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Baptism
Baptism is one of the three sacraments of initiation by which we become members of Christ’s Church.

Parishioners who wish to have their child baptised should contact Fr Tom to talk about attending the Baptismal Preparation Course. Once the course has been undertaken a date can be booked for the baptism ceremony. Baptisms usually take place on a Saturday afternoon at either 3pm or 4pm. Due to events held in the cathedral baptisms do not take place every Saturday so please confirm a date with Fr Tom before making other arrangements.

To make arrangements please contact Father Paul Kyne: frpaul@stgeorges.org.uk or telephone 020 70928 5256.

Confirmation
The sacrament of Confirmation is  the second of the sacraments of initiation and enabling the candidate to accept the commitments made at baptism and take their place as a full member of the Church.

Adults and young people in Year 8 or above may request the sacrament and at St George’s we run a programme to prepare candidates to receive the sacrament. Those wishing to be confirmed are asked to submit an application for before Christmas. The programme usually starts in early January and run on a Tuesday evening in the Amigo Hall. Adults who wish to be confirmed may be prepared by one of the priests privately or take part in the RCIA programme (See below).

The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred by Archbishop Peter at a special Mass on Pentecost Sunday.

For more information please contact Father Ola Craig: frcraig@stgeorges.org.uk or telephone 020 7928 5256.

Holy Eucharist
The Holy Eucharist is the great gift by which we experience the ultimate sign of Christ’s presence. The Eucharist is the third sacrament of initiation and the only one of the three that can be received more than once. Frequent reception of Holy Communion helps us to live the Christian life by deepening our relationship with Christ and allowing Him to strengthen us if a very special way.

At St George’s Cathedral there is a preparation course every year to prepare children to receive their First Holy Communion. The dates of the preparation course are advertised in the parish newsletter and parents asked to submit an application form. The course is run by Fr. Tom and a team of catechists and most of the sessions take place on a Saturday morning.

The preparation usually begins in the autumn and the First Holy Communion Mass is held on a Saturday near the feast of Corpus Christi.

For more information please contact Father Paul Kyne: frpaul@stgeorges.org.uk or telephone 020 70928 5256.

Becoming a Catholic or Deepening Your Faith
For those who would like to find out more about becoming a Catholic or who perhaps have not practiced their faith for a number of years and would like to deepen the understanding of their faith, there is a The RCIA Group which meets on a Sunday morning at 10am in the Amigo Hall. RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and refers to a set of ceremonies through which an individual becomes a full member of the Catholic Church.

On a Sunday morning there is a series to talks and discussions that focus on explaining the Catholic faith and what it means to be a Catholic Christian in today’s world.  One to one discussions with one of the priests may also take place.

The RCIA course aims towards baptism or reception in to the Church at the Easter Vigil.

For further information please contact Father Paul Kyne: frpaul@stgeorges.org.uk or telephone 020 70928 5256.

Marriage
The sacrament of Matrimony acknowledges a couple’s commitment to share their life together and to reveal God’s love to themselves and those around them through the witness of their married lives.

Those who live in the cathedral parish or who have a strong link to the cathedral may marry at St George’s.  All those wishing to marry are required to give six months notice and to attend a course of preparation.

The first stage is to meet with Fr Ola this should be done before any other arrangements are made or venues booked.

For more information please contact Father Ola Craig frcraig@stgeorges.org.uk or telephone 020 7928 5256.

 
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