Sacramental Preparation

A Sacrament is an efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is given to us. Full and active participation in the sacramental life of the Church requires a period of preparation of both mind and heart to be receptive to the grace of new life in Christ.
Please contact the Parish Office for further information.

Baptism

Baptism is the basis of the whole of our Christianity, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.

By baptism, we are set free from sin and reborn as children of God. We become members of Christ’s body, the Church, and are given a share in her mission.

Baptisms are celebrated on Sundays after some preparation sessions. The priest welcomes the one to be baptised with great joy in the name of the parish community. Parents and godparents commit themselves to ensuring the child will be brought up to follow God’s commandments as taught by Jesus Christ. The saints in heaven are called upon to pray for the child, who is then baptised in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

If you would like to have your child baptised, or seek baptism for yourself, please contact the parish office for more information

Eucharist

Jesus said: ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live forever.’

The Eucharist is described as the source and summit of the Christian life. It is the origin for all our prayer, worship and activity, and it is the goal of everything we do. This is because in celebrating the Eucharist, we enter into communion with Christ himself, whose body and blood, soul and divinity are given to us under the form of bread and wine.

The Eucharist nourishes us for the rest of our days on earth. As Christians together we make up the mystical Body of Christ; in celebrating the Eucharist we unite ourselves with Jesus Christ our Head.

Faithful to Jesus’ command to “do this in memory of me”, the Church continues to take bread and wine and to speak Christ’s words of consecration over them. The Eucharist has been, since the very beginning of the Church, the central act of her worship.

The celebration of the Eucharist is more commonly called the Mass, and receiving the Eucharist more commonly referred to as Holy Communion.

Children are prepared to receive their First Holy Communion from the age of 7. Applications for the 2020/21  course are now open until 1st December 2020.

Adults who are seeking to become Catholic and receive Holy Communion should contact the parish for more information.

Sacrament of First Holy Communion & First Confession

If your child will be in year 3 and/or you would like to be included in the preparation, please download an application form from this link.
Please return the form , duly filled in, to the Presbytery. The schedule for 2020/21 will be made available in due course. 

Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation completes our baptism and strengthens us to take up our role as full members of the Church by witnessing to God’s love in our words and deeds.

Candidates are enriched with the sevenfold gift of the Holy Spirit: given wisdom and understanding, right judgment and courage, knowledge and reverence; filled with the spirit of wonder and awe in God’s presence.

Confirmation is celebrated during Mass, usually by a bishop, who imposes his hands on the candidates’ heads and then anoints them with Chrism on their foreheads, saying: “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

In our parish, Confirmation is conferred on anyone in Year 8 and above after a period of suitable preparation.

Applications for Confirmation 2020: please download an application form from this link and complete and make an appointment to see Fr. Saju.

Please refer to the Confirmation 2020 Handbook and the 2020 Diary for further information.

For the Sponsor Form, please follow this link.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

  • Reconciliation is one of the two “sacraments of healing” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, confession is a bridge to God’s infinite mercy, a path of conversion and forgiveness. As the catechism states: “The whole power of the sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God’s grace and joining us with him in an intimate friendship” (No. 1468)
  • Confession at St Dominic’s is available by appointment or at these times:
    Saturday from 9:45am to 10:15am & from 5:15pm to 5:45pm

Holy Matrimony

Marriage preparation – before you make wedding arrangements, you need to see the priest. If any of you wish to marry in the parish of St. Dominic’s or in another part of the world and reside in this parish, you need to give 6 months’ notice to the parish priest regarding your papers and your preparation.

Getting Married in Church

If you are reading this you have probably decided that it is time to get married. Congratulations! In marriage we commit ourselves exclusively to another person whom we love for the rest of our lives. Marriage is part of the natural law but it is also part of God’s plan for us which is why marriage between two baptised Christians is called the Sacrament of marriage and is blessed by God.

Requirements for getting married in the Catholic Church

At least one of you must be a baptised Catholic – In the UK it is desirable that you have been Confirmed and have made your First Communion. Elsewhere it is compulsory that you be confirmed.

You must both be free to marry.

You must not be under pressure to marry.

At least one of you should reside within the parish boundary.

Essential paperwork to be collated

The pre-nuptial form.
A recent copy of your baptism certificate (within 6 months).
Proof of your confirmation.
A signed Statutory Declaration of Freedom. A small fee will be charged by the Commissioner for Oaths.
A notice to marry from your local Register Office at the Town Hall. There is a statutory fee for this notice.

Marriage Preparation Course:

All couples must attend a marriage preparation course, approved by the Catholic Church. A number of parishes run these courses and you will need to contact them directly to register. There is normally a fee for these courses to cover materials.

Do not set any date for your Wedding or Reception until you have spoken to your parish priest
Previous Marriages:
If either of you have previously been through any form of marriage, whether in a church, register office or other registered place or by local custom, no further marriage can take place until the circumstances have been investigated by the church. Until the issue is cleared up, the forthcoming marriage arrangements can only be seen as provisional and no firm bookings should be made. The same situation applies for anyone who may have contracted a civil partnership.

Marriage between a Catholic and a non Catholic

Roman Catholics have to obtain permission from the Archbishop if they wish to marry someone who is not a Catholic. In these cases it is a requirement that both parties agree that any children they have will be baptised and brought up in the Catholic Faith.

Getting Married in a Church Abroad

If you want to marry in a Catholic Church outside England and Wales, the same procedures apply but it will take longer and certain countries require more documents.

Planning your Wedding Ceremony

Once all the paperwork has been processed and the marriage course completed you will plan the wedding service with your priest. There are 2 options to think about:

·          A Nuptial Mass – a special Mass during which you will exchange marriage vows.

·          A Wedding Service – a service of prayer and readings during which you will exchange marriage vows.

You will need to plan for music, flowers, photography and people who will read the scriptures and prayers.

Do not set any date for your Wedding or Reception until you have spoken to your parish priest

What next?

We hope you have found this helpful. If you have any questions or you want to begin the process of marriage preparation please contact Fr Saju

Good luck and God bless!

Holy Orders:

Please make an appointment to see our parish priest if you require further information or alternatively, please follow this link for further information.

Anointing of the sick:

  • The Anointing of the Sick is a remarkable sign of God’s great love for us. In his merciful efforts to bring us safely to himself in heaven
  • Please contact our parish priest if you require further information.