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For information about how to celebrate the Sacraments in St Mary's Parish please contact the Parish Priest, Fr John Warrington on 01473 728115 or email him at john.warrington@st-mary.org.uk

Information about the Sacraments The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special celebrations for experiencing God’s love, grace and mercy.

Baptism For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

For children and young people under 8 years old please speak to one of the priests or to Deacon Christopher to arrange your child's baptism celebration. Some preparation is needed and they will be able to arrange the date and time with you for your child's baptism. A donation to the church is also requested.

Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

For young people in Year 9 or above a short preparation course is offered each year, 3 Saturday sessions from 11am - 4pm are offered in January, February and March and the celebration of Confirmation with Bishop Alan in April. Forms are usually available just before Advent, in November.

Eucharist Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

First Holy Communion classes are offered to children and their families in the parish for children in Year 3 or above from October to June. Classes are held on Saturday mornings from 9.30am - 10.30am and run from October to June, classes are not held during any school holidays. Booking forms to enrol your child are available in both churches from June to July each year. The group for 2017 is now full. Booking forms for First Holy Communion in 2018 will be available in June 2017.

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults known in St Mary's as the Journey of Faith is a series of sessions for young people and Adults who seek full membership of the Catholic Church. The course runs from September to after Easter each year. It is open to all who wish to discover what the Church is about and what we believe as Catholics, and offers preparation to those not yet baptised and to those already baptised in other Christian Churches. The Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist will be celebrated each year at the Easter Vigil, on Holy Saturday evening, the night before Easter Sunday.

Reconciliation The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.

For our children preparing for First Holy Communion they will also celebrate their First Confession as part of their preparation

Confessions are available in St Mary's after the 9.30am Mass on Saturday mornings and in Holy Family & St Michael's from 5.15pm - 5.45pm on Saturday evenings. Appointments with one of the priests are also available, please speak to one of the priests.

Marriage For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.

Preparation for Marriage is available for all couples seeking to get married in either St Mary's or Holy Family & St Michael's. 6 month notice of marriage is usually needed. Please contact one of the priests or Deacon Christopher for more information

Holy Orders In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, a bishop, priest or deacon is ordained after a period of formation. They are called and chosen by the church, through the power of the Holy Spirit to lead other Catholics by a life of prayer, celebrating the sacraments and proclaiming the Gospel

Anointing of the Sick The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness and is open to all who ask for healing, and for all ages.

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