If you wish to have your child baptised please contact Fr Mark. You will be asked to attend a preparation evening and then choose the Sunday on which we can celebrate the baptism.
For more information please see the Baptism information leaflet on the forms page.
Please contact Fr Mark for more information.
This is the sacrament that strengthens the gift of the Holy Spirit in us.
If you want to know more about getting confirmed, please contact Fr Mark.
Faith References from our Parish— for jobs or High School places
If anyone intends to name their parish priest as a referee for a faith reference either for a job application or for a school place would they please talk to him first. We sometimes receive letters or phone calls asking for references when we aren’t quite sure who they are for or we don’t have enough information to be able to answer the questions we are asked.
Priests are not permitted to provide faith references for applications for High Schools. The Archdiocese asked parish priests to stop providing these some years ago. We are very happy to give information about baptism and confirmation but no more. We can provide a letter explaining why it has not been possible to include a faith reference in a school application if that is required. Contact the parish office if you have any questions and we will do our best to help you.
Holy Communion at Home
If you are unable to attend church through ill-health, please let us know and someone will be able to bring you Holy Communion at home.
If you go into hospital you must inform a member of staff there if you wish to be visited by one of the hospital chaplains.
If you or someone you know would like to be visited by one of our special ministers of Holy Communion, at home then please contact the parish office or Sr Abena on 0151 263 0890.
If you are going in to hospital
You need to inform the staff on the ward that you are a Roman Catholic and would like to receive Holy Communion or see a priest. If you would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick, please let Fr Mark know, if possible before you go into hospital. There are now fewer priests available for hospital ministry so seeing your priest before you go into hospital may be a help to them.
If you suffer from Coeliac Disease and need to receive Holy Communion with a gluten free host please make yourself known to Fr. Mark or to Deacon John if you have not already done so.
We can make sure that enough hosts are consecrated for those who need them.
Learning more about the Catholic Faith
All year we support adults who would like to know more about our Faith. If you want
• deepen your own faith
• become a Catholic
• make your First Holy Communion
• be confirmed
• come back to celebrating the sacraments
• support your children in their faith
please contact the Parish Office. We would be delighted to hear from you.
At our Sunday Masses primary school children are invited to come to Little
Church / Children’s Liturgy of the Word, for the first part of the Mass to listen to God’s Word in a way that might be easier for them to understand.
Speak to Fr Mark or contact the parish office.
12 Masses will be offered up for everyone who is enrolled in the Association, one each month for a year. You may enrol a loved one, living or dead, or for an intention close to your heart: e.g. Vocations, the young people of our parish etc. if you wish you can buy one of the Mass Association cards from the parish shops or parish office to give to the person enrolled or to their families. The cards are priced at £2 and £3. We suggest an offering of £3 - £5 for each enrolment to support the work of our parishes. Enrolment envelopes are at the back of our Churches.
Parish Welcome Leaflet (select this link)
We have produced a new welcome leaflet for people who have moved into our parishes and want to know more about us. These should now be at the back of our churches. If you meet a new neighbour who is a Catholic please let them have a copy of the leaflet.
Holy gifts and cards on sale after Masses in both parishes.
Reconciliation leaflet (select this link)
Perhaps you don’t think you can go to confession yet or you are too worried about what you will have to say.
Maybe a start would be to ask your priest for a chat some time.He might be able to set your mind at rest.Times of Reconciliation in our parishes Saturday 3.45pm - 4.15pm St Oswald's, or by request.
For more information contact the parish office or speak to Fr Mark.
Sanctuary Lamps can be donated in St Oswald's or St Sebastian's in memory by placing your donation in an envelope marked "Sanctuary Lamp" including the name of the person you wish to be remembered.
Sisters of St Joseph's - Oakhill Park
Morning prayer every week day at 8.45am followed by Mass at 9.00am in St Joseph's Chapel.