Baptism Preparation

Your questions answered in preparing your child for Baptism

Sacramental Programme

Preparing your children for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Confirmation

The importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives as Missionary Disciples

RCIA

Right of Christian Initiation for Adults

How do I become Catholic?

Baptism

Belonging is important. From the moment of birth, children seek to belong. To know the faces, voices and touch of those we call mother and father is essential in the development of a child. The need to belong is not limited to our family.
Pope Francis reminds parents who bring their children to be baptised of their duty to pass on the faith to their children:
“Today, carry this thought home with you. We must be transmitters of the faith. Think of this, think always of how to hand on the faith to your children. These children are links in a chain. You have a baby son or daughter to be baptized, but in several years, it will be they that have a baby to baptize, or a grandchild and so, the chain of faith! Parents, above all, have the task of raising children in the faith in which they were baptised. The faith then becomes the greatest gift a child is given. It is the most beautiful inheritance that you can give them: the faith!”
[Pope Francis, 2014]

We run a Baptism Preparation course on Saturday morning to help parents and godparents understand the process of having their child baptised in the Catholic Church.

To attend a Baptism Preparation course please email formation@ourladyofhope.org.uk

Sacramental Programme

Each year children are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. These are great celebrations of the whole parish, when the community celebrates God's gifts to the Church given through its young children.

The celebration of the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life 
(Lumen Gentium, 11) 
Jesus gives himself, his Body and Blood, for us so that we too might give ourselves to him in love and be united with him in Holy Communion. In this way we are joined with the one Body of Christ, the Church.

Parents are the first and best teachers of their children in the ways of faith.  If your child is already familiar with the Mass, the weeks before the preparation for First Holy Communion and Reconciliation (Confession) are your opportunity to teach them a little more about the love of Christ to be found in the Sacraments.  It is also the time for parents to take a further step in fulfilling the promise they made at their children’s Baptism in bringing them up in the practice of the Faith.

Parents must be committed to bringing their child to weekly sessions, assist them with follow-up work at home and bring them to Holy Mass. The 11.00 am Sunday Mass has the added advantage of the ‘Children’s Liturgy’ when your child can join others in a separate group to celebrate the Mass in a simpler way while learning a little about it.

First Communion Preparation lessons will be published in our Parish Newsletter. Children must be in Year 3 or above and attend Holy Mass regularly.

Confirmation

In June 2019 our new Confirmation Programme, Empowered, was launched. Thousands of young people in Year 6 from across the diocese gathered for launch events to hear about the programme, learn about the Sacrament of Confirmation and the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives as Missionary Disciples. Candidates for Confirmation received a blessed badge to symbolise their commitment to this next stage of their faith development.

The CYMFED Faith In Action Award which rewards those who volunteer in their parishes and schools to be rewarded was also launched and will run along side the confirmation programme for those who wish to enrol. Find at more about the award here.

Over the next two years there will be an opportunity for candidates to grow in their faith and relationship with God through retreat days and camps. The preparation sessions (around 12) will take place in local parishes and deaneries. Bishop John will then Confirm candidates locally in Eastertide 2021 when they are in Year 8. A full timeline can be viewed here.

If you have any questions about the programme please email confirmation@dioceseofsalford.org.uk or call 0161 817 2205.

RCIA

They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. (Luke)

The Vicariate for Formation seeks to promote the Church’s vision that the welcoming of adults and their initiation, according to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the model for all faith formation. We seek to resource and support parishes in their formation of new adult disciples. For help or advice about the RCIA, please contact   Fr. Chris Lough

The initiation of catechumens is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful. By joining the catechumens in reflecting on the value of the paschal mystery and be renewing their own conversion, the faithful provide an example that will help the catechumens to obey the Holy Spirit more fruitfully. (RCIA5)