Sacraments

Mass

During the academic year, Mass is celebrated on Sunday at 9:30am, 1:00pm, and 5:00pm in the MIT Chapel. Daily Mass is celebrated on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 12:05pm and on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30pm in the MIT Chapel. For Holy Days of Obligation, check the events calendar.

During the summer, Mass is celebrated on Sunday at 10:00am in the MIT Chapel.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is celebrated during the school year from 8-9 pm on Wednesdays.

Many local churches also celebrate daily Mass and Saturday evening services.

Confessions

All Catholics older than age seven are required to confess their sins once a year. For more information on Confession, see here. For help in preparing yourself for Confession, see our confession page.

Individual Confession is available (in English and Spanish) Wednesdays during adoration from 8-9 pm in the lower level of the Chapel, as well as after every Mass, and by appointment.

Most local parishes have Confessions on Saturday afternoons. Also, St Francis Chapel in the Prudential Center (800 Boylston) offers Confessions at the following times: Mon-Fri 11:15am-11:45am and 12:45pm-4:15pm Saturday 9:45am-11:45am and 12:45pm-3:30pm. St. Clement's Eucharistic Shrine offers Confessions on Mondays 7:30-8, and before Mass. St. Paul's at Harvard Square offers Confessions on Thursdays 1:30-3:30.

Baptism

For children under the age of 7, contact catholic@mit.edu. Parents will need to fill out a form available here. To be eligible to be a godmother or godfather, one must be confirmed in the Catholic Church, a practicing Catholic, and if married, married validly in the Catholic Church. Parents and godparents will have to take a baptismal preparation class. There is a cost to rent the MIT Chapel for a Baptism; for students, the cost has been waived. To reserve the Chapel for a baptism, visit: http://studentlife.mit.edu/cac/personal-event-opportunities.

For adults interested in baptism, please contact Fr. Moloney (dmoloney@mit.edu). See RCIA below.

All sacramental records are kept at St. Mary of the Annunciation in Cambridge.

RCIA: the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

For adults who have not been baptized, the ordinary way to enter the Catholic Church is through a series of classes and liturgical events that culminate in the person receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion on the Easter Vigil (the Saturday night before Easter Sunday). This is called the RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith can start RCIA classes without thereby committing to entering the Catholic Church. At MIT, the classes usually start in early to mid-October, and continue through the end of the school year. We meet for one hour a week on Sunday afternoons. It's also important to meet several times individually with the priest or deacon or someone else on the campus ministry staff. For an initial conversation, contact Fr. Moloney (dmoloney@mit.edu).

Confirmation

Those Catholics who have not made their First Communion and who have not been Confirmed need to enter the RCIA program. Those Catholics who need only their Confirmation have a number of options, which are best discussed in person with Fr. Moloney.

All sacramental records are kept at St. Mary of the Annunciation in Cambridge.

Weddings

For weddings at MIT, see here if you live in the Archdiocese of Boston, and here if you are coming from another diocese. For weddings in another diocese see here. (Congratulations, by the way!)

Holy Orders/Religious Life

For those open to being a priest or a member of a religious order, it is important that you find a spiritual director. If you need help with this, ask Fr. Moloney (dmoloney@mit.edu) for more advice

Check out the Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Boston, and Fiat: A Group for Discerning Women.

Anointing of the Sick

We'd like to know if anyone in our community is sick, because that stinks and we'd like to provide a little TLC. So please reach out to us. If you want to be visited by the chaplain at MIT, contact Fr. Moloney at dmoloney@mit.edu. If you are hospitalized, and you'd like to be visited by the hospital chaplain, at your admission to the hospital, indicate that you are a Catholic and would like to be visited during your stay. If you'd like to receive Communion, please say so explicitly.