Sacraments

The sacraments are essential for your journey through life.

Baptism

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other Sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and return as children of God. We become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in the mission. Baptism is a Sacrament of regeneration through water and the Word.     

If you wish for your child to be Baptised here then please contact Mgr Bernard If as an adult you wish to follow the life of a Christian in the Catholic Church please ask about our RCIA programme.

Prayer for Baptism

Father in heaven, when the Spirit came down upon Jesus at his Baptism in the Jordan, you revealed him as your own beloved son. Keep me, your child, born of water and the Spirit, faithful to my calling. May I, who share in your life as your child through Baptism, follow in Christ’s path of service to people. Let me become one in his sacrifice and hear his word with faith. May I live as your child, following the example of Jesus. Amen

Click here for a Baptism form that you can print.

First Holy Communion

The Holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation, participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by the means of the Eucharist. At the Last Supper on the night Our Saviour was betrayed, he instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his body and blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross through-out the ages and until he should come again; and so to entrust to his beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and Resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.

Children are prepared to receive Communion through the First Holy Communion and Reconciliation course. Adults are prepared through the RCIA course.

First Holy Communion and First Confession

Children who have been baptised in the Catholic faith and are currently in school class Year 3 and above are invited to prepare for the sacraments of First Holy Communion and First Confession.

The children learn about the gifts which God has given to the world through creation, Baptism and Bible stories. They will be asked to find out the significance of why things are said and done during Mass, which makes it more meaningful for them. The children will have the opportunity to experience and learn through creative and drama activities during the preparation. The catechists not only provide a spiritual experience but an enjoyable and memorable time during the children’s preparation for their special day.

     ‘If I was worried I could talk to one of the grown ups and they always helped me’

     ‘I didn’t know anyone and was nervous but the teachers helped me to make friends and I was never on my own’

     ‘The teachers always showed me what to do so I wasn’t worried about anything’

     ‘I loved my First Communion day’

Click here for an application form for 1st Holy Communion, that you can print.

Confession

Sin is before all else an offence against God. A rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God’s forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically by the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

Confessions are held on Saturdays at 10am-10.30am During the seasons of Advent and Lent we have a Penitential Service during which several priests are present to hear Confessions: details are in the Newsletter.

For children (who have made their First Confession and First Holy Communion) at St Bonaventure’s primary school, there are Confessions during Advent and Lent.

Reconciliation Prayer

God the father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the laying on of hands and the anointing with Chrism on the forehead together with the words “(Name), be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit”, the seal of the gift that is the Holy Spirit.

The consecration of the sacred Chrism is an important action that proceeds the celebration of Confirmation but is in a certain way part of it. It is the Bishop who, in the course of the Chrism Mass of Wednesday of Holy Week, consecrates the sacred Chrism for the whole diocese.

At Sacred Heart and St Antony’s, Confirmation for our teenagers (and the Confirmation programme for them leading up to it) takes place every two years. The next Confirmation Mass for our teenagers will be late in 2022.

For adults who are baptised Catholics and who wish to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, please contact the parish priest directly.

For adults who are not baptised, you would be very welcome to join what we call our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) group – for more details see ‘RCIA’ under the ‘Groups’ menu at the top.  This group is also very helpful for non-Catholic Christians who wish to enter the Catholic Church and become confirmed Catholics.

Confirmation Prayer

All powerful God, father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by water and the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their helper and guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgement and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and all in your presence, we ask this through Christ Out Lord, Amen

Marriage

The matrimonial covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life is by its nature ordered towards the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring. The covenant between Baptised persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a Sacrament.

In many countries the situation may arise of a proposed marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic or a non-Christian. This is something that the couple can discuss with their local parish priest.

If you wish to book your wedding at the St Bonaventure’s please contact Mgr Bernard  or phone him on 0117 942 4448 to arrange to come in for an initial meeting.

If you are resident in this area but planning to have your wedding elsewhere in the UK or perhaps overseas, then you should also arrange to meet with Mgr Bernard in order to discuss this and to begin the necessary paperwork. This should be done a long time before the proposed wedding date.

Prayer for Marriage

We thank you, O God, for the love you have implanted in our hearts. May it always inspire us to be kind in our words, considerate of feeling, and concerned for each other’s needs and wishes. Help us to be understanding and forgiving of human weaknesses and failings. Increase our faith and trust in you and may your prudence guide our life and love. Bless our marriage O God, with peace and happiness, and make our love fruitful for your glory and our joy both here and in eternity. Amen

Sacrament of the Sick

The Church believes and confesses that among the seven Sacraments there is one specially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness: the Anointing of the Sick. The Anointing of the Sick is not a sacrament only for those who are at the point of death. Hence as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for them to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.

If a sick person who received this Anointing recovers their health they can in the case of another later illness receive this sacrament again. If during the same illness the person’s condition becomes more serious this sacrament may be repeated. It is also fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. The same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced.    

If you or a member of your family would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick please contact Mgr Bernard or phone 0117 942 4448

Prayer for the Sick

All praise and glory are yours, Lord our God. For you have called us to serve you and one another in love. Bless our sick today so that they may bear their illness in union with Jesus’ sufferings and restore them quickly to health. Bless those who have grown old in your service and give them courage and strength in their faith. Lead us all to eternal glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Funerals

Losing a loved one can be devastating. Jesus himself experienced bereavement, we are told in John 11:35 that Jesus wept for his friend Lazarus. The Church shares your sorrow for the death of your loved one, and at St Bonaventure’s we wish to do all we can to support you.

We are used to conducting Funeral Masses for the Repose of the Soul of loved ones. If you need to arrange a Funeral, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 0117 942 4448.

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