Parish Groups - St. Thomas More
The sacraments form a central celebration of the different stages of our life and faith, and are special moments when we receive grace, the free and wonderful gift of God's unchanging love.
Baptism: This is the initial sign of our entry into church, continuing a tradition that spans thousands of years. Infants, children and adults of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to be baptised. The priest will meet with each person requesting baptism for themselves or for their children, gently exploring with them their faith journey that has brought them to this wonderful moment. Those who wish to become part of the Catholic family of Christians and who have been baptised in other churches do not have to be baptised again. Instead, they will be invited to explore their faith further in a series of prayer and discussion meetings. Contact: Fr Ian Byrnes 01323 892427; Deacon Colin 07594 456441
Reconciliation and Holy Communion: In the sacrament of reconciliation God welcomes us back with open arms when we choose to return to Him after walking away, no matter how briefly or prolonged.
Holy Communion is, for us, simply, the food of life. It feeds and sustains us in our spiritual life. We are spiritually refreshed and gain renewed energy as we join as one with Christ Himself.
Children who are in Year 3 and above at school are invited to enrol for a 9 month preparation programme to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Our hope is that the programme gives the opportunity for young people and their families to grow in faith and love, and to develop their relationship with God and each other. Showing an interest in the programme does not commit anyone to receiving the sacrament but provides an opportunity to come and see.
Parents are the most influential teachers to their children and the programme aims to encourage the faith of parents who will then help their children to prepare to receive the sacraments. Many parents have often found this preparation time to be an excellent opportunity to ask questions within a small group without fear of judgement. Please feel free to 'come and see.' Contact: Celia Cornish 01323 892271
Confirmation: Confirmation is when we reaffirm our commitment to God and His people, a stage of maturity for accepting the responsibility and joy of discipleship. Adults and young people in Year 10 and above have their own sessions in preparation for these and are most often received fully into the church community during the seasons of Easter and spring.
Marriage: This sacrament reflects the nature of creation when God made man and woman to be in equal partnership as stewards of the earth and its ongoing creation. As with all such deep commitments to God and one another, good preparation enables couples to explore what this means for their shared faith journey. Ongoing support and advice is available throughout married life. Contact: Fr Ian Byrnes 01323 892427
Ordination: Through Baptism, all are called to be priest, prophet and king. For some, there is a calling to become part of the order of those who continue the apostolic priesthood given to them by Christ Himself. As with marriage, the priest commits himself to 'another', the Church, the whole People of God. Like marriage, it is a life-long commitment and requires exploration and discussion with others. Contact: Fr Ian Byrnes 01323 892427
Sacrament of the Sick: If you, or anyone you know, is very ill, this sacrament is offered for healing, recovery of health and for spiritual strength. Whilst it is not restricted to those who are dying, it does provide an intimate moment with Christ in peaceful preparation for meeting with Him face to face. Contact: Fr Ian Byrnes 01323 892427