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 final Baptism Preparation Course for 2017 is on Sunday, 15 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
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.
ST EDMUND’S CATECHISM GROUP
The Group prepares children at non-Catholic schools for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. The family should be resident in the parish.
The course runs for two years, and children should be in Year 2 or Year 3 at school when they start. We meet monthly between 09:30 and 12:00 at St Mary's School, Westgate Road, usually on the second Saturday of the month.
Our start-of-year Mass will be on Saturday 7 October 2017 at 10:00 at St Edmunds. This will be followed by registration in the Hall over teas and coffees. Information about the courses will be provided by the Catechists so it is important that you attend.
Registration for the year will close on 14 October and no further admissions will be allowed until September 2018.
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Each year, in early summer, one of the diocesan Bishops comes to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on our young people. Those in school year 8 or above may apply. The preparation classes begin in January each year. For further details for 2018 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.
Enrolment forms for the next Confirmation programme can be completed and the enrolment fee paid online. Completed applications must be received by the office by 3 December so the Confirmation group administrator can complete the paperwork and arrange the groups before Christmas.
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.