BAPTISM Baptism is the fundamental Christian sacrament: we celebrate becoming part of God's family and the family of the Church. All the other sacraments build on baptism. They are normally celebrated at St Ann's on Sundays at 1.00 pm. To arrange a baptism please contact Father Sean at least two months in advance, to allow time for a home visit and the other preparations for this joyful occasion.
CONFIRMATION The bishop normally visits the Local Pastoral Area each year in early summer to offer the Sacrament of Confirmation. A substantial amount of time is needed for the preparation programme, so Confirmation candidates (Year 9 or above) or their parents should contact Father Sean or Julie Hindmarch as soon as possible after the announcement appears in the parish newsletter early in the year. St James' School will also publicise the date once it is known, though the preparation takes place in the parish, with the help of a team of catechists.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS The preparation for First Communion for Year 3 children takes place in Cheadle Catholic Junior School, with support from the parishes and of course from parents themselves, who will have meetings at their parish to help them help their children. Children who do not attend Cheadle Catholic Junior School can be prepared for the Communion (and before that for First Forgiveness).