Sacramental Preparation


A key aspect of parish life is preparing people to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, and Reconciliation. There are three programmes of preparation for this, as follows.


Baptism is the Sacrament through which a person become part of the Church and shares in the new life that Jesus brings. Both adults and children can be baptised.

Adults who are considering this are invited to take part in the RCIA programme (see below).

For those with very young children (under 3)

We are delighted to welcome parents who would like to have their child baptised. So if you have an unbaptised baby (or are expecting one), please introduce yourself & your child after Mass and you can find out what to do. It will probably involve Fr. Philip visiting your home for a nice cup of tea.

Those with older children who wish to be baptised should speak to Fr. Philip in the first instance.

FRHC (First Reconciliation and Holy Communion)

This is the programme where children in school year 3 or above prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Registration normally takes place in the autumn before the programme begins, with registration forms being given out after Sunday Mass.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

This is the programme for adults who wish to begin or complete their initiation into the Catholic Church. It usually begins in the Autumn and runs through to June. Registration take place every September.