Children and Young People
Children and young people are the Church's great treasure. Through their Baptism the are incorporated into the Body of Christ - the Church. They become part of the community and the community is eager to assist each child's parents in supporting them in their growth in faith as part of the church.
At St Joseph's the Parish carries out that support and care in a variety of ways at various stages as each young person grows from infancy to maturity.
It is the primary duty of parents to instruct their children in the catholic faith and to encourage them to pray. Those children who go to our catholic school English Martyrs or other catholic schools will receive additional instruction, and the Parish are there to support them.
Sacraments are God's great gifts to the Church and if great importance in the life of the individual and the parish. They are never lightly undertaken and the Parish clergy, in liaison with the Catechists should normally be approached for preparation for sacraments.
A Sacrament is an efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is given to us. Full and active participation in the sacramental life of the Church requires a period of preparation of both mind and heart to be receptive to the grace of new life in Christ.
Please contact the Parish Priest for further information.
Baptism is the foundation of all the Sacraments. Together with Holy Communion and Confirmation, it forms part of the three Sacraments of initiation into the Church, the family of God. Baptism is therefore the beginning of a Christian life.
Welcome to our Children's Liturgy Group. Children's Liturgy is not however Sacramental preparation but it is held every Sunday morning at the 10:30am Mass during term-time, for the younger children of the parish.
Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
Each year children are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. These are great celebrations of the whole parish, when the community celebrates God's gifts to the Church given through its young children.
Confirmation is celebrated by the Bishop in the Parish every few years and the preparation for the sacrament normally lasts for most of a year. Young people wishing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation must be sufficiently mature to undertake the commitment required for this sacrament.
Protection of our children
As St Joseph's we recognise our responsibility for protecting children in our care. For this reason we carefully follow the Diocesan guidelines and ensure that all who work with children in the Parish are aware of these. For more information please see our Safeguarding pages. >>> Click Here