Sacraments, Devotions, Blessings

Saturday's Mass Schedule: 8:00am and 5:15pm Vigil
Confessions at 4:30pm
Sunday's Mass Schedule: 9:00am, 11:00am

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:
            Saturday Vigil: 5:30pm   
            Sunday: 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00 am;             12:30 pm, 6:00 pm 

Holy Days of Obligation:
            7:00pm (Vigil), 8:30am, 12:00 Noon,             7:00pm 
            [Jan. 1, Ascension Thur., Aug. 15,                 Nov. 1, Dec.8, Dec. 25]
Mondays to Fridays:
            8:30am and 12:00 Noon
Holy Communion to the Homebound:
Parish priests visit the homebound during the week.  Please, call the rectory if you or another parishioner you know cannot travel to Mass on Sunday to arrange for a priest to visit.

Penance (Confessions):
4:00 to 5:30pm in English and Malayalam
Other times: On request at the rectory.

Anointing of the Sick:
For a serious illness, contact a priest by phone or after Mass to inquire about sacramental anointing. 
*If someone is dying and needs Last Rites call 718-514-0385 for the priest on duty, anytime, day or night.*

Baptism of Children:
Baptisms of children take place on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 1:30pm. Please, call to schedule one as early as possible, even before the birth.

Parents of a child to be baptized must register for and attend a Baptismal Instruction. [It is usually held in the lower Church Hall on the first Thursdays of the month from 7:30-8:30pm.]

Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist for Adults:
Adults seeking any of the sacraments of initiation are invited to call the rectory and to speak with Deacon John Murphy, director of R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). He can also be approached after the 10:00 am Sunday Mass.

Baptism or Confirmation Sponsors (Godparents):
The Code of Canon Law (1983)

Can.  872 Insofar as possible, a person to be baptized is to be given a sponsor who assists an adult in Christian initiation or together with the parents presents an infant for baptism. A sponsor also helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations inherent in it.

Can.  873 There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each.

To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must:

1/ be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;

2/ have completed the sixteenth year of age, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause;

3/ be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on;

 4/ not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;

 5/ not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.

To lead “a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on” means 1. to believe what the Catholic Church teaches in matters of Faith and morals; 2. and to follow , at least, the 6 Precepts of the Church. 

Precepts of the Church: (Complying with the following Precepts is the bare minimum for determining the practice of the Faith and active Church membership)

  • To assist at Holy Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of obligation, unless legitimately impeded, and to refrain from servile work.

  • To confess mortal sins to a priest, at least, once a year.

  • To receive Holy Communion while in the state of grace, at least, during Easter time.

  • To fast and to abstain on the days appointed.

  • To contribute to the parish's financial and material support.

  • To observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage and premarital chastity.

A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community is not to participate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness of the baptism.

***A person who fulfills these criteria must obtain a “sponsor certificate” from his/her home parish (i.e. the parish where he or she is registered and goes to Mass).***

This sponsor certificate must be returned to Our Lady of Assumption Rectory, at least, one week before the baptism and one month before confirmation.

Remember, once a person stands as a godparent at the baptismal ceremony, he or she is a godparents forever.  The relationship of spiritual parenthood cannot be erased and so neither can the baptismal register.  So, chose wisely.  Choose a practicing Catholic.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction:
         First Fridays  after the 8:30 am Mass until 11:50 pm
Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary:
        Mondays to Saturdays after the 8:30 am Mass
Miraculous Medal Novena: Mondays after the 8:30am Mass
St. Anthony Novena: Tuesdays after the 8:30am Mass
Stations of the Cross:  Fridays of Lent at 7:00 pm

If you would like to have something blessed, please, speak with a priest after Mass or the priest-on-duty in the rectory. You can also arrange for a priest to bless your home or car. If you would like holy water, bring a container from home. You also can bring salt or olive oil to be blessed. The blessed salt may be sprinkled around or used with food the blessed olive oil may be used in food or as an ointment.

Prayer Lists:
In every Sunday bulletin, we  print the names of loved ones so that our parishioners can read the names before and after Mass and keep these people in their prayers.   If you would like to add a name of a member of the armed forces, a sick relative or friend, or someone recently deceased in one of the respective prayer lists, please, contact the rectory office Monday to Friday between 9 am and 4:30 pm  at 718-824-5454.  

Holy Matrimony:
It is a precept of the Church that a Catholic planning to marry, even if to a non-Catholic, must have the marriage approved by the local bishop.  Any Catholic wishing to get married should speak with a parish priest or deacon, at least, 6 months prior to the proposed wedding date.
Those who may have been civilly married without the participation of a parish priest or deacon are greatly urged to speak with one of the parish priests as soon as possible about having the union blessed.

Memorial Masses for the Dead
To schedule a memorial Mass for the dead outside of the usual Mass times, please, contact the rectory office and ask to speak with a priest.  Such Masses are appropriate on the news of a death in a distant place, on the anniversary of death, or on the anniversary of burial.  Such Masses can include music, but are limited by the liturgical calendar to certain liturgical days and seasons.  

Funerals are usually arranged through a funeral home.  OLA has long relationship with both McNulty's (718-892-1299) on Middletown Rd., Giordano's (718-829-5580) on Crosby Ave., and Schuyler Hill on East Tremont (718-792-0270).
If you are in possession of cremated remains, it is a duty to bury the ashes reverently in consecrated ground or a columbarium.  Please, speak with a parish priest about a Mass and burial.