Sacraments

Baptism

Baptisms are typically held on the second Sunday of the month at 12:30pm. Please see the official dates below.

Call the Rectory (508-543-7726) for information and to register your child for Baptism.  You may have one Godparent or two; one female and one male. 

First-time parents are expected to prepare for the Sacrament of Baptism by attending a Baptismal Preparation Class.  These classes take place on certain Sundays at 12:30pm in the Murphy Room of the Church.  See the official dates below.  Please call the rectory to schedule this date.  Due to unforeseen events, we occasionally need to cancel a class.

Choosing a Godparent for Baptism

 We are asked what the requirements are for serving as a Godparent.  We hope this information helps you decide on the best choice of godparent for your child.  Godparents cannot be changed later so please make your decision with care.

The requirements of serving as a godparent:

  • Cannot be a parent of the child;
  • Must be at least 16 or older;
  • At least one godparent must be a Confirmed Catholic. The other serves as a Christian Witness but must be a Baptized Christian.  A Catholic may not serve as a Christian Witness;
  • There may be one or two godparents. No more than two.  If there are two godparents, one must be male, and one must be female.  This is to emulate the Holy Family;
  • Must attend Mass regularly.

 A person who has not been baptized cannot be a godparent.  At the Baptism, the godparent RENEWS his/her promises that were given at his/her own Baptism.  If someone has not been baptized they cannot renew.

In order for a Catholic to serve as a Godparent, he/she must meet all the requirements of a Catholic.  Someone who has left the Church or who has not been Confirmed cannot sponsor a person in the Catholic Church’s teachings.

During the Baptism, the Celebrant will ask the godparents specific questions.  Some of these questions are:

Do you believe in the God the Father, almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?

 A godparent must be able to answer YES to ALL these questions. 

A godparent who cannot be at the Baptism may still serve as a godparent.  A proxy may stand for the godparent on the day of the Baptism.  The proxy must follow the same requirements as the godparent as stated above.

 We hope this helps you understand the requirements of choosing a Catholic Godparent. 

Guidelines for Sponsors in the Archdiocese of Boston - for more information

Baptismal Parent Class 2019
@12:30pm
Baptism Date 2019
@12:30pm
August 25 (due to Labor Day) September 15
October 6 October 13
November 3 November 17
December 1 December 8

 

Baptismal Parent Class 2020
@12:30pm
Baptism Date 2020
@12:30pm
January 5 January 12
January 26  February 16
March 1 March 8
April 5 April 19
May 3 May 10
June 7 June 14
July - No class July 12
August 2 August 9
September 6 September 13
October 4 October 11
November 1 November 8
December 6 December 13

Penance
Confessions are on Saturday from 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm and by appointment at any time (508-543-7726).

Marriage
Couples planning to be married at Saint Mary's should make an appointment to meet with the priest in person, at least one year prior to the wedding date and prior to booking a venue/vendor.

 Vocations
If you or someone you know is thinking about the priesthood, becoming a deacon, or joining the religious life (man or woman) and would like to learn more, please go to the Archdiocese of Boston Vocation site.

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - click here for more information.
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Sacrament of the Sick
Second Saturday of every month after the 4pm Mass.

The Anointing of the Sick is a beautiful sacrament.  It is a sacrament of life and of healing, not of death.  The sacrament can be repeated as needed, for those who recover and who become sick again, or for those whose health worsens or deteriorates.  

Those invited to be anointed are those who are seriously ill through sickness or advanced age, those who are facing a major surgery, and those with chronic health concerns.