Upcoming Faith Formation Events

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Our Parish now has the opportunity for everyone to access Catholic media content on Formed! To access Formed (for free), go to notredamenhp.formed.org to create a username and password. You can access Formed content on any computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Weekly Eucharistic Adoration Available!

Every Monday, from 12:30 – 8 pm, there is Eucharistic Adoration available in the church. All are welcome!

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The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated in our parish on the First and Third Sundays of each month at 1:30 pm.

Before or after the birth of your first child, but prior to their baptism, parents are required to attend an evening of instruction. These Baptism Preparation sessions are given monthly in the rectory but you are asked to first register.

Parents are invited to contact the Rectory for information. We will assist you in  scheduling your child’s baptism and registering for the baptism preparation program.

If you are an adult Roman Catholic who has not yet received Holy Communion, please check out The Rite of Christian Initiation for more information.

Children are invited to take part in  our First Communion program which consists of two years of preparation. Parents take part in this program in a more serious way as this is such an important time in the formation of their children’s faith lives.Please see our Religious Education page for more information.

Eucharistic Adoration is offered in the Church every Monday from 12:40 pm to 8 pm excluding holidays.

Adults seeking Confirmation are also invited to take part in our RCIA Program

Confirmation of Young Adults is arranged through the Religious Education Program
Confirmation is received during 8th Grade, after seven years of religious education. Confirmation is now a sacrament of maturity. The sacrament is call to commit oneself to the mission of the Church — to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To do this, the candidate must know said the teachings of Christ and have the emotional and intellectual ability to make a commitment to the work of Christ and His Church. Parents of those to be confirmed attend scheduled meetings to take an active part in this formation.

Marriage Preparation

The Church recognizes the sacredness of married life. As a Sacrament, lived by a couple, it is an occasion of God’s grace in our midst. In order to help engaged couples prepare for their sacramental vocation, the Church requires them to participate in a formal process of marriage preparation. For couples who seek to celebrate their wedding ceremony at Notre Dame, marriage preparation consists of three steps.

Step I The Interview

Couples are asked to call the rectory to arrange an appointment with a priest or deacon. This appointment is best scheduled a year before the proposed wedding date. During this interview, priest or deacon will complete the required pre-nuptial interview form, provide for the engaged couple a list of required papers (e.g. new baptismal certificates), and explain the FOCCUS requirement and the Pre Cana options available to the couple.

Step II  FOCCUS

FOCCUS, an acronym for Facilitating Open Couple Communication Understanding and Study, is a pre-marital inventory tool that is meant to provide the engaged couple with a “snapshot” of their relationship. The couple’s responses enable them to see their level of agreement/disagreement in fourteen different categories, e.g., communication, family and children, intimacy issues. FOCCUS is not intended to predict the future success of a marriage. It is meant to provide couples with a tool which will enable them to enter into substantive discussions.

Couples register for FOCCUS at the initial interview (Step I). They are contacted by a parish couple, specially trained to administer FOCCUS. The engaged couple is invited to the home of the parish married couple for two visits. On the first visit they do the FOCCUS instrument. On the second visit, the engaged couple is given feedback

Step III: Pre Cana

Couples are required by the Diocese of Rockville Centre to complete a Marriage Preparation (Pre Cana) Program prior to marriage. Couples may complete this requirement in the parish or through participation in a Diocesan program. Options will be explained to couples during the initial interview (Step I).

The Notre Dame parish program begins with the assumption that Pre Cana is a tool for couples. Couples must prepare themselves for marriage, no one else can prepare them! Notre Dame provides two Pre Cana options for engaged couples: A Large Group Program and a Small Group In-Home Program. We are in need of volunteers for these programs.  If interested please call the rectory office.

Large Group Program
Limited to twenty couples, the program consists of three session, each three hours in length. Married couples from the parish host the evenings and make presentations on topics related to marriage. This program is offered twice each year.

Small Group In-Home Program
Limited to eight couples. The program is conducted in a small group format. Each group consists of two married couples, who facilitate the group, and four engaged couples. There are five sessions. At the first session, which takes place at Notre Dame, couples meet their groups and schedule the three in-home sessions to follow. Sessions 2-4 take place in the homes of the married, facilitator couples. These sessions are each two hours in length. The fifth and final session takes place at Notre Dame and includes a Blessing for engaged couples at the 5:30PM Mass, a light supper, and a presentation on how to plan the wedding liturgy.

Diocesan programs
The Diocese of Rockville Centre offers a variety of marriage preparation programs to accommodate busy schedulesThese options will be explained at the initial interview (Step I). Couples must register for Diocesan programs with the Diocese of Rockville Centre Family Life Office found at DRVC.org.

Saturdays:   3:45 – 4:45 pm
Sacrament of Reconciliation is available at any time by appointment. Please call the rectory to make arrangements

Reference Guide for receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Children in the 2nd grade are eligible for the sacrament of Reconciliation several months prior to their reception of First Communion. The parents of children preparing for confession attend the parent educator session for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Anyone who has a family member who is seriously ill is invited to notify the Rectory so that a priest may visit the ill family member and bring Sacraments of the Eucharist, Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick to the ailing family member. These Sacraments are for the strengthening and consolation of the ill person and, sometimes, the healing of the physical illness as well as the healing of the spirit of the person.  If someone is seriously ill, please do not delay in making the call to the rectory.

When should a person receive the anointing of the sick?
The Church now invites those who have a serious  illness to present themselves for the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Those who are elderly and are in danger of injury or sickness which compromises their health are also invited.
However, the Sacrament need not be repeated for the same illness, unless that illness becomes much worse.

When we hear “Vocation”, we usually think of someone becoming a priest, sister, deacon or brother. These are certainly worthy and wonderful vocations. All of us though, have a vocation to be God’s followers. We can do that as a husband, wife, single person, doctor, teacher, senior citizen or child. God’s call is sometimes mysterious! It also comes over a period of time. If we truly enjoy something, that’s a good sign that we might be suited to following God in that direction. God gives us gifts and talents to be put to use for the good of all.

We are concerned with the declining number of Vocations to religious life. God is calling people. People simply are not responding. Smaller families can influence children to get married and have grandchildren. Society seems to value great wealth without commitment. Neither of those values lead to fulfillment and happiness.

Look around! If there is someone around you, in Church, your family, etc. who you would trust to serve you as a priest, sister, brother or deacon … let them know! Most priests were encouraged to become priests by family members and friends. Write a note. Tell those around you how honored you would be if one of your children, grandchildren or friends followed God’s call to a Church Vocation.

Pray! Pray for sisters, deacons, brothers and priests.

St. Therese Prayer Society for Vocations
As a member you commit yourself to praying in a special way for vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life. No dues, no meetings, only the promise of your prayers. To become a member, please contact the vocation office at 631-424-9888.

Links to explore Vocations

Vocation Office Diocese of Rockville Centre

U.S. Catholic Bishops Vocations and Priestly Formation

Vocations Online

Frequently Asked Vocations Questions