Letters of Recommendation

Have you been asked to be a Sponsor for a child being baptized or a child making their confirmation? For those who have been asked to be sponsors at Baptism or Confirmation, we gladly issue recommendations for registered parishioners who:

• attend Mass regularly

• have been Confirmed

• if married, have done so in conformity with the laws of the Church

• if they are parents, are sending their children to Catholic School or Religious Education (grades 1-10)

Click here for more detailed information on Godparent Requirements.

St. Christopher Visitors

Do you know a parishioner who is homebound, residing in a Nursing Home or temporarily in a hospital, and would like to receive communion?

St. Christopher’s has an active Eucharistic Ministry to serve these people. Please supply all relevant information including the person’s name, location, contact information, and a brief description of their situation by emailing  .

Be sure to include your name and phone number so we can call you for more information if necessary.

If the patient is in a life-threatening situation, please call the office at 716-692-2660 so that a priest can anoint them.

Sacraments at St. Christopher

As a Catholic Church Community, we believe that preparation for and celebration of the sacraments involves our parish community as well as our families since at Baptism we become members of the Body of Christ. Therefore family members and parishioners are involved in the preparation process for the sacraments as well as in the living out of Christian life.

Baptism of Infants and Younger Children

Parents preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism for their child(ren) participate in a Preparation Program held on the first Tuesday of the month.  Contact the Parish Office at 692-2660 to register for the program. Infant Baptisms take place on the first four Sundays of the month at 12:30 PM, at Mass or at other times by special arrangement.

Godparent selection is an important decision for your child. You need at least one practicing Catholic to serve a Godparent to you child. Please click [here] for information regarding the proper selection of your child's Godparent(s).

Contact: Diana Deck 692-2660 x 300

Baptism of Adults and Children over 7 (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a year round process of weekly sessions led by a team of parishioners for any person interested in learning more about the Catholic Church or in becoming a full and active member of the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and/or Eucharist.  Children seven and older, and young people who are unbaptized participate in a similar process. Contact: Renee Villa 692-2660 x328

First Eucharist

The  preparation for children in Grade 3 for First Eucharist seeks to make them more aware of God's love and their call to be part of the "Body of Christ." Parents, catechists and the parish community are personally involved in bringing our children to the Table of the Lord. An alternate process is provided for older children and adults.  For more information, click on the Religious Education link on our website.

Contact: Marie Sajsa 694-4310

First Reconciliation

Children at least 7 years of age and in the 2nd grade prepare in class and with their families to receive First Reconciliation. An alternate process is provided for older children and adults. For more information, click on the Religious Education link on our website.

Contact: Marie Sajsa 694-4310

 

Reconciliation

Saturdays at 3:45 PM and Wednesdays at 7 PM in the Reconciliation Chapel in the church or anytime by appointment. Parish Reconciliation Services with multiple confessors take place in Lent and in Advent.

Confirmation of Adults

Baptized adults (18 and older) who attend Mass regularly, but who were not confirmed, can take part in three preparation sessions for the Sacrament of Confirmation which is usually celebrated in the Fall.

Baptized adults who have not received First Eucharist or Confirmation usually take part in the RCIA process.

                                              Contact: Renee Villa  692-2660

Confirmation for High School Students

The Confirmation program is designed for students who have completed the 10thgrade in either Catholic High School or the Parish Religious Education Program.  The young person is provided with the opportunity, support and time needed to seriously and willingly prepare for and choose the Sacrament of Confirmation. For more information, click on the Religious Education link.

Contact: Marie Sajsa 694-4310

Matrimony

Couples are asked to contact Fr. Steve or Fr. Suresh at least six months before the desired wedding date. Attendance at a marriage preparation program is a diocesan requirement. Married couples assist engaged couples in their preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony during a program in February at St.Christopher Parish.  A variety of other programs is also available in the diocese.

Contact: Fr. Steve Jekielek or Fr. Suresh Yamarthy at 692-2660

Marriage Preparation Program

Married couples assist engaged couples in their preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage. A variety of programs are available. Once a year,usually in February, St. Christopher Parish hosts a day-long Marriage Prep Program for engaged couples.

Vocations

If you feel that God may be calling you to the priesthood or the permanent diaconate, contact Fr. Steve, Fr. Suresh, Deacon Frank, Deacon Tom or Deacon Dave at 692-2660. Girls and women who feel called to a religious commitment should call Renee Villa. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Anointing of the Sick (Care of the Sick)

In case of accident or sudden illness, call anytime for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. This sacrament is also available to anyone preparing for surgery.

Contact: Fr. Steve Jekielek or Fr. Suresh Yamarthy at 692-2660.

We are pleased to bring Holy Communion to ill, homebound and hospitalized parishioners when notified.