SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

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SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The first sacrament that Christians receive is Baptism, a welcoming into the family of Christ. This sacrament involves the pouring of water to symbolise both the washing away of sin and also the living water which Christ promises to deliver to those who follow Him.

For Infants:
Parents who wish for their infants to be baptised please call the parish office during office hours (Tel: 07-224 3034) for more details.

For Adults:  Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process in which an adult who is not baptised or baptised in another faith denomination, has not received instruction, first communion, or confirmation, journeys with others like them and other Catholics to be fully initiated in the Catholic faith.  It is a process of formation.  There are four steps in this formation process which culminates at the Easter Vigil with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.  The parish community, through its prayers, witness, worship, service, and catechesis, offers the invitation and support for the men and women to be initiated into the Catholic Church.

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SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

How To Go To Confession

1. PREPARATION: Before going to confession, the penitent compares his or her life with the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the example of Christ and then prays to God for forgiveness.

2. GOING TO CONFESSION: After the priest welcomes you, both of you make the sign of the cross. Then you may wish to indicate facts about your life, the time of the last confession, difficulties in leading the Christian life, and anything else that may help the priest.

3. CONFESSION OF SINS AND THE ACT OF PENANCE: Confess your sins. The priest then offers suitable advice and imposes an act of penance or satisfaction, which may include prayer, self-denial, or works of mercy.

4. PRAYER OF THE PENITENT: Pray a prayer expressing sorrow for your sins and resolving not to sin again. Two suggested prayers are given here:

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

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Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Lamb of God; you take away the sins of the world.
Through the grace of the Holy Spirit restore me to friendship with your Father,
cleanse me from every stain of sin in the blood you shed for me,
and raise me to new life for the glory of your name.

5. ABSOLUTION: The priest extends his hands over your head and pronounces the formula of absolution, making the sign of the cross over your head during the final words. You answer, ‘Amen.”

6. DISMISSAL: The priest dismisses you with the command to go in peace. Continue to express your conversion through a life renewed according to the Gospel and more and more steeped in the love of God.

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SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

Because marriage is both a vocation (a calling from God) and a Sacrament, special gifts and graces are given to the couple entering Matrimony. Participants enter into the Sacrament of Matrimony with the intention that their union will be permanent, faithful, and fruitful.

Arrangements for weddings must be made by the parties to the proposed marriage at least six months in advance of the wedding and prior to setting a firm date.  This will allow sufficient time for the couple to complete the required meetings, to attend the pre-marriage programs and to prepare a proper celebration of the Sacrament.

Please contact the Parish Office (Tel: 07-224 3034) for an application and information brochure.

You can download the form HERE.

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