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 Paul to talk about attending the Baptismal Preparation Course run by
one of our Catechists. Once the course has been undertaken a date can be booked
for the baptism ceremony. Baptisms at Our Lady Star of the Sea usually take place at 4pm on Saturday.
The sacrament of Confirmation is the second of the
sacraments of initiation and enables the candidate to accept the commitments
made at Baptism and take their place as a full member of the Church.
At Tilbury we run a programme to prepare
candidates to receive the sacrament. Adults and young people in Year 8 or above
wishing to be confirmed are asked to submit an application to Father Paul.
Adults who wish to be confirmed may be prepared by Father Paul or take part in
the RCIA programme (See below).
The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred for adults at the
Easter Vigil and for younger candidates when the Bishop makes his pastoral
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Programme
The Holy Eucharist is the great gift by which we experience
the ultimate sign of Christ’s presence. The Eucharist is the only one of the
three Sacraments of Initiation 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 in a very special
At Tilbury 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 of
children from Year 3 (and who are 7 by September 1st) are asked to
submit an application form. The course is run by a team of catechists and most
of the sessions take place on Mondays after school.The preparation usually begins in the autumn and the First Holy Communion Mass is held on a Saturday in May.
To receive these sacraments, we ask that parents
are committed to the programme and that they support their children as
they deepen their relationship with Jesus, above all, by meeting Him in Sunday Mass.