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Baptism

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Under normal circumstances we hold a monthly meeting at St Joseph’s for those who would like to have their child baptised.

At this meeting some members of our community explain what baptism means for us and its importance in a Christian’s life. You will be asked:

  • If you are resident in St Joseph’s Parish, Reddish.
  • If at least one of the child’s parents is a Catholic.
  • If at least one of the Godparents you have chosen is a practising Catholic.
  • How you intend to encourage and support the life of faith in your child.

 

Once these details are settled we can begin to talk about a date for the celebration of the sacrament. Baptisms normally take place on Sunday after the 11am Mass. We try, wherever possible to have no more than two families celebrating baptism on any one Sunday.

Just at the moment because of the current pandemic, normal family celebrations of baptism have been suspended. It is hoped to resume them when the public health conditions allow for it. What is permissible at the moment are very small gatherings for child baptism. These are limited to parents, grandparents and Godparents.

If prior to the pandemic you had already made arrangements for a baptism we will try to contact you in regards to a new date as soon as things allow. Alternatively, if you would like to either make initial enquiries about a future celebration or rearrange please contact geraldine@stjosephreddish.org.uk

Please continue to check this site for news of when baptism meetings will resume.

Marriage

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If you would like to get married at St Joseph’s please speak to Fr Philip after one of the Sunday Masses. 

Generally speaking, in order to be married here you need to be resident in St Joseph’s parish. Six months before your chosen date it is necessary to begin collating paperwork and making preparations.

Funerals

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When a parishioner dies, we do all we can to accommodate families in their time of loss. Usually, your funeral director will liaise with the parish to arrange a convenient time and date.

Just at the moment and because of the pandemic funerals are still restricted. If you would like your family member to have a service at the graveside or the crematorium chapel we will do everything we can to accommodate this. At this time, services in church and Requiem Masses are restricted and need to be arranged with Fr Philip.

Anointing of the Sick

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Visiting the sick members of our community is an integral part of Fr Philip’s work. Under normal circumstances the sick and housebound members of St Joseph’s are visited regularly and receive Holy Communion at home. At this time, home visits are not possible in order to limit the spread of the virus.

However, if someone is receiving end-of-life care either at home or in hospital, Fr Philip is happy to visit them and bring them the comfort of the sacraments both viaticum (communion for the dying) and extreme unction (anointing for the sick and dying). Please contact Fr Philip to arrange a visit to a family member when this is needed.