Faith Formation and Sacraments
Adult Education -RCIA - Baptism - Pre-Cana & Marriage
Classes, discussion groups and presentations are held on various evenings throughout the year that are designed to enrich, educate and deepen our faith commitment. Staff members and parish volunteers facilitate classes on topics such as Scripture, Prayer, World Religions and current issues in Catholicism.
A multifaceted approach to learning is used from computer, DVD presentations, book discussions and music to provide for lively discussions and a greater understanding of our relationship with God and each other.
For further information see our Parish Bulletin for seasonal offerings.
Each year the Parish of St. Anthony is happy and privileged to welcome over 200 children into our Catholic Christian community through the sacrament of Baptism.
Baptism is a sacrament of initiation, of acceptance, of welcome. Through baptism we recognize the beauty and holiness of all of God’s children, and we welcome the children into God’s family. They become a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit. They are called, and indeed are, the children of God.
If you are interested in having your child baptized at St. Anthony’s, we invite you to: • Contact us at the parish center (764-0048) to make an appointment with one of the priests, deacons, or lay staff members for a pre-Baptism interview
• Attend our Parents’ Baptism Class, which is held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM in Room 101 of the parish center. (Godparents are welcome, too.)
• Choose a date for your child’s Baptism on any Sunday at 2 PM, with some exceptions.
Loving God, You have given us the gift of this precious child. Help us to be good parents and to teach, love, honor and care for our child in every way we can. Help us to be mature and responsible parents and to foster faith, growth and responsibility in our child. Help us always to remember, Lord, that our child comes from Your love and the love You have given us as parents. May we always be thankful to You, Lord, for the gift of our precious child. Amen.
Baptism Team Ministry
The Baptism Team Ministry is comprised of parishioners who desire to offer hospitality to families preparing for the baptism their children. It is our way of welcoming new members into our Christian community and rejoicing with their loved ones.
New members are welcome to help with this work. Consider participating by: • Serving as Minister of Hospitality at a Sunday (2PM) Baptism in the church
• Attending a Pre-Baptism class (held on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00 - 9:00PM in Rm.101) to offer coffee, cake and conversation
• Attending a gathering on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 9:30 - 11:30AM in Room 103 to prepare gifts for the babies.
Will you consider joining us in this worthwhile ministry?
PLEASE REMEMBER: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING MENTIONED ABOVE IN ORDER TO JOIN US!
Just think of what suits you in terms of time, talent and interest. And don’t forget—school-aged children are invited to accompany you at the Sunday baptisms to share in this work of hospitality. Any combination of family members (all generations) can come together for this--it can be a real family affair!
For further information please call 516-764-0048, Ext. 2510. Thank you for your interest and your support.
Pre-Cana and Marriage
Christ’s first recorded miracle at the Wedding Feast of
Cana celebrates both His divinity and the sacramental
significance of Holy Matrimony, where God’s love is
manifest and evident in the outward expression of love
shared by the Bride and Groom.
At all parishes in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, there
are two required components to marriage
preparation: Pre-Cana and FOCCUS.
Our Pre-Cana Ministry experience at St. Anthony’s Parish
is intended to assist engaged couples journey toward the
altar through a personal and intimate setting that
promotes and allows for both our facilitators and
engaged couples to more deeply reflect on the sacrament.
Each of our sessions begin with Mass followed by in-home
facilitated sessions led by married Catholic couples who
have been trained as facilitators and who have
volunteered to be a part of this precious ministry. We
open our homes and our hearts to share both lessons
learned and faith-filled stories from our lives.
The activities and discussions are designed to encourage
reflection and to gain insight into relationships and the
sacramental understanding of marriage as taught by the
FOCCUS is designed to Facilitate Open, Caring
Communication, Understanding and Study. Engaged
couples complete an online inventory questionnaire
separately, then come together to meet with a FOCCUS
facilitator and discuss the topics.
If you are planning to get married at St. Anthony’s, please
contact the parish at (516) 764-0048 ext. 2510 to schedule
an appointment with a priest or deacon.
Arrangements for marriage should be made at least
twelve (12) months in advance to insure proper
preparation and Church availability.
If you are interested in attending Pre-Cana and FOCCUS
at St. Anthony’s Parish and would like further program
and registration information, please complete this form.
If you are a married couple for at least 5+ years and are
interested in serving in the St. Anthony’s Marriage
Preparation ministry, please complete this form.
If you need any other information regarding marriage
preparation at St. Anthony’s Parish, please contact
Deacon Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of RCIA is to evangelize and welcome all who are seeking a relationship with God through the Catholic Church. Through the RCIA process inquirers and catechumens are invited on a journey of faith through Scripture, prayer and catechesis. The parish community accompanies the individual along their faith journey until they are fully prepared for the Sacraments of Initiation.
The RCIA process
Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate
During this period candidates are invited to reflect and ask questions about the Church and share their faith stories. They are challenged by the gospel to make a decision to continue on this journey.
The “Rite of Welcome” marks the beginning of a more intense period of instruction, Scripture study and prayer in order to help these individuals to respond to God’s call.
The Catechumenate period has different components to help nurture the catechumen’s faith:
• Breaking Open the Word = The catechumens attend the 11:00 AM Sunday liturgy. After the Word is proclaimed the catechumens, accompanied by an RCIA catechist, are dismissed to meet in the Parish Center to further reflect on the Scripture readings.
• Weekly Sessions = Each week the catechumens and candidates come together with members of the RCIA team to learn more about the message of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Period of Purification and Enlightenment
Individuals further prepare throughout Lent by prayerful reflection on the sacraments of initiation. This period is marked by ritual celebrations at Sunday Mass, a day of retreat, and the preparation rites on Holy Saturday.
The celebration of the sacraments of Initiation Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist take place at the Easter Vigil.
Period of Mystagogy
This period follows the Easter season when the newly initiated members continue their catechesis and participation in Sunday liturgy. It is also a time for these individuals to discern how they may use their gifts to serve others and grow in their faith.
Components of RCIA
Adult Catechumens meet weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM in Room 102 for catechesis, scripture study and prayer. As part of their spiritual formation catechumens attend 11:00 AM Sunday Mass with dismissal for scripture reflection.
Elementary and Middle School Catechumens attend weekly Religious Education classes and the Sunday dismissal from Mass.
Adult Confirmation Candidates meet weekly on Tuesday evening from Lent to Pentecost for catechesis, scripture reflection and prayer.
High School Confirmation Candidates meet weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM from October through Pentecost. Classes include catechesis, scripture study and prayer.
For more information please call 516-764-0048 Ext.2520