Welcome to St Mary'sHere you will find out about how we prepare for and administer the Sacraments and how we could help you
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- Confirmation programme and Mass Autumn 2024
- Holy Eucharist (First Holy Communion) 2024
Hurray! You want to be baptised! Please call Fr Jeremy on 01225 311725 to arrange an initial meeting and then a course of instruction. Alternatively, you can speak to him after any Mass or use the contact form below.
Alleluia! You would like your child to receive the Sacrament of Baptism! Please call Fr Jeremy on 01225 311725 to arrange an initial meeting for both parents and then a course of instruction. Children are an amazing gift but it is preferable that the child is not present so that parents/carers can concentrate and be fully present in the preparation. Alternatively, you can speak to Fr Jeremy after any Mass to arrange a time to meet him or use the contact form below. Once you have spoken to Fr Jeremy, he will discuss booking a date for the baptism.
Replacement Baptism Certificate
If you need a Replacement Certificate, please ring or email the parish office. Please give the date of the baptism as well as your name/ the name of your child. There is no cost for the replacement certificate, however a donation to the church would be welcome. If you need a copy for school admittance, please ask in good time.
***All Baptisms and preparation are on hold until the pandemic has subsided.***
Confirmation programme and Mass Autumn 2024
The annual preparation course for the Sacrament of Confirmation is suitable for those in Year 9-13 and is open to anyone living in the parishes of Bath Deanery: St Mary’s, Bath; St John’s, Bath; St Alphege’s, Bath; St Peter and St Paul’s, Bath; St Joseph’s, Peasedown St John, and all churches associated with St Benedict’s, Stratton-on-the-Fosse. If you are older than 18yrs old, please contact your parish priest directly for individual instruction. Application forms will be available in June 2024. Please complete and return the application form to Charlotte Boyall – Parish Administrator, c/o 4 Harley St, Bath BA1 2SF
We would encourage all young people intending to join the course to attend Mass each Sunday. We also recommend reading and discussing the books YouCat and DoCat with their intended sponsor; both available through https://www.youcat.org/, Redemptorist Publications, Eden or Ebay.
Preparation for adults
Please call Fr Jeremy on 01225 311725 to arrange an initial meeting and then a course of instruction. Alternatively you can speak to him after any Mass or use the contact form below.
Children: First Holy Communion Preparation 2024
The preparation course starts on Wednesday 10th Jan with a session for parents only at the Parish Centre. You will be able to buy an “I Belong” book at the session for £8.00 (please bring cash). The course is aimed at children in Y3-6 using “I Belong” materials. We also recommend reading “YOUCAT for Kids: Catholic Catechism for Children and Parents” as a family www.youcat.org/y4k Two courses, running in parallel: one at St Mary’s school for pupils, & one after 10.30am Sunday Mass for children at other schools. Details and application forms available at the back of the church, on the website & from St Mary’s School. 231214 Home Study Programme for 2024 2024 parish communion application letter
Known as The Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation, Confession is normally available 10.30-11.00am on Saturday and by request. Pupils at St Mary’s, St Gregory’s and Prior Park Schools all have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in school during Advent and Lent. All children preparing for Holy Communion will also prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well.
Before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, be sure to prepare with an an examination of conscience.
The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation includes the following steps:
1. The priest greets us, and we pray the Sign of the Cross. He invites us to trust in God. He may read God’s Word with us.
2. We confess our sins. The priest may help and counsel us.
3. The priest gives us a penance to perform. Penance is an act of kindness or prayers to pray, or both.
4. The priest asks us to express our sorrow, usually by reciting the Act of Contrition.
5. We receive absolution. The priest says, “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” We respond, “Amen.”
6. The priest dismisses us by saying, “Go in peace.” We go forth to perform the act of penance he has given us.
An examination of conscience is the act of looking prayerfully into our hearts to ask how we have hurt our relationships with God and other people through our thoughts, words, and actions. We reflect on the The Ten Commandments and the teachings of the Church. The questions below help us in our examination of conscience.
My Relationship With God
What steps am I taking to help me grow closer to God and to others? Do I turn to God often during the day, especially when I am tempted?
Do I participate at Mass with attention and devotion on Sundays and holy days? Do I pray often and read the Bible?
Do I use God’s name and the names of Jesus, Mary, and the saints with love and reverence?
My Relationships With Family, Friends, and Neighbours
Have I set a bad example through my words or actions? Do I treat others fairly? Do I spread stories that hurt other people?
Am I loving of those in my family? Am I respectful of my neighbours, my friends, and those in authority?
Do I show respect for my body and for the bodies of others? Do I keep away from forms of entertainment that do not respect God’s gift of sexuality?
Have I taken or damaged anything that did not belong to me? Have I cheated, copied homework, or lied?
Do I quarrel with others just so I can get my own way? Do I insult others to try to make them think they are less than I am? Do I hold grudges and try to hurt people who I think have hurt me?
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- The Anointing of the Sick
- Holy Orders
- Marriage and weddings at St Mary's
- Retrouvaille - assistance with difficulties in Marriage
If you are sick, have a chronic illness or mental health condition, please consider receiving the Anointing of the Sick by talking to Fr. Jeremy. It is a blessing to receive the anointing for recovery from sickness or for help in enduring the daily struggle.
