Sacraments


Funerals

Our parish family is here to help you in this time of grief.  We know that planning a funeral can be overwhelming and we will partner with the funeral home that you choose to ease this burden.  To begin planning a funeral at St. Maria Goretti Parish, contact a funeral home.  Someone on our staff will contact you to set up a meeting in the Parish Office to plan the funeral Liturgy.

Contact:  Cheryl or Mary at the Parish Center 215-721-0199

Funeral Book revised 2021

Sacraments of Christian Initiation

Baptism

Baptisms are celebrated every Sunday (except the first Sunday of the month) at 12:45 pm. Please call the Parish Office to register for the Baptism. Pre-Jordan classes required for parents and optional for godparents are offered the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center unless otherwise noted in the bulletin. Baptisms are limited to four children per Sunday. Letters of eligibility are due at the Parish Office before a date can be given for Baptism.

Contact:  Cheryl or Mary at the Parish Center 215-721-0199

Eucharist

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. We receive the very Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in Holy Communion. Everything in  Christian life flows from the Eucharist and flows back to it.  It is in the act of worship at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that we receive the Eucharist.

This Sacrament is customarily received for the first time in second grade.  Under special circumstances, it can be received later. For more information on our Parish Religious Education Process for children, please go to https://stmariagoretti.net/prep/

Confirmation

In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.  Confirmation deepens the baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world.

This Sacrament is customarily received in 7th grade. Under special circumstances, it can be received later.  For more information on our Parish Religious Education Process for children, please go to https://stmariagoretti.net/prep/

 

Sacraments of Healing

Penance and Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Penance frees us from our sins and challenges us to have compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. In confession, we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins.  With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church.

This Sacrament is customarily received for the first time in second grade.  Under special circumstances, it can be received later. For more information on our Parish Religious Education Process for children, please go to https://stmariagoretti.net/prep/

Confession is available in church on Saturdays from 3:30 – 4:30 pm or any time upon request.

Call the Parish Office 215-721-0199

Anointing of the Sick

In the Church’s Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment.   The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.

Arrangements can be made by calling the Parish Office 215-721-0199

 

Sacraments of Service

Matrimony

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant is a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God.  The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy.

Arrangements must be made with a priest at least six months in advance. You must speak to a priest before making arrangements for a reception venue to be sure the date is available at the church. Pre-Cana classes are required for all couples.

Contact:  Cheryl at the Parish Center 215-721-0199 to schedule an appointment with a priest.

Holy Orders

Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God to serve God, his church, and his people, joyfully bringing Christ to others.

Deacons, upon whom hands are imposed “not unto the priesthood, but unto a ministry of service” work with the bishop and priests by serving in the diaconate of the liturgy, of the word, and of charity to the people of God.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a priest or deacon encourage him to pray about it and contact Father Chung at 215-721-0199