Sacrament of Baptism
The Sacrament of Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation of the Roman Catholic Church. The other Sacraments of Initiation are Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission (CCC 1213).” For more information about the Sacrament of Baptism, please refer to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1212-1284). During the month of December, the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport will celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism according to the follow schedule:
- Baptism Preparation Workshop
Sunday, December 3rd at 11:00am
Saint Ann Church
- Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism
Sunday, December 10th at 1:00pm
Saint Ann Church
- Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism
Sunday, December 17th at 1:00pm
Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
If you are an adult who has not been baptized and would like to prepare for the Sacrament of Baptism in the Roman Catholic Church, please contact Cliff Garvey at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to have your child baptized, please contact Melissa Unis at email@example.com. Please pray for all of our newly baptized children and for their parents, godparents, and grandparents!
Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation
As sinners, we acknowledge our faults and failures. We also believe deeply in God’s boundless mercy and limitless love for us. The Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation (Confession) offers each of us an opportunity to reconcile ourselves with both God and the Church. The sacrament is comprised of four elements: sorrow for one’s sins, confession of those sins to a priest, a prayer of personal contrition, absolution by a priest, and an act of penance. The Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport celebrates the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation according to the following schedule:
- Saint Ann Church | Saturdays 3:00pm-3:30pm
- By Appointment
For more information about the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation, please refer to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1422-1498); or our “Guide for Making a Good Confession” (see link below). For more information about scheduling an appointment, please contact Father Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn More: Guide for Making a Good Confession
Sacrament of Marriage
In the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, the Sacrament of Marriage is celebrated at Saint Joachim Church in Rockport, Saint Ann Church in Gloucester, Saint Anthony Chapel in Gloucester, and Our Lady of Good Voyage Church in Gloucester. If you are not a parishioner in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, please note that you must arrange for your own clergy. Otherwise, if you would like to schedule a wedding in one of the churches of the Catholic Community of Gloucester or Rockport, please contact Deacon Daniel Dunn at email@example.com. Arrangements should be made at least six months in advance of a planned wedding.
Sacramental Preparation for Adults
- Sacrament of Baptism
- Sacrament of Holy Eucharist
- Sacrament of Confirmation
If you are an adult (age 18 and over) and have not received the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance & Reconciliation (Confession), Holy Eucharist, or Confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church, then please consider joining us for our adult faith formation program which will meet on Sunday mornings after our 8:15am Mass beginning on Sunday, October 4th th in Saint Ann Parish House.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a seven month program that prepares adults to be received into the Catholic Church at Easter. Our group meets bi-weekly to learn about the basic beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church. As part of this same process, our Adult Confirmation Program prepares adults for the Sacrament of Confirmation and focuses on the challenges of living a life of faith in the modern world. If you would like to join us for this journey of faith and become part of this unique fellowship in preparation for the sacraments of God’s Church, please complete a registration form (see below) or contact Cliff Garvey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us! All are welcome!
Pastoral Care of the Sick, Disabled & Homebound
- Sacrament of the Sick
- Sacrament of Holy Communion
‘Is there anyone sick among you?’ This question, found in the New Testament’s Letter of Saint James (James 5:14), serves as an invitation for the sick and those who care for them to call upon the priest of the Church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. All parishioners are welcome to ask for prayer and for the Sacrament of the Sick before surgery or when diagnosed with a serious illness. This sacrament should not be regarded as ‘Last Rites’ but as a powerful instrument of the Lord’s healing presence. If you or a loved one would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick or the Sacrament of Holy Communion at home (due to age, illness, or disability), please contact Father Jim at email@example.com.
Established in 2014, the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport is a collaborative of two historic parishes: Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. Our worship sites include Saint Ann Church in Gloucester, Saint Anthony Chapel in Gloucester, Saint Joachim Church in Rockport, and Our Lady of Good Voyage Church in Gloucester. We are a Roman Catholic faith community united in prayer, fellowship, and service. For more information about becoming a member of one of our parishes, please contact Father Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us! All are welcome!
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