Please understand that the Sacrament of the Sick is not the same as the Last Rites, nor should you worry that you are close to death if a friend or relative suggests that you receive the Sacrament of the Sick.
If you feel drawn to serve your diocese in the consecrated life, whether as a Monk, Nun or Priest, please talk to Fr. Jeremy first. His email is below. There is a Vocations page on the Clifton Diocese website which contains more information. Vocations page on Clifton Diocese Website
Father Colin Mason will be happy to answer any questions or to help explore a possible vocation to serve as a priest in the Clifton Diocese. Fr Colin Mason is Vocations Director for Clifton Diocese. He is Parish Priest of the Sacred Heart, Bristol and has a strong focus on promoting vocations within the diocese. He leads a Vocations team that encourages and supports vocations to the priesthood, the religious life, the consecrated lay life and single life, and to the Permanent Diaconate. The vocation to the married life is encouraged and fostered separately within the Diocese. Phone: 0117 962 0676
National Office for Vocation https://www.ukvocation.org/
Prayer for vocations https://cliftondiocese.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Prayer-for-Vocations.pdf
You Can Help Your Marriage – Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. There is no group therapy or group work.
This programme has helped 10s of 1000s of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about Retrouvaille’, or to register for the next programme commencing with a residential weekend Call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
Stress in Your Marriage? – Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict in their relationship. Most don’t know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it.
This programme has helped 6,000 couples who were experiencing difficulties in their marriage in the past year. There is no group therapy or group work
Rediscover Your Marriage – Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) simply means ‘rediscovery’. The programme offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. 10s of 1000s headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending and using the tools provided. There is no group therapy or group work
Married Singles Lifestyle –The Married Singles Lifestyle describes couples that may have lost a sense of closeness they once had as marriage partners and are living more like roommates. Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) teaches couples how to survive times like these in their marriages. This programme has helped 10s of 1000s of couples experiencing difficulty at all levels of marital distress from disillusionment to deep misery. There is no group therapy or group work
Thinking about Separation or Divorce? – Is your marriage or that of a relative or friend heading for divorce? Do you know how to save that marriage? Or do you feel helpless? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) is designed to help troubled marriages regain their health. It helps spouses uncover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. The programme is highly successful in saving hurting marriages, even bringing reconciliation to couples that have already separated or divorced. There is no group therapy or group work.
How we can help you further
If you need to talk to someone, call Fr Jeremy on 01225 311725 or email Charlotte Boyall (Parish Administrator). They will aim to solve your problem or help you find someone who can. Email email@example.com
Readers at Mass:
If you wish to join the rota of readers at Mass, please talk to Fr Jeremy or email Charlotte in the Parish Office firstname.lastname@example.org
We get such wonderful feedback on our stewards, for the warm welcome that they provide. If you would like to be a Mass steward at any of the Sunday or weekday Masses, please talk to Fr Jeremy or email the parish office. As the COVID restrictions lessen, the role of our Mass stewards will become more of welcomers to our parish. If you were previously part of the Welcome team, please consider becoming a Mass steward.
Calling young people age 7+ who would like to become an altar server. Unlike Brownies or sports teams, your uniform is provided! Talk to Fr Jeremy after Mass for more details.
Skills Needed – Musical
Do you have skills related to music & singing? We are keen to encourage parishioners to come forward to play/sing in groups and/or lead the music at our Sunday Masses or support those already providing music. You would be given assistance by Fr Jeremy in choosing liturgically appropriate music, & given opportunities to practice in the church.
If you can help, please tell Fr Jeremy or contact the Parish Office with your details. Alternatively phone 01225 311725 & leave a message for Fr Jeremy.
Childrens’ Liturgy of the Word
Childrens’ Liturgy of the Word takes place in the sacristy during 10:30am Sunday Mass, open to children up to pre-First Holy Communion stage. Its themes run in parallel with the main Mass covering Contrition & the Gospel of the day. The children have a creative period where we decorate our board which we bring into the Church when we return for the Offertory. Parents are welcome to come too. Latecomers can access the group via the Sacristy door on the outside of the church, next to the car park. We always welcome parents who want to become a liturgist. Full training and support can be given.
If you or a loved one is going into the Royal United Hospital contact email@example.com or the RUH Chaplaincy direct line 01225 428331 on arrival. The chaplaincy service liaises with priests & volunteers to ensure the utmost care during your stay in hospital.
Email: Chaplaincy service
Funerals at St Mary’s
We are so sorry for your loss and please accept our condolences at this painful time. Please send the details of your loved one and the name of the Undertaker to the Parish Office, either by the contact form below or call 01225 311725 to speak to Fr Jeremy. In all circumstances, Fr Jeremy will call you to arrange a time to meet and discuss your needs, and help create a funeral Mass or service that is personal to your loved one. The Parish Centre is also available for hire for a wake. Please note that we do not hold funerals or wakes on Mondays.
New Horizons: A Support group for the Bereaved
Fr Jeremy regularly celebrates Mass for the bereaved people in our community in St Mary’s Church, followed with sandwiches, teas & cake in the Parish Centre. If someone you love has died, no matter how recent or long ago their death, please do come & share the afternoon with us. Contact: Margaret Phelan