship, which require sufficient time for growth, reflection, and maturation. The preparation time is essential to the process. Confirmation invites youth to life-long faith formation and to service in ministry. It is not a graduation from church! It is a beginning, not an end. We look forward to this journey as we explore and enrich our faith together by following Christ and being open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Read More
Theological Orientation: The Sacrament of marriage is a contract implying total and permanent commitment between a man and a woman; it is a covenant based on fruitful love; it is a sacrament bringing the ongoing power of the Holy Spirit to the relationship and signifying the union of Christ with the Church. The commitment of marriage implies mutual support and affection and total faithfulness to one another in body and spirit. As the couple grows together through life, their love will be directed toward fruitfulness, family, and hospitality toward others.
Here are " Eight Ways to Encourage Vocations":
Be faith-filled people. Pray for guidance in decisions, and seek to deepen your relationship with God.
Let Christian values guide you. Be generous and of service to others.
Pray. Let the children see you pray and pray with them in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances.
Share faith. Talk with children about how faith affects your life.
Anointing of the Sick: The Lord himself showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick and commanded his followers to do likewise. Therefore, the Church believes and confesses that among the seven Sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick. The Anointing of the Sick "is not a Sacrament for just those who are at the point of death." If you or a loved on is in need of the Anointing of the Sick, please contact the Life Center Office at 321-773-2783. Or come to the 8:30 am Mass on the first Saturday of every month and after Mass, the priest invites all those who are sick to come forward for an Anointing of the Sick.