Baptism is the door to all the other Sacraments. It is a new birth into the life of Jesus by becoming a member of his family the Church. Parents are required, by example and encouragement, to see that their child grows up as a faithful and active member of this family. Baptism is preceded by a preparation session for parents, and is usually celebrated on Sundays at 12noon.
All Sacraments draw us more closely into the life of the Catholic community. This is especially true of the Eucharist when we gatheras God’s family at Mass to celebrate our Redemption and receive the Body of Jesus our Saviour.
First Communion is a very important event in our children’s growth as Catholics because by it they become full members of our worshipping community. It is received during Year 3, following a preparation course in school and with parish catechists.
By making our Confession to a priest our sins are forgiven and we are reconciled to Godand our Catholic family, the Body of Christ, which we have damaged by our sins. Children make their First Confession some weeks before First Communion, and it is a sign that they are members of our Community of continual conversion.
Confirmation is the completion of Baptism by which we are strengthened by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to live as mature Christian witnesses. At St. Benet’s, Confirmation is administered every other year to applicants aged 14-15 years and is preceded by a preparation programme. Due notice of this is given in the weekly parish newsletter.
Marriage is the solemn agreement a man & woman make to belong to one another exclusively until death and to be open to the gift of children. Catholics should have already received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Weddings are preceded by a course of instruction, and good notice must be given.
To apply: Obtain a leaflet from the parish office.
The Sacrament of the Sick gives strength to those who are ill or infirm. It may bring physical healing as well as forgiveness of sins and spiritual courage. It may be received by anyone who has more than a minor, passing complaint or is infirm through age or other disability.