St Ann's RC Church Cheadle Hulme

Sacraments

Baptism

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.

 

As of September 2021, parents must attend an evening course before the baptism of their child. Courses will take place on the first Thursday of every month at 7pm in St Ann’s Parish Room, Vicarage Avenue, Cheadle Hulme. 

 

Please bring the completed St. Ann's Baptism Request Form with you on that evening and only then will the date for the baptism be confirmed. 

 

To baptise a child brings a serious commitment before God to raise the child in the practice of the Catholic faith.  If there is no hope that this will occur, then the baptism is to be deferred. Only the parents of the child can make that decision and commitment. 

 

The Catholic Church requires that both parents of the child be Catholic.  An exception may be made if at least one of the parents is a practicing Catholic committed to forming the child in the faith and teaching of the Church.

 

Godparents must also be Roman Catholics since their role is to assist the parents in forming the child in the Catholic faith. 

 

There may only be one godmother and one godfather whose names will be entered in the baptismal register. Others may act as witnesses at the ceremony. 

 

Baptisms are normally done in the parish where the child resides.  To be baptised outside the parish requires written permission from  parish priest. 

  

At this time, baptisms generally take place on Saturday afternoons.

 

Please check  St. Ann Parish Boundary Map to verify that you live within our parish boundary.

(Upcoming courses: September 2nd, October 7th, November 4th, December 2nd at 7pm in the parish room of St Ann’s Church, Cheadle Hulme. The meeting lasts about one hour.)

  

 

Confirmation

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.

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FHC

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 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).

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 Marriage

 

MARRIAGE Father Sean will be delighted to discuss a proposed wedding with engaged couples. Normally at least 6 months notice is required of a wedding. The preparation takes time in order to fulfil both civil and church laws. Please don't arrange an irrevocable date with a chosen reception venue without first checking with the church!

 

 

 

 

HOLY ORDERS If you are considering the Priesthood or another Religious Life as a vocation then contact Fr. Jonathan Mitchell (e-mail: frjonnmitchell@cantab.net. ) If you are considering the Permanent Diaconate as your vocation then please speak to Fr Geoffrey O'Grady at St Ambrose, Stockport. (E-mail: geoffogrady@talktalk.net. ) Or begin by having a word with Father Sean.

 

Confession

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Available on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. or by contacting Fr. Sean for appointment.

 

 The preparation for First Forgiveness for Year 2 children takes place in Cheadle Catholic Infant 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.

 

Annointing

 

SACRAMENT OF THE SICK Anyone needing the Anointing of the Sick at home should contact Father Sean. Holy Communion at home for the housebound is also available, as often - within reason! - as desired, with the help of the parish Eucharistic Ministers. If you, or a member of your family, are in hospital, please ask to see the Catholic Chaplain; hospital staff are no longer able to automatically supply chaplains with lists of Catholic patients. There should also be lay hospital visitors from the churches, who will normally be able to arrange to bring Holy Communion.

 

FUNERALS are not counted among the 'seven sacraments', yet they have a clear sacramental character. In Baptism we 'died with Christ, were buried with Christ and are raised to life in him', and at a Requiem Mass or Funeral Service (as appropriate) the physical reality of this 'Death and Transfiguration' is solemnly celebrated by the community and our brother or sister is prayerfully commended to God, while those who grieve the loss of a loved one are offered our support and sympathy.
Requiem Masses and Funeral Services are normally arranged by the bereaved family with the help and guidance of the priest and the chosen Funeral Directors and take place as far as possible with the prayers and support of all the parish community.

 

A Catholic funeral is a time of prayer, worship, and thanksgiving to God for the life of the deceased. The funeral director normally makes first contact with the parish to arrange the date and time of the funeral. Once this has been done, the family can then arrange to meet the priest in order to discuss the funeral arrangements. There are three options for the service:

 

1. Celebrating a funeral service at the crematorium, usually lasting about 30 minutes.

 

2. Celebrating a funeral service in the Church, usually lasting about 40-45 minutes, followed by the committal at the crematorium or cemetery. This would be the most suitable and inclusive option for funerals in which many members of the congregation are not practising Catholics. 

 

3. A requiem Mass in the Church followed by the committal at the crematorium or cemetery. This would be appropriate if most of the people in the congregation are practicing Catholics who attend Mass on Sunday. They would then be able to receive Holy Communion and participate fully in the responses of the Mass. A requiem Mass often lasts for up to one hour. 

 

Music for the Funeral

Only Church music is permitted for any service which takes place in our Church. Non-religious music may be used in the crematorium or at the graveside, and is especially suitable for the gathering which often takes place after the funeral rites are concluded. The music which we use in the Church has to be in harmony with the prayers of the liturgy and with the atmosphere of recollection which we must always observe in this sacred space. It is advised to have the parish organist present for the service. With the consent of the family of the deceased, it is now possible to live-stream all of our funeral services.