Spiritual Life?


Baptism


Parents should contact the parish office in the first instance to arrange a date to attend a pre-Baptism preparation evening as required by Canon Law. Baptisms normally take place at 12 noon on a Sunday to be arranged with Fr Con or Deacon Paul. There must be at least one godparent but no more than two (in which case one male and one female). Godparents should be practising Catholics, who have reached the age of 16, and have been Confirmed and received their First Holy Communion. Friends and family from other Christian denominations who have been baptised may stand as witnesses.


For more information please contact the parish office.





First Holy Communion


Children in the Parish who are beginning Year 3 (or above) at Primary school are eligible to join the Programme to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.


The course is in two parts – we begin with Reconciliation and spend 5 sessions exploring the gift of forgiveness that God gives all of us, culminating in the children receiving their First Reconciliation in the

presence of their families.  We then spend 5 weeks preparing the children for their First Holy Communion – helping them to understand how much God loves us and feeds us through this sacrament.


Parents also receive their own catechesis to enable them to support their children in their preparation for these two sacraments – the sessions allow parents to come together for 4 sessions, in a relaxed atmosphere to participate in themed discussions.


Please contact the Parish office for more information and complete the Application form for First Holy Communion here.


Confirmation


The Confirmation Programme is a parish based group involving 14- 16 year olds (usually Year 10 of school). Classes begin in September with a joint parent/candidate session during which the catechists introduce themselves and outline the topics that will be covered in fortnightly meetings over the next 8 months.


The sacrament of Confirmation builds on the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Holy Communion, completing the process of initiation into the Catholic community.


During Confirmation, the focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost and gave them courage to practice their faith. Catholics believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts.


Traditionally, the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, right judgement, courage, knowledge, reverence, and wonder and awe. These gifts are graces given to the soul. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, kindness, joy, peace, patience,  goodness, self-control, gentleness and faithfulness. All of these human qualities that can be activated by the Holy Spirit.


Application form for Confirmation please click here.


For more information please contact the parish office.


Marriage


Six month’s notice is required before a wedding can take place. This time is required for the couple to have meetings with Fr Con, for the necessary paperwork to be organised and for marriage preparation to be attended. Couples should contact the parish office initially to make an appointment to see Fr Con and a provisional date for the wedding can be made at that time.




Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the rite through which adults are received into the Catholic Church.


If you are thinking of becoming a Catholic or would like to find out more about our faith, then please do get in touch by contacting the parish office.





Anointing of the sick


If a relative is unwell at home, the family can contact the parish office to request a visit from Fr Con to administer the Sacrament of the Sick. If the Sacrament is required in an emergency for someone in hospital, one of the hospital staff will contact the priest who is on the hospital emergency rota, Fr Con is on this rota.




Funerals


In order to arrange a Requiem Mass or a service at a crematorium, families should initially contact an undertaker, who will liaise with the parish office to arrange a date and time agreeable to the family and Fr Con, who will then see the family to discuss details of the service itself.



Mass Intentions


To have a Mass offered for a particular intention please contact the Parish office.




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