The Catholic Church celebrates seven Sacraments that mark the beginning, nurturing and sustaining of Christian life. In the Sacraments, God gives his grace to his people through the ministry of the Church. We offer preparation courses for the Sacraments, for children and their parents, and also for adults who are to receive the Sacraments.
Baptism marks the beginning of Christian life through which a person is baptised with water
"In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit".
Through Baptism a person becomes a Christian, a member of Christ's Body, The Church,
and is enabled to receive the life of grace in and through the other Sacraments.
This Sacrament may only be received once, for infants, young people or adults and at any time or
stage of life.
Baptism Preparation Course >
The Eucharist or Holy Communion
In the celebration of the Mass, what Jesus did at the Last Supper is made present to us on the Altar.
The bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ,
through the power of the Holy Spirit. In receiving Holy Communion we received Christ himself,
and our communion with him, and his body, the Church, is nourished and strengthened.
First Holy Communion Course >
Penance or Reconciliation
In this Sacrament the Lord forgives our sins through the ministry of the priest and the Church. Jesus said, "For those whose sins you forgive they are forgiven"(John 20:21). This sacrament of forgiveness offers a person who comes to the Lord with contrition and repentance, mercy and healing. It takes away our sins, frees us from guilt, heals hurts, and reconciles us to God and one another.
In the Sacrament of Confirmation we receive the same outpouring of the Holy Spirit
that the disciples of Jesus received when the Holy Spirit came down on them on the first Pentecost.
In Confirmation the Bishop, or priest delegated by him, lays his hands on the head of the person
and prays that the Holy Spirit come down upon them. He then anoints them with the Holy Oil of
Christ saying "Name... Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit".
The Sacrament of Confirmation strengthens us in faith, enables us to witness to Christ and the Gospel,
and empowers us for our mission and work in life.
Confirmation Course >
Jesus worked his first miracle of changing water into wine at the marriage feast at Cana in Galilee.
"From the beginning of creation God made them male and female, and destined that a man leave his
father and mother and cling to his wife, so that the two become one flesh". The Lord is truly
present to a couple in this Sacrament of Marriage, for he enriches and blesses them in their
relationship, so that they are made holy in their union.
Marriage Preparation Course >
Holy Orders & Priesthood
Through Baptism every Christian is made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ. St Peter says (1 Peter 2:9) "You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, God's own people chosen to proclaim the wonderful works of God". Jesus called disciples and apostles to carry out his work and mission. He calls bishops, priests and deacons to be messengers of the Gospel and to minister to and lead his people. Each of us has our own particular vocation, and we pray especially that the Lord will call some amongst us to be deacons, priests and religious so that the Gospel may continue to be proclaimed and the sacraments be ministered to people in our time.
The Sacrament for the Sick
Jesus cared for and healed the sick and his ministry of healing is continued from the early Christian Church. St James told us, "If anyone is sick, let them send for the priests of the church and let them pray over the sick person and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer made in faith will save the sick, the Lord will raise them up and if they have committed any sins they will be forgiven"(James 5:14). It is most important that anyone who is ill should be supported spiritually in prayer and receive the Sacrament of the Sick and Holy Communion, at home or in hospital. Please call a priest or hospital chaplain if you or a family member of friend is ill, so as to receive the blessings of Christ and his Church in the Sacraments of healing.