Sacraments

There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Confession, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick. These sacraments are outward signs of God’s inward grace; they are the life of our Catholic Church. When we participate in the sacraments worthily, they provide us with the life of God in our soul. In worship, we give to God that which we owe Him; in the sacraments, He gives us the graces necessary to live a truly human life. Learn more about the sacraments at Christ the King Parish:

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Baptisms

Parents requesting baptism for a child must attend the Pre-Baptism Preparation class before a date can be set.Sponsors [Godparents] are strongly encouraged to attend.Please call the business office 732-222-3216 to set up your child’s baptism and register for Baptismal classes in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

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Eucharist

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is the third of the Sacraments of Initiation. Even though we are required to receive Communion at least once per year (our Easter Duty), and the Church urges us to receive Communion frequently (even daily, if possible).

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Confirmation

Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation, which takes place in this Parish during ninth Grade, are obligated to actively participate in weekly Mass, attend regular Religious Formation sessions for at least two years, and take part in the additional parish events.

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Confession

When we sin, we deprive ourselves of God’s grace. And by doing so, we make it even easier to sin some more. The only way out of this downward cycle is to acknowledge our sins, to repent of them, and to ask God’s forgiveness. Then, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), grace can be restored to our souls, and we can once again resist sin.

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Anointing of the Sick

The Pastoral care of the Sick is an important ministry of the church. If a family member is homebound please contact (person in charge) so that we may arrange for the Eucharist to bring to the home. If a family member is in need of receiving the Sacrament of the Sick, please contact the parish office so that Father Javier may visit and anoint the sick person.

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Marriage

Marriage plans should be made at least one year before the wedding; couples should make NO other plans until they meet with a priest. Marriage is a holy sacrament, and as such is a very important part of Christian life! Our efforts will center on assisting you to make this special time reverent, beautiful, and open to the movement of God’s Holy Spirit.

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Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate. (Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1536).

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