Sacraments

Baptism

Our Baptism Group are here to help you prepare for and organise the baptism.

Welcoming - this is when the family are welcomed to the parish

Baptisms are on the first Sunday of each month at 12.30pm at St Josephs Church and are approximately 30 minutes in duration.

First Holy Communion

Children in in year 3 and above are invited to join in the preparations for First Holy Communion.

Our aim is to prepare both children and their parents/carers for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

There is a 12 week preparation programme leading the the sacrament of Reconciliation and then on Holy Thursday they will receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion.

Confirmation

Young people ages 12 and 13 are invited to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Preparation begins in February and continues until the Confirmation Mass which is usually held in June

Matrimony

St Joseph's follow the Hallam Dioceses Marriage Preparation Programme which is built around two major themes: -

  • Communication

  • Living the promises made on your wedding day

    • Fidelity​

    • Love

    • Forgiveness

    • Sacrament

Confession

Currently Confession is only available by private request

Pope Francis reminded Catholics that it’s possible to confess their sins directly to God outside of sacramental confession:

Do what the Catechism says. It is very clear: If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with God, your Father, and tell him the truth. Say, ‘Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me,’ and ask for pardon with all your heart.

Francis underscored the importance of sacramental confession, adding, “Make an act of contrition … promise God, ‘I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.’ And immediately you will return to a state of grace with God.”

Anointing the Sick

The anointing of the sick is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, especially near the time of death. It is most likely one of the last sacraments one will receive. A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. In more basic terms, it is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The anointing of the sick conveys several graces and imparts gifts of strengthening in the Holy Spirit against anxiety, discouragement, and temptation, and conveys peace and fortitude (CCC 1520). These graces flow from the atoning death of Jesus Christ, for “this was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases’” (Matt. 8:17).