Sacraments
Sacramental preparation

With the exception of Baptism and Marriage, the parish is not offering the usual sacramental preparation programmes at present, deciding instead to have a 'fallow' year for the 2020-21 season. 

This means that there are at present no preparation groups for First Reconciliation (Confession) and First Eucharist (Holy Communion), nor for Confirmation. 

 

A decision about sacramental preparation programmes for the 2021-22 season will be taken later in the year.

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.

Reconciliation (Confession)

Fr Alistair will meet with people by appointment for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Please contact the Parish Office to request an appointment.

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 attend and complete a Baptism Preparation Course before booking a date on which the Baptism is celebrated.  Preparation courses generally take place several times a year, depending on the number of enquiries.

 

Please note that in this parish baptisms are not celebrated at all during the season of Lent.

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