Catechesis

Study Group

We offer catechesis in a number of ways. There are programmes of preparation for Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. In line with most parishes in this diocese, we normally offer Baptism to infants, first Communion to children in the year in which they are 8 and Confirmation to young people in the year they are 14.

The Rite if Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) enables people drawn to the Catholic faith later in life to follow a spiritual journey culminating in their receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion at Easter.

We offer special support for the travellers' children, and for children at non-Catholic schools, we have the 'Walk with Me' programme on Sundays during the academic year when 6 to 14 year olds follow a course matching the one at Catholic schools. This allows young people too old for the parish programmes to follow a 'junior RCIA' leading to Baptism and 1st Communion when they are ready.

Parents of children in 'Walk with Me' or receiving the sacraments for the first time have a great opportunity to get involved and grow in their own faith alongside their children. Many re-discover their faith.

Maybe there is a "hole in the market" for new catechetical initiatives. Requests, innovative ideas and offers would be welcome!