BAPTISM OF ADULTS – Any adult who is interested in the Catholic Church may follow a course in the Catholic Faith called RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). If interested, please contact the Parish Priest.
BAPTISM OF INFANTS: is celebrated on Saturdays or Sundays, by appointment following a course of preparation. Parents are required to attend one preparation meeting [see the relevant information in our newsletters] before the baptism of their child.
At least one of the Godparents should be a practising Catholic. Registration forms are available at the back of the Church.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION usually takes place in May or June each year following a course of preparation [starting in September] for both the children [usually every other week during term times] and parents [six meetings]. Children need to be about 8 years of age [Year 3 and above]. Those children who do not attend a Catholic School need to attend children’s liturgy for a year.
RECONCILIATION [CONFESSION]. As well as the regular times [Saturday 4.30pm-5.00pm], services of reconciliation are arranged from time to time [Advent and Lent]. Confessions at other times by appointment. First Reconciliation for children making their First Holy Communion, take place in Lent.
CONFIRMATION – The minimum age for this Sacrament is 13/14 years [Year 9 or above at school]. The date of Confirmation depends on the arragements made each year with the Diocese and generally takes place in May or June. A course of preparation takes place which involves a parents’ meeting at the start of the course and sessions for the candidates during term time. An essential part of the course is the week-end retreat.
MARRIAGE . The diocesan regulation is that six months’ notice should be given in order to complete the paperwork and receive adequate preparation. The couple should also have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Marriages are generally celebrated on Saturday in the afternoon by appointment. For more information please contact the Parish Priest.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK – is a sacrament of healing. This Sacrament is of great value to those who are gravely ill, facing surgery or who are struggling with the difficulties of old age. The sacrament is celebrated within a community gathering at special times of the year [Advent and Lent] or, as needed, with an individual. If you are sick or housebound or if you know of anyone who is, please let us know. If you are in hospital please contact the hospital chaplain.
HOLY ORDERS. The training in this Diocese for those who are interested in becoming priests takes place at Allen Hall, Chelsea. If you are considering the priesthood or religious life, please contact the Parish Priest.