Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals
To be married at All Saints or St. Stephen’s it is necessary either to live in the parish or it is your regular place of worship. The best way to make contact is to introduce yourselves at one of the Sunday Masses to Fr. Hughes. If it is your regular place of worship but not the parish in which you reside, then it is still necessary to obtain written permission from your own Parish Priest. Six months’ notice is required for a wedding.
It is preferable if you would see Father Hughes after mass or telephone, rather than email. Email is less than satisfactory when communicating particularly with regard to something so important and personal.
Baptisms are held at All Saints on Sundays at 12 noon. They are celebrated outwith the celebration of Mass.
At St. Stephen’s Baptisms are held on every 2nd Sunday of the month.
For a Baptism to take place in Holy Trinity & All Saints it is necessary to either live in the parish or it is your regular place of worship. If it is your regular place of worship but not where you live, it will still be necessary to obtain a letter of freedom from your own Parish Priest. Parents will be required to participate in a baptismal preparation programme. The best way to make contact is to introduce yourselves to Fr. Hughes at Sunday Mass.
When choosing Godparents for your child, please note that at least one Godparent must be a Catholic who has been confirmed. It is permissible for additional Godparents to be members of another Christian Church. It is not appropriate to choose non-Christians as Godparents.
FUNERALS are always an emotional time for families. It is important as a parish community that we share in showing compassion and providing a dignified funeral mass, that is the hope of every baptised Christian.
Readers at a funeral Mass must be familiar with the Catholic Church’s teaching and a member of the believing Catholic community.
Father Hughes is aware that the liturgy for funerals should incorporate some information regarding the life of the deceased. He is always willing, particularly if he does not know the deceased, to accept information from family members. This will be included in the Homily and part of the funeral Mass.