The Books that are used as learning and study guides must have the Catholic Printing Authority given by the Nihil Obstat and the Imprimartur under the publishers page. It looks like this (see image below) for any recomended authorised book on the teaching of the faith
Recommended Catholic Publishers
Fr Prem will be readily available for your questions, clarifications and explanations on anything pertaining to the faith or the parish sacramental programme. Do drop him an email asking your question - Your question will be answered on a Sunday during mass with no reference to you at all so that everyone will have the opportunity to learn.
Depending on the questions that come and requests made, he may organise special session with other catechists of the parish to serve the purpose.
If you are keen and interested then there will be more to come!!
So you seek the faith and a better understanding on demand. It is all there ready awaiting for you, you need to simply ask, search and find!!
Parishioners who have volunteered to help with Catechesis
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Mary Guilgunn-Jones & Karen Molloy
Lena Shams & Rania Naiser
If you wish to volunteer in the catechesis of our children in the parish email Fr Prem Please. Your help and support will be much valued and appreciated.
(During these challenging time when we cannot have a whole class service it is important one goes to one's own parish for the services so that it could be celebrated in small bubbles and in more than one place )
'Parents are the First Teachers of the Faith'
It is the privilege & the duty of the Catholic Schools to teach the faith, and help children learn and grow with the faith, it is the purpose for which they are set up as a faith school
Parishes are the living communities of the faith, nurtured and nourished! Coming together each Sunday is the best preparation for the sacraments, it is the best way to belong to the Church and to the parish community.
Without Sunday the sacraments will loose its efficaciousness, purpose, worth and value!
By very celebration of the sacraments meaningfully and purposefully in our day to day life and living, wherever we are, is the witness and the mission of the church. The true disciples of the Church!!
If you wish to ask for the Sacrament of Baptism your first contact is the Parish Priest; Fr Prem Fernando
In the Catholic Church it is a long standing tradition to ask for infant baptisms as it is the gateway for the sacramental life that so precious an inheritance for the Catholic. God's call to the whole of humanity to become a child of God, and to take that path entering the sacramental life is not denied even to an infant who is totally dependent on the mother and the father, is now not denied. In fact for every loving, responsible parent it is the first and the last treasured inheritance they would wish to give their children. The infant baptisms are an expression of such longing of the parents.
For this very reason many parents baptise their children within weeks and months a child is born. Normally infant baptisms are carried out in the life of the church by discipline before a child reaches the school going age. When passed this age, they will simply have to wait desiring adult baptism which known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA Programme) which is taken up by them after they are adults, and seek the faith on their own accord.
Once the Parish Priest is contacted and the programme is arranged, the Parish Catechist for the sacrament of Infant Baptisms, Irma Foster will get in touch with the parents to prepare them for the sacrament.
Normally this Programme needs a few months of preparation ideally leading up to the stages of scrutiny in lent and their baptisms at the Easter Vigil service.
If you wish to be a Candidate or support the RCIA programme in the parish kindly contact the Parish Priest first.
You can ask for the sacrament individually or as a bubble or as a school. Once enrolled, catechised, prepared and ready you can arrange a suitable time and date with Fr Prem to celebrate the sacrament following safeguarding and safety guidelines. Simply email Fr Prem.
The celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation is yet to be arranged for the school.
Kindly See pre-requisites below for further information
You can ask for the sacrament individually or as a bubble or as a school and for your own style of preparation (see details below under pre-requisites). Once enrolled, catechised, prepared and ready you can arrange with Fr Prem a suitable date to receive the sacrament at any of the parish masses; ideally on a Sunday. Kindly email Fr Prem to arrange it.
The celebration of the sacrament for the school will be Corpus Christi Sunday (6th June) at 3.30pm at St Thomas More Church, Kidlington (It could be an alternative date in July following easing off the restrictions)
All celebrations will following safeguarding and pandemic safety guidelines at the time.
Kindly See pre-requisites below
What the parish used in recent years form publishers Our Sunday Visitor (orderosv.com)
Please note there are also the teaching/ parent guides too
Other Recommended Books - From Redemptorist publications
You can ask for your own suitable sacramental preparation individually or as a bubble or as a school. Once enrolled, catechised, prepared one may receive the sacrament of confirmation when it is celebrated for the parish by the Bishop. It is normally the Pentecost Sunday (23rd May 2021) at 3.30pm at St Thomas More Church, Kidlington. Numbers are limited so enrol at your earliest. (Taking the easing off the restrictions to consideration, alternative dates now have been obtained from the bishop for the Sundays; 11th July for the last year's group and the 18th July for this year's group)
safeguarding and pandemic safety guidelines at the time.
Kindly See pre-requisites below