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 will take place soon. Details to follow.
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.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS (for 2020) will be DECEMBER 2019
Bishop Pat Lynch celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation at St Edmund's on 6th June 2019. Applications to join the 2020 formation programme, which began in January 2020, will be added soon.
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 main part of the formation programme consists 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.