Religious Education

The word Sacrament comes from the Latin word “sacramentum,” which means a sign of the sacred. The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred and significant for us as Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully.

For more information on any of the sacraments at St. Dominic, please read below or feel free to speak with our priests before or after mass. You may also call the Rectory at (718) 469-9500 or submit an email inquiry and a member of the parish staff will contact you. Thank you for your interest. Peace and blessings!

Parents planning to have a child baptized must first call the Rectory during office hours to schedule an appointment for the Baptismal intake. Baptisms are celebrated in Creole on the first Saturday of the month at noon, in English during the second Saturday of the month at noon, and in Spanish during the third Saturday of the month at noon.

The Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we are also nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

Confessions are held on Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. or at other reasonable times by making an appointment at the Rectory.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is a mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and the Eucharist, it is a sacrament of initiation for Catholics and a sacrament of Faith in God’s fidelity to us. Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation is available for teens, grade 9-12 on Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

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. Arrangements for marriage must be made with a priest at least six months in advance.

Holy Orders
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, also known as Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness. Through this sacrament, the Church comforts and supports the person who is suffering and continues the healing ministry of Christ. For those who are about to die, the Church, in addition to the Anointing of the Sick, offers the Eucharist as viaticum – food for the journey home.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Adults interested in receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and/or Communion should speak with Deacon Ronald Agnant. RCIA is the process the Church employs to prepare adults to be baptized and/or confirmed. Through instruction, worship, and prayer, adults are helped to grow in faith and receive these sacraments. Are you interested and eligible to take part? Now is the time to inquire about making or renewing your faith. You can call Deacon Ronald Agnant at the parish office at (718) 469-9500.

Classes take place:
RCIA-Teens (14-17) Saturdays 3:00 p.m. (Deacon Agnant)
RCIA-Adults (Spanish) Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. (Mr. Modesto) Sundays 11:00 a.m. (Mr. Modesto)
RCIA-Adults (Haitian Creole) Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. (Deacon Agnant)