& 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.
At present, our Baptism preparations are being held online. When you register to Baptise your child, you will receive the log in details. Too book a time for your child's Baptism, please attend the Parish Priest's Surgery, where you can drop in on a Monday evening between 17:30-18:30.
Confirmation is a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
The next Confirmation will take place in 2022. Young people who wish to consider confirmation will be invited to a retreat day in the autumn which will help them to understand the meaning of the Sacrament. Preparation for Confirmation will begin in the New Year, 2022. You are welcome to register your interest at any time by sending us an email.
First Holy Communion Programme
In the Eucharist, we experience the privileged encounter of receiving Jesus Christ.
For details about our Holy Communion Programme, please contact us. Please check the newsletter regularly for updates. The programme for 2021 has now begun and registration is closed.
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.
Couples wishing to arrange their Marriage, must allow 6 months notice for the celebration of the Sacrament. This is on order to undertake Marriage Preparation, make service arrangements, and to administer all civil requirements, as required by the Registrar's Office.
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.