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.
A key aspect of parish life is preparing people to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, and Reconciliation. There are programmes of preparation for this, as follows.
There are regular preparation meetings for parents wishing to have their children baptised, which are advertised in the Chronicle.
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 June-July with application forms available at the back of the church. Information is usually given in due course via the Parish newsletter, Facebook page & closed group, Mass announcements and the Parish notice Board.
This is the programme where young people from school years 9 – 13 (or equivalent) prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Registration for this usually takes place in September with application forms available at the back of the church. Information is usually given in due course via the Parish newsletter, Facebook page & closed group, Mass announcements and the Parish notice Board.
ABC & 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 or who have been baptised in a different communion and seek to join the Catholic Church. It usually begins in the Autumn and runs through to June, with the sacraments being conferred at the Easter Vigil. Registration take place between June and September.
Also for non-Catholic adults who would like to know more about the Catholic world and its teaching, with the possibility of joining the Catholic Church. Meetings are usually held on Wednesday evenings – for details, please check the Chronicle, parish noticeboard, take a leaflet or contact Chiara.
Further information about Sacramental Preparation can be found by contacting the Parish office.