The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1131)
Those who approach the sacrament of penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offence committed against Him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by
Charity, by example, and by Prayer labours for their conversion.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422)
Currently by Appointment only
Baptism, the Eucharist and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation”, whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.
For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptised] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ more strictly obliged to spread and defend the Faith by word and deed."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285)
SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1536)
“Only Jesus knows what ‘definite service’ he has in mind for you. Be open to his voice resounding in the depths of your heart: even now his heart is speaking to your heart.”
(Pope Benedict, Sep 2010)
Those who are seeking to know more about a vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood are warmly invited to speak to Father Tom and to make contact with Fr Smith the Diocesan Vocations Director.
Fr Graham Smith
Fr Mark Swires
SACRAMENT OF THE SICK
By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them and indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the people of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1499)
The sacrament of the sick is appropriate for those with a serious illness or an ongoing serious illness, those preparing for major surgery, the elderly and for those approaching death.
In grave illness the priest should always be summoned. The messenger should try give a clear idea of what is wrong, and should ask to speak to the priest himself, or leave a message if the priest is not at home.
The priest should be called even in cases of fatal accident or sudden death.
Please contact Father Tom if any of the above applies or if you have any questions regarding this sacrament.
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word”.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213)
If you have a child for Baptism or if you are not baptised yourself and wish to take instruction in the Faith with a view to Baptism then please contact
The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1322)
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SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
The matrimonial covenant,
by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptised persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1601)
Couples who are planning to get married should
contact Fr. Andrew at least 6 months in advance.