Sacramental preparation 2022-23
First Holy Communion 2023
This year's celebrations will be on
Sunday 7 July, 11 am at St Theresa's
(there will not be a 9 am Mass at St Theresa’s that morning)
Sunday 14 July, 11 am at St George's
Twenty-three children and one adult from our parish will be making their First Holy Communion. They are: Iggy, Tala, Laura, Diana, Alan, Daniel, Aurelia, Edward, Roland, Leo, Sienna, Dominic, Sören, Millie, Jarlath, Bruno, Summer, Samantha, Alessandro, Hania, Ala, Jonathan, Noah I and Noah F. Please keep them in your prayers.
Three candidates from our parish will be confirmed at Arundel Cathedral on Sunday 2 July at 3pm.
Saturdays, 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm at St Theresa's, or by appointment.
Please contact 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” 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” (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