& Funeral Guidelines
God Draws Close to Us
One of the best summations of the beauty of the Catholic faith are these words:
'God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man.'
This is what is beautiful about our faith - that God draws close to us! No matter our circumstance, no matter who we are, God wants to be a part of our lives because he loves us. We see this throughout Christian history, most especially in how he sent his son Jesus Christ to be with us. We see this today in how he guides us with the Holy Spirit and sustains us with prayer and the sacraments of the Church.
God wants to draw close to you too, here's how you meet him in the life of faith.
Prayer is the bedrock of the Christian life.
To grow in our relationship with God, we need to talk to him.
Jesus taught that when we pray we should address God affectionately and intimately, as children to their loving father.
Jesus also taught that prayer should be done in private as well as in public.
'But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.' Matthew 6:6
Baptism is the gateway to life in the Spirit.
Baptisms are celebrated on the first and third Saturdays of the month, apart from August, a t12.00 Noon at St Margaret’s Church.
If you wish to have your child baptised, one of the parents must be a baptised Catholic and present a Certificate or proof of their own Baptism. Parents should attend the Parish Priest’s Surgery on a Monday evening to obtain a Baptism Form.
God Parents must be Catholics. Baptised Christians of other denominations are welcome to stand alongside God Parents, as a Christian Witness.
Parents are asked to attend one of the monthly Baptism Preparation sessions, which are held monthly at 10.30 on the Second Saturday of the month in the Parish Centre. This is a one-off meeting on the meaning of Baptism and the duties of Parents in bringing up their children in the Catholic faith. God Parents are welcome to attend.
If you have any questions, then please come along to the Parish Priest’s Surgery.
Understanding the spiritual and material realities of life
Confirmation is the gift of the Holy Spirit, freely given to those who wish to receive it.
Those young people who wish to learn about what it means to be confirmed are invited with their parents to a meeting on Friday 12th November in the Parish Centre at 7pm.
Confirmation preparation is in two parts. The first part aims to help a young person to be free and open in their decision to confirm their Catholic Faith, the second part helps to prepare them to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The minimum age for confirmation is 15 years at the date of confirmation, which will be onPentecost Sunday 5th June 2022.
First Holy Communion Programme
In the Eucharist, we experience the privileged encounter of receiving Jesus Christ.
Parents are invited to present their Children for First Holy Communion for this coming year.
Children attending St Helen’s School will receive their preparation in School.
Children attending non-Catholic Schools will receive their preparation in the Parish Group that meets on a Saturday morning in the Parish Centre.
Registration for both groups will take place at a meeting, to be held on the 28th of September at 18.30 in the Parish Centre.
Please bring with you a copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate. Registration forms will be given out at the meeting.
The minimum age for children making their First Holy Communion is 7 – 8 years, Year3 in school.
Anointing of the Sick
The anointing of the sick brings spiritual and physical strength to the ill and dying.
The Anointing of the Sick can be administered at church, in hospital or at home. If you or one of your loved ones is seriously ill, please contact us about receiving this sacrament and a priest will respond quickly to your request.
If you or a member of your family is in hospital and you would like them to receive Holy Communion and the Anointing of the Sick, please let us know. If you or a member of your family have become housebound, and would like to receive Holy Communion at home on a regular basis, please let us know.
In the event of any emergencies, please call at any time.
In marriage, a man and a woman become one flesh and belong to one another.
If you are planning to get married in the near future congratulations! Please get in touch with one of the priests as soon as you have a date in mind. If you are planning to get married abroad get in touch as soon as possible.
Six months’ notice is required in order to prepare you and get together the paperwork which sometimes takes a while to organise.
Marriage Preparation Courses are available, and details can be obtained from the priests.
There will be a meeting for Engaged Couples on Friday 22nd October 2021 in theParish Centre at 19.00. Please email the Parish Office to book a place.
Please note that an up-to-date copy of your Baptism Certificate, issued within the last six months, is a legal requirement for Marriage in a Catholic Church.
Through Holy Orders, the church ordains deacons priests and bishops.
If you feel called to the diaconate or priestly life, see our vocations website or contact one of the priests.