Times of Holy Mass & Confession
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
is normally available on SATURDAYS at 5:30pm. Alternatively, please telephone The Priest’s House (01403 710273) for an appointment.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
on WEDNESDAYS 11:30am until immediately before the 12 noon Mass.
Important: It is often advisable to telephone The Priest’s House and check mid-week Mass times. Because of other diocesan commitments, it is sometimes necessary for Mass times to be changed, or even occasionally to cancel mid-week Masses.
What does it mean to be a Catholic?
Catholics are members of a worldwide family of local churches, all of which are united to each other in a living faith by their visible communion with the Bishop of Rome, the Pope. Individual Catholics are united with each other in a parish community, gathered around the priest who serves them as the living sacramental sign of Jesus the Shepherd. Parishes in an area are united with each other in a diocese, gathered around the bishop who carries on the pastoral mission of the Apostles. The dioceses of the world are united with each other through their common bond with the Pope, as the visible centre of communion. These simple structures are there to serve the most important unity of all: our real, living communion with the Risen Jesus who is powerfully present among us as our Lord and Shepherd, our Teacher and our great High Priest. Everything in the Catholic Church is designed to help us grow closer to Jesus, and to share his life and his work.
It is above all at our celebration of the Mass (the Eucharist) that this unity with each other in Christ is most powerfully shown and strengthened. ‘Going to Mass’ has always been a key sign of a committed Catholic – from the first Christians who met in their houses for the ‘breaking of bread’, to Catholics who risked their lives by celebrating Mass during times of persecution, to those Catholics today who make a conscious choice to take an active part in the life and worship of the Church. There have always been people who have opted out, but taking part in the Mass, above all on Sundays, has always been seen as central and crucial for living fully the Catholic faith. Coming to Mass, taking part in the unceasing pleading to God the Father of Christ’s supreme Sacrifice on the Cross, is still the main visible sign of being a Catholic; it is at the heart of our Catholic identity. Living the Mass, meeting with Christ in His Most Holy Sacrament, where we believe He is truly present; and allowing the Lord’s presence to transform and direct our lives, is what being a Catholic is all about.