Sacraments

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. To learn more, please read below or feel free to speak with our priests before or after mass.

If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully. If you would like more information on any of the sacraments at St. Pancras, call the rectory at (718) 821-2323, or submit an email inquiry and you will be contacted by a member of the parish staff. Thank you for your interest. Peace and blessings!

Baptism
Baptisms may be celebrated on either a Saturday or a Sunday. Parents should be registered, active parishioners of St. Pancras parish.  Both parents must make an appointment with one of the parish priests to register the date and time of the Baptism and be instructed about the sacrament and the importance of living their faith to the fullest. Parents must present the child’s original birth certificate to register for baptism. Please find our parish registration form here.

Chrzest w jezyku polskim w kazda pierwsza niedziele miesiaca o godzinie 13:00. Przypominnamy iz rodzice Proszacy o chrzest swojego dziecka powinni byc zarejestrowanymi parafianami sw. Pankracego.

Holy Communion
Please contact the rectory for more information.

Penance
Confessions are heard in English, Polish or Italian each Saturday, in church, from 3:30 to 4:15 PM or by appointment.

Confirmation
Adults who were previously baptized and received Holy Communion, but were never confirmed, can prepare for this sacrament during the Easter season. Please call the Religious Education Office to arrange for the preparation program.

Marriage
Couples must make arrangements with one of the priests at least six month prior to making any other arrangements. Please visit the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Marriage Preparation Program webpage (www.bqprecana.org) for information regarding the Pre-Cana programs.

Holy Orders
Vocational guidance and information is available for men who are discerning a call to the Diaconate or Priesthood. Please speak to a priest about this. The Diocese also has a Director of Vocations and an Office to assist in this, as well as help with vocations to the consecrated life of sister or brother.
Cathedral Preparatory Seminary is a High School in Elmhurst that assists young men in discerning a vocation while offering a standard high school curriculum. Cathedral Residence in Douglaston and the John Paul II Residence in Brooklyn assist college-age and older men in preparing for the major seminary. Visit www.brooklynpriests.org for more information regarding Vocations in Brooklyn.

Anointing of the Sick
Is administered upon request following the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Saturday. Please call no later than 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon to make arrangements.