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Sacraments

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Baptism


Baptism is a Sacrament, a gift from God. It is the first Sacrament in the faith life of all Roman Catholics. It is the doorway to faith. Baptism sets us on the road of our faith journey and makes us a member of the family of God.

 

If you have a child that you wish to have Baptised in St. John’s,  please either call the parish office on Tuesday’s or Friday’s between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, on 0151 922 3604 to register your interest, or you could call at the office between those times to pick up a form, which you will need to complete and return to the office. Someone will then contact you regarding your request.


In normal times, you would need to attend a short meeting, with other families, to talk about the spiritual meaning of Baptism and also talk about the practicalities of what happens on the day, however, the Coronavirus has changed this and once you have completed your form, you will have a short chat in a Covid secure environment and be given some light reading to prepare you for your child’s ‘Big Day’. 


We look forward to hearing from you.


Please note that Baptisms are carried out on Saturdays at a time and date previously arranged with Anne Shepherd or Fr. Erasmus.


Unfortunately, during the current Coronavirus situation, there can only be 6 people at each Baptism.


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With You Always

(The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion)


‘Parents’…. Will be the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith. May they also be the best teachers, bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do….’

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With You Always is a series of classes aimed at assisting the parents of children in Year 4 of our primary school in leading their children along the faith journey, towards the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion.

 

This is a big step for children and the church recognises that the parents are the first and best teachers of their children, but parents are not alone in this journey. The church and the school are with you every step of the way and will guide you as you guide your child.

If you would like to discuss the programme, please speak with Fr. Erasmus or Anne Shepherd.

 

If your child has started in Year 4 but hasn’t been Baptised, please contact the parish office to arrange their Baptism as a priority. No other Sacrament can be given unless a person is Baptised.


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RCIA

(Rite of Christian Initiation in Adults)


If, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you are either considering or have decided to become a Roman Catholic, please contact the parish office, and speak with Fr. Erasmus who will guide you through your next steps.