The Sacraments

The sacraments are Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony.

Baptism is the first of the sacraments and leads to the others. It unites us to Jesus Christ and brings us into a new and special relationship with God through him. We have a comprehensive programme of preparation and formation for the baptism of children and adults.

For more information about Baptism contact the parish office.

Every year young people from Year 8 and above join the parish Confirmation preparation programme which runs usually from Lent to Pentecost.
As well as broadening their faith we aim to help our young people grow in confidence so that they will be better equipped to share in Christ’s mission to bring love, justice and peace into the world.

If you would like to join the programme, lookout for notices in the parish bulletin from September or contact the parish office.

The Eucharist
The Eucharist or Holy Communion, is the means by which we become the Body of Christ. Jesus gives himself for us, and we gain a share in him in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the chalice.

Children will normally make their first Holy Communion in Year 3 but for those who are not at Catholic Schools classes after school are arranged.

For adults, who are not Catholics and would like to receive Holy Communion, we have a course of formation which is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

For more information about First Communion or the RCIA programme please contact the parish office.

The sacrament of Penance, also called Reconciliation or Confession is celebrated each Saturday from 11am to 12 noon and from 6pm to 6.45pm.

The sacrament of can be difficult but it is one of the greatest graces that we can receive again and again. It renews the soul, completely unburdens it, leaving you free from sins of the past, so that you are equipped with new strength and accepted in love by God.

Anointing of the Sick
The sacrament of the sick can be received by any Catholic whose health is in a critical state. You can receive Anointing several times in your life, it therefore makes sense for anyone, young or old, who is seriously ill to receive this sacrament without delay and not to think of it as the last rites.

To arrange Anointing at home contact the parish office or if you are in hospital contact the hospital chaplaincy team.

Holy Orders
A man who is ordained receives a gift of the Holy Spirit that confers on him a sacred ministry. Through Holy Orders a priest receives a power and mission to care for his brothers and sisters in faith and administers the sacraments ‘in persona Christi.’

In diaconal ordination a man becomes a minister of the Word, of altar and of charity, representing Christ as the one who came, ‘not to be served but to serve.’

If you feel that you may have a calling to the priesthood or to the diaconate speak to Father John or Deacon John.

The sacrament of Matrimony comes about through a promise made by a man and a woman before God and the Church.

If you are a member of the parish community and are thinking of celebrating your marriage at St Vincent’s, please contact Father John at an early stage in the planning of your wedding.