Sacrament of Baptism
A candidate dies to sin and rises to new Life in Jesus. S/he is cleansed of all sin and becomes part of the Body of Christ – The Church.
At St Chad’s, Baptism (except in immanent threat of death) follows a period of preparation. This varies according to age of the candidate – Infants, Children, Adults.
This group meet twice with parents who have requested that their infant child be Baptised. They are helped to realise the significance of this Sacrament for their baby at the beginning of his/her life in Christ, and to have some familiarity with the Rite of Infant Baptism and what will happen on the day.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC).
Children who are hoping to be initiated into the Church attend a number of sessions helping them to prepare for their Baptism. If they are older than the ‘normal’ age to receive the other Sacraments of Initiation, they are prepared for those as well.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults RCIA
This group normally meets on Mondays from late September to May. We explore what it means to be an Adult Christian in the Roman Catholic Church. Key doctrines are addressed but also attitudes, practices and Catholic Culture. Milestones in this journey are marked with elements in the Church’s liturgy, and people are usually Baptised at the Easter Vigil Mass, they are also Confirmed and invited to receive the Eucharist for the first time.
This group is also the right place for people who are already baptised in another Christian church who seek to be received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church as well as adults who are Baptised Catholics who have not been Confirmed or who have not yet received Holy Communion.
Offering and Donations
Dear Parishioners, As we no longer pass the collection baskets during Mass for our traditional cash donations for the maintenance and bills of our parish church, you are strongly encouraged to set up a standing order with your bank for your kind and generous weekly offertory and donations including any kind of donations or legacy you wish to make to the church now or leave for the Church in the future.
Our Parish Account Details
Account name: St. Chad’s Catholic Church
Branch Sort Code: 515002
Please contact the parish office through the number below if you need any clarification or further information. Thanks.
Tel: 020 8653 2806
We are a lively, richly diverse and friendly parish family, open to each and every person…. welcoming to all and seeking to serve our God by loving and caring for each other as Jesus teaches us to do.
St Chad’s Parish Prayer
Thank you Loving Father, for having created us and given us to each other in our parish family.
Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows and for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness.
Thank you for yesterday, today and tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for our priests, our friends, for health and for grace.
May we live this and every day conscious of Your mercy and all that has been given to us . Amen
Magister Adest Et Vocat Te
Above the door of our church, you will read the words, Magister Adest Et Vocat Te which means, The Master is Here and He is Calling You.
In answering the call and entering our church you will be generously welcomed by the priests and people of the parish.
Our Patron St Chad
Our Patron St Chad, inspires us by his courage, his humility and his passionate desire to share the Good News of the Gospel with as many people as he could. We seek to follow in his footsteps through prayer, worship and outreach, which are all at the heart of our parish.
You are most welcome to join us.