Jesus’ final command to his followers
‘Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded to you’ – Matthew 28:19
The Sacrament of Baptism is the sacred moment when an individual is drawn into the life of God and begins to share in His life, through the community of the Church.
Most baptisms are of infants and therefore it is important that parents, who are responsible for nurturing the faith of their children and their relationship with the Church, understand what this sacrament means.
Supported by the parish community, parents have a special role in ensuring that the light of faith given to their child on the day of their baptism is kept burning brightly afterwards.
The Baptismal Programme will consist of four stages for parents who want their children to receive the sacrament of baptism:
Stage 1 ... A meeting with Father Martin
Stage 2 ... Attending the two sessions of the baptismal programme which are led by Deacon Quentin Hall and Mrs Valerie Hall
Stage 3 ... Booking a time and date for the baptism itself
Stage 4 ... A member of the parish clergy will contact the family personally
Please Note that Stages 1, 2 and 3 must be done in the above order
Stage 1 ~ Meetings with Fr Martin
Parents need to contact the parish secretary, Lorna Harper, (office hours please on 01277-265235), to book a meeting with Father Martin. The meetings, which will take place in the Conference Centre (not the Parish Hall) on Sundays, will begin promptly at 5.00 pm and last for about an hour. The dates for these meetings starting in February 2013 are:
Sundays ... 21 April, 12 May, 16 June
N.B. There will also be one extra meeting on
Saturday 6 July
Stage 2 ~ Sessions for Parents
The Baptismal Programme consists of two sessions for parents. These take place on Mondays in the Parish Hall at 8.00 pm.
The dates for these meetings starting in February 2013 are:
22 & 29 April, 20 & 27 May, 17 & 24 June, 8 & 15 July
Stage 3 ~ Book Date of Baptism
Only on completing stage 1 and stage 2 can parents contact the parish secretary and book a date for their child’s baptism
Stage 4 ~ Contact the Family
The member of clergy who is to celebrate the sacrament will make contact with the family before the baptism itself
First Holy Communion
The First Holy Communion programme, for children in Year 3 and above, begins in September and runs until June the following year. Sessions for the children occur once a month on Saturday mornings. Parents also have sessions to assist them both in developing and deepening their own understanding of the faith, and in helping them to instruct their children
Couples wishing to get married in either the Cathedral or Holy Cross should, in the first instance, arrange to see the Dean of the Cathedral at Clergy House. At least six months notice is required in order to allow sufficient time for the preparation of couples. For all those getting married, a group meeting is held at the beginning of the year, followed by four sessions with one of the Parish Team, and culminating in a one-day course offered by ‘Catholic Marriage Care’.
Sacrament of the Sick
This Sacrament is available to anyone who is either unwell or is going into hospital. Please contact the Parish Office to arrange a suitable date and time.
In addition, those parishioners, who through sickness or infirmity are unable to get to Mass, are welcome to receive communion at home from one of our Ministers of Communion. Please contact the Parish Office for more details.
If either you, or a relative or friend, is going into hospital and would like to be visited during your stay, please contact our Parish Co-ordinator who will ensure that the chaplain of the parish, which serves the particular hospital, is notified.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated every Saturday morning in the Cathedral from 11:00 am until 12:00 noon.
At Holy Cross it is available on request after the 6:30 pm Saturday evening Mass.
Our Confirmation programme is open to young people from both parishes who are aged 16 and over, and who have completed their G.C.S.E.s. The course begins in September and continues through the year until Pentecost Sunday, at which time the Bishop confirms the candidates at the 11:30 Mass in the Cathedral.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in the Cathedral from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on the third Thursday of each month. Parishoners are invited to devote a spare hour to pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament.