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Sacraments

The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders.

Baptism

This is a sacrament of entry into the Body of Christ for a child or adult who has not been baptised. It is always a time of great joy for parents and sponsors and for the parish community. When children are due to receive the Sacrament the parents should make arrangements with Canon Phil who will arrange a short instruction course for the parents before the baptism.

Our Baptism course consists of two sessions, in which we will be looking at the Rite of Baptism; the words, symbols and actions associated with it and why it is so important to the Christian faith.

The Church feels that it is important that parents have a better understanding of what they are undertaking in asking for Baptism of their child and to try to help them in developing the spiritual life of the child.

Each session will consist of simple prayers, a short DVD and some reflections that you are invited to share with each other if you are willing."

We run the course 3 times a year, usually in March, June and October. Each course consists of two one hour meetings held on Thursday evenings.

First communion and first reconciliation

These are prepared for in the St. Joseph's School with meeting of parents and Canon Phil Classes are held in the Presbytery for those children who do not attend St. Joseph's School. All children receive the Sacraments together. This usually happens in May each year.

Confirmation

Every year we advertise the date of the Confirmation . This year it is November 25th at Holy Redeemer Huddersfield. We will announce later when the preparation course will start. The course is run by young people for those to be Confirmed . This Sacrament is important as it is about a young person making a statement about their conviction and a maturing of their living the baptismal promises.

Marriage

If you live in our parish and worship here you are entitled to get married here in St. Joseph's . At least six months notice should be given and church should be booked before the venue for the wedding reception. See Canon Phil for details. All couples are encouraged to take part in our Marriage Preparation course which is always appreciated by those who have taken part.

Care of the sick

We have many homes for the elderly which are visited by members of the S.V.P. and Canon Phil. Twice each year we have a mass for the sick and housebound when the anointing of the sick takes place as well as when the need arises.

Holy Orders

Every Saturday from 9-10am we have a Holy Hour with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious life .We welcome parishioners to join us in praying for present and the future vocations.