Sacraments
Sacramental preparation 2021-22

First Holy Communion
There will be a Meeting for Parents
Sat 11th December, 6:15pm at St Theresa’s (after 5:30pm Mass)

Preparation for First Holy Communion will begin in January. There will be six sessions, once a month, on Saturday mornings, with the candidates and their parents. The families will also be involved in the Sunday Masses on those weekends. First Communions will be at the end of the summer term. Full details and a timetable will be given at the parents meeting.

Confirmation

Congratulations to Ruby, Lucie and George, who were confirmed on Saturday 20th November. We are not running a confirmation preparation course this coming year. 

Reconciliation (Confession)

Saturdays, 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm at St Theresa's, or by appointment.

Please contact the Fr. Tony to request an appointment.

For Baptisms and Marriages, please contact the Parish Office after you have read the information below about these sacraments.

COVID-19 restrictions may affect what can be offered at any particular time.

Baptism

“Baptism” is one of the seven sacraments of the Church; it is seen as the entry into the life of faith and membership of the Body of Christ.

 

Words may be confusing: some churches / denominations speak of “christening”, some of “baptism”.  In the Catholic Church we properly use the word “baptism”.  But to make it clear, just as someone is married during a “wedding” service, so a person is baptised in a “christening” service.

 

The Church asks that the sacrament of Baptism is celebrated:

  • either at a public Mass on a Sunday (the “ordinary” form of Baptism)

  • or at a common celebration on a Sunday afternoon (the “extraordinary” form)

 

Parents will be invited meet with Fr. Tony for some preparation before the baptism.

Marriage

 “Marriage” (matrimony) is one of the seven sacraments of the Church; “wedding” is an event during which the sacrament is solemnised.

 

Marriages may be celebrated in one of two ways:

  • Nuptial Mass in church – most often the case when both bride and groom are Catholic

  • Marriage Service – in church without Holy Communion, by far the most common form of celebration

 

The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton has two requirements before Marriage may be celebrated:

  • At least twelve months' notice of the intention to marry must be given to the Parish Priest

  • A Pre-Marriage preparation course must be attended / completed