We are once again celebrating baptisms in the church. We are delighted to let you know that the severe restrictions on numbers attending a baptism have been lifted, and from 17 May thirty people will be allowed to gather to celebrate a child’s baptism, if this is held outside Mass. The Baptism Course has been suspended for the time being.
For more information download our Baptism Pack: click here. If you wish to have your child baptised please contact the Parish Office.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Usually 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.
During the Covid19 pandemic we have not been able to offer confessions, but please check the latest Newsletter for any changes to this.
First Holy Communion
Our children make their First Holy Communions in June each year.
First Holy Communion Preparation 2021-22
For the academic year 2021-22, enrolment for First Holy Communion Preparation will take place via the St Edmund’s ChurchSuite app. Enrolment is online but the course is face to face.
All applications must be made via ChurchSuite regardless of whether your child attends a Catholic or non-Catholic primary school. Enrolment has been extended until 14 September 2021.
The course will start in September 2021 and will run twice-monthly on Saturdays, until the First Communions in June 2022. The Autumn schedule is as follows:
26th Sep-Enrolment Mass, 9.30am at St Edmund’s
11th Dec-First Confessions, 1030am at St Edmund's
Venue: Bishop Challoner School, 228 Bromley Road, BR2 0BS
The timings for the classes are:
9am Drop-off & directing to classrooms
9.15am Session starts
10.30am Session ends
Who is eligible?
If your child is entering Year 3 in September 2021 and you live in the St Edmund’s parish, then they are eligible to enrol.
If your child has made their First Confession, please also enrol them and a member of the Catechism Team will be in touch with you.
If your child is above Year 3 and you would like them to take part in preparing, please also enrol them on ChurchSuite and a member of the Catechism Team will be in touch with you.
How much will it cost?
A charge of £35 per family is required to cover the cost of books, materials and cleaning the rooms used. Please ensure you pay this when you enrol your child.
If you have any questions, please email us.
Registration for Confirmation in 2022
Calling all St Edmund’s young people who will be in Year 9 and Year 8 in the new school year, September 2021. Traditionally you would have been invited to enrol on our course after the October half term and start preparations in the new year, to receive the Sacrament in the summer.
Having missed the 2020 group celebration, this year we are catching up and we are inviting both year groups to register. You can register through this link: CLICK HERE.
The aim is to start the course in the Spring of 2022 completing near to the feast of Pentecost as usual. Registration will be open until the beginning of January 2022, but please register as soon as possible so that we have a good idea of numbers. If you have any questions please EMAIL US.
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.