ST. DOMINIC PARISH
Thank you for your interest in St. Dominic Parish. If you are already Catholic, all you need to do is complete a registration form and turn it in to the parish office. Forms are available from the parish office, Monday through Friday.
Please call the parish secretary at 508-675-7206 or send an email to: [email protected] about obtaining a form.
If you are not Catholic, please call the parish office and our secretary can connect you to Fr. Philip Hamel. Fr. Hamel can answer any questions you may have about the Catholic Church and the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process.
When you visit
Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go?
We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.
When are services?
During this time period of social distancing, our Mass schedule has been altered for the foreseeable future.
Mount Hope Catholic Community of Faith Mass Schedule:
St. Dominic's Church: Sunday 9:30 am
St. John of God Church: Sunday 8:30am
St. Francis of Assisi Church: Sunday 11:00am
You will need to send in your Mass preferences to the rectories along with the number of people in your household who hope to attend.
What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable. After all, we are happy that you are joining us and want you to be more focused on the service than what you're wearing.
In the summertime, it is not uncommon to see people wearing sandals, shorts and a shirt. Others prefer to still put on their "Sunday best," and that's fine too!
However, we do request that shorts be of a conservative length (no "short-shorts") and that in general, clothing be respectable.
Where should I park?
We have 2 main parking lots: one in front of the parish center (the building at the back of the lot) and one on the side of the rectory. You may park in any available spot, but please do not leave empty spaces in the middle of the parking area. There are no reserved parking spaces except for the handicapped accessible spots in the parking lot facing the Parish Center.
Where do my children go?
We believe it's important or all ages to attend Mass with their families. We do not offer separate children's services. Our Faith Formation classes for Grades 1-4 are offered on Sunday morning at 10:30am. We encourage families to attend our 9:30am liturgy as a family and then have the children attend their class after mass.
Once a month we have a special Family Liturgy with refreshments sponsored by our Youth Council members.
I’m not Catholic ... so, how do I know when to sit, stand and kneel?
There's no need to be self-conscious about the postures and responses used during worship. Most visitors just follow the lead of the St. Dominic parishioners. However, we do have missalettes available with the order of the mass, postures, prayers, readings, etc.
I’m not Catholic ... is it okay for me to participate in communion?
Communion, or The Eucharist, is the most intimate expression of our faith. Catholics believe that the host is literally, the body of Christ, transformed from bread by the priest presiding over the service. For Catholics, it is a sacrament and the true presence of Christ. So, if you're not Catholic, we ask that you not receive communion. However, those not receiving the Body of Christ and Precious Blood are invited to come forward with their hands crossed over their chests, for a special blessing.
Am I expected to put money in the offering?
If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider St. Dominic's your church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving to St. Dominic's on a weekly basis. You can give by check or cash. Parishioners receive, at the beginning of the year, budget envelopes to make giving easier. Please revisit this webpage in the near future for information about online giving.
I have a hearing problem. Is there any special assistance?
Prior to the pandemic and suspension of weekly Mass at St. Dominic's, Fr. Joseph Viveiros would interpret the 9:30am Mass in sign language. This has been suspended for the foreseeable future. Please check back to this website page to see when we will resume interpreting the 9:30am Mass in sign language. In order for Fr. Viveiros to interpret the mass, you must contact the rectory and request this service the week before the mass you are attending.