Saint Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church
979 Avenue C - Bayonne, New Jersey 07002 (201) 436-2222   Fax:(201) 437-5235
Founded 1894
New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places
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Guidelines for the Reception of Communion

For Catholics
As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion.  We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently.  In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour.  A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession.  In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (Code of Canon Law, canon 916).  A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.


For Fellow Christians
We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters.  We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us.  We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ's prayer for us "that they may all be one" (John 17:21).

Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion.  Eucharist sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 & 4).  Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches.  According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 & 3).


For those not receiving Holy Communion
All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.


For non-Christians
We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ.  While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family.

How to Report Abuse:  The Archdiocese of Newark takes very seriously any and all complaints of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy, Religious and lay staff of the Archdiocese.  We encourage anyone with knowledge of an act of sexual misconduct to inform the Archdiocese immediately so that we may take appropriate action to protect others and provide support to victims of sexual abuse.  Although we will report all allegations of abuse immediately to the appropriate County Prosecutor, we encourage anyone with an allegation of abuse also to reach out to the prosecutor.
Individuals who report an allegation of sexual misconduct may do so by calling the Victim's Assistance Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection at (201) 407-3256.
The phone numbers for the County Prosecutors within the Archdiocese are:
Bergen - (201) 226-5689
Essex - (973) 753-1121
Hudson - (201) 795-6400
Union - (908) 965-3879
For more information on the Archdiocese's Policies dealing with sexual misconduct by clergy, Religious and lay staff and volunteers, and for information on sexual abuse awareness training for both adults and children/youth, click here.

Mass Schedule:  (Weekday 7:AM and 8:AM) - (Saturday 8:00AM) - (Saturday evening 5:PM)
(Sunday 8:AM, 10:AM, 12:PM and [7:PM
Spanish]) - (Holyday of obligation 7:AM, 8:30AM, 12:PM, [6:PM Spanish], and 7:30PM) (Federal/Civic secular Holiday 9:AM)
Sacrament of Reconciliation:  Saturday 4:PM to 4:45PM - The Order of the Mass

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