What is a sacrament? A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by
Jesus Christ to give grace.
There are 7 Sacraments that make up our faith;
Baptism, Confession, Holy Communion, Confirmation,
Anointing of the sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony.
Your Baptism day is the most important day of your life. It's when you truly become a full member of the Christian Faith. All original sin is completely washed away thus giving rise to a beautiful and new gift of life. It's when you, as parents make a promise to God that you will nurture, and bring your child up in the Catholic Faith.
So, in your commitment to raise your child as a Catholic, you have made the decision to have your child baptised and want to know where you go from here.
Firstly, at least one parent must be a Catholic. (If your child is 7 years old or older they will need to do a 'child friendly' version of the RCIA course (the course adults need to complete if they wish to become a Catholic) before they are baptised.
Your next 'port of call' is to come to the Baptism meeting which is held in the Rosary Room here in church on the 2nd Thursday of the month. It is absolutely crucial to attend this meeting as you will meet the Baptism team, get to know them and set that all important date of Baptism for your child. At least one parent must be present and if possible without accompanying children.
THE NEXT BAPTISM MEETING WILL BE THURSDAY 9th JANUARY AT 7:30 PM IN THE ROSARY ROOM.
YOU WILL BE MOST WELCOME!
The Sacramental Programme begins with Baptism, when parents bring their child into God’s family. The programme then continues at primary school in Year 3 with First Confession and then First Holy Communion. This is such an important part of your child's faith journey as they become closer in union with Jesus who strengthens them as they continue this journey.
There are various preparation Masses throughout the year beginning in the Autumn term and ending just before the Summer term when they make their First Holy Communion. The children prepare rigorously with their teachers during RE lessons prior to each Mass. Fr Philip presents the children to the congregation and then invites them to sit with their families; a lovely opportunity for the children and their parents to join in with the parish community.
In the First Holy Communion Masses the children will all sit at the front of church and receive their first Holy Communion together. Afterwards the children celebrate with a whole year group Mass and a party in school time. Mrs Wilde leads the Year 3/4 choir at each Mass. The dates for the whole programme are as follows:-
Presentation Mass –
11am, Sunday 24th November 2019
We are the people who pray -
11am, Sunday 12th January 2020
We are the people who celebrate God’s word 11am, Sunday 9th February 2020
Monday 9th March 2020 (This will be either in school or church - place & time TBC)
We are the people who follow Jesus -
11am, Sunday 29th March 2020
First Holy Communion -
Sunday 3rd / Sunday 10th May 2020
(This will either be during Mass or in the afternoon - time TBC)
“By the Sacrament of Matrimony husband and wife are strengthened and…consecrated for the faithful accomplishment of their proper duties, for the carrying out of their proper vocation even to perfection, and the Christian witness which is proper to them before the whole world.”
Pope Paul VI
(Humanae Vitae, n. 25).
In a sacramental marriage, God’s love becomes present to the spouses in their total union and also flows through them to their family and community. By their permanent, faithful and exclusive giving to each other, the couple reveal something of God’s unconditional love. The sacrament of Christian marriage involves their entire life as they journey together through the ups and downs of marriage and become more able to give and receive from each other. Their life becomes sacramental to the extent that the couple cooperate with God’s action in their life and see themselves as living “in Christ” and Christ living and acting in their relationship, attitudes and actions.
If you are considering getting married at St. Joseph's, at least 6 months notice must be given. Please make an appointment to see Fr. Philip to get the ball rolling!