Sacramental Preparation

A Sacrament is an efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is given to us. Full and active participation in the sacramental life of the Church requires a period of preparation of both mind and heart to be receptive to the grace of new life in Christ.

Please contact the Parish Office for further information.

Baptism

If you want to have a child baptised, contact the Parish Priest who will explain what has to take place in terms of preparation for the sacrament, choosing Godparents, booking a date, choosing readings and prayers etc.

Holy Communion

Two programmes are run in the parish each year to prepare young people for the sacrament. Children attending St Gildas Junior School are prepared by the school, separate classes are run on Saturday mornings for children attending other schools whose families worship in the parish. Details of the courses, when and how to apply are published in the Newsletter.

Confirmation

A programme is run in the parish each year to prepare young people for the sacrament. Details of the course, when and how to apply are published in the Newsletter.

RCIA – The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

There was a time, which many of us will remember, when a person wishing to become a Catholic was instructed by a priest. When the candidate was well prepared, he or she was eventually received into the Church. It was a rather low-key event. The Vatican Council changed this rather private practice by revising the ancient Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults.

The striking difference is that this is now very much a community-based programme, designed to meet the needs of candidates’ own personal journey in faith. It is marked by stages and a number of rites and liturgies which mark these steps. Conversion through faith-sharing is the primary goal rather than transmission of information and doctrine.

A group of inquirers meets on a weekly basis. They meet with catechists and sponsors to pray and reflect on the teaching of the Church and on the Scripture. The inquirers may be from other religious traditions or they may not yet be baptised. Their aim is to respond to a call to seek full communion with the Church.

If you are interested in knowing more about the R.C.I.A. or if you would be willing to become a sponsor, please contact the Parish Priest.

Marriage

Article 1601 of the Catechism states: “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”

If you want to be married here or would like the Parish Priest to celebrate your marriage elsewhere then contact him to discuss what has to take place in terms of preparation for the sacrament, choosing readings and prayers, booking an organist, payments etc.

If you are being married in another parish or even another country, you will have to provide the priest who is to marry you with certain documents so, again, contact the priest here for further information.

Anointing the Sick

Please contact the Parish Office or the Parish Priest if you or someone you know wishes to receive this sacrament.