We wish to welcome your child to the parish community just as a family welcomes a new baby. At least one parent must be a baptised Catholic and parents need to follow a short preparation course over 2 sessions. Parents who wish to have their child baptised need to attend all 2 sessions in any order. Dates of forthcoming preparation session dates can be found in the newsletter.
Adults who wish to be baptised or received into full communion with the Catholic Church should join our parish ‘Come and See’ programme (RCIA) leading up to Easter.
First Sacraments – Reconciliation and Holy Communion:
These sacraments are celebrated annually for children in at least year 3 at junior school. The preparation programme contains approximately 10 sessions on a Saturday morning between September and July and involves mainly small groups of children working with catechists whilst parents attend a large group session separately.
The sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated annually and follows a preparation programme of around 10 sessions including a full day’s retreat. Candidates should be at least 13 years old by the date of Confirmation, or in year 8 at secondary school. The programme reviews the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation set in the context of ‘Living our Faith’. During the programme candidates are encouraged to participate in Sunday liturgy and parish activities.
Confirmation in 2016 was celebrated on June 16th and dates for 2017 are not yet available.
For adult confirmation see RCIA.
The Sacrament of Marriage is by arrangement with the Parish Priest and details of the preparation programme are available on request.
All adults seeking to know more about the Catholic faith are welcome to the RCIA programme (the rite of Christian initiation). This includes those seeking Baptism, those already baptised and wishing to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church, and baptised Catholics wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
Sacrament of the sick and Communion to the housebound:
If you or a member of your family wishes to receive the sacrament of the sick please contact the Parish Priest.
Parishioners who are housebound or ill and unable to attend Sunday Mass, and wish to receive Holy Communion at home, please advise the Parish Priest who will make arrangements.