The Sacrament of baptism has three glorious effects:
i Washes away original sin.
ii Make the person a member of the Holy Church
iii Makes the person a dwelling place of God
God desires all people to be baptised, so baptism in the church is a great joy.
Please speak to Fr. Tom after your usual Sunday Mass to ask about baptism.
Receiving Holy Communion is the 'source and summit of the Christian life'. It is the source of the Christian life because through Holy Communion Jesus gives His life and His grace to the Christian soul. It is the summit of the Christian life because the goal of our life is union with God, through Holy Communion we are united both spiritually and physically with the Lord Jesus.
Preparation for First Holy Communion class is open to practising Catholic children who
i attend Holy Mass every week
ii know by heart in English the three basic Christian prayers, and can make the Sign of the Cross
iii are aged 8 years old by the first confession.
All who have been Baptised are bound to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The Sacrament of Confirmation gives the grace of missionary spirit and reliance on God.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is open to all practising Catholics, aged over 13 years old, who have not yet been confirmed.
Marriage is a covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of love which is life-long, exclusive and open to having children. All Catholics who wish to marry are bound to get married before a Catholic Priest or Deacon and two witnesses.
Any marriage which is contracted 'outside the Church' (for example in a Registry Office, a non-Catholic church or a place specially licensed for civil marriage) is Null and Void.
In order to get married, a period of careful preparation is required. At least six months notice is required in order to allow time for proper spiritual preparation to take place and for all the necessary documentation to be assembled. To begin the preparation for Christian Marriage please speak to Fr. Tom.
Sacrament of the Sick