First Holy Communion
St Joseph’s runs a programme of preparation for Baptised children who belong to, and worship in, the parish and are over the age of 7 years and in Year 3 or above in our catholic primary school. Children not attending catholic schools are also most welcome to enrol in our programme.
Application forms are available in September and are available from the Parish Office. Sessions begin in October. These are led by a team of experienced catechists, all of whom are DBS checked. Parents are their children’s primary teachers in the ways of the faith and, as such, our programme is designed to assist them in this wonderful privileged journey of preparing their children for the sacraments.
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The sacrament is celebrated each year, normally in May or June. All young people in Catholic Schools who are in year 10 or above in September are eligible to register for our parish Confirmation programme. Young people not attending Catholic schools are also welcome to enrol.
Confirmation sessions for candidates take place on Sunday evenings at 5.30 pm. Parents are required to attend the launch meeting only. Sessions begin in October. The sessions are led by experienced catechists, all of whom are DBS checked.
Participants must be Baptised Catholics, who have made their First Holy Communion. Candidates are required to attend weekly Mass and perform a minimum of ten hours of Parish Service as part of the programme.
Enrolment forms are available from the Parish Office in September.
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RCIA aims to help those who would like to know more about the Catholic Faith and who might like to engage in the process of becoming a Catholic.
A group of experienced catechists and a member of the parish clergy present the course through weekly sessions. The meetings are relaxed and informal. Details of the next course can be obtained from the Parish Office.
Marriage Preparation Course
Our parish course covers topics such as communication, sharing, family life and the Sacrament of Marriage. It is led by experienced married couples and a member of the parish clergy. Courses are held twice a year in late November and again in early February.
Details of our courses are available from the Parish Office.