Preparation For The Sacraments

The celebration of the Sacraments is at the very centre of the Catholic faith and therefore is of course the most important part of what goes on here at the Cathedral.

The times of the celebration of Mass and the hearing of Confessions can be found under Mass Times. If you or a relative would like to receive the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick then please either speak to one of the priests or call or email the parish office.

For those who would like to prepare (or have their child prepared) to receive the sacraments we often a wide variety of options.

If you would like to have your child baptised there is a session at 4pm on the first Saturday of each month for parents and godparents to attend. Before this please contact the parish office to book the date of the baptism.

If you would your child to prepare to receive their First Holy Communion (and make their First Confession) then there is a year-long course of preparation for them to take part in. Children normally receive their first Communion when they are 8 years old. If your child is slightly older than this please just contact us to discuss arrangements. The First Holy Communion preparation course normally starts sometime in September. The dates are published in the parish newsletter and application forms are made available at the back of church. If you have any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.

Children in our diocese normally receive the sacrament of Confirmation once they have reached the age of 13. The Confirmation classes normally begin around the start of each year. Information will be provided in the parish newsletter but please contact the parish office if you have an enquiries.

For adults
If you would like to be baptised, confirmed, or prepare to receive Holy Communion for the first time there is a course for adults called Journey in Faith (or RCIA). This course normally starts in October and if you would like to find out more please contact the parish office.

If you are an adult and would like to be confirmed there is a short course of preparation that normally starts soon after Easter. This will be announced in the parish newsletter but please do contact us so we can discuss what might work best.

If you would like to get married at the Cathedral (one partner must be Catholic) or if you are a Catholic living in the parish and want to get married somewhere else, please contact the parish office or a Priest directly in order to make an appointment to come and see a priest to have preliminary discussions and perhaps make a booking.

If you would like to contact the parish office regarding any of the above please email: or call: 01603 624615