Sacraments at St. Hugh of Lincoln Church

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The Sacrament of Baptism

The parish run four Baptismal courses each year, they are usually held in January, March/April (depending upon Easter), July and September. Each course consists of three evening sessions held on a Tuesday evening between 8:00pm and 9:30pm in the parish hall.

Attendance on a course is required before arrangements for Baptisms can be made. Why do you need a course? Baptism is a sacrament of the church, and no sacrament should be entered into without proper consideration and fore thought of what you are undertaking on behalf of your child or children.

Our course is informal, and covers the format of the sacrament, which may involve a welcome within mass followed at a later date with the Baptism outside of mass, or as a single service within one of our regular Sunday masses, including the Vigil Mass on Saturday evening.

All enquiries should be made via the Parish Office on 01483 472404 .

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

Are you searching?

Interested in exploring the Catholic Faith?

Or just curious?

Who do you say that I am?

An icon of Jesus

See the Parish Newsletter for further details

The Catholic Church was sent into the world by Jesus of Nazareth to preach a gospel that provides the framework for human life. For those who wish to explore this unbroken tradition dating back to Christ and the Apostles, we offer a series of meetings that are informal, friendly and those attending are free to withdraw at any time. The meetings are held on Thursdays during School term time and start at 8pm and finish at 9.30pm.

For further details please ring the Parish Office on 01483-472404 or Charlotte Pugh on 01483 472629.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion


Families of baptised Catholic children in Year 3 and above who live within the parish of St Hugh Of Lincoln are welcome to register to prepare their children for First Holy Communion and Reconciliation.

Our parish programme is loosely based on the "I Belong" scheme for Sacramental preparation. The course consists of ten family sessions which run roughly monthly between September and June on a Tuesday evening from 6:30 - 8pm.

Some of the sessions are split, with separate speakers for adults and children. Other sessions are family activities which are completed together. All sessions begin with a short prayer time in church.

Tuesday sessions are followed by participation as a group at the 11:30am Mass the following Sunday. First Reconciliations occur in Lent and First Holy Communions are celebrated at Sunday Masses in May and June.

Registration for the programme is via the FHC website HERE.

The Sacrament of Confirmation


The Sacrament of Confirmation is open to those in Year 10 (aged 14 and above). The program runs from January – May/June each year.

It is an opportunity for young people to move into a more intimate relationship with Christ and open themselves to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Just as their parents spoke on their behalf at their Baptism, it is their chance to decide for themselves the way forward in their Christian faith.

The program starts with a period of enquiry, then Catechesis and prayerful preparation culminating in the celebration of the Sacrament with the Bishop at St Dunstan’s in Woking. The programme is varied and details can be found in the newsletter and on the website.

For more details contact the Parish Office.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

This sacrament is above all an act of God’s love. It is a personal moment to be lived in a relationship of love with god. It is not routine, nor an ordeal to be gone through, but is very much part if the personal renewal which takes place in each person. You are invited, in the light of God’s love, to recognise the sinfulness of your life, to have true sorrow for your sins, and a firm intention to avoid them in future.

To prepare well to receive this sacrament, we should:

  • Pray first, asking God to help us.
  • Make a sincere examination of conscience to see how we have sinned.
  • Confess our sins simply, with humility and honesty.
  • Make an act of contrition and have a firm purpose of amendment.
  • Carry out the penance and pray in thanksgiving to God for his overflowing love.
Reconciliation is available on Saturdays, between 10:30-11:00 and at 17:45. There are also reconciliation services prior to Easter and Christmas.

The Sacrament Of Marriage

The Church requires that a marriage in which one of the parties is a baptised member of the Catholic Church should be celebrated before a duly authorised bishop, priest or deacon, and two witnesses. Where this does not take place the parties will not, in the sight of God, be husband and wife, even though there may be a binding contract under Civil Law.

A Catholic should choose a partner who is free to marry and not bound by a previous marriage. In this context, a Catholic means anyone baptised into the Catholic Church and a baptised person who has become a Catholic.

The parties should give six months notice to the parish priest before the date of the proposed wedding. This is to enable the necessary documents, dispensations and other formalities to be dealt with. During this notice period the couple must attend an engaged couples course.

The Church permits a Catholic to marry a Christian of another denomination, and in certain circumstances to marry in the church of the non-Catholic party.

As the Church’s regulation on Marriage can seem quite complicated it is highly recommended that couples seeking to marry should arrange to see their Parish Priest as early as possible in the planning process to discuss their individual circumstances.

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

This Sacrament gives the grace of the Holy Spirit to those who are sick. By this grace the whole person is helped and saved, sustained by God, strengthened against temptation and against anxiety over death. If necessary, the Sacrament also provides the sick person with the forgiveness of sins.

The Sacrament is available to those whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age. The sacrament may be repeated if the sick person recovers after being anointed and then again falls ill or if during the same illness the person’s condition becomes more serious.

A sick person may be anointed before surgery whenever serious illness is the reason for the surgery. Elderly people may be anointed if they have become weakened even though no serious illness is present.

Sick children may be anointed if they have sufficient use of reason to be strengthened by this sacrament.

Parishioners, and those who look after the elderly and sick, should not hesitate to contact the parish priest if they feel that someone is in need of the Anointing of the Sick. This sacrament should not be left until the person is near the point of death.

The Sacrament of Ordination (Holy Orders)

Enquirers into the vocation to the priesthood should contact Fr Con Foley after first speaking to their parish priest or a priest who has known them for a period of time.

  Director of Vocations to the Priesthood

Fr Con Foley
Christ the Prince of Peace
Portmore Way
KT13 8JD
Tel: 01932 842643

Have you ever thought you might have a vocation to the ministerial priesthood? Would you like to know more about training for the priesthood? Why not take a look at the following vocations pages?

  St. John's Seminary Web Site

The Venerable English College, Rome

National Vocations Office Web Site

UK Priesthood Web Site

View/print the Permanent Deaconate (PDF format, 25kb)

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Promoters of Vocations to the Priesthood

Fr. Richard Biggerstaff & Fr David Parmiter.

Vocations to the Diocesan Priesthood

Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 0QX
Staff. Tel: Guildford (01483) 892217
Students: Tel: Guildford (01483) 893741

Ordination of Fr. Tony Milner at St Hugh's

The following are photographs taken at the ordination of Fr. Tony Milner, at St Hugh's, by Bishop Cormac in 1993.

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