Sacraments

Baptism

“The one who believes and is baptized will be saved.” ~Mark 16:16

This sacrament is the door of the Church of Christ and the entrance into a new life. We are reborn from the state of slavery to sin into the freedom of the Sons of God. Baptism incorporates us with Christ’s mystical body and makes us partakers of all the privileges flowing from the redemptive act of the Church’s Divine Founder. The two principal effects are purification from sins and new birth in the Holy Spirit

Baptismal preparation class is required for the first child you baptize. Baptismal classes, locations and times are listed below.

Tri-Parish Baptism preparation class– Last Thursday of the month at 7:00 P.M. located at St. Catherine of Genoa Parish in the lower Church.

St. Joseph’s Parish- Second Sunday of each month at 1:30 P.M.

St. Ann’s Parish- Second Sunday of each month at 2:00 P.M.

St. Catherine’s Parish- Last 2 Sunday’s of each month at 12:00 P.M.

Please fill out the Baptismal Registration Form below and turn it into the rectory or call the parish and provide them the information over the phone. Make sure you verify the date with the secretary.

The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Baptism are:

  • The remission of all sin, original and actual as well as remission of temporal punishment
  • Incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ; Sacramental bond of Christian unity
  • “A new creature”- adopted sons of God, co-heirs with Christ, temple of the Holy Spirit.
  • Infusion of Supernatural Grace, Gifts, and Virtues
  • Conferral of the Right to Special Graces
  • Impression of a character on the soul; an indelible spiritual mark

First Holy Communion

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” ~John 6:51

Receiving the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus in the Eucharist is essential for maintaining a relationship with Christ. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The Eucharist is a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Father, a blessing by which the Church expresses her gratitude to God for all his benefits, for all that he has accomplished through creation, redemption, and sanctification

If you have a child who would like to receive First Holy Communion please enroll them in the Faith Formation program at your parish. If you have any questions please contact the Director of Faith Formation:

Christopher L. Shaw
(617) 625-1904
DFFSomervilleCollaborative@gmail.com

If you are an adult and would like to receive First Holy Communion please contact the RCIA Director:
Sister Norah Guy
(617) 666-2087

The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Communion are:

  • An intimate union with Christ Jesus
  • Preserves, increases, and renews the life of grace received at Baptism
  • The Eucharist strengthens our charity
  • The Eucharist preserves us from future mortal sins
  • Communion renews, strengthens, and deepens incorporation into the Church, already achieved by Baptism

Reconciliation (Penance)

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” ~John 20:21-23

Confession is an essential part of the Christian life. As we grow in our relationship with Christ it is necessary to acknowledge that we all fall short and are in need of God’s infinite mercy.  

The Sacrament of Confession is held in the lower church at all three parishes every Saturday from 3:00-3:30 P.M. or by appointment at the rectory.

The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Penance are:

  • Reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace
  • Reconciliation with the Church
  • Remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins
  • Remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin
  • Peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation
  • An increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle

Confirmation

"And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." ~Luke 24:49

Confirmation is a strengthening of the Holy Spirit that perfects Baptismal grace. It imprints a spiritual seal on our soul and strengthens our ability to preserve in the spiritual life. Confirmed Christians, share more completely in the mission of Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Holy Spirit with which he is filled so that their lives may give off “the aroma of Christ.”

If you have a teenager who would like to receive Confirmation please enroll them in the Faith Formation program at your parish. If you have any questions please contact the Director of Faith Formation:

Christopher L. Shaw
(617) 625-1904
DFFSomervilleCollaborative@gmail.com

If you are an adult and would like to receive Confirmation please contact the RCIA Director:
Sister Norah Guy
(617) 666-2087

The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Confirmation are:

  • It roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”
  • It unites us more firmly to Christ
  • It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us
  • It renders our bond with the Church more perfect
  • It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross

Holy Matrimony (Marriage)

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh." ~ Matthew 19:12

The vocation to marriage helps couples form with each other an intimate communion of life and love. By its very nature, it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament. Marriage signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church.

Couples should contact the rectory at least nine months before the intended marriage date. More information will be given upon request.

St. Joseph’s rectory- (617) 666-4140

St. Ann’s rectory- (617) 625-1904

St. Catherine’s rectory- (617) 666-2087

The graces of the sacrament of Matrimony are:

  • Perfect the couple’s love
  • Strengthen their indissoluble unity
  • Help one another to attain holiness in their married life
  • Christ dwells with them
  • Gives them the strength to take up their crosses and so follow him
  • To forgive one another
  • To bear one another’s burdens
  • To love one another with supernatural, tender, and fruitful love.

Anointing of the Sick

“He took our infirmities and bore our diseases”~ Matthew 8:17

Christ’s compassion toward the sick and his many healings of every kind of infirmity are a resplendent sign that “God has visited his people” and that the Kingdom of God is close at hand. Jesus has the power not only to heal but also to forgive sins; he has come to heal the whole man, soul, and body; he is the physician the sick have need of. His compassion toward all who suffer goes so far that he identifies himself with them: “I was sick and you visited me.” His preferential love for the sick has not ceased through the centuries to draw the very special attention of Christians toward all those who suffer in body and soul. It is the source of tireless efforts to comfort them.

If you or someone you know would like to receive this sacrament please contact the rectory and schedule an appointment.

St. Joseph’s rectory- (617) 666-4140

St. Ann’s rectory- (617) 625-1904

St. Catherine’s rectory- (617) 666-2087

The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Anointing of the sick are:

  • Receives the strength and the gift of uniting himself more closely to Christ’s Passion
  • Contributes to the good of the People of God
  • Renews trust and faith in God and strengthens against the temptations of the evil one
  • Receive forgiveness of any sins committed
  • Completes our conformity to the death and Resurrection of Christ
  • Grants strength, peace, and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age

Holy Orders

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers in to his harvest” ~Matthew 9:37-38

Holy Orders are the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. We invite and encourage men to give themselves in service to Jesus Christ and His Church

If you are discerning that Christ might be inviting you to become a priest, deacon, or religious please contact Fr. Brian McHugh at the parish rectory.