The Sacraments of the Church

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The purpose of the sacraments is to make people holy, to build up the body of Christ, and finally, to give worship to God; but being signs, they also have a teaching function. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and object, they also nourish, strengthen, and express it; that is why they are called “sacraments of faith.” The sacraments impart grace, but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them disposes the faithful most effectively to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God rightly, and to practice charity.

If you would like your child baptised,
We will ask you to attend two preparation evenings.

We have the rite of welcome at a Sunday Mass.
Then on the last Sunday of the month.
We have the Baptism at 1pm.
Please come along to the presbytery any Tuesday between  6-8pm to begin the process.

ADULT BAPTISM (SHARING OUR FAITH)

 

In John’s Gospel, Jesus invites the disciples, Philip and Nathaniel, to ‘come and see’ and in a sense that very much describes the nature of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) Programme which we refer to as Sharing our faith.

 

The programme is aimed at adults wishing to explore and find out more about what it means to become a full member of the Catholic Church.    Throughout the year, each Saturday at the Vigil Mass, the group listen to the Scripture and then come together to discuss what they have just heard. Through teaching, sharing and questioning, people are not only able to gain a greater understanding of these beliefs and practices, but that it helps to deepen their personal faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

Throughout the preparation, candidates/catechumens celebrate a number of liturgical rites. On the first Sunday of Lent, candidates/catechumens they attend a service in Northampton Cathedral where they meet the Bishop and all the other people entering the Church that year. Then, at the Easter Vigil the candidates/catechumens receive the sacraments of initiation and become full members of the Church. Please have a word with Kieran 01753 543770 or kieranmckeown50@yahoo.co.uk

The Holy Door at the Cathedral in Northampton in the Jubilee Year of Mercy (2015-2016)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (or Penance or Confession) has four vital elements: contrition, confession, an act of penance (satisfaction) and absolution.

Here in Holy Family parish we offer the Sacrament in a number of ways:

  • A Service of Reconciliation on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. (see the newsletter in case there is a change on any particular month)
  • Individual Confession on all other Saturdays at 10a.m.
  • Individual Confession at any time on request (please ring 01753-543770)
  • Before the great feasts of Christmas and Easter we offer two Services of Reconciliation and other opportunities for individual confession (please consult the newsletter)

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The Sacrament is a gift to the Church that brings healing, consolation and acceptance. It is a ceremony when we feel the presence of Christ in a particular way at an important time of our lives.  And so:

  • Details of how to contact a priest in case of emergency are given on the home page of this website. (click here)
  • If you or a member of your family is facing serious illness or if you feel “burdened under your years” please contact Fr. Kevin (01753-543770) or Roni Russell (07871 449859)  to make arrangement to receive both  Holy Communion and the Sacrament of the Sick.
  • Once a year (usually in late September) we hold a Mass of Anointing in our church. Details appear in the newsletter some weeks beforehand.  
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