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.
First Holy Communion
First Holy Communions are celebrated in May or June.
The course which prepares children for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession) and Communion runs twice monthly on Saturday mornings from September until the First Holy Communion Masses are celebrated.
Every child must register for the preparation course.
Enrolment takes place in June through an online registration form, and for the course beginning in September 2024 will be announced in the Parish Newsletter in Summer 2024.
If you would like to register your interest now, please contact us by email.
If you have any questions, please contact us by email.
The First Holy Communion Catechism Team
Thank you to all of you who have signed up to join the 2022 Confirmation Preparation Classes at St Edmunds.
Due to the large numbers who have registered we are having to divide the candidates into two groups. Those currently in Year 9 or above will be prepared first and will be Confirmed in or about Pentecost this year, and those currently in Year 8 will have the opportunity to begin the course in September 2022. Everyone who has registered will receive details via email of an information evening offering guidance on how the programme is run.
The Catechism Team will use email as the primary means of communication about everything to do with the course, so please keep a look out for messages from them.
If you have any questions please EMAIL US.
St. Edmund’s is a registered place of marriage. In the Southwark Diocese couples wanting to marry in church must contact the parish priest six months ahead of their intended wedding date. This is to allow sufficient time for them to attend the obligatory Marriage Preparation Course but also to allow sufficient time for all necessary paperwork to be completed.
Our priests would prefer to be given a year to complete the paperwork and suggest that couples do not set a date for their wedding until they have first spoken to a priest.
Once you have decided to get married please email the Parish Office with your names and addresses and a preliminary marriage application form will be sent to you plus an enrolment form for the Marriage Preparation Course.
If you intend to get married at a church other than St Edmund’s our clergy is still responsible for all the paperwork.
As a growing number of our parishioners were born outside the UK we need to obtain documentation from their previous parishes. This can take some time.
There is also extra work to be completed for those who are having their ceremony abroad or for those who have had a previous marriage. So, in short, as soon as you decide to get married, please start the ball rolling by getting in touch with us.