Bereavement Support Group
Our Lady of Good Counsel, West Boylston, MA

Sacraments

Baptism

“There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all.” Ephesians 4:5-6

When you come to the Church for the Sacrament of Baptism, you seek the greatest gift you could give your child, the gift Jesus Christ promised his believers; the fullness of life, happiness, eternal life in the communion of God’s love. Baptism is the gateway to sacramental life and grace in the Church. It frees one from sin and fills them with the saving grace of Jesus Christ. The soul filled with grace enlightens the whole person, who becomes a disciple of Christ.

The Church asks that there be a “well founded hope that the child be brought up in the Catholic religion,” and that the parents, the first teachers of their children, “are to be properly instructed in the meaning of this sacrament and the obligations which are attached to it” (Canon 850ff).

Parents should contact the parish priest to schedule a Baptism of a new born or an infant. Pre-Baptism catechesis preparation is arranged at this time along with requirements for choosing god-parents. Baptism is ordinarily scheduled for the 4th Sunday of each month at 1:30pm.

Reconciliation (Penance)

“Whose sins you forgive are forgiven, whose sins you retain are retained.” John 20:23

Reconciliation is a sacrament of healing and conversion. In it we admit our sins (confession), we are restored to grace and have the opportunity to develop an ever closer relationship with God. The sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in the Church on Saturdays 3:30 PM, and at special celebrations and times: during the seasons of Lent, Advent and before First Eucharist. Also, a personal appointment for this important sacrament may be made at any time by calling the pastor. 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation if offered in most parishes of the Diocese every Saturday, between 3:00 – 3:45 PM (check the individual web sites to be sure of exact times), just before the Saturday Vigil Mass.

Eucharist

“‘This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me’. And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant of my blood which will be shed for you.’” Luke 22:19-20


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.

Sunday Mass is the center of our parish life. All are welcome. Because the Eucharist is so central to our lives as Catholics, each and every Sunday is a Holy Day of Obligation. Our Lady offers 3 different Masses each weekend. Mass times are listed here. First Eucharist is celebrated once yearly in connection with the Religious Education Program.

Confirmation

“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8


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. In the Roman Catholic Church, Confirmation is commonly administered between the ages of seven and sixteen and is usually celebrated by the bishop. Older adults receive the sacrament of confirmation as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Confirmation is celebrated yearly in Our Lady of Good Counsel for all parishioners at a date and time designated by the Archbishop. Religious Education students and older Catholics celebrate this Sacrament together.

Marriage (Weddings)

“… the Creator ‘made them male and female’, and said, ‘for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” Matthew 19:4-5

Matrimony, or Marriage, is the sacrament in which a woman and a man promise to love and be faithful to each other for the rest of
their lives. This sacrament usually takes place during Mass but may be conducted outside of Mass.


A couple should contact the parish priest at least one year before desired wedding date. Wedding dates are set at this interview in person by the bride and groom.

RCIA

“… I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”  John 6:35

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process for adults who are seeking to be in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. It provides opportunity for inquiry, formation, prayers and companionship along the journey of faith to adult Baptism. The responsibility of welcoming such individuals through this gradual process is shared by all who have been fully initiated into the Catholic Church. Special guidance is provided through this spiritual journey from those who are on the RCIA team and from those who are sponsoring such an individual. For more information, contact the 508-835-3606.

Holy Orders

“He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons…” Mark 3:14-15

Holy Orders is the sacrament in which bishops, priests, and deacons are ordained to serve the Church in a special way. In Holy Orders, a man commits himself to serving God with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Discernment of a call to an ordained ministry in priesthood or diaconate is an important part of parish life. We are both interested in supporting through sharing and listening to those who may sense this call. Please phone Fr. Thirburse F. Millott for more information.

Anointing of the Sick and Pastoral Care

“So they went out and preached repentance. They drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.” Mark 6:12-13

Homebound or hospitalized parishioners may request to be visited. Remember that HIPPA laws make Hospital and Nursing Home personal information sharing very limited and restricted. Family members should call the parish office with family member information to request a visit for someone who is homebound or in a Hospital or Nursing Home which will be done as soon as possible. Always inquire at any hospital to see if there is a Catholic Hospital Chaplain available for any emergencies and make use of the chaplain as needed. Nursing staff or social services can usually direct you to the Catholic Hospital Chaplain wherever one is available.

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