The English Martyrs' Roman Catholic Church

Part of the Reading Pastoral Area

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

A group gathers each year for anyone who is not a Catholic and who wishes to join or simply find out more about the Church.

Those who do decide to become members of the Catholic Church usually celebrate that step at Easter.

Enquiries can be made to the Parish Priest.


Infant Baptism

Parents wishing to have their children baptised will need to make an appointment to see the Parish Priest.

Please contact the Parish Office to arrange this and to obtain a Baptism Registration form.

Parents will be asked to complete a Preparation Course.

Baptisms can either be part of the Mass or celebrated separately. This to be agreed with the Parish Priest.


The Eucharist

The Parish Eucharist Programme prepares children for the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion with children usually making their First Holy Communion in the School Year when they turn eight.


The annual programme consists of a number of sessions led by Catechists from the parish and Parents/Guardians are asked to work alongside their children.  Full details of the programme are supplied to participants and when the programme is underway, details of dates/times of the various sessions are published in our weekly Newsletter.



This is held every 2 years.

The aim of the preparation programme is to help  young people understand the commitment they are making at this

third stage of their journey into the Church (the first and second being Baptism and The Eucharist).

It is for those in Year 8 or above at school and they are invited to come to the evening reflections and a Day Retreat.

Confirmation is celebrated in the early summer in the Cathedral at Portsmouth.

Once a programme is underway, details of dates/times of the various preparatory sessions will be shown in our weekly Newsletter.

For any other information please contact the programme co-ordinator or speak to the Parish Priest.



Please arrange the date of your wedding with the Priest and, if at all possible, give at least one year’s notice.

Couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage spend three evenings in the company of a married couple.  Discussions

centre around the couple’s relationship and the commitment made to marriage. The married couple are there to share their

experiences of married life.    A Priest may speak about vocation and the Sacrament of Marriage.

Couples make their ‘Declaration of Freedom’ at the Sunday Mass following the course. Over the months leading up to

the wedding ceremony they meet with the Priest to prepare the finer details of the celebration itself.

Details of Marriage preparation are available from the Parish Office.


Confession – The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Children are prepared for their first Confession during the Eucharist Programme.

Confessions are heard on Saturday afternoon between 5.00 and 5.45pm and on Sunday afternoon between 4.00 and 4.45pm.

Details of any additional times will be published in the weekly Newsletter.

Special Reconciliation Services are also held twice yearly during Lent and Advent.


Anointing of the Sick

This Sacrament is usually celebrated with individuals when they fall sick or need serious surgery. It may be repeated when a change

or deterioration occurs in the course of the illness. This Sacrament can bring great comfort and reassurance to those who receive it.

The Hospital Chaplaincy provides for the Anointing of the Sick in all of the local hospitals.

The Parish Priest and Hospital Chaplain would like to know whenever a Catholic is in need of prayer and the Sacraments

during an illness.

Once a year there is a special Mass with Anointing of the Sick in the Parish Church. Efforts are made to provide transport for the sick, elderly and housebound parishioners to enable them to be present for this Mass.

In all matters concerning Sacraments for the Sick, please contact the Priest.

The Sacraments are an important part of the life of the church community.    

Some are celebrated just once in a lifetime; others are available more regularly.    

Each requires a time of prayer and preparation.

In our Parish the programmes of preparation for Baptism, Reception into the Church, First Communion, Reconciliation, Confirmation and Marriage are run by members of the Parish.

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