Anointing the Sick
In the Parish, we hold an annual Anointing of the Sick Mass. Details about this will be given in the newsletter or contact the parish office
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can also be arranged by appointment with the parish priest.
If you are going into hospital, please let the parish office know if you would like a visit. The Catholic chaplain at the hospital or our parish priest will come and visit you. We will also arrange for any other ongoing requirements, such as for Holy Communion to be brought on a regular basis if someone is no longer able to get to Mass.
Baptism is the gateway to all the other Sacraments and, indeed, the life of grace in the Church. Through the pouring or immersion in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit the infant or adult becomes part of the Church.
“The truth will set you free” (John 8:32)
Conscience, guilt and forgiveness are part of our human experience. The first sacrament of forgiveness is Baptism which washes away all sins of past life but, even after Baptism, we are imperfect and fail in many ways.
Reconciliation is the sacrament where forgiveness of sins is given to those who repent and do penance for their sins. It involves the confession of sins to the priest. The priest then gives a penance (usually some prayers or a scriptural reading) and absolution - a declaration of God's forgiveness. Sometimes we support this Sacrament with a service of Reconciliation where we celebrate God's love for us.
Jesus gave priests the authority to minister this sacrament and forgive sins when he said to his disciples: As the Father has sent me, even so I send you...Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven, if you retain the sins of any, they are retained. (John 20:21-23)
First Holy Communion
“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)
Children in the Parish who are beginning Year 3 (or above) at Primary school are eligible to join the Programme to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. This programme is led by a team of catechists and also involves some parents meetings with the Parish Priest. Programme dates are announced at Mass and via the weekly bulletin.
The term "Eucharist" comes from the Greek "eucharistia" meaning thanksgiving. The Eucharist is also called communion because it brings us into union with God and each other. It is, therefore, the third Sacrament of Initiation. Unlike Baptism and Confirmation which are once only Sacraments, we continue to receive the Eucharist, throughout our lives, to nourish and sustain us.
Confirmation is a Sacrament in the Catholic Church in which the one who is confirmed receives the gifts of the Holy Spirit through the imposition of hand and anointing with oils by the bishop. It’s considered a sacrament of initiation which means that it brings you deeper into communion with the Church.
The confirmation programme is for those in year 10 or above who want to confirm their faith in the Roman Catholic Church. The programme will run from early February to June. Candidates explore key themes and issues relevant to living life today as a Christian.
The confirmation mass is usually celebrated with other parishes from the Guildford Deanery. This service is conducted by the Bishop and usually takes place at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh. To register your interest in being confirmed in the Roman Catholic faith please contact [Dina].
Proper discernment of this vocation requires much time and much support both at Parish and Diocesan level. Consideration needs to be given to the choice between Diocesan Priesthood or Priesthood in a religious order. We also benefit from the ministry of men ordained as permanent Deacons, some of whom are married. Mention should also be made of non-ordained vocations to religious orders of both men and women.
Jesus calls many women and men to the vocation of marriage and being parents. Married couples promise to serve each other with love and to serve the whole Church. They enter into a life-long covenant of love. When marriage is between a Christian man and woman, it is sacramental in nature, and the natural vocation to marriage becomes something much deeper – a joyful call to follow Christ and a total giving of one’s life in love to a spouse and children.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
We are all on a journey of faith which is unique and personal, and yet a journey that we know is greatly enriched when we are able to come together and share with others.
Maybe you are a non-Catholic Christian accompanying your family to Church and now feel drawn to become part of this community of faith. Maybe your “roots” are in another religion, or in none. Maybe you are a Baptised Catholic but never received, as a young person, the Sacrament of Confirmation.