Sacraments of Initiation
"Holy baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other Sacraments.
Through baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, we are incorporated into the Church and share in her mission;
"Baptism is the Sacrament of regeneration through water in the Word." Catechism 1213.
Baptism in faith enables us to grow in hope and love.
Children who are over 7 years of age, young people and adults are fully initiated after a period of preparation on the ABC Course, at the Easter Vigil - which is celebrated at 7pm on Easter Saturday, the eve of Easter.
Babies are baptised on Sundays at 1pm in Church. Registration takes place on the first Sunday of each month after the 9.45 am Mass, in the Newman Room, which is in the Parish Rooms at the side of the church. The Baptism Team will help you complete an information form and arrange the details for the DVD Preparation Evening, which is held in the Presbytery on a Tuesday evening.
After the meeting, Baptism dates are organised and booked. The information booklet is in the designated area at the back of Church.
If you would like to discuss Baptism further then contact Father Peter on 01282 422007
Baptism Team Members
Please click here to see the list of upcoming and recent Baptisms at St Mary's
"As I have done to you, go and do the same yourselves"
"It is evident from it's celebration that the effect of the Sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit, as one granted to the Apostles on the day of Pentecost. Catechism 1302
From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
-It roots us more deeply in the divine filiation; which makes us cry "Abba Father."
-It unites us more firmly to Christ
-It increases the gift of the Holy Spirit in us.
-It renders our bond with the Church more perfectly.
-It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, "to confess the name of Christ, boldly and never to be ashamed of the cross." Catechism 1303.
Confirmation is a wonderful sacrament which enables us to walk with the Lord and bear witness to Him. We do this by using the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
To value what we believe through faith.
To be able to grasp the truths of our faith.
To judge how best to act and point to God.
To seek courage to stand always in faith with Christ.
To see the circumstances of our lives, as opportunities to reveal the Word.
To serve God in love.
7. Fear of the Lord
|To love God always and serve.|
The Holy Spirit in our helper and guide.
Children are confirmed at Pentecost after taking a full part in the Parish Sacramental Programme. The children in Year 3 are invited to join the programme each year, older children are also invited to take part.
Adults who have taken part in the ABC Course are Confirmed at the Easter Vigil.
If you have been baptised in another Christian denomination and would like to become a Catholic and be confirmed, then please contact the Parish Office on 01282 422007.
"At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ's Body and Blood. Faithful to the Lord's command, the Church continues to do, in his memory and until His glorious return, what he did on the eve of his Passion. "He took bread... he took the cup filled with wine..." The signs of bread and wine become, in a way surpassing understanding, the Body and Blood of Christ. They continue also to signify the goodness of creation. Thus, in the offertory, we give thanks to the creator for bread and wine, fruit of the work of human hands but above all as fruit of the Earth and of the vine, gifts of the Creator.
Mass is celebrated daily in our parish. Please see the parish newsletter and the church notice board for times.
Adults who have taken part in the ABC Course receive Holy Communion for the first time at the Easter Vigil.
Children on the Sacramental Programme receive Holy Communion at the 11.45 Mass on the Sunday nearest to the feast of Corpus Christi.
We gather to celebrate the Eucharist as God's family especially on Sundays.
Saturday Vigil Mass 6pm
Sunday Mass 9.45am* and 11.45am.
*At the 9.45 Mass we have the Children's Liturgy - when the children go out together.