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Mass Times

Please see our Christmas Mass Schedule listed below. We look forward to seeing you!

Sacred Heart Masses:
Saturday at 5:30 pm and Sunday at 8:30 am
St. John the Baptist Masses:
Saturday at 4:00 pm and Sunday at 10:00 am

Weekday Daily Mass at Sacred Heart - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:00.

Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist

Welcome to the Parishes of Sacred Heart in Manchester-by-the-Sea and St. John the Baptist in Essex.

We are here to welcome and serve you.

No matter what your present status in the Catholic Church.

 No matter what your current family or marital situation.

No matter your personal history, age, background, race, etc..

No matter what your self image –

You are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected in

 Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist Parishes.



 Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist 

Christmas Mass Schedule

Saturday, December 23rd - 4th Sunday of Advent

4:00 pm- St. John the Baptist

5:30 - Sacred Heart

Sunday, December 24th - 4th Sunday of Advent

8:30 am - Sacred Heart

10:00 am - St. John the Baptist

Sunday, December 24th - Christmas Eve Celebration

4:00 pm - St. John the Baptist

(3:30 pm - Prelude with Christmas Music)

5:30 pm Sacred Heart

(With Children's Pageant)

Monday, December 25th - Christmas Day Celebration

8:30 am - Sacred Heart

10:00 pm - St. John the Baptist

New Year Weekend Masses are as usual. 

New Year's Day Monday- January 1st - 8:00 Mass at Sacred Heart

 The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God






This Week in our Parishes....

Happy Advent!

Such a busy time of the year here in our parishes of Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist! We had a wonderful Christmas Fair at St. John's a few weeks ago which help to raise over $10,000! Thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make this happen, your time and energy were greatly appreciated. Our chreches are up in both churches and our churches are decorated for the season of Advent, preparing for the great Christmas celebration. Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for hosting their Coat Drive as they collected many, many coats this year. Our Giving Trees are up with tags for our friends, the retired priests at Regina Cleri and for our schools in both Manchester and Essex and 5 families from our parishes who we will assist in Christmas gifts and gift cards this year. Thank you to everyone who has taken a tag from our trees and we are so grateful for your generous gift during this Christmas season. When you drive by Sacred Heart Church at night, take a look at the beautiful Christmas Wreath which was hung by the Pallazola brothers in memory of their mom, Peggy, who passed away last week. 

With Christmas just a few weeks away, please take a look at our Christmas Schedule for our Masses. Yes, you do have to go to Mass on Sunday, December 24th both in the morning and if you do not plan on joining us Christmas morning, our Masses for Christmas Eve are: St. John the Baptist - 4:00 pm (Prelude of Christmas Music at 3:30) and Sacred Heart - 5:30 pm with the Children's Christmas Pageant before the Mass. Fr. Paul will certainly be one busy priest on this weekend! There will be an 8:00 am Mass on Monday, January 1st celebrating The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. 

We look forward to a beautiful Christmas Celebration here in our parishes - if you are new to the parish or visiting spending time with family and friends, please introduce yourself to Fr. Paul. We look forward to a wonderful year ahead of us in 2018!


Christmas Wreath in memory of Peggy Pallazola

The Staff of Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist are here to serve you, please let us know how we can help.

Office Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Our Parish Offices are located at 62 School St in Manchester-by-the-Sea and we are here from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm - Monday - Friday.

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