Sacraments

Sacrament of Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the first, third, (and fifth Sundays, when a month has five Sundays) at 12:15 PM.  Prior to the celebration of Baptism, attendance at the Pre-Jordan Program is mandatory for both parents. Godparents must be baptized Catholics at least 16 years of age who have completed the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. They may not be the parent of the child being baptized. If married, they must be married in the Catholic Church, regularly attending Mass on Sunday, and living their Faith. The two godparents do not have to be married to one another. A baptized non-Catholic may not be a godparent but may serve as a witness along with a Catholic godparent. Non-baptized persons may not serve as witnesses or godparents. If the godparents are not from St. Matthew Parish, they must present a certificate of eligibility from their own parish.

Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

Those who are seriously ill or who are going to have surgery or enter the hospital are encouraged to request the Sacrament of the Sick.  Sick Calls: The Parish Priests will be happy to visit any Parishioner who is hospitalized. Please contact the Rectory, since hospitals do not contact the Rectory. Emergencies: Call the Rectory at any time: 215-333-0585.  In order to give St. Matthew parishioners more of an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of the Sick from their parish priests this sacrament will be available after the 4:30 PM Saturday Vigil Mass and after the 8:30 AM Sunday Mass.  Please inform the priest before Mass if you would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick.  

Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confessions

Saturdays – 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. (Lower Church), 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Upper Church)
Advent and Lent – See bulletin for dates and times
Anytime, by mutual agreement of penitent and priest

Sacrament of Matrimony/Weddings

The Sacrament of Matrimony is a holy covenant between a man and a woman, entered into freely and solemnly before God. It is to be witnessed by the community of faith. Engaged couples, at least one of whom must be a registered, practicing member of Saint Matthew Parish, should set the marriage date with the Church at least six months in advance. This will allow enough time to attend the Pre-Cana Instructions, gather all the proper documents, obtain any dispensations, and plan and prepare for the liturgical celebration. Please do not make any reception arrangements until your Wedding date is confirmed by a priest. Please call the Rectory for more information.

Sacrament of 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, p. 1536).  Learn more about becoming a Priest or Permanent Deacon by visiting HeedTheCall.org or scs.edu.

Devotions

Rosary: Monday through Saturday before the 8:30 am Mass  (Lower Church)
Miraculous Medal Novena: Saturday after the 8:30 am Mass  (Lower Church)
Stations of the Cross:  Fridays of Lent at 7:00 pm  (Upper Church)