There are seven sacraments in the Catholic Church. The first is Baptism, followed by Reconciliation & Eucharist, and Confirmation. As can be seen in the descriptions below, the sacraments have specific purposes at various points in our lives.
Baptisms in this parish are normally celebrated on Sundays at 12 noon, or during one of the Sunday Masses. Parents who would like their child to be baptised are encouraged to do so within a few months of the child’s birth. They should contact Fr. Pat as soon as possible, who will arrange to visit them at home and explain what is involved and how they will be helped to prepare for this very important sacrament.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) is the process or spiritual journey whereby adult non-Catholics whether baptised or not are helped along the road to becoming members of the Catholic Church. Some people from the outset are very sure that this is what they wish to do, whilst others may simply wish to know more about Catholic faith and life before making any decision. Both are most welcome, and no commitment is expected of them until they feel ready and able to give it. We have a group of ‘enquirers’ at present, who meet on a regular basis with parishioners who are happy to accompany them on this spiritual journey and share their own faith and life experience as Catholics with them. If you are interested and would like to know more about this, please contact Fr. Pat who will arrange to see you, and then put you in touch with the leaders of the group.
2018-19 programme starts 3rd October 2018 and continues until Easter 2019 (termtime only).
2 & 3) Sacraments of Reconciliation & Holy Communion for Children in Year 3
Since the majority of children will be attending St Hugh’s Primary School, their preparation takes place mainly in school, supplemented by some liturgies in church. The Church funds the provision of a copy of The Wednesday Word to every child in the Year to support them through this important year. Help is also provided for parents whose children attend another school, and such parents are asked to inform the Parish Priest at the very start of the school year that their children are due to receive these sacraments. For the parents themselves, there are normally three meetings prior to the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (one of them an Introductory Meeting for the entire programme), and two or three meetings prior to the celebration of the First Holy Communion Masses. These two sacraments mark a very important stage in the spiritual journey not only of the children themselves, but of the parents as well. It is hoped that these meetings will help to nourish their own faith and understanding of these sacraments, as well as enable them to be involved in the preparation programme their children are undergoing.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is normally celebrated in church on a weekday evening early in the Spring Term. The First Holy Communion Masses (normally two or three in number) take place on Saturday mornings around the beginning of May, after which private family celebrations are held. Then, usually before the mid-term holiday, there is a Thanksgiving Mass on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, followed by a party for the children in the Parish Hall.
For more information, please contact either the Parish Priest, or our First Sacraments Coordinator, Siobhan Capey, Tel. 0161 610 7102. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Shrewsbury Diocese this Sacrament is administered to those in Year 8 or upwards. Adults who wish to prepare for Confirmation should speak to the Parish Priest. For young people, a programme of preparation is in place with a team of catechists to lead it. It runs over a period of several months prior to the Confirmation Mass in June or thereabouts. An Introductory Meeting for both candidates and parents is held, followed by six or seven Sessions for the Candidates alone, each lasting about an hour and a half. Alongside the serious content, there is plenty of fun and activity too; and the candidates will also be expected to take on some charitable project or communal service. For more information, please contact the Parish Priest on 0161 973 1694, or email: Priest@sthughandstjohntimperley.co.uk
The next Confirmation Mass in this parish will be on Friday 8th February 2019 at 7pm. If you would like your child to be included in the preparation programme, please email their name and parent email address to email@example.com In return you will receive some important documents which must be completed and returned to the Parish Secretary before November 23rd. There will be an introductory meeting for parents and candidates on Thursday 29th November at 7.30pm in the church, and a contribution of £5 towards costs is be paid at this meeting. The programme itself will start on Thursday 10th January 2019.
5) Marriage in Church
Christian marriage is a very important vocation and state. The Church wishes to give help and support to those who choose this path, so that their marriage will be lasting and fulfilling. This is why, for the Church to be able to recognise and bless a marriage involving a Catholic, it is essential that the marriage is arranged with and through a priest. Normally, this leads to its celebration in a Catholic church before a priest or deacon and two witnesses, but sometimes the diocesan bishop will grant permission for it to be celebrated elsewhere.
Plenty of notice should be given, at least six months normally and preferably more, particularly if the marriage is to take place abroad. The preparation involves five or six meetings with the priest to complete the necessary checks that both parties are free to marry, to see that the civil requirements are attended to, to prepare the content of the ceremony, and most importantly to ensure that both understand what Christian marriage entails and are willing to commit themselves to it in a proper way. In addition to these meetings, those seeking to marry in a Catholic church in this area are expected to attend a day for engaged couples run by Marriage Care (see www.marriagecare.org.uk) whose counsellors use to good effect with those preparing for marriage, the experience they have gained from helping couples with marital problems.
6) Holy Orders
A vocation is not just about a call to holiness, it is about who we want to be. It is a call not just to share in the ministry of Christ, but to devote our lives in service to God. There are various ways Catholics can serve God in ministry. Taking holy orders is one way of expressing our love for God and sharing Christ’s gospel. For more information on vocations, please visit the Diocesan website
Those wishing to take holy orders and join the Priesthood or Convent should contact Fr. Jonathan Brandon, the Diocesan Vocations Director, on 0161 980 4784 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact the Parish Priest in the first instance.
7) Sacrament of the Sick
This is the sacrament of healing that is administered to the sick and dying. If you or someone you care for is very sick or dying and needs this sacrament, please contact the Parish Priest. Please note that this sacrament is only administered to those who are gravely ill or dying.
People in hospital always have access to the clergy through the chaplaincy, but the Data Protection Act means that hospital chaplains are no longer granted access to the records. This means that you or one of your family will have to request a visit from the hospital chaplain or one of his team. Simply having ‘RC’ on your notes is no longer enough. The same is true when you are moved to another ward; the chaplain won’t know unless someone tells him. The clergy have a rota for emergency calls, so whoever is on duty will be rung by the nurse in charge when someone asks for an emergency call.
For sick or all visits at home including emergencies, ring the presbytery in the first instance on 0161 973 1694. FOR URGENT CALLS TO ADMINISTER LAST RITES ONLY WHERE THERE IS NO RESPONSE FROM THE PRESBYTERY, please call Fr. Pat directly on his mobile 07711 428970.