Sacraments of Initiation

Baptism of Babies and Infants

picture of baptism mosaicAt the moment our priest meets with parents of babies, infants and children who are seeking baptism. Often the experience of the birth of a child can put  parents in touch with their desire to share their faith with their children and make them part of the church community.

When parents come with older children a different sort of preparation is needed and there are a team of lay people who help with this. We are shortly going to gather a new team together who can meet with and support other parents at this important moment in the journey of faith.

If you would like more information please contact: Our Parish Priest

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

The sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion are normally open to children who will be 8 years old in the current school year. There are preparation meetings for parents and for children beginning in January each year.

There is a large team of lay catechists who lead the preparation along with our priest.

If you would like more information please contact:

Confirmation

Confirmation, a sacrament of initiation, establishes young adults as full-fledged members of the faith. This sacrament is called Confirmation because the faith given in Baptism is now confirmed and made strong.

During your Baptism, your parents and godparents make promises to renounce Satan and believe in God and the Church on your behalf. At Confirmation, you renew those same promises, this time speaking for yourself. During Confirmation, the focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost and gave them courage to practice their faith.

Catholics believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts. Traditionally, the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude (courage), knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. These gifts are supernatural graces given to the soul.

The 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit are charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, long-suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, and chastity — human qualities that can be activated by the Holy Spirit.

The parishes of St. Alban and St Hugh at Borrowash now work together in preparing our young people for this sacrament.

If you would like more information please contact:

  • Our Parish Priest