Welcome to St Mary'sHere you will find out about how we Prepare for and Administer the Sacraments and how we might help you
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- Confirmation: Programme begins 17th Sept 2019
- Holy Eucharist (First Holy Communion)
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. It is preferable that the child is not present so that both parents 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 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 are requesting a Replacement Certificate, 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.
Confirmation Mass Friday 15th November 2019
All parishioners would be very welcome at the Mass, to show your support for our young people.
This course is suitable for those in Year 9-13 in Sept 2019. If you are older than this, please contact Fr Jeremy directly for individual instruction.form_application 2019
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: 2019 First Holy Communion Preparation
The 2019 First Holy Communion programme has already started so any parent wanting their child to receive the Sacrament needs to speak to Fr Jeremy. Alternatively you can wait until January 2020 and join the next programme.
- The course takes place at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School. It is open to all members of the parish in Years 3-6. You do not have to be a pupil at St Mary’s to take part in the course.
- The children make their First Confession/ receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in March.
- They receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion in June.
- The First Holy Communion Retreat will take place at Prior Park College on Saturday 11th May.
Known as The Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation, Confession is normally available 10.30am – 11.00am on Saturday and by request.
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 Neighbors
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 neighbors, 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
- Retrouvaille - assistance with difficulties in Marriage
If you are sick 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.
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 also a link to the Vocations page on the Clifton Diocese website which contains more information.
We are pleased you are thinking of getting married in St. Mary’s. Please see the attached document in either format for our guide to your special day:
Word doc: Getting-married-at-St-Marys PDF:Getting-married-at-St-Marys
For further details, email the Parish Office: Parish Office
or use the contact form below.
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 on ……7th – 9th June 2019 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
For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the programme commencing with a residential weekend on 7th – 9th June 2019 Call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 – or Email email@example.com or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
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
For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the programme commencing with a residential weekend on……7th – 9th June 2019 Call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 – or Email firstname.lastname@example.org – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
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
For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the programme commencing with a residential weekend on …7th – 9th June 2019 Call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 or Email email@example.com – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
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
For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’, or to register for the programme commencing with a residential weekend on ……7th – 9th June 2019 Call or text 0788 7296983 0797 3380443 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
How we can help you further
If you need to talk to someone, call Fr Jeremy on 01225 311725 or Charlotte Boyall (Parish Administrator) on 01225 314114. They will aim to solve your problem or help you find someone who can.
Readers at Mass:
If you wish to join the rota of readers at Mass, please talk to Mark Cowan and/or email him
Welcomers are needed to give welcome packs to newcomers after all Masses on 2 Sundays each month. Volunteers are particularly needed for the 10.30am & 5.00pm Masses. If you would like to help please call Oonagh Madden on 01225 429304
Skills Needed – Musical
Do you have skills related to music & singing? We are keen to encourage parishioners to come forward to play in group 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.
NEW CONTACT DETAILS:
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. It is important that we know before 4.00pm on Friday if a new patient wishes to receive Holy Communion at the weekend
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 the deceased and the name of the Undertaker to the Parish Office, either by the contact form below or call 01225 314114 (weekday mornings) or 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 service that is personal to your loved one.
New Horizons Support Mass for the Bereaved
Thursday 6th June NEW HORIZONS MASS FOR THE BEREAVED 3.00pm, St Mary’s Church
Fr Jeremy will celebrate 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