Catechetics Section

Welcome to the ‘Catechetics’ section of this website. Here you will find information regarding our sacramental preparation and other religious education programmes. “Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian's life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1210)

Sacrament of
Reconciliation


“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labours for their conversion.” (CCC 1422)


We are excited to have your child go through this process with us in our parish. Call us on 0208 804 2149 to enquire more

The preparation for First Reconciliation is open to all children entering year 3 and above, for both children in Catholic and non catholic schools. The preparation also combines that of the First Holy Communion. It starts in September and finishes just before the academic end-of-year the following year.

Children make their First Reconciliation during Lent, on a Saturday afternoon. The next preparation will begin by July or at the start of the new academic year.


Holy
Communion


First Holy Communion “The Eucharist is the efficacious sign and sublime cause of that communion in the divine life and that unity of the People of God by which the Church is kept in being. It is the culmination both of God’s action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit.” (CCC 1325)

Preparation Classes Sessions take place every other Sunday, from 9.30am to 12pm. The children being prepared and their family are expected to attend Mass on a regular basis at this church.

Preparation for Holy Communion The preparation for First Holy Communion is open to all children entering year 3 and above, for both children in Catholic and non catholic schools. The preparation also combines that of the First Reconciliation.


It starts in September and finishes just before the academic end-of-year the following year. Children make their First Holy Communion after Easter, on a Saturday afternoon. The next preparation will begin in September 2018, at the start of the new academic year.

Sacrament of
Marriage


“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptised persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament”
(Canon 1055.1 of the Code of Canon Law and CCC 1601).


Marriage and the family constitute the decisive foundation for a healthy development of the civil society of countries and peoples. Marriage as a basic form of ordering the relationship between man and woman and, at the same time, as basic cell of the state community, has also been moulded by biblical faith.

Thus marriage has given Europe its particular aspect and its humanism, also and precisely because it has had to learn to acquire continually the characteristic of fidelity and renunciation traced by it. Thus marriage has given Europe its particular aspect and its humanism, also and precisely because it has had to learn to acquire continually the characteristic of fidelity and renunciation traced by it.

The Church cannot approve legislative initiatives that imply a valuation of alternative models of the life of the couple and the family. These contribute to the weakening of the principles of the natural law and hence, to the relativisation of the whole of legislation, in addition to the awareness of values in society.” – Pope Benedict XVI (2nd Dec 2010)


The rite of Christian
initiation of Adults


The Parish offers two marriage preparation courses per year.

The rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the means through which adults become full members of the Catholic Church. It restores the ancient sequence of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation as the three interlinked sacraments of initiation. It provides a model upon which the sacramental preparation in the parish is based. It emphasizes that conversion to Christ is an on-going process that takes place within the community of the faithful, and that is marked by the celebration of the liturgical rites.

Adults who are over 17 years of age and are interested in becoming Catholics meet regularly with their sponsors and other members of the parish community to study and discuss areas of Catholic belief and

practice, and to pray and reflect on the Word of God together. They celebrate the stages of their journey into the Church by public rites, culminating in their full reception into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday.

Preparing for the Rite of Christian Initiation
The RCIA group meets usually on Monday evenings in the parish hall at 8:00pm. We welcome those interested in becoming Catholics, those willing to sponsor and support enquirers, and Catholics who want to learn more about their faith. Come along on a Monday or speak to one of the parish team (whose details appear below) to find out more about the excitement of growing into an adult faith. We also welcome those adult Catholics who have already been baptised and have not yet received Communion or been Confirmed.

Sacrament of
Confirmation


“Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ,

more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”” (CCC 1285). Confirmation preparation course is open to young people entering year 10 and above at school. The preparation starts in September of the current year and ends the following year around Pentecost. It takes place every other Tuesday from 6.45pm.


Registration forms are available in the Parish. Contact the Catechetical Co-ordinator for details.

Sacrament of
Baptism


“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”” (CCC 1213).


Infant baptisms are always by appointment. Parents are expected to attend a Preparation Course and a one-to-one meeting with the Parish Priest before the children are baptised.

Baptism Celebrations take place on a Saturday afternoon starting at 2.30pm. The choice of the date is left to the parents. However, due to the amount of baptism requests we receive, parents should register for the course at least 2 months before their preferred Baptism date to avoid delay.

The Parish runs a separate preparation for children who have reached catechetical age. This is called Christian Initiation of Children. 
It starts in November and lasts until Easter Sunday. If your child is aged 7 and above, please contact the Catechetical Co-ordinator directly to discuss their preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism.


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