Sacraments

Baptism


Baptisms are performed by arrangements with the Parish Priest.
Parents are required to submit an Application Form and attend one or two sessions of classes before their children are Baptised. Dates of sessions will be published when available.

Please speak to the Parish Priest after Mass (weekday or weekend) to obtain an Application Form. 


Sacrament of Reconciliation
and First Holy Communion


Parents requesting the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion for their children are required to submit an Application Form to the Parish Priest who will conduct an informal interview with the family concerned at a mutual convenient time. Parents are also required to attend a series of classes with their children and must attend mass regularly on Sundays bringing with them the children who are preparing for these Sacraments. There is an Attendance Book which parents are required to sign when they come to Mass.

PROGRAMME 2015/2016

The programme will be starting on 7th/8th November. If your child is in Year 3 or above and you wish them to be enrolled on the programme, Application Forms are available from both Schools and from the church lobby. There will be a "Getting to Know You" evening and film on Tuesday 20th October at 6pm in St Simon Stock church hall. The closing date for Application Forms to be handed in is 20th October 2015.

After receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, all candidates are invited to join the Ministry of Altar Server. Please click Ministries for more details.

 

Confirmation


Young adults who have reached the age of 13 and request to be confirmed in the Catholic Faith are required to submit an application in writing to the Parish Priest and attend a series of classes.
 
Marriage


Before booking a Marriage Preparation Course...

The Diocesan Policy on Marriage states that "at least six months notice of marriage is normally required", this is to allow preparation to be undertaken by the couple and the required paperwork to be completed. It is the responsibility of the Priest or Deacon to ensure that all the necessary documentation is at hand, and to see that the documents are sent to the place of marriage.

To avoid possible complications, no wedding date should be fixed until after the first meeting with the Priest or Deacon. This is to ensure that you have a full understanding of all of the requirements necessary for celebrating your wedding in the Catholic Church, and to prevent you from losing non-refundable costs if the wedding date needs to be changed. This initial visit will determine if both of you are free to marry in the Church and allow the Priest or Deacon time to guide you through the marriage preparation process.

If your wedding is to take place outside the United Kingdom it is essential that you contact your own Parish Priest or Deacon before any arrangements are made with a Priest in the other Country.  This is to allow time for documentation to be completed and sent in advance of the wedding. Marriage papers for weddings taking place in another Country travel via the Chancery Office at Archbishops House, to the Office of the overseas Bishop, before finally being sent to the place of Marriage.

Therefore couples who request the Sacrament of Matrimony in our Parish are required to inform the Parish Priest at least 6 months prior to the date in which they wish to be married and they must attend a marriage course conducted by Rev Deacon Ray and Mrs Elizabeth Partridge who are the Kent Area Co-ordinators for Marriage and Family Life.

To find out when the courses are running, please contact them direct by clicking here. Thank you.


Holy Orders

Sacrament of Ordination  

The Parish Priest would welcome the opportunity to talk with anyone interested in considering a vocation to the Priesthood or Religious life.




Permanent Diaconate

The Parish Priest would welcome the opportunity to talk with anyone interested in considering a vocation to the Permanent Diaconate. 

Anointing of the Sick

If you know of anyone who is in hospital and wishes to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick please inform the Parish Office.

Funeral Services are conducted by arrangements with the Parish Priest.