The Seven Sacraments

Saint Patrick's Church - South Hadley, MAThe seven sacraments –Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Reconciliation, Marriage, Holy Orders and the Anointing of the Sick—are moments that we encounter Jesus Christ. In each sacrament, Jesus comes to us to fill us with his presence and to guide and strengthen us on our life’s journey.


The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of love and commitment. In baptism, Jesus embraces us in love, removes sin and makes us a member of his holy people.

The baptism of children is celebrated the first Sunday of the month at 12:00 pm. An introductory meeting for parents is held the Friday before the baptism in the Chapel at 5:30pm.

Baptism Registration PDF

Contact the rectory to make arrangements.

Adults seeking baptism are prepared for baptism in the Rite for the Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). For information, please call the rectory 532-2850.




Confirmation continues the path of Christian initiation. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the believers are conformed more perfectly to Christ and are strengthened so that they may bear witness to Christ for the building up of the church in faith and love.

Preparations for the Confirmation begin in Grade 9 and candidates are confirmed in the spring of their junior year. Contact Ms. Kelly O’Connor to enroll a candidate.                Phone: (413)532-2850 ext. 402    Email:

Adults wishing Confirmation are asked to contact the rectory.

Holy Communion

Holy Communion or the Eucharist completes our initiation into the life of Jesus. By receiving his body and blood at the table of the eucharist, we share in God’s life and presence so that he might fully present in us and through us to all people.

Baptism children are prepared for the Eucharist in the second grade.

Contact our religious education coordinator Kelly O’Connor to enroll a child. (532-2850 x 402)

Religious Ed Registration 2018-2019 PDF

Reconciliation /Confession

Reconciliation between God and humanity was brought through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptized Christians receive this gift of forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every Saturday from 3:00-3:30 in the church, or by calling the rectory and scheduling a convenient time. 532-2850

St. Patrick’s joins with St. Theresa’s and Immaculate Heart of Mary parishes in a communal celebration of the sacrament in Advent and Lent.



In the Sacrament of Marriage, married couples share in the unity and love which exists between Christ and the church. They help each other to attain holiness in their married love and in the raising of their children.

Couples wishing to be married are asked to speak to Fr. James Nolte at 532-2850 or email at to schedule a date and time.


Anointing of the Sick

When the church ministers to the sick, it serves Christ who suffered. When the church ministers to the sick, it prays and heals as did Christ. The Sacrament of the Sick is offered to anyone with a serious or chronic illness or someone anticipating surgery. Danger of death is not necessary nor should the prayers be deferred until death is imminent.

The Sacrament of the Sick is celebrated on the third Sunday of the month at noon.

In addition, the priests will visit homes, hospitals or nursing homes if someone expresses a need.

The Sacrament of the Eucharist has an important place in the life of the sick and suffering. St. Patrick’s parish brings the sacrament to the sick in homes, hospitals and nursing homes. Please notify St. Patrick’s if you or a neighbor, friend or relative is hospitalized or confined and we will be happy to visit. Please call Deacon Dave at 532-2850.


In the funeral rites, the church celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus. In our baptism, we become one with Jesus in his dying and rising. Upon our dying, we look to the blessed hope of Christ second coming and our resurrection into eternal life.

St. Patrick’s is anxious to work with grieving families to help them honor the dead with faith and devotion. Upon our hearing of the death, Deacon Dave, our pastoral minister, will try to arrange a meeting time with the family to arrange for readings, family participation and music for the funeral Mass and funeral home and graveside services. You are invited to speak to Deacon Dave before the time of death to answer any questions or make advance plans. Please call Deacon Dave at 532-2850.

Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church. It includes three orders: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.

Consecrated Life

The consecrated life of religious sisters or men- Religious pledge themselves to the evangelical counsels of poverty, charity and obedience. They join themselves in community as they seek a deeper union with Jesus Christ and spread word of his kingdom.

For more information on Holy Orders or Consecrated Life, you may contact Fr. James or visit the link below.

Office of Vocations