Sacraments are the outward signs of the inward spiritual events which make us part of the Body of Christ.
Through baptism we are cleansed of sin and given eternal life, becoming members of the Church. Baptisms are preceded by the instruction and preparation of parents and godparents. It is usual to have one Godfather and one Godmother and one of these must be a practising Roman Catholic. The dates and times of instructions are announced in the newsletter. A person from another Christian denomination may act as a "Christian Witness" but please discuss this with Fr. Habte.
If you would like your child to be baptised please complete a baptism application form which you can collect from the church or download from here and hand it to Fr. Habte.
First Holy Communion
Children who will be at least 8 years old by the time they make their First Holy Communion are prepared in the parish for this great sacrament. Dates of classes are announced in the newsletter during the autumn each year and First Holy Communion takes place the following summer. For dates of the Holy Communion programme 2018 click here.
Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation together make up the Sacraments of Christian Initiation. To fully live out their Christian life, a person who has been baptised should prepare for and receive both Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation. Indeed, for a person to marry within the Roman Catholic Church it is the norm for them to have been Confirmed.
Currently, in St Simon + St Jude parish, the bishop comes every two years to Streatham Hill to confirm those who are at least 13 years old. Details of how to apply for confirmation are announced at Mass and all dates for confirmation classes are given in the newsletter.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Confession) is a tremendous way to experience God's loving forgiveness. The sacrament is normally celebrated each Saturday at 5.30 p.m. but appointments can be made with Fr. Habte at different times.
The Sacrament of the Sick
Since the earliest days of the Church, priests have been called to pray for the sick and anoint them with Holy Oil. This sacrament used to be given only to the dying but the Second Vatican Council restored its place as the sacrament of all those who are suffering because of increasing age, or mental or bodily sickness. In Streatham Hill the Anointing of the Sick is given every three months to the housebound sick and residents of Limetree Care Home. At certain times during the year the Sacrament of the Sick is given during a specially organised Mass, to which all those who wish to receive the Sacrament are invited to attend.
Human love and having children are blessed by the Church in the Sacrament of Matrimony when a couple commit themselves to each other for life in the presence of God and the Church. This special and irrevocable step needs a great deal of thought and preparation. Those intending to marry should make an appointment to see Fr. Habte as soon as possible so that all plans can be made well in advance. Preparation normally occurs over the course of a year and involves meetings with Fr. Habte and instruction in a Diocesan Day run by married couples.
Various religious orders and congregations of men and women developed in the Church across the centuries for those given various special callings in the service of God. Those who feel that they may have such a vocation to priesthood, diaconate or religious life should speak to Fr. Habte.
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