Holy Orders

Our parishioners know that the priest is not ordained for his family or friends alone.  No!  The priest “taken from among men, is ordained for men in the things that appertain to God, that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sins” (Hebrews 5:1).  The honor bestowed upon the priest is honor bestowed upon the whole Catholic people out of whose midst he is taken.  As Venerable Fulton J. Sheen stated: "the priest is not his own".

For young men who may be called to the priesthood, please consider the following pages:

Religious orders within the Springfield, MA Diocese:

Traditional religious orders:


The Baltimore Catechism states: "A vocation is God’s call: 'What would God prefer me to be?' — not 'What would I prefer to be?'  The big obstacle is selfishness, lack of generosity with God in little things: frequent Communion, daily Rosary, obedience, kindness to others we don’t like, etc.  Selfishness in little things results in selfishness concerning one’s vocation. 'Many are called, but few are chosen' (Matthew 22, 14). Pray daily and seek the advice of a priest to know your vocation."

Sts. Peter and Paul Church

2267 Main Street, Three Rivers, MA 01080

Parish Office: (413) 283-6030