SACRAMENTS & FORMATION
at St. Aedan's
The celebration of the Sacraments, in which the spiritual life of the faithful is formed and nourished, stands at the center of the community’s life at St. Aedan’s. From marking key moments in each Christian’s life to celebrating the cycle of feasts and Sundays of the Church year, members of the parish gather to pray together and to be strengthened in their journeys of faith through the celebration of the Sacraments.
Holy Eucharist. All are invited to Holy Mass on Sunday at 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, and 12:30 PM in English, and at 11:00 AM in Spanish. There is also an anticipated Mass on Saturday at 5:30 PM. Daily Masses are celebrated at 12:10 PM, Monday through Friday, and at 9:00 AM on Saturday.
Mass requests may be made for special intentions, including prayers of thanksgiving, petition, and in remembrance of the deceased. Please contact Joy Villanueva, parish secretary for details about scheduling and donation.
Reconciliation. Priests are available to hear confessions in English on Saturday from 4:00-5:00 PM, and in Spanish and English on Friday from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM.
Baptism. The baptism of infants is performed at 2 PM on the third Saturday of every month, with English and Spanish alternating every month. (Click here to download the monthly schedule of English and Spanish baptisms.) To register for a baptism, parents need to bring their child’s birth certificate to the parish office and undergo the baptism preparation course, which is held every third Thursday of the month at 7 PM. English and Spanish alternate each month; again, click here for the detailed schedule. Contact Joy Villanueva, Parish Secretary for details. Please check the parish bulletin for more information.
Adults seeking the Sacrament of Baptism must undergo the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Click here for more information.
First Communion and Confirmation. Receiving the Sacraments of first Holy Communion and Confirmation usually takes place in the course of the program of religious education (CCD) offered by the parish. Registration for religious education takes place in September, and classes are held (in Spanish and in English) on Sunday mornings through the school year. Children typically begin religious education classes around the age of five, so that after two years of instruction they may be ready to receive their first Communion around the age of seven. Classes to prepare young people to receive Confirmation are held for older students. For more information, please contact Reina Osi, Coordinator for Religious Education.
Adults seeking the Sacraments of first Holy Communion and Confirmation must undergo the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Click here for more information.
Matrimony. Parishioners and members of the Saint Peter's University community are welcome to profess their wedding vows within a Catholic rite of marriage at St. Aedan's. For more information, please contact Joy Villanueva, Parish Secretary.
Anointing of the Sick. To schedule a pastoral visit by a priest to administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please contact Joy Villanueva, Parish Secretary.
Holy Orders. Holy Orders is the Sacrament celebrated to ordain a person to the ministerial priesthood. All members of the Church, by virtue of their baptism, are called to priestly service in the Church, giving fit praise and worship to God by their full participation in the community’s prayer and by their faithful witness to Christ in daily life. Those ordained to the ministerial priesthood are further charged to serve the community by administering the Sacraments, proclaiming the word of God and caring for the needs of the faithful and the wider community.
Every member of the Church has a vocation, and many are called to ministerial service in the Church in one form or another, whether ordained or lay. Those interested in learning more about serving as a priest or in discerning God’s call in their lives are encouraged to speak with one of the priests at the parish. Information about becoming a Jesuit priest or brother, like those serving at St. Aedan’s, may be found here, while information about becoming a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark may be found here.
Funerals. Funeral services are typically coordinated through the funeral home employed for the deceased. The funeral home will contact the parish directly with details about the wake and funeral services.
Children and adults who have not received the Sacraments of Initiation -- Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation -- are invited to sign up for religious education. Registration for both of these programs usually opens in September, with classes beginning in October and ending the following spring. For more information about registration, please contact Joy Villanueva, Parish Secretary.
For Children. Religious education for children (Catechism or CCD) begins as preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation (First Confession) and Holy Eucharist (First Communion). Those Sacraments are usually received after the second year of instruction. Classes are conducted by members of the parish on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM, giving instruction about the basics of Catholic faith and life, so that each child is ready to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. Religious education continues after First Communion to help the children deepen in their understanding of the Church’s teachings and life. As they progress, the focus of religious education turns to the preparation for full initiation into the Catholic Church in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
For further information about the program of religious education for children, please contact Reina Osi, Coordinator for Religious Education.
For Adults. Adults, who have never received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation) and who wish to become members of the Catholic Church, are invited to participate in a separate program of religious education, called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). This program offers catechetical instruction to: a) those who have never been baptized and wish to become Catholic Christians, b) those who were baptized in another Christian faith community and now wish to become Catholic, and c) baptized, adult Catholics who wish to be confirmed and so be fully initiated in the Church. Registration opens in September for a program of weekly classes that are conducted from October until Easter. The program culminates at the celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass, when the new members are welcomed into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, and then are invited to receive Communion for the first time with the parish community.
For further information about the RCIA program, please contact Joy Villanueva, Parish Secretary.