Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ.
Monday – Friday: After 6:30 a.m. Mass
11:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
Saturday: After 7:00 a.m. Mass
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Other times for Confession by Appointment
The Sacrament of Baptism has the first rank among the Seven Holy Sacraments, as it is the door by which the believer enters the church and has the right to partake in the rest of the Sacraments.
The Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Sacrament of Baptism by being baptized by John the Baptist in the River Jordan, when the Holy Spirit came upon Him as a dove, anointed Him, then assured it after the resurrection when He said to His disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew: 28:19), “He who is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16). Baptism is a redemptive Sacrament, necessary for redemption and entry to eternal life according to what the Lord said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of Water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God” (John 3). It is one of the four redemptive Sacraments: Baptism, Myron, Confession and Communion of the Holy Body and precious Blood of the Lord. Through Baptism, the believer is reborn a spiritual birth from the Water and the Spirit; his first birth being from his parents.
Held the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month
Please call Deacon Joseph Peters (561-3470) for more information
The mutual sacrifice and devotion of husband and wife is a true picture of Christ’s sanctifying sacrifice and devotion to His Church. ‘Matrimony has its significance in the first place from Christ who took the Church as his bride at the price of his own blood. And also because when he offered his life as the price of her ransom, he stretched our his arms in an embrace of supreme love. And thirdly: as Eve was formed from the side of Adam while he slept, so the Church was formed from the side of the dying and dead Christ, as the two chief sacraments poured from his side – the blood of redemption and the water of absolution’ (Albertus Magnus).
Please contact the Parish Office one year prior
to the desired date.
Pre-Cana Classes are held at the Basilica.
Please contact the Parish Office for the dates.
The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Anytime. Please call the Parish Office at (413) 594-6669.
Our Parish has a two-year preparation program for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Youth from the parish begin the program in 9th grade and continue throughout their sophomore year. Then, in the fall of their junior year, a Confirmation retreat precedes the actual day of Confirmation.
Our Catholic Faith is a life long journey and we cannot make it on our own. Jesus knows this, which is why He said to His apostles and to us, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Consoler to be with you always, the Spirit of truth” who “remains in you” (John 14:16). St. Paul realized the reality of the Holy Spirit within him when he wrote: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13).What a gift it is to know that we can have the Holy Spirit perfectly poured out onto us in the Sacrament of Confirmation in order to direct us, strengthen us, and console us throughout our life. And, unless The Gift is refused by our own permission or neglect, we are assured to never be left alone!
Please complete the registration forms on our religious education page.