SACRAMENTS

Sacrament of Baptism
September 2018

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 September, the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport will celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism according to the follow schedule:

  • Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism
    Sunday, September 9th at 1:00pm
    Saint Ann Church
  • Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism
    Sunday, September 16th at 1:00pm
    Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
  • Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism
    Sunday, September 23rd at 10:00am
    Saint Joachim 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 cgarvey@ccgronline.com. If you would like to have your child baptized, please contact Melissa Unis at office@ccgronline.com. Please pray for all of our newly baptized children and for their parents, godparents, and grandparents!

Learn More: Sacrament of Baptism

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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 frjim@ccgronline.com.

Learn More: Guide for Making a Good Confession

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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 registered 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 Father Jim at frjim@ccgronline.com. Arrangements must be made at least six months in advance of a planned wedding. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support!

Learn More: Sacrament of Marriage

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Adult Faith Formation
The Way
Sacramental Preparation for Adults

I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

“The Way” was among the earliest names for the followers of the Risen Christ. Indeed, the Way appears as a scriptural reference to the earliest Christian communities in the Acts of the Apostles. In addition, both before and after his conversion, tradition holds that Saint Paul referred to the disciples of Christ as part of “The Way.” More than two thousand years later, Catholic Christians are still part of the Way of Jesus Christ. But as we all know, a life of discipleship is not a hobby or pastime. It is a vocation, a way of life that lays claim to our whole heart, mind, and strength. As disciples, our lives should be focused on and inspired by our faith in Jesus Christ, who is our merciful redeemer, friend, and brother. And as disciples, we are called to reach out to those who need our help in growing closer to Christ and the Church.

If you are an adult (age 18 and over) and have not received all of the Sacraments of Initiation in the Roman Catholic Church (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation), then please consider joining “The Way.” Typically called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, The Way is a seven month program that prepares adults to be received into the Roman Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. As part of this same program, we will prepare adults for the Sacrament of Confirmation (to be received at either our local Easter Vigil Mass or at a regional archdiocesan celebration).

Beginning in October 2018, this adult faith formation program will meet twice each month for fellowship, formation, and faith sharing. As a community of disciples, we will learn together about the basic beliefs, teachings, and traditions of the Catholic Church. We will explore the methods of prayer that have brought generations of believers closer to Christ and his Church. And we will talk openly and honestly about the challenges of living an authentic life of faith, hope, and love in the modern world. If you would like to learn more about this journey of faith and become part of a unique fellowship in preparation for the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church, then please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@ccgronline.com. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome! Please note that registration for “The Way 2018-2019” will begin in July 2018.

Learn More: An Introduction to the Sacraments

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Pastoral Care Ministry
for 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 frjim@ccgronline.com.

Learn More: Sacrament of the Sick

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About Us

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 frjim@ccgronline.com. Please join us! All are welcome!

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