Parents who wish to have their child baptised in St. Edmund’s must attend a pre-baptism session. There are four sessions every year and they are held in the Hall at 3.00 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. The session is very informal, and lasts for about an hour. Godparents are also welcome to attend. The locations and times are the same for each course, only the dates differ. Please collect a Baptism Pack from the Parish Office or download it here. Further details from the Parish Office on 020 8650 0970.
The next Baptism Preparation course for 2018 will take place on 28 October at 3.00 p.m. in the Hall.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
A priest is available for confessions in the church from 10.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. and between 5.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. every Saturday. We have two full penitential services every year at which priests from neighbouring parishes and beyond are invited to assist. The first is held in the season of Advent, and the other during the season of Lent in the run-up to Easter.
First Holy Communion
FIRST CONFESSION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019 - Apply before 7 December 2018
Our children make their First Holy Communions in June. Children not attending a Catholic school need to join the Catechism Group and children at our primary school are prepared by parish catechists after school hours in our Church Hall. Parents of children in Y3 at St Mary's should register online.
Children who are at non-catholic schools should apply in September as they enter Yr2.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS - 31st DECEMBER 2018
Bishop Pat Lynch will celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation at St Edmund's on Thursday 6th June 2019 at 7.00pm. We are now inviting applications to join the formation programme which will begin in January 2019.
You must be a parishioner of St Edmund's or a student at Bishop Challoner School and you should be in Year 8 or above. (Applicants from Bishop Challoner School who are not parishioners of St Edmund's will need to obtain permission from their Parish Priest).
The preparation will begin with Mass for candidates and their parents on Tuesday, 22nd January 2019 at 7.00pm and this will be followed by a short meeting in the hall. Attendance at the Mass is mandatory. Parents are the first teachers of their children in the faith and this will be an ideal opportunity for them to revisit their commitment and to lead by example. The main part of the formation programme will consist of a number of weekday evening sessions with catechists. There will also be one or two mandatory sessions on Saturday mornings in St Edmund's Hall. All sessions will take place in school term-time.
St. Edmund’s is a registered place of marriage. If you are thinking of getting married in St. Edmund’s please get in touch with any of the Clergy in good time (at least 6 months before*) to get paperwork, marriage classes and other arrangements sorted out. The telephone numbers of the Parish Clergy are listed on the contact page.
*In the Southwark Diocese it is necessary for couples wanting to get married to contact their priest six months ahead of their intended wedding date. This is to allow sufficient time for them to attend the Marriage Preparation Course and also for the clergy to complete all the necessary paperwork. This can take some considerable time as there may be complications to attend to and as a growing number of our parishioners were born outside the UK there is a need to obtain documentation from overseas. There is also extra work to be completed for those who are having their ceremony abroad. So please leave enough time for the preparation and contact the church as early as you can.