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The Sign of the Cross

The Sign of the Cross is the main symbol we use to remind us that Jesus suffered and died for us, and by his death and resurrection, we are saved.

 

As Catholics, we make the sign of the cross a lot when we pray. You don’t have to be Catholic to make the sign of the Cross and if you do it, you will fool most people into thinking you are Catholic and then you will be invisible for the rest of the Mass. Nobody has ever been struck by lightning for making the sign of the Cross. Here is how you do it: You do it all with your right hand. Holding your thumb to your pointy finger and your middle finger, you raise your hand to your forehead and say, “In the name of the Father”. Then you lower your hand below your sternum and touch your abdomen with your three digits and say, “and of the Son”. Then you move your hand to your left shoulder and say, “and of the Holy”. Then you bring your hand to your right shoulder and say, “Spirit. Amen”. During Mass, we do this when we enter the Church and at various times during the Mass, especially when the priest does it.

Holy Water

Holy Water reminds us of our baptismal dignity and that we are now children of God and members of his family.

 

Holy water is water blessed by a priest. As we enter the church, holy water fonts are near every entrance. This is your first chance to practice the sign of the Cross for real! You briefly dip your right hand into the water in the font. This is usually just the tip of your pointy finger as you make the sign of the Cross with the holy water.


After the holy water experience, you look for a pew. You don’t just step in and sit down when you get to your desired pew. First, you genuflect toward the tabernacle. The tabernacle should be prominently visible directly in the center of the apse (on the high altar or behind the main altar). Genuflection is the placing of your right knee lightly and briefly on the ground as you face the tabernacle. It takes 2 seconds. Then you can enter the pew. After entering the pew, you put the kneeler down in front of you and kneel. This is your opportunity to pray for a few minutes before Mass starts.

The Entire Mass is a Prayer

As Catholics, we believe the Mass is the highest form of prayer we have. That is because it is the very same Sacrifice Jesus made on Calvary for our salvation, extended into the present. During the Mass, the bread and wine are transformed into His Body and Blood for us to receive in Holy Communion. That is why our Mass often seems solemn and devout: we are in the presence of the greatest mystery of our Faith.


During the Mass, we will have readings from the Old and New Testaments, the Gospel, a homily by the priest explaining Scripture and our Faith, and the Offertory Prayer.

Drinks & Snacks

We don’t nosh during Mass. We don’t even have a coffee shop in the back of the Church, and we certainly don’t bring a drink into Mass. Additionally, Catholics must fast for at least one hour before receiving the Eucharist, so we certainly cannot have anything during Mass, not even chewing gum. Only bring water if you really need it. At our parishes, after all the Sunday morning Masses, we invite you for coffee and donuts and to meet new friends

 

Communion

If you’re not Catholic or are a Catholic who isn’t spiritually prepared to receive the Body of Christ, you can’t take Communion. However, you can line up with us for Communion, and as you approach the priest, cross your arms over your chest, which will indicate to him that you would like a blessing instead.

Follow along in the Missal

These are the books in the pew with you. It is difficult to follow all of it, but someone near you can show you which page we are on. There may also be a separate book for the songs. Feel free to sing along. We need all the help we can get! Most missals even have a prayer you can say called a spiritual communion. This prayer gives you an opportunity for special grace during the Mass because it is as if you are receiving the Eucharist, which is the peak and pinnacle of the Christian faith.

After the Mass is over, you can kneel once again for a few moments and thank God for the good things in your life, including
the Mass if it was a good experience for you. As you leave your pew, you genuflect toward the tabernacle again, then you
leave. Most of us dip our finger in the holy water font on our way out as well and make the sign of the Cross once again.

After Mass, ask a bunch of questions

The priest is commonly waiting for you at the main doors of the church. Father usually takes the opportunity to greet people, chat a little bit, and answer any questions people have.  After morning Masses many gather for coffee and donuts outside (weather permitting) or in the gym at St. Lawrence or downstairs at Sacred Heart.  Join us and make some new friends! 

 

Whether you are new to the faith or
new to our parish, we are so glad you are here!

Catholic FAQs

By Bishop Erik Pohlmeier
What does the word, "Catholic" mean?

Catholic means universal. In other words, Jesus Christ came to save all people not just some and he calls all people to share the life of grace that he offers. The Church is not meant to be an exclusive club but a place of welcome where all can benefit from the life of grace given by Christ through the Holy Spirit. Universal also means the Church exists already on earth and in heaven because we are part of the family of God by baptism and that family includes the saints already in heaven.

What do Catholics believe?

That God created the world and us to live in union with him forever. That union was lost by sin and restored by the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Church was established by Jesus so that we could continue to live in that union by receiving grace. We receive grace in the sacraments as strength so that we can practice charity. All of this together helps us live in unity with each other on earth so that we are ready for eternal unity in heaven.

How do Catholics practice their faith?

