Receiving the Sacraments at Saint John Chrysostom


Saturday, 9:15-9:45am (enter through the main doors of the Church).

Baptism & Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Saint John's Baptism Preparation Program

The Baptism Program is a time for parents to reflect on the love of God and the new life of your child. We welcome your child into the Christian Community through Baptism. It is a wonderful time to renew your faith-life as parents, and prepare for the Baptism of your child. Together we explore the meaning of Baptism not just for the day of the ceremony, but for the continuing faith-life of your child. The class is held each month. Before the Baptism of your child please call Saint John�s parish Office 617-323-4410 ext. 10 or drop by for details and times. Call the Parish Center to arrange for Baptism Date and Baptism Preparation Program. The Baptism Preparation class is required if this is your first child to be baptized.

Baptism Preparation classes are held regularly. Please contact the parish office at 617-323-4410 or email to register for an upcoming class if you would like to have your child baptized here at Saint John's Parish.

Baptism: Preparation and Celebration

Baptism, the first sacrament of imitation for children, is a special event in the life of your child and the Church. Parents should contact the Parish Office to begin the process. This includes a scheduled meeting with the Pastoral Associate, Mary Lemire-Campion, to discuss the Sacrament and time of the ceremony. All parents and godparents are expected to attend this program.

Who becomes a Godparent? A godparent is a trusted, practicing Catholic who will ensure that the child will be raised in the Faith. Only one male or one female sponsor or one of each gender is to be asked. Requirements are: 1. be over the age of 16; 2. be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the Sacrament of Holy Communion and 3. leads a life in harmony with the faith and role to be un-dertaken.

The godparent must not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized. A non-Catholic may not be the godparent but a "Christian witness" as long as the other godparent is a Catholic who has fulfilled the above requirements.

During infant Baptism, godparents are asked if they will help the parents in their duty as Christian parents. They are invited to renew their baptismal vows and assist in lighting the child's candle. However, parents hold the child for the baptism. All parents should know the requirements before asking someone to be a godparent.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

ch person's journey of faith is different. There is no set timetable for reception of the Sacraments. If anyone is interested in this sacramental process, please contact the Parish Secretary 617-323-4410.


Engaged Couples Engaged couples should contact the Parish as soon as the decision to marry is made.

Marriage & Pre-Cana

The catechism of the Church explains: 1632 �So that the �I do?of the spouses may be a free and responsible act and so that the marriage covenant may have solid and lasting human and Christian foundations, preparation for marriage is of prime importance.?It is imperative that anyone who is preparing to receive the sacrament of Matrimony attend a workshop beforehand. For more information or to register, contact Father John 617-323-4410 x14 or the parish secretary 617-323-4410 x 10. Information is also available on the Archdiocesan website at

Couples planning to be married at Saint John's are asked to consult with a priest at least 6 months in advance of their intended wedding date to allow adequate time for marriage preparation, including the Archdiocesan Marriage Preparation Program .

Marriage Program Because you're a special people - people about to begin a new life together this is a special message for you! The programn is presented for those planning to be married in the hope that it will help you to deepen your relationship with your partner as you plan to live the Sacrament of Marriage together. It also fulfills the Archdiocesan requiremenat that you participate in a Marriage Preparation Program prior to your wedding.

Please contact us to find out when the next Marriage Program will be held.

We look forward to meeting with you as you take time from your busy schedule to prepare for your life together.

To Engaged Couples: In keeping with Archdiocesan guidelines concerning the payment of organists and cantors for weddings, Saint John Chrysostom Parish pays the organist and cantor directly. The amounts for a wedding are as follows:

Ministry to the Sick

The Sacrament of the Sick brings comfort and peace from God to the person who is chronically ill, elderly, or facing surgery. During the administration of the sacrament, the priest invites the family to pray for healing of there loves of peace of heart, mind,body, and soul. The priests are willing to anoint a person who is ill either at home or in the hospital, we ask that you call the office and let us know if a priest is needed.

Please notify us if someone you know is unable to come to Mass due to illness. We would like to provide the opportunity for them to receive Holy Communion regularly.

Contact the Parish Center if you know of someone who would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick.


We have prepared these Reflections and Guidelines for Planning the Funeral of a Loved One.
Download the Funeral Planning Sheet.

Parish Center

Please come to the Parish Center for all parish business. The center is located at 4750 Washington Street in West Roxbury, MA 02132. The telephone number is 617.323.4410.

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