Get Involved in Your Faith

If you would like information on the sacraments at St. Athanasius, you may call the rectory at (718) 236-0124 or send us an email, and you will be contacted by a member of the parish staff. Thank you for your interest.

Sacraments
The word Sacrament comes from the Latin word sacramentum, which means a sign of the sacred. The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred and significant for us as Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God saving presence. If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully.

Baptism
The sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the first & third Sunday at 2:45 p.m. Parents make arrangements with Deacon. Both parents & godparents must attend a Baptismal Instruction Class on last Tuesday of the month in the rectory basement at 8:00 p.m.

Eucharist
The Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

Confession/Reconciliation
Confessions are held on Saturdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (English), or at other reasonable times by making an appointment at the Rectory.

Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation is a mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God’s fidelity to us.

Marriage
The Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values. Couples wishing to receive the sacrament of matrimony must communicate with the rectory six months in advance of the desired date.

Holy Orders
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, also known as Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion at Home
Those who wish to be anointed or receive Communion at home, call one of the priests to make arrangements at (718) 236-0124.