We offer a number of education programmes for children and adults at various stages in their life journeys. Details of some of the courses are listed below and please contact the Office or one of the priests for more details.
Baptism is the beginning of the journey of Faith. Provision is made for ongoing formation for both parents and godparents before the celebration of the Sacrament. Initial enquiries about Baptism can be made to the Clergy after Mass. Baptisms are not booked until a Baptism course has been attended and the necessary paperwork returned to the Parish Office upon completion of the course. This process applies in all situations in order to facilitate administration and avoid disappointment concerning the availability of the Clergy for the Celebration of Baptism.
First Holy Communion
Classes start in September each year and run for approximately 8 months. Children should be in School Year 3 (i.e. 7 years old at the time of receiving First Holy Communion) to join.
For teenagers (children should be in Year 9 of the school national curriculum), a confirmation course usually runs from January to June. Older Catholics who are not confirmed should make individual enquiry of the clergy.
Journey in faith
This is a course for adults who are considering becoming members of the Roman Catholic Church. Please have a word with one of the priests if you would like further information.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
This course, for adults who wish to become Catholics, begins every Autumn and runs until the following Easter when the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion are received.
If you wish to get married at St Mary’s, please contact the Office or approach one of the Clergy after Mass to introduce yourself. We do not offer a Marriage Preparation course at St Mary’s, however details about courses and more can be found at www.catholicmarriageprep.com. Please note that the Clergy require at least six months’ notice to complete all paperwork and that it is usual for the wedding ceremony to take place in the parish in which the bride resides.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
This takes place during the 10am Family Mass on Sundays (school term-time only). During the liturgy, aimed at kids aged 4-7 years old, a 'children-friendly' version of the Gospel is read, commented and backed by a practical activity to help the little ones familiarise with catechesis.
Launchpad is a preparatory course for children to attend the year before they begin their First Holy Communion catechism. It is aimed at 6-7 years olds, (Year 2 of the National School Curriculum), who do not attend catholic schools. The group meets every other Sunday during school terms and follows the same dates as the First Holy Communion catechism sessions.
Please note that we are constantly seeking members of our congregation who are willing to become Catechists and to assist with our education programme. If you would be interested in fulfilling this important role, please contact Fr Graham (via the St Mary's Rectory: firstname.lastname@example.org) and let him know which of the courses you would like to help with.