Baptism

We are once again celebrating baptisms in the church. 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.

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 is now closed

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:

September
18th Sep-Class
26th Sep-Enrolment Mass, 9.30am at St Edmund’s

October
2nd Oct-Class
16th Oct-Class

November
6th Nov-Class
27th Nov-Class

December
4th Dec-Class
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
10.30-10.45am  Pick-up

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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.  

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Confirmation

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.

Marriage

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.