They practice through sacraments, prayer and virtue. The sacraments include our worship and the way to celebrate God’s gift of grace. Prayer is the conversation with God that should include both speaking and listening so that we better understand God’s will and follow it. Virtue explains what should be the quality of our lives; good actions that reflect our life with God and help bring about greater good in the world around us.

What are sacraments?

God exists around us all the time, but there are moments when he intervenes in life to give us grace. These moments are called sacraments, and they dispense the very life of God into the soul. There are seven sacraments in the Church’s life and each gives specific grace to help us live more fully in communion with God.

Why do Catholics believe about Holy Communion?

In John 6 Jesus said that we were to “eat his flesh and drink his blood.” This caused many disciples to leave him but the Twelve Apostles were among those who remained. At the Last Supper Jesus made clear to them what he meant by taking bread and wine at Passover and saying, “This is my Body. This is my Blood.” He also said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” The Last Supper was the first Mass and holy Communion is the act at Mass of receiving the Body and Blood of Christ that he gave to us.

Why do Catholics confess to a priest?

Because Jesus said to. (John 20:23) After the resurrection of Jesus, in his first appearance to the apostles he breathed on them to entrust his Holy Spirit to them, and then sent them out with the power to do what he had done, specifically telling them that their words would have power over sin both on earth and in heaven.

Are Catholics saved?

Salvation means the forgiveness of sin and being restored in God’s grace, which is given by God alone. All are redeemed by the death and resurrection of Christ but being saved means accepting our place with God as a free gift. Catholics are born again in baptism, but final salvation is judged by Christ only at the time of death. Eternal life with God in heaven is determined at that time according to the justice and mercy of God taking into account the whole of our lives.

What do Catholics believe about the Bible?

That the Bible is a collection of books that contain the truth of God’s revelation. The Bible is God’s living word that has power to reveal God in our history and his voice in our lives now. It is not written as a history book to convey the accuracy of every detail but rather to convey the deeper truth of who God is and why he includes us in his life and creation. It is a gift so that we may know God and follow him.

Do Catholics worship Mary and the other saints?

No, worship is given to God alone. For Catholics worship follows the ancient tradition of offering sacrifice and Catholics never offer sacrifice except to God during the Mass. Prayer and singing and preaching are included in worship but are distinct. So, some people are confused by actions they may judge to be worship but are distinct. Catholics honor Mary and the saints
as part of the family of God who are very much alive in heaven and pray for us who remain on earth. They offer hope for having made it to the end of journey.

Do Catholics believe the Pope is infallible?

With regards to teaching faith and morals, yes. In other statements such as opinions of world events or policies, no. The pope is the successor of Peter whom Jesus chose to entrust the keys of the kingdom of God with the promise of divine protection. It is the Holy Spirit who guides and protects the Church through those chosen as the human instrument and the Holy Spirit
cannot be in error. Popes through the centuries have erred in many and tragic ways but not in teaching dogmas of the Church. (cf. CCC 84-95; 888-892)

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Sacred Heart

414 Haviland Dr, Patterson, NY

Holy Week

Holy Thursday, March 28
7:30 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday, March 29
6:00 pm Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, March 30
8:00 pm Mass

Easter Sunday, March 31
10:30 am Mass

Regular Schedule


Sunday

10:30 am Mass

Monday-Friday
9:00 am Rosary

Monday
6:30 pm Rosary via Zoom

For Assistance Call
(845) 279-4832

Saint Lawrence O'Toole

31 Prospect St, Brewster, NY

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Thursday, March 28
7:30 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday, March 29
12:00 pm Stations of the Cross
3:00 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
7:30 pm Way of the Cross, Spanish Procession

Confessions: 9:00 am to 12 noon.

Holy Saturday, March 30

1:00 pm Blessing of the Easter Food
8:00 pm Easter Vigil
Confessions: 9:00 am to 12 noon

Easter Sunday, March 31
8 am, 9:30 am, 11 am Mass
12:30 pm Mass en Español

Regular Schedule

Saturday
5 pm Mass
7:30 pm Mass en Español

Sunday
8 am, 9:30 am, 11 am Mass
12:30 pm Mass en Español
5:30 pm Mass 

Monday-Friday
8:30 am Daily Mass

First Friday
7 pm Mass, Adoration, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Exposition

Monday – Friday
7:45 am Rosary

 

Monday
6:30 pm Rosary via Zoom

 

Saturday
8:30 am Rosary

For Assistance Call
(845) 279-2021

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9:30 am Sunday & Holy Day Masses plus Seasons of Praise, check calendar for dates & times

Saint Lawrence O'Toole

31 Prospect St, Brewster, NY

Confession

Monday
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm 

 

Friday
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Saint Lawrence O'Toole

31 Prospect St, Brewster, NY

Divine Mercy Chapel
Perpetual Adoration

 

For Assistance Call
(845) 279-2021