The sacraments are celebrations of God’s
life and presence in our parish community.
We aim to help individuals and families prepare for such important events.
We welcome those who bring children for this sacrament of salvation. Children are usually baptised in the parish church of their parents, since Baptism is about becoming a member of the Church, within the ‘parish family’. If you are not from the parish, you will need to obtain permission for the Baptism to take place from your parish of residence. If you are new to St Monica’s, speak to a member of the Parish Team so that you may be registered with us; we would then look forward to getting to know you as a member of our family and congregation over a period of a few months, before the Baptism takes place. All parents will then attend Baptism preparation, and we will then set a date for this joyful event - truly a day of celebration.
Adult Baptism/Confirmation and or Reception into the Catholic Church (RCIA)
Please contact one of the Parish Team. A programme is held in the Autumn.
Reconciliation and Holy Communion
All children are prepared for these sacraments within the parish. The Reconciliation course begins in the Autumn and First Holy Communion in the Spring. Enrolment dates are advertised in the Newsletter. To qualify to receive Holy Communion children should be at least 8 years old in the year of enrolment. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in the programme, as their children take their first important steps in the life of the Church.
A programme is held each year, starting before Christmas. Candidates must be 14 or over by the previous 31st August. Enrolment dates will be published in the Newsletter. it is a great event to make a personal decision that God is part of your life, and that you want to explore more fully what your faith means to you.
Marriage is the closest expression of unity that we have as human beings - a replication of the love at the heart of the Trinity. Couples who are eligible to marry at St Monica’s through residency are asked to give at least six months’ notice and to take part in a marriage preparation programme. Any practical help concerning the marriage will be given to them at their early meetings with one of the Priests. Those resident here but wanting to get married elsewhere are also asked to make early contact.
Sacrament of the Sick
This strengthening sacrament is widely celebrated these days, and it is no longer associated solely with the last rites. Contact one of the Parish Team as soon as possible if you or one of your household is ill at home or has become housebound. Members of the Parish Team and Eucharistic Ministers bring Holy Communion regularly to people at home. If you are going into hospital you should state on entry that you would like your details to be passed on to the Roman Catholic chaplain, who will then visit you.
Holy Orders and the Religious Life
God is always calling us to our unique vocation, and for some that will be a call to the Priesthood or Religious Life. If you feel that God may be calling you, do contact one of the priests or sisters for an informal chat.