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 courses will take place in 2020 on the following dates:
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 CommunionOur children make their First Holy Communions in June each year. You can now register online for 2020; there are two separate groups you can apply for your children to join:
- St. Mary's Beckenham pupils: Communion classes will start in January 2020. If your child is currently in Year 3 at the school, you will need to register them now for classes via ChurchSuite: CLICK HERE. Registration closes on Saturday 19 October. No further applications will be accepted after this date.
- Children who do not attend a catholic school: You'll need to attend our Saturday Catechism, a 2-year course. To see full details and to apply please CLICK HERE. Registration closes on Friday 11 October.
Bishop Pat Lynch will celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation at St Edmund's on Sunday 7 June 2020 at 3.00pm. We are now inviting applications to join the formation programme which will begin in January 2020.
Applicants must be a parishioner or a student at Bishop Challoner School and should be in Year 8 or above. Please note that all Bishop Challoner School students must complete the on-line booking form but will NOT have to indicate which days they can attend classes on as this will be dealt with by the school. (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, 21st January 2020 at 7.00pm and this will be followed by a meeting in the hall. The main part of the formation programme will consist of a number of weekday evening sessions with catechists. There will also be one mandatory session on a Saturday 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.