St. Denis Church, Douglas, MA

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Sacraments

Any adult who has not received any or all of the Sacraments should call the Rectory for more information. A program is provided for children who have not received their Sacraments in the normal grade that they are offered.

Baptism | Eucharist | Confirmation | Reconciliation | Matrimony
Anointing of the Sick
| Holy Orders

Baptism

Baptism is our birth as Christians, a second birth into God’s family. Baptisms at St. Denis take place on Sundays. Families celebrate this sacrament individually and by appointment only. Please call the Rectory to set up an appointment.

First Eucharist

The First Eucharist is celebrated at St. Denis as part of our 2nd Grade Faith Formation Program. Completion of a 1st Grade program is necessary. St. Denis is committed to assisting parents in their efforts to teach children about our faith. Classes begin in September and continue through April. Children are expected to participate weekly in Mass and attend a retreat in the spring. Parents are expected to attend parent meetings, maintain regular communication with teachers, and participate weekly at Mass as part of this program. The First Eucharist celebration is usually held in the spring on a Saturday at 11:00am. Anyone who has not received the Sacrament of Eucharist should call the Rectory for more information.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the sacrament that celebrates the presence of God’s special strength and gifts in a maturing baptized person in order to become a better disciple. This sacrament strengthens the individual in the life of the Spirit and confers on a person a greater responsibility in Christian life. St. Denis celebrates this sacrament as part of the Faith Formation Program. Students begin preparing for this sacrament during their High School years, and must complete 2 years of our program during grades 9, 10 or 11. They will be confirmed by the Bishop in the fall of their junior or senior year. Anyone who has not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation is invited to call the Rectory for more information.

Reconciliation

Reconciliation is the sacrament that has the special power to forgive our sins and renew our love for God and people. St. Denis is committed to emphasizing sorrow and repentance along with the positive and joyful aspects of going to confession. Reconciliation is celebrated for the first time at St. Denis as part of our 2nd Grade Faith Formation Program, as a prerequisite to receiving First Eucharist, and is explored more fully during our 4th Grade program. Children are required to attend classes beginning in September and continuing through April. They are also expected to participate in weekly Mass. Parents are expected to attend parent meetings, maintain regular communication with teachers, and participate weekly at Mass as part of this program. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is held during the program. This sacrament is also offered to all other grades throughout the year as well as to anyone before Mass on Saturday, with additional times during Advent and Lent, or by appointment. This sacrament should be received as often as you need to, not only when it appears on a schedule. Please call the Rectory if you would like further information.

Matrimony

“A Wedding is a day, Marriage is a lifetime.”

Marriage preparation helps people discover whether they are ready to share the qualities of fidelity, commitment, and permanence. St. Denis is committed to assisting in all aspects of marriage preparation. One year’s notice is required in order to fulfill the requirements of the Marriage Preparation Policy of the Diocese of Worcester. Please call the Rectory to make an appointment.

Anointing the Sick

The Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament that celebrates God’s healing power and strength. This sacrament is meant not only for the terminally ill, but for those with serious illness as well. Please call the Rectory.

Holy Orders

The sacrament of Holy Orders is a powerful sign through which a man shares in Jesus Christ’s priesthood as an ordained deacon, priest or bishop. Holy Orders is a Sacrament of Service. Please call the Rectory for more information on becoming a priest or deacon.

 

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St. Denis Church
23 Manchaug Street, Douglas, MA 01516 ● 508-476-2002