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Baptism

If I am an adult seeking Baptism, what do I need to do?
We welcome all who want to receive the gift of divine life in the Catholic Church. If your are interested in learning more about receiving this sacrament and entering into full communion with the Catholic Church, please contact Sr. Nancy Citro, SNDdeN, at ncitro@stmarystcatherine.org or 617-242-4664.

How do I arrange a Baptism for my child?
Usually, Baptisms at St. Mary-St. Catherine Parish are held the first Sunday of the month at 1:30PM and Baptismal Preparation classes for parents and godparents take place the Friday evening before at 7PM at the Parish Center, 46 Winthrop Street across from the Training Field. If your schedule is in conflict with these dates, we can work with you to schedule a mutually convenient time for your child to receive this sacrament. You may contact Sr. Nancy Citro, SNDdEN at 617-242-4664 or  ncitro@stmarystcatherine.org or use the “request information” box on the website to request the Baptism. Be sure to provide all of your contact information and as much detail of your desired Baptism date.  Only a parent or a legal guardian can request Baptism of one’s child.

Can anyone be godparent for my child?
A godparent is a spiritual role model for a person being baptized. They must be a practicing, confirmed Catholic. They do not have to be present at the Baptism but can have a proxy or “stand in” take their place at the ceremony. In some cases a practicing Christian of another church can take the role of “Christian witness” along with at least one Confirmed Catholic godparent.

Confession

When are Confessions held at St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish?

Usually, Fr. Ronan is available in Church to hear confessions on Saturdays between 3:30 and 3:45PM except on Holy Saturday.  Periodically, we have a communal penance service after which a number of priests are available to hear individual confessions.

Can I go to confession at times outside of the regular schedule?
Yes. Confessions are available by appointment by calling our Pastor, Fr. Ronan at the Parish Center at 617-242-4664.

What do I need to do to make a good confession?
Take some time beforehand to review your life and identify any sins you have committed. Any serious sins you recall should be confessed with repentance and a sincere sorrow for sin. The priest will give you a penance, which is a prayer or act that allows you to show your repentance. There is a brief prayer, an act of contrition that expresses your sorrow for sin. The priest concludes by giving you pardon/absolution.

First Communion / Eucharist

How can my child make his or her first communion?
In collaboration with parents, we provide a two year program of preparation for children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion beginning in the first grade and concluding in second grade.  Please see the Religious Education section of this website and contact Sr. Nancy Citro, SNDdeN for further information at ncitro@stmarystcatherine.org or 617-242-4664.

What if my child is older than the second grade?
In collaboration with parents, we will work to prepare the older children for First Communion.

Can I request communion for a loved one who is home bound?
We welcome the opportunity to provide pastoral visits and communion for homebound parishioners. Please contact Sr. Nancy Citro, SND at ncitro@stmarystcatherine.org or call her at 617-242-4664 to arrange a visit with a priest. Our priests and deacons and communion ministers all make visits to make arrangements.

Can I bring Communion to a relative or friend who is in the hospital or home bound?
To give the Eucharist to another, a Catholic must be trained and authorized. We prepare confirmed Catholics to become Communion Ministers with much care. To be eligible for this ministry a Catholic must live a life of faith and charity consistent with the gift of the Eucharist.

Confirmation

When are young people usually confirmed?
In our archdiocese, young people are expected to prepare for confirmation during their high school years. Programs to help them grow in faith involve Mass, prayer, faith sharing, learning and service. At St. Mary–St. Catherine of Siena students should register as they complete 8th grade.

What should I do if I was not confirmed in high school? I know I cannot be a Godparent for a Catholic, or be commissioned as a Lector or Communion Minister, if I am not confirmed.  What can I do?
Every year, St. Mary-St. Catherine’s provides Adult Confirmation classes for those who have not had the opportunity to receive this sacrament.

Marriage

What do I need to do to get married in the Catholic Church?
The first step is to arrange to meet with our pastor by filling out our contact form.  You can also read about our Church services here. Once the form is received, you will be contacted by the Pastor for an appointment.  Reservation of your marriage date on our wedding calendar can only occur after this meeting. You will learn more about what you need in order to prepare for this sacrament during this meeting.

You should contact us at least six months before the date you have in mind for your wedding. We strongly recommend beginning this process a year or more before the intended date of marriage so that you and your fiancée will have adequate time to prepare for this lifetime of committed love. We often confirm weddings a year or more in advance.

Can I marry someone who is not a Catholic?

Yes, you can celebrate your marriage at our Parish or at another church. Our pastor, Fr. Ronan, is available to assist you and your fiancée in this process. You may contact him at jronan@stmarystcatherine.org or call him at the Parish Center at 617-242-4664.

Weddings with another baptized person must take place in a church of one denomination or the other.

Catholic – Jewish weddings may be celebrated in a building other than a church out of respect for the religion of the non-Catholic.

Can I be married in the Catholic Church if I have been married before?
The church honors the marriage commitment that people make and so careful consideration must be given to a person’s previous marriage. There may be circumstances in which the church judges that a prior marriage is not binding for various reasons. The best thing to do is to contact our Pastor, Fr. Ronan, who can assist you.  You may reach him at jronan@stmarystcatherine.org or call him at the Parish Center at 617-242-4664.

Anointing of the Sick

If I am ill, or am caring for a sick person, when should I request the sacrament of the sick?
Anyone who is seriously ill or facing surgery, even if it may not be life threatening, is encouraged to receive the Sacrament of the Sick. People mistakenly think of this sacrament as the “last rites” but it is intended to help people get better. It may also be given to someone who is dying and we strongly recommend you call for a priest if there is real danger of death. In a hospital or nursing home, the staff should be able to make that contact for you with a priest who is responsible for that institution.

If you or someone you are caring for would like to receive this sacrament, please call our Pastor, Fr. Ronan at the Parish Center at 617-242-4664.

Can a priest from St. Mary–St. Catherine anoint my relative in another city?
Because our pastor, Fr. Ronan, covers several hospitals and nursing homes, he is unable to provide this sacrament to people in other locations. In any hospital or nursing home, the staff is able to assist you in contacting a local priest who is responsible for that institution. Thank you for understanding the limits we need to set.

Christian Funerals

What should I do to prepare for the Catholic funeral for a loved one at St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena?
Normally the funeral director will assist you in making arrangements with us.   A priest or pastoral associate will then contact you to assist with the details of the Funeral Mass.

Is it necessary to have a funeral Mass?
A Mass is the usual form of worship and the highest form of prayer for a Catholic. A funeral service is permitted under some circumstances but this should be done only after thoughtful discussion with a priest and family members, and not simply as a convenience.

Can a Catholic be cremated?

The Church recommends that the body be brought to the Church for the rites of burial prior to cremation. If cremation cannot be done after the funeral Mass, the ashes may be brought to the Church for a Mass of Christian burial.

My mother died and was buried in another state, but most of our family and friends are here. Can we have a Mass for her at St. Mary–St. Catherine?
Yes. A Memorial Mass can be scheduled for your loved one and you can invite family and friends to participate.  To schedule a Memorial Mass, please call the Parish Center at 617-242-4664.