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Baptisms take place on either Saturday or Sunday, usually at 12.30pm. Sharon Chalk, our Parish Catechist, offers a programme for first time parents. Once the course is completed the Parish Priest will make a home visit to organise the Baptism.

Please contact Fr John Harvey at the presbytery. 020 8508 3492, to make arrangements.


First Holy Communion


All the Important events in life require preparation, so that we make sure that everything is clear and everything goes as we hope. At this important point in a child's life with God, Reconciliation and First Holy Communion too require careful preparation.
The preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist is a very special time in the moral and spiritual development of a child. Families enrol for the Sacramental programme during the latter year their child is in year 2; they are interviewed by the Parish Priest.
The programme used here at St Edmunds promotes an active co-operation between parents, Priest, catechists and the entire parish family, whilst recognizing parents as the primary educators in a child's religious development. As parents we try to teach our children Christian attitudes and behaviour and we do this through daily habits, family customs and traditions. All this is part of the Sacramental preparation and for this reason the preparation needs to be a true family journey.
The course we follow for nine months is "We Celebrate the Eucharistic", also known as The Golden Book. For further information please contact either Father John or Geraldine Bloomfield (0208 508 3323)

Confirmation Program

The Diocesan policy for confirmation is that those who are 14 years and upwards are eligible candidates for the sacrament.Confirmation usually takes place every three years when the Bishop makes a pastoral visit to the Parish. Candidates are normally age 14 or in Year 9 or above. The preparation course usually commences two terms before the visit of the Bishop. Details of the course and how to apply are printed in the weekly newsletter once the date for the Sacrament of Confirmation is set.


If there are any couples anticipating marriage during the next year we require at least six months notice so that all documentation may be completed and that the couple attend a marriage preparation program.

Sacrament For The Sick

The sacrament of the sick is available on request from those who are in hospital and those who are sick and house bound.

An annual mass for the sick and house bound of the parish with the anointing of the sick takes place the Sunday before Ash Wednesday.


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