The Sacrament of Baptism is often called "The door of the Church," because it is the first of the seven sacraments not only in time (since most Catholics receive it as infants) but in priority, since the reception of the other sacraments depends on it. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Once baptized, a person becomes a member of the Church. Traditionally, the rite (or ceremony) of baptism was held outside the doors of the main part of the church, to signify this fact.
Baptisms are normally performed monthly during Mass, except during Advent and Lent. Prior sacramental preparation is required for parents. New famlies welcome!!!
For information and to arrange for baptism please contact Parish Office (518-893-7680).
The sacrament of Reconciliation is also known as Penance and Confession. The peace of mind and soul which this sacrament imparts to us is one for which there is no substitute. It is a peace that flows from a certainty, rather than from an unsure hope, that our sins have been forgiven and that we are right with God.
This sacrament is offered communally during Advent and Lent, on First Saturdays at St. Joseph's before 4 PM Mass, and by appontment. For information regarding receiving the sacrament for the first time please contact Margie Carroll - 698-9000.
The Body and Blood of Christ are truly present in the two Eucharistic elements, bread and wine.
For information regarding receiving this sacrament for the first time please contact Margie Carroll at 698-9000.
According to Catholic doctrine, in this sacrament you receive the Holy Spirit and become adult members of the Catholic Church.
For information regarding receiving this sacrament for the first time please contadct Margie Carroll at 698-9000. Please contact the Parish Office (518-893-7680) when seriously ill, homebound or prior to hospitalization.
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.
Couples should contact the Parish Office (518-893-7680) six to nine months before their intended wedding date and prior to making reception arrangements.