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CONFESSION

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION)

Some of you may be wondering what to do about receiving this Sacrament as we approach Holy Week and Easter. Pope Francis has made the following statement concerning this Sacrament, during Coronavirus lock-down:

“Many of you go to Confession before Easter to return to the Lord. Many will say to me, “But Father … how can I find a
priest – a Confessor- if I can’t leave my house. I want to make my peace with the Lord. I want him to embrace me. I want
my heavenly ‘daddy’ to embrace me. How can I do that unless I find a priest? Do what the Catechism says. It is very clear:
if you don’t find a priest to go to Confession, speak to God. He’s your Father. Tell him the Truth: “Lord, I did this, and this,
and this. Pardon me.” Ask His forgiveness with all your heart, with an Act of Contrition, and promise Him, “afterwards I
will go to Confession, but forgive me now”. You will return to God’s grace immediately.”

AN ACT OF CONTRITION (as recommended by the Diocese)

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

RCIA (Christian Initiation of Adults)

If you are an Adult who is not a Catholic, who is seeking entry into the Catholic Church, or you are a baptised Catholic but have been away from the Church for a long period of time and wish to return, please speak to our Parish Priest. You will normally undertake a course of Catechesis to help prepare you, at the end of which there will be a special celebration called the Rite of Reception, during which you will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church. This often, but not always, happens at the Easter Vigil Mass.

“The sacraments of Christian initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life. ‘The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity’.”

Sacrament of Baptism

If you would like to have your child or yourself baptised, please contact the Parish Priest on 01723 360358. Parents wishing to have their child baptised are normally required to attend a Baptism Preparation Programme which is held 3 times yearly, comprising of four sessions of one hour each. NOTE: Following the easing of the Coronavirus restrictions, Baptisms are now taking place, but with certain restrictions. We have a legal obligation to comply with Government Test & Trace Regulations. All in attendance will be required to provide their full names and contact phone number.

If you are not a Catholic but wish to be received into the Church, or if you are an adult who has been away from the Church for a long period of time and wishes to return, please speak to the Parish Priest.

“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: ‘Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word’.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church No.1213

Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

Please contact the Parish Priest to arrange an appointment to discuss your proposed wedding (please give us at least 6 months notice). Couples will normally be required to complete a programme of Marriage Preparation.

“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptised persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church No.1601

Holy Orders (Ordination)

If you are discerning a Vocation to the Priesthood and would like to speak to someone, please contact the Diocesan Vocations Office on 01462 850505 extension 257

“Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church No.1536

Anointing of the Sick

From time to time our Churches offer Masses which include Anointing of the Sick. However, if you would like a visit from a priest and with Anointing for yourself or another, please phone Fr Gubbins on 01723 360358 or Fr Schembri on 01723 361183. Please state if it is urgent end of life.

The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick:

This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. It is alluded to indeed by Mark, but is recommended to the faithful and promulgated by James the apostle and brother of the Lord.

From ancient times in the liturgical traditions of both East and West, we have testimonies to the practice of anointings of the sick with blessed oil. Over the centuries the Anointing of the Sick was conferred more and more exclusively on those at the point of death. Because of this it received the name “Extreme Unction.” Notwithstanding this evolution the liturgy has never failed to beg the Lord that the sick person may recover his health if it would be conducive to his salvation.

The Apostolic Constitution Sacram unctionem infirmorum, following upon the Second Vatican Council, established that henceforth, in the Roman Rite, the following be observed:

The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given to those who are seriously ill by anointing them on the forehead and hands with duly blessed oil – pressed from olives or from other plants – saying, only once: “Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church No.1511-1513

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is offered at all three of our churches at the times given on the home page (scroll down to to the bottom of the Mass Times), and also by request to one of our priests.

Children will make their First Confession during their course of preparation for First Holy Communion. Please click HERE for more information.

Confessions can be arranged for the Sick and Housebound. Please phone the Parish Priest on 01723 360358, or speak to your Parish Visitor.

“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offence committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labours for their conversion” 

It is called the Sacrament of Conversion because it makes sacramentally present Jesus’ call to conversion, the first step in returning to the Father from whom one has strayed by sin.

It is called the Sacrament of Penance, since it consecrates the Christian sinner’s personal and ecclesial steps of conversion, penance, and satisfaction.

It is called the Sacrament of Confession, since the disclosure or confession of sins to a priest is an essential element of this sacrament. In a profound sense it is also a “confession” – acknowledgement and praise – of the holiness of God and of his mercy toward sinful man.

It is called the Sacrament of Forgiveness, since by the priest’s sacramental absolution God grants the penitent “pardon and peace.”

It is called the Sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the live of God who reconciles: “Be reconciled to God.”7 He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: “Go; first be reconciled to your brother.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church No. 1422-1423

Support & Helplines

Diocesan Safeguarding Office https://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/safeguarding/

Pregnancy & Abortion https://lifecharity.org.uk/

Rachel’s Vineyard http://www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk/

Grief to Grace https://www.grieftograceuk.org

Marriage Care (Marriage preparation & counselling) https://www.marriagecare.org.uk/

The Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/

Alcoholics Anonymous https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/

Drug abuse https://www.talktofrank.com/

Alzheimer’s Society https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

Find a Helpline https://helplines.org/helplines/

Other Organisations

Independent Organisations with a Catholic/Christian ethic

Aid to the Church in Need https://acnuk.org

FHL (Friends of the Holy Land) https://www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/

HCPT (Handicapped Children’s Pilgrim Trust) https://www.hcpt.org.uk/

SPUC (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) https://www.spuc.org.uk/

Right to Life https://righttolife.org.uk/

ProLife Alliance https://prolife.org.uk/

Anscombe Bioethics Centre http://www.bioethics.org.uk/

Marriage Care (Marriage preparation & counselling) https://www.marriagecare.org.uk/

Mary’s Meals https://www.marysmeals.org.uk

Medaille Trust (Refuge & Freedom from Modern Slavery) http://www.medaille-trust.org.uk/

The Catholic Union of Great Britain http://catholicunion.org.uk/

The Good Counsel Network https://www.goodcounselnet.co.uk/

World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) https://wucwo.org

Association of Catholic Women http://www.associationofcatholicwomen.org/

Official Agencies of the Bishops’ Conference

CYMFED (Catholic Youth Ministry Federation) https://cymfed.org.uk/

Catholic Education Service http://www.catholiceducation.org.uk/

MISSIO (Overseas Missions) https://missio.org.uk/

CAFOD https://cafod.org.uk/

Apostleship of the Sea https://www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk/

Justice & Peace https://www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/

Caritas Social Action Network http://www.csan.org.uk/

Caritas (International) https://www.caritas.org/