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Sacraments
Sacramental preparation 2023/24

First Holy Communion 2024

First Holy Communion is offered for children in Year 3 and above. preparation has already begun for 2024. The next intake will be autumn 2024, with the FHC celebrations the following summer.

Confirmation 2024

Confirmation is normally offered to young people in Year 9 or above, though we may consider applications from younger people who are already involved in the life of the parish. The preparation for Confirmation for 2024 has already begun. The next intake will be in autumn 2024. 

Reconciliation (Confession)

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

Please contact Fr Tony to request an appointment.

Sacrament of the Sick

The Anointing of the Sick is available to anyone who is seriously ill, either with an acute or chronic illness, mental or physical. It is not just for those who are close to death. It is also recommended to anyone who is going in for surgery that involves a general anaesthetic. If you or someone in your family desires this sacrament, please contact Fr Tony.

We organise a Mass once a year, around the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, in which the sacrament of the sick is also offered.

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

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 to 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

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