Sacramental Life

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Covid-19

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.

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Baptism

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.  

For more details please contact Fr Simon

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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

23 of our younger parishioners have begun their journey towards First Holy Communion. At present they are preparing to celebrate God’s Love in the sacrament of Reconciliation. With their families, they have taken their first steps on this journey with some sessions at home. Sessions in the church have begun. Please support each one of them (and their families) by remembering them in your prayers: Zara, Alexander, Henry, Asia, Barnaby, Faith, Reuben, Oskar, Teddy, Georgina, Karina, Jacob, Jakub, Julia, Mason, Rafael, Margaret, Erica, Jude, Rosanna, Eloise, Alicja, Lily.

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

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Confirmation

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).  

Contact Fr Simon for more information.

Our meetings will contiinue in September 2021 - details will be emailed.

The Confirmations for 2021 will take place on Sunday 10th October 2021 (venue and time to be confirmed).

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Marriage

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.  

If you would like to book on a course or have any questions please contact Helen or Mass at helenbarcellona@gmail.com

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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.

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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.   

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Funerals

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 Simon, who will then contact the family to discuss details of the service itself.

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Mass Intentions

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

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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 Simon if you feel you are being called by God.