Sacraments

Sacraments at Saint Helen

As Catholics, one of the most profound ways we encounter Jesus Christ is in the Sacraments. The sacraments are signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us.

Baptism

Baptism celebrates a baby’s entrance into the Church, becoming adopted children of the God, our Father. Our faith community and parents make a commitment to care for and teach this child as they are raised in the Catholic faith.

Infant Baptisms are held two Sundays a month at Saint Helen.  Please contact Terry Vinanskie at [email protected] or 908-232-1214 x 117 at the Parish Center three months before the expected birth.

Reconciliation

The sacrament of reconciliation brings us face-to-face with the loving mercy and grace of God. It brings healing to our pain and guidance on our journey of faith.

Reconciliation is held at Saint Helen on Saturday from 4:30 to 5:00 PM in the church (Except Holy Saturday) or by appointment.

Eucharist

Mass Schedule

Weekends
Saturday 5:30 PM
Sunday 8:00am, 10:0am, 12:00pm, 6:30pm

Daily Mass
Monday through Saturday 9:00am

Holy day Masses as announced.

Confirmation

Confirmation deepens our baptismal grace.  Through Confirmation our personal relationship with Jesus Christ is strengthened.   The Holy Spirit bestows seven gifts ~ wisdom, understanding, knowledge, right judgement, courage, reverence and wonder and awe~ to assist us in being a better witness to Christ in the world. 

Marriage

The Vocation of Marriage is the divine call to show forth the love of God for the world in the love of husband and wife for each other. The bride and the groom at the wedding are themselves the “ministers” of this sacrament. For Roman Catholics, a priest or deacon must witness the marriage with two other witnesses (normally the best man and maid of honor).  

The couple should contact the church office at least one year before the proposed date of the wedding, and before plans are made for a reception or other arrangements.  This will allow sufficient time for the marriage preparation program.  

For more information contact Denise Revello the parish office at (908) 232-1214 x114.

Holy Orders

The Catholic Church is blessed to have the service of numerous dedicated priests. The Sacrament of Holy Orders – one of the two Sacraments at the Service of Communion – celebrates the ordination of men as bishops, priests, and deacons.

To speak to someone about a vocation to the Priesthood, Diaconate or Religious Life, please call the Vocations Office at (973)497-4368, visit the Vocations Website or speak to any of the parish staff.

Anointing of the Sick

Sickness of the body affects our emotional and spiritual well being. Through the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, one of the two Sacraments of Healing, Jesus Christ brings healing – physical and spiritual – to those who are seriously ill. A Mass of Anointing is held at Saint Helen in the Fall each year.  

For additional information, please contact Terry Vinanskie at [email protected] or (908) 232-1214 x 117

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