Baptism is celebrated on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 1:15 p.m. in the Chapel. A preparation meeting for parents and Godparents is held on the Friday evening prior to the second Sunday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Parents are asked to contact the Parish House at least two weeks before the Baptism. If you are expecting your first child, or are new to the parish, please contact the Parish House one month before your baby's due date. Baptism is the sacrament of welcome into the community of faith. For this reason, and because of the large number of Baptisms at Saint Theresa's each year, the parish cannot offer private Baptisms.
Contact Baptism Coordinator Jennifer McKiernan: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jennifer @ 617-325-1300
Confessions are heard in the Chapel on Saturday afternoons, 3 - 4 p.m. and on the Thursday before First Friday, 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Grade 2 First Penance and First Eucharist:
In grade two of the Religious Education program the concentration is preparing the children for reception of the First Penance and First Communion. They will learn about forgiveness and God’s mercy in Penance, and Jesus’ sacrifice for us in First Communion. They will learn the parts of the Mass and the prayers that are said during the Mass.
The children who attend Catholic schools outside the parish join us for three weeks before each of the sacraments.
The reception of the sacraments is a Parish activity so that all second graders in the parish are together to receive the sacraments of First Penance and First Communion.
Contact Sr Marie-Julie Seguin for more information at 617-325-1300 X-125 or email@example.com.
Confirmation preparation at St. Theresa’s, as in other parishes, is a two-year program that begins in Grade 9.
Our ninth grade curriculum is centered on Morality and Decision-Making. Through both the weekly classroom instruction and special speakers/presentations offered we strive to equip students with knowledge and tools to aid them in making informed, healthy and moral decisions. Grade 9 Public school students attend weekly classes on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:00 pm., while Grade 9 Catholic school students join us just for the series of four special presentations. Parents attend these sessions as well.
The second year of our program is spent preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. Through the course of the year, students explore their faith and sometimes their doubts. They raise questions and look for answers from others and also within themselves. Candidates work to strengthen their relationship with God and deepen their commitment to the Faith. St. Theresa’s dedicated Confirmation staff share the journey and are here to educate, motivate and guide but it is the Candidate’s decision to be Confirmed, to “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Confirmation at St. Theresa’s is celebrated in April each year.
Couples planning to be married at Saint Theresa's should make an appointment with one of the priests at least six months prior to the wedding date. We will also register you for pre-cana when you come for your appointment. Please call the Parsh House Office at 617-325-1300.
The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the official collection of rites of the Roman Catholic Church for initiation of adults and the reception of baptized candidates into the Church. The RCIA is a process rather than a program. It is a process by which adults “after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God….By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and…..will receive the sacraments fruitfully.” And it is a process of formation in prayer, information on the teachings of the Church, and transformation, an awareness of a need for, personal conversion toward Jesus Christ. All of this is done within the context of a community of faith – the parish.
Participants in the RCIA are at different stages on their faith journey
The RCIA is for:
* people who were never baptized, or
* those baptized in another faith, or
* those who were baptized Catholic but have never received the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation.
If you are interested in the Catholic faith, or have a friend or relative who may be interested in making this journey of faith, meetings begin in the Fall.
For further information contact RCIA Director Susan Abbott @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Parish Office 617-325-1300.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
The Adult Faith Formation program offers a program of enrichment which runs from October– May. Guest speakers offer presentations on particular topics, followed by a period of discussion and questions and answers. Interested participants are encouraged to offer ideas for topics. Please contact the Religious Education Office (617-469-2898) or email@example.com.