Sacramental Life


The COVID-19 pandemic has rather changed the way we do things in church.  However we have been able to return to the celebration of the sacraments, albeit with certain restrictions, limitations and precautions in place.  Please note that these restrictions are subject to change according to Government rules.


Baptism welcomes people into the church.  For infants it involves a short preparation course run by the parish.

Baptisms, during this time of pandemic, will normally be held as a family celebration on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.  There can be no more than 6 people attending, including any children but not including the priest.

For more details please contact Fr. Tony.

First Holy Communion And Reconciliation

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.

Holy Communion 2021

First Holy Communion will take place in the second half of June 2021.  Children in Year 3 or above are eligible for First Holy Communion preparations.  The preparation for First Confessions will begin in Lent.  Those who made their First Confession last year, but did not make First Holy Communion, can join after Easter.  More information will be issued soon.

Details of the resource we will be using to prepare children for their First Holy Communion will be posted here soon.


For young people in year 10 or above at secondary school. 

Following registration candidates are normally expected to participate in some way in a Sunday Mass (which, of course, includes the Saturday evening Mass) each weekend beyond simply being there (eg serving, welcoming, being part of the music group, helping with tea and coffee after Mass).  Due to Covid-19 restrictions this will not be possible this year and instead candidates are expected to join in the Diocesan Mission Part 1: Lent 2021 ‘Invited’.  You can sign up from this link;  In the ‘Notes’ please indicate you are part of the St Joseph’s, Dorking Confirmation Group.

You may also like to participate in CAFOD's Walk For Water campaign. To find out more, go to the Walk for Water website.  To join one of our teams contact the parish office:


Contact Fr Tony for more information.

The Confirmations for 2021 will take place at Cranleigh parish on the weekend of 23/24th October 2021 (date and time to be confirmed).


In accordance with diocesan regulations, couples seeking to get married at St Joseph’s must give at least 12 months’ notice and will be required to take part in a pre-marriage course.  Please contact the Parish Office before booking your reception!

Marriage Preparation Course

Each year Helen and Mass Barcellona run a marriage preparation course.  The 2021 course has been postponed due to Covi-19, updates will be posted here.

If you would like to book on a course or have any questions please contact Helen or Mass at

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the rite through which adults are received into the Catholic Church.

If you are thinking of becoming a Catholic or would like to find out more about our faith, then please do get in touch by contacting the Parish Office.

The RCIA group meetings – details will be posted here when they resume.

Anointing of the Sick

If a relative is unwell at home, the family can contact the Parish Office to request a visit from the Parish Priest to administer the Sacrament of the Sick. 

The parish organise an Annual Parish Mass for the Sick and Elderly normally during October.  A Healing Mass is held on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30 pm preceded by Holy Hour.   Note that during Lent 2021 Thursday Mass will be at 9.30 am.


In order to arrange a funeral, families should initially contact an undertaker, who will liaise with the Parish Office to arrange a date and time agreeable to the family and Father tony, who will then contact the family to discuss details of the service itself.

Mass Intentions

To have a Mass offered for a particular intention please contact the Parish Office.

Holy Orders

Every Christian is called, by God, to give some definite service to the Body of Christ, the Church and to the world, for the sake of the kingdom.  Therefore all Christians have a vocation.  Not all Christians are called to serve the people of God as a priest or a deacon, but some are.  The Church is in desperate need of men to offer themselves to enable Christ’s flock to be nourished by the sacraments and by the proclamation of the Gospel. 

To want to be a priest or a deacon is to want to serve; to glorify God through prayer and a lufe dedicated to being good news as well as talking about it.

Contact Father Tony if you feel you are being called by God.

Parish Priest

Fr Tony Milner

Parish Office

Parish Secretary: Penny Dubois

The parish office is open Tuesday to Friday 9am to 1pm - phone or email only.


Contact details:

Telephone:    01306 882433



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