Sacraments

BAPTISM

PLEASE NOTE: Baptisms have been postponed during the current crisis in most circumstances. For more information, please contact Anne Mears, Collaborative Pastoral Care Coordinator, at anne.mears@sjspwellesley.org.

Baptism initiates each of us as beloved sons and daughters into the family of God. It is usually celebrated shortly after a baby is born. This sacrament indicates that we have been born to a new life in Christ, made possible by Christ’s life, death, and Resurrection.

Baptism of Infants

“The Christian community welcomes you with great joy.”  These are the words of the priest at the beginning of Baptism, so it is fitting for the community to be gathered to welcome these new Christians. As such, baptisms are celebrated communally, either with other families or with the parish community. Baptisms are celebrated at St. Paul on the 1st Sunday of the month, and at St. John on the 2nd Sunday of the month, at 1:30pm (with up to 4 babies). Baptisms may also be celebrated with the parish community at a Sunday 9:00am Family Mass.  To request baptism for your child, please complete a Baptismal Request Form by clicking the following link and return it as soon as possible but ordinarily no later than one month prior to Baptism:  Baptismal Request Form.

Please Note: The Baptismal Request Form is an editable PDF form. It can be filled in online and saved, then emailed or printed. Alternatively, the blank form can be printed out and filled in by hand.

Completed forms may be emailed to Anne Mears, Collaborative Pastoral Care Coordinator, or brought/mailed to the parish office. A baptismal preparation meeting is required for all parents who have not had a child baptized previously.  Once we receive your request form we will contact you to discuss baptismal preparation and confirm the requested date.

Baptism of Children

If you have a child to be baptized who has reached “the age of reason” (generally Grade 2 or 7 years), you and they will receive different preparation. Please contact Anne Mears, Collaborative Pastoral Care Coordinator.

Baptism of Adults

Adults who have never been baptized take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) and will typically be baptized at the Easter Vigil.

 

RECONCILIATION

PLEASE NOTE: During the current crisis, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available by appointment only. Please call either parish office to schedule (St. John: 781-235-0045 or St. Paul: 781-235-1060)

Reconciliation offers the grace of healing and forgiveness and the assurance that you can always come home to God.  This sacrament, also known as Penance or Confession, is regularly available every Saturday at the following times:

St. Paul Church: 3:00-3:45pm

St. John the Evangelist Church: 3:30-4:30pm ( in the Lower Chapel)

Also available by appointment – please call either parish office to schedule (St. John: 781-235-0045 or St. Paul: 781-235-1060)

 

EUCHARIST

PLEASE NOTE: During the current crisis, Masses and communion visits have been suspended.

Eucharist is the sacrament of initiation that invites us to receive Christ’s Body and Blood. It is Christ’s special gift of Himself and it is the heart of Christian identity. Catholics believe that Jesus instituted the sacrament of the Eucharist at the Last Supper and celebrate it at every Mass.  First Eucharist for children is celebrated through the Religious Education Program.  For adults, First Eucharist is celebrated through the R.C.I.A. Program.  Eucharist is brought to the hospitalized and home-bound by the parish priests and Eucharistic Ministers. Please call either parish office to schedule (St. John: 781-235-0045 or St. Paul: 781-235-1060)

 

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation is the sacrament of initiation by which we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit to strengthen us for carrying out Christ’s mission.  Confirmation for young adults is celebrated through  our Religious Education Program at a date and time designated by the Archbishop.  Adult Confirmation is celebrated through the R.C.I.A. Program.

 

MATRIMONY

Matrimony blesses couples who desire to witness their love for one another and reflect the love of Christ for the Church.  To ensure the preparation needed for such a joyous celebration, the Parish should be contacted at least six months prior to the anticipated wedding date.  Please call either parish office to speak with one of our priests (St. John: 781-235-0045 or St. Paul: 781-235-1060).

 

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

PLEASE NOTE: During the current crisis, please call either parish office (St. John: 781-235-0045 or St. Paul: 781-235-1060).

Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing which brings Christ’s strength, comfort, and healing to those who are suffering in spirit, mind or body.  It is for people who are getting ready for surgery, the very sick, those suffering infirmities of age and for anyone near death. It can be celebrated anywhere, and it can be received more than once.

For those parishioners seriously ill or preparing for an operation or hospital stay, this sacrament is celebrated on the first Saturday of the month following the Vigil Mass, or by arrangement with one of our priests – please call either parish office (St. John: 781-235-0045 or St. Paul: 781-235-1060).

 

HOLY ORDERS

Holy Orders  is the Sacrament of Apostolic Ministry by which the mission entrusted by Christ to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church through the laying on of hands.  This sacrament has three distinct degrees or “orders”: deacon, priest, and bishop.  All three confer a permanent, sacramental character.  Discernment of a call to an ordained ministry is an important part of parish life. Visit the Archdiocese of Boston Office of Vocations website for more information. Please call either parish office to speak with one of our priests (St. John: 781-235-0045 or St. Paul: 781-235-1060).