BaptismIn the first instance, if you wish to have your child baptised, please contact our Parish Priest - Fr Desmond.
Reconciliation & First Holy CommunionPreparation for Reconciliation & First Holy Communion takes place in our Parish. The process of preparation begins in January. Children in Year 3 and above are eligible to take part in the process. At the beginning of the process there is a meeting for Parents at which the different stages of the process are explained. The children take part in a series of classes run by our Parish Catechists at both Holy Family & St Thomas of Canterbury.
Children make their first Reconciliation at some time between January and March. First Holy Communion is normally celebrated during June.
Application forms can be found in the back of our churches. The process is intended to involve children, parents, catechists and clergy.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)Each year a programme is run for adults who wish to be Baptised into the Catholic Church or who have already been Baptised outside the Catholic Church and now wish to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
Classes are held weekly. For those who wish to be Baptised or received into the Church, this will normally take place during the Easter Vigil. If you wish to take part in this process please speak to Fr Desmond.
A website has been created to accompany this process - http://catechumen.org.uk
ConfirmationOur Confirmation programme is organised in conjunction with the parishes of St. Peter’s Bearsted, St Francis, Maidstone and St Thomas More, West Malling. Confirmations usually take place in October. Young Adults in Year 8 and above are encouraged to email or write to Fr Desmond asking to be included in the process.
A website has been created to accompany this process - http://catechumen.org.uk/confirmation
MarriageCouples who wish to be married in our Church should make an appointment to see Fr Desmond as soon as is practicable to arrange the date for the wedding and to make the necessary arrangements. Couples will be expected to undertake a course in preparation for the marriage which will help them to understand the Church’s teaching on marriage and the responsibilities they are taking on in Christian marriage.
Care of the SickThe Parish cares for its sick members at home, in hospital, or in nursing homes. Fr Desmond visits the sick and in cases of emergency or serious illness will arrange to administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
If you or a relative are ill and are unable to come to Mass, please contact Fr Desmond and arrangements will be made for you to receive Holy Communion at home. Communion will be brought by Fr Desmond or an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.
If you or a relative are taken into hospital, it is necessary to let the Parish know. Hospitals no longer advise us if there are Catholic patients on the ward. It is helpful to tell the ward clerk or one of the nurses that you are a Catholic and wish to be visited by a Priest.
Holy Orders and the Call to Religious LifeThere are many religious communities and orders for men and women apart from the secular Priesthood.
If you feel you might have a vocation, feel free to speak with Fr Desmond. He will be able to give you advice and guidance.
There is also a website available which is run by the National Office for Vocation - http://ukvocation.org