Baptism, the gateway to the sacraments and necessary for salvation by actual reception or at least by desire, is validly conferred only by a washing of true water with the proper form of words. Through baptism men and women are freed from sin, are reborn as children of God, and, configured to Christ by an indelible character, are incorporated into the Church. (Can. 849)
Generally Baptisms are administered on a Sunday. Contact Fr Ivan for more details and/or download an application form from here.
The Christian faithful are to hold the Most Holy Eucharist in highest honor, taking an active part in the celebration of the most august sacrifice, receiving this sacrament most devoutly and frequently, and worshiping it with the highest adoration. In explaining the doctrine about this sacrament, pastors of souls are to teach the faithful diligently about this obligation. (Can. 898)
First Holy Communions are generally celebrated around the Feast of Corpus Christi (May/June). This year First Holy Communion was celebrated on 29th May. Next year (2017) First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 18th June. Parents of children in Year 3 or above are invited to register an interest with Fr Ivan by filling in a form that can be downloaded here.
The sacrament of confirmation strengthens the baptized and obliges them more firmly to be witnesses of Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith. It imprints a character, enriches by the gift of the Holy Spirit the baptized continuing on the path of Christian initiation, and binds them more perfectly to the Church. (Can. 879)
Confirmation is open for those who will celebrate their 12th birthday during the year or for those not confirmed who are called to relive their baptismal promises. Contact Fr Ivan.
Spiritual Direction is an important resource for our Christian Discipleship. In true friendship and a context of prayer the spiritual director enables the disciple to grow in the life of the spirit.
If you are seeking a director Fr Ivan might be able to point you in the right direction.
In the sacrament of penance the faithful who confess their sins to a legitimate minister, are sorry for them, and intend to reform themselves obtain from God through the absolution imparted by the same minister forgiveness for the sins they have committed after baptism and, at the same, time are reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by sinning. (Can. 959)
Every Saturday between 5:oo and 5:30pm or by appointment.
The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring, has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament between the baptized. (Can. 1055 §1)
Contact Fr Ivan for marriage enquiries and preparation.