Sacraments & Rites
Baptism is the first sacrament and marks the start of your child’s membership into God’s family. It is the beginning of the Christian life. Through Baptism we are ‘reborn’ as sons and daughters of God.
When parents ask to have their children baptised, they undertake the responsibility of instructing and guiding them in the practice of the Catholic faith and bringing them up to keep God’s commandments. Whether or not your children grow up to know and follow Christ is your responsibility as well as your children’s Godparents and other family members. Only by your words and example will your children grow strong as active members of the Church.
Baptism is about being made a member of the community of faith. It is not a private family occasion and therefore, baptisms are conducted after Sunday mass, usually with several other families. For all baptism bookings and preparation bookings please complete the Baptism Booking Form.
Entering into marriage is one of the biggest decisions anybody makes in his or her lifetime. The Church strongly recommends that couples undertake some kind of formal preparation for marriage to help them understand the nature of marriage and the many human complexities of married life.
The question of where to hold the wedding is an important one which couples need to talk about together. Sometimes couples want to be married in a church because of social pressure or family tradition. These are not sufficient reasons in themselves for choosing a church wedding. A church is the appropriate venue for the marriage of those who believe in Christ and who wish to celebrate publicly God’s blessing of their union.
If you have a child who is currently in grade 3 or older and you feel ready as a family to prepare with your child to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2023, you are invited to attend our Information Evening on Wednesday 19th July. Enrolments are open now. Please download the form below and returning it to firstname.lastname@example.org
with a copy of the Baptism certificate of the child.
This year Our Lady of Fatima's candidates will celebrate their Confirmation on Wednesday 23rd August at 6:00pm.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND RECONCILIATION 2023
Welcome to our Parish Sacramental Programme for First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation. If you have a child who is currently in grade 4 or older and you feel ready as a family to prepare with your child to receive this Sacrament in 2023, please indicate your interest by completing the enrolment form below and returning it to email@example.com by Friday 3rd February 2023.
Children will celebrate their First Holy Communion on Sunday 26th March at 11.00 am. (5th Sunday of Lent).
First Holy Communion 2023