Baptism | Reconciliation | First Communion | Marriage

Confirmation | Vocation | Sacrament of the Sick



There are seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church. Symbolic actions combine with the appropriate text to make real what is symbolised. Sacraments thus make tangibly present the saving mysteries of Christ’s love for his church and are a source of life and grace.

Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation into the Christian community. This is usually followed by Holy Communion when Christ is made present under the form of bread and wine. Often this sacrament is accompanied by Reconciliation, in which God’s forgiveness is received. Confirmation is the final sacrament of initiation which is undertaken to strengthen Christians with the power of the Holy Spirit for their adult lives. Marriage brings the power of God’s love to the couple while Ordination is for the few who are chosen to be sacred ministers. Finally the Sacrament of the Sick brings the healing power of Jesus to the old and sick.





Baptism is the first of three sacraments of initiation and it is therefore a person’s entry into the life of Christ. The first Baptisms were for adults, but probably very early in the history of the church infants were brought for Baptism.

In the Catholic Church adults are usually baptised at the Easter Vigil, and receive preparation in the Faith Group RCIA. Parents of infants for Baptism receive preparation in this parish in a series of three sessions run on Monday evenings by parish catechists in St Benedict's at 7.30 pm.


A Baptism Service is celebrated on a Sunday afternoon twice a year in May and October. A week before, parents and children for Baptism are presented to the community at the 9.30 Mass in the Abbey Church

Baptism Service

Baptism of Gwen Tibble in the Abbey Church, 18th May 2013

Baptism Service

Family, friends and Father James at the Baptism Service, 18th May 2013

Baptism Preparation Dates

Mondays in the Parish Office


Spring 2016


Classes begin on Monday, 18th April and are held on the following Mondays, 25th April and 9th May

Sunday, 8th May: Presentation of the candidates at the 9.30 am Mass in the Abbey Church


Sunday, 15th May: Baptism Service at 3.00 pm in the Abbey Church


If you wish to have your child baptised please contact the Parish Secretary at or telephone on 01342 710313

Baptism Catechists are:

Charlotte Tibble (01444 811875)

Erica Ballard (01444 230221)



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