Mass & Sacraments
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is generally available from 11.00 – 11.45 on Saturday mornings at St Joseph’s and after 10:00am Mass on Saturday at St John the Baptist – this can sometimes change – so please check the newsletter. Confession can always be arranged at other times by appointment or after Mass. For those who have limited mobility or who are housebound, a visit from the priest for Confession can always be arranged on an individual basis.
Two or three months notice is usually required for the Baptism of infants to allow for adequate planning and preparation. The pre-baptismal course consists of three sessions where at least one parent is expected to attend; it is not a requirement for Godparents, but they are always very welcome. If you are seeking Baptism for a child please collect a form from the back of the church and return to Fr Kieron, Fr Sebastian or the Parish Office. You will then be contacted with the details of the next preparation course. During the course a date for the baptism can be fixed.
First Holy Communion
For children wishing to receive their first Holy Communion, we run an annual programme of preparation, usually beginning in October and concluding in July. In the sessions, the children come to know more about Jesus, and about developing a relationship with him in the Mass and Reconciliation.
We follow a parent-led programme in which parents and carers are supported and guided, by a team of catechists, to prepare their children themselves for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. This approach emphasises the key role of parents as the first teachers of the Christian faith, and the importance of the family bond.
We have regular family Masses where the young people preparing for First Holy Communion are encouraged to take a more active role: taking up the offertory, reading a prayer, serving refreshments, fundraising, or welcoming.
Children need to be in Year 3 or over at the start of the programme. We accept children of an appropriate age who are also preparing for baptism.
To apply for this year’s programme go to our application form.
In this Diocese couples are required to give twelve months’ notice of a marriage to allow plenty of time for preparation. This applies to both marriages which are to be celebrated in the Parish and those that are to take place elsewhere, but where the couple are resident in the Parish. If you are intending to get married then it is best to contact the Parish Priest as soon as possible, so that he can arrange a meeting to explain the process and help with the preparation and paperwork.
Just as bodies and minds grow, Catholics believe that the soul also needs to grow in the life of grace. The Sacrament of Confirmation builds on the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Holy Communion, completing the process of initiation into the Catholic community.
During your Baptism, your parents and Godparents make promises to renounce Satan and believe in God and the Church on your behalf. At Confirmation, you renew those same promises, this time speaking for yourself, and publically confirming your commitment to be active followers of Jesus Christ.
During Confirmation, the focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost and gave them courage to practice their faith. The same Holy Spirit confirms us during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives us the same gifts.
The programme runs from October until the celebration of Confirmation in May/June. It includes a compulsory retreat weekend away – this is always the most popular part of the course!
Who Can Be Confirmed?
You can join the Confirmation programme if you are in Year 10 or above at school and have been baptised.
The application form and further details are available here
Anointing Of The Sick
The sacrament of anointing is for anyone who is very unwell, either physically or mentally. It is a powerful sign of God’s healing grace and should be given generously to those who are in need and not only to those who are close to death.
The sacrament is celebrated on demand for those who request it, usually in individuals’ homes, but occasionally (typically once a year) we have a communal celebration during Mass – this will be advertised in the newsletter.
If you would like to receive the Sacrament of Anointing or need a visit from a priest for any other reason, please contact Fr Kieron or Fr Sebastian directly or via the Parish Office.