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.
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
In St. Edmund's the month of June is the traditional month for the First Holy Communion Ceremonies. For children in Catholic schools preparation classes for the reception of Holy Communion are organised within the schools. For those children in the non-Catholic schools classes are organized and run by a group of catechists. These classes are held between 9.30 a.m. and 12.00 noon on Saturday mornings once a month in term time at St. Mary’s School, Westgate Road, Beckenham. Using the ‘This is Our Faith’ programme over a 4-year period, Reception introduces the Catholic faith to age 5-6, Reconciliation at age 7 with a Service for First Confession, Eucharist at age 8 with Parish First Holy Communion and 9 - 10s expand their faith in the Top Class. Parish Catechists, together with parents, provide a sense of belonging and community. For further details please contact the Parish Office.
Each year, in early summer, one of the diocesan Bishops comes to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on our young people. This year Bishop Pat Lynch will be celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation at Mass on Saturday 27th May 2017 at 12 Noon.Those in school year 8 or above may apply. The preparation classes begin in January each year. For further details please download the form or contact Deacon Seán Murphy via the Parish Office. Baptised adults seeking Confirmation should contact the Parish Office or one of the clergy team.
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.