Sacramental Programme

it is mainly for the parishioners, families of the parish & those attending the parish school 

(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!! 

Sacrament of Baptism

If you wish to ask for the Sacrament of Baptism your first contact is the Parish Priest; Fr Prem Fernando  
frpjfernando@gmail.com 

Infant Baptisms 

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. 

Adult Baptisms – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)  Programme

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. 

Sacrament of First Confession / First Reconciliation 

You can ask for the sacrament individually or as a bubble or from the Parish 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 Sacrament of first Confession / Reconciliation for the school
7th December 2021, at 3.30 in St Thomas More, Church 

 Kindly  See pre-requisites below for further information 

Learning and Teachers/parents Material recommended  

What the parish used in recent years  form publishers Our Sunday Visitor (orderosv.com)

Please note there are also the teaching/ parent guides too

Sacrament of First Holy Communion 

A Catechism Course for First Holy Communion, 25th January 2022 

click here 

You can ask for the sacrament individually or as a bubble or from the Parish 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 Sacrament of First Holy Communion for the school Sunday 19th June 2022, 3.30pm,
confessions 16th June 3.30 and 
rehearsals  16th June7pm 

All celebrations will following safeguarding and pandemic safety guidelines at the time.

Kindly See pre-requisites below

What the parish used in recent years from  publishers Our Sunday Visitor (orderosv.com) 

Please note there are also the teaching/ parent guides too

Diocesan Education Service Booklet for Yr 3 
– download below 

Sacrament of Confirmation 

A Catechism Course for Confirmation – PodCast 22nd March 2022 click here 

You can ask for your own suitable sacramental preparation individually or as a bubble or from the Parish 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

The Sacrament of Confirmation for the school for Yr 6 this year – 26th June 2022, 3.30pm,
Confessions 23rd June 3.30pm and
rehearsals 23rd June 7pm

All celebrations will following safeguarding and pandemic safety guidelines at the time.

Kindly See pre-requisites below

Learning and Teachers/parents Material recommended  

What the parish used in recent years for the Sacrament of Confirmation from Gracewing publications

Please note there are also the teaching/ parent guides too 

Diocesan Education Service Booklet for Yr 6
– download below  

Other Recommended Books  –  From Redemptorist publications


Pre-requisites for the sacraments of reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation

  • Enrol – Contact Fr Prem and let him know that you are taking up an authorised and approved preparation (catechesis) programme (one of 1, 2, 3, given below) in view of receiving the sacrament. For this purpose you must be a Baptised Catholic and must present the candidate’s baptism certificate. School shall let the parish know well in time the names of the candidates enrolled through the school with copies of their baptism certificates. 
  • Proof of Preparation – Catechesis (There are three options, and 1,2 are mostly recommended for those not in the Parish School, but it is open to them as well if there be a genuine need)
  1.  Home Teaching and Schooling the sacramental preparation – Prepare the child at home following the official teaching of the catholic church through authorised and approved teaching and learning material. This can be discussed with the parish priest at the enrolment.  – In this case the Parent/s will be held responsible before God, for handing down the correct teaching of our faith. 
  2.  Learning and teaching done in groups, bubbles. One or two parents may come together with their children with or without a volunteer catechist of the parish and so prepare their children following an approved and authorised teaching and learning material.  This can be discussed with the parish priest at the enrolment. – Those who lead the teaching will share the responsibility with the parents before God, for handing down the correct teaching of the faith to our children and the future generations. 
  3.  Preparation and catechism done in and through the Parish Catholic School which comes under the Archdiocesan Education Service. It therefore has to follow a preparation programme for the sacraments inbuilt to the school curriculum, and so catechise and prepare the children for the sacraments. This fulfils the purpose of having Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese. In this case the school teachers (catholic and non catholic teachers) together with the parents are held responsible before God, for handing down the correct teaching of the faith to our children and the future generations.  

 Photographs and celebration (only a cake) for First Holy Communion and Confirmation parents to come together and organise appropriately. Please do let Fr Prem know well in time (not at the last minute please)  if you plan to do so Thank you 

Mass Times

St Thomas More
Saturday Vigil: 6.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am
Holyday: 9.30am
Weekday: varies see newsletter 
Confession: Saturday 5.00 – 5.30
Benediction: First Fridays after mass 12.30 -1.00 normally

St Hugh
Sunday :9.30am
Holyday: 7.30pm 

Please also have a look at the Service Tab

 Contact Details

St Thomas More,
142 Oxford Rd, 
Kidlington,
Oxfordshire, OX5 1DZ. 


General Contacts and enquiry by
email: frpjfernando@gmail.com

Urgent matters and messages  Tele 01865 377093

 Useful links

The Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham

The Holy See

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Liturgy Office

St Thomas More Primary School

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