How do I? FAQ

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Sacraments

Arrange for Baptism?

Get a copy of a certificate of reception of a Sacrament?

Arrange to marry?

Prepare my child for First Holy Communion?

Prepare my child for Confirmation?

Join the Catholic Church?

Parish, Parish Activities/Services, Parish Hall

Join the parish?

Offer a Mass?

Become a volunteer?

Make a Hall booking?

Arrange a funeral?

Find a hospital chaplain?

Catholic Schools

Apply to a Catholic nursery, primary school or secondary school?

Find the name of a local Catholic nursery or school?

 

How do I?

Arrange for Baptisms?

Go to Baptism Course Page 

 

Join the parish?

Welcome to Christchurch Eltham

 

 

Click here for a registration form. Do introduce yourself to Fr John after Mass.

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Join the Catholic Church?

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process designed for adults seeking to become members of the Roman Catholic Church.

The course content can be tailored to suit the preferences and needs of each individual parish but aims to reach its conclusion with reception into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday - the day before Easter Sunday.

Currently, at Christchurch, the RCIA course starts after Easter with meetings every Monday evening at 7.30 until 9.00 pm but there are no meetings during school holidays or on Bank holidays. The evening is divided into two sessions: during the first we work through the Scripture readings for the following Sunday. During the second session we look at the teachings of Christianity and of the Catholic Church in the hope that candidates will be ready for reception at Easter.

For more information visit http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk/election_faithjourney.html

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Get a copy of a certificate of reception of a Sacrament?

 

Baptism Certificate

Contact the Parish Office with the following:

  • Date of your Baptism (at least an approximate year).
  • Your full name and the names of your parents.
  • Suggested Donation (£10) or anything that you can afford.

First Holy Communion Certificate

Contact the Parish Office with the following:

  • Date of your First Holy Communion (at least an approximate year).
  • Your full name.
  • Suggested Donation (£10) or anything that you can afford.

Confirmation Certificate

Contact the Parish Office with the following:

  • Date of your Confirmation (at least an approximate year).
  • Your full name.
  • Suggested Donation (£10) or anything that you can afford.

Marriage Certificate

Contact the Parish Office with the following:

  • Date of your Wedding (at least an approximate year).
  • Your full name and the full name of your spouse.
  • Suggested Donation (£10) or anything that you can afford.

Parish Office: eltham@rcaos.org.uk / 0208 850 1666

Please note that certificates should be picked up from the Parish Office in person during the Parish Office hours (9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 9.30am to 12noon on Saturdays).  

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Apply to a Catholic nursery, primary school or secondary school?

Once you have chosen your school, you should contact the school or go to the relevant borough's website to obtain a supplemental form to be signed by your parish priest.  

At Christchurch Eltham, Fr John will be signing supplemental forms for September 2021 entries on the specific dates ONLY. 

1. Secondary school applications for September 2022 intake (this is for children who are currently in year 6.)

Period: Thursday 30th September 2021 – Saturday 30th October 2021

Dates: Every Thursday and Saturday  

Time: (Thurs) between 3.30pm and 5pm / (Sat) between 9am and 10.30am

 

2. Reception & Nursery Class applications (Reception Application: your child needs to turn five between 1 September 2022 – 31 August 2023, Nursery Application: your child needs to turn four between 1 September 2022 – 31 August 2023)

Period:  Thursday 4th November 2021 – Thursday 16th December 2021, also

     Thursday 6th January 2022 – Thursday 24th February 2022

Dates: Every Thursday 

Time: (Thurs) between 3.30pm and 5pm 

If you are working parents and unable to make time to come along during the designated time, please contact the Parish Office (020 8850 1666) to make an appointment to see Fr John. 

* Please note that there is no school form signing taking place during the school Christmas Holiday (between Monday 20th December and Monday 3rd January).

If you are a parent/carer of a child who would like to apply for an in-year admission, please contact the Parish Office separately.

Please click the link below to find all the information that you need to know regarding school application process.  

Guideline for Church School Supplementary Forms 

 

Find the name of a local Catholic nursery or school?

List of local Catholic Schools

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Arrange to marry?

If you or your partner is a Catholic and want to marry, you should contact the Parish Office and make an appointment to see the Parish Priest at least 6 months before your wedding.

This a time for the Parish Priest to get to know you and to start to look at the special requirements of your wedding. You will also be able to find out about necessary paperwork and certificates required.

Unfortunately due to the current pandemic, we are unable to run the preparation courses until the further notice.

Please contact Parish Office if you would like to be notified when we feel it is safe to resume the course. 

Our preparation course involves three group meetings to discuss some of the main themes connected with the wedding - The Vows, Readings from the Bible and Church Wedding Possibilities  Also there is a one day Workshop on a Saturday led by married couples discussing the practical challenges of life together.

Tel: 020 8850 1666
Email: eltham@rcaos.org.uk

 

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Offer a Mass?

You can either contact the Parish Office or use one of the small brown envelopes at the back of the church. Envelopes can be handed in to the Parish Office or given to Fr John after Mass.

We need to know:

The date (and if it is a weekend, the time) when you would like the Mass to be offered.

Brief details of the intention for which you would like Mass to be offered. Please write names clearly.

A Mass for someone living: e.g. Intentions of Name. Or Name (health intentions). You can, of course, use whatever wording you choose.

A Mass for someone who is dead: e.g. Name RIP. Or Name RIP (2nd Anniversary). You can, of course, use whatever wording you choose.

It is customary to offer a Mass stipend to the priest, since saying the Mass each day is his work. This stipend is supposed to be sufficient to provide for the priest’s needs that day. In the Archdiocese of Southwark, £10 is the usual offering, but you are free to offer less or more or nothing, as you please.

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Become a volunteer?

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the parish: without them we could not function. Volunteering is the ideal way to contribute to the community and make new friends at the same time.

What skills and experience do you have? View the various activities under the Volunteers tab at the top of the home page. Then contact the Parish Office at 0208 850 1666 or eltham@rcaos.org.uk

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Prepare my child for First Holy Communion?

The First Holy Communion Programme for children at a Catholic School. 

 

Go to Holy Communion Programme Page  

 

 

The First Holy Communion Programme for children at a Non-Catholic School. 


The Preparation takes place over two years leading up to First Holy Communion in the second year.  The first year is a preparation year.  The second year is aimed directly at Reconciliation and Communion joining our 1 year course with children at Catholic School.

Please contact the Parish Office (eltham@rcaos.org.uk / 0208 850 1666) to query about this course.

 

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Prepare my child for Confirmation?

Go to Confirmation Programme Page 

 

 

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Make a Hall booking?

Go to the Hall Hire Page

 

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Arrange a funeral?

Losing a loved one is a very difficult time.

If someone is terminally ill, do please contact the Parish Office to arrange for the Priest to come and give the person the Sacrament of the Sick.

When a loved one has died, you will need to arrange the funeral. The first step is to contact a Funeral Director. You may contact the Parish Office for advice on local Funeral Directors.

Next you need to arrange a date and a time for the funeral: this must be done through the Funeral Director, who will help you to choose among various options and will liaise with the Parish Office.

Most Catholics want a funeral Mass in the church. You also have the option to have the body rest overnight in the church before the funeral.

After the date and time have been arranged, you should contact the Parish Office to make an appointment to meet with the Parish Priest. The Parish Priest will help with choice of readings and music for the funeral, even if you only want a service at the crematorium or cemetery.

You will need to think about how you want the service to “feel”? Is it to be a time of celebration of a life? Crematoriums and cemeteries have busy schedules, so please make sure you allow enough time for all the elements you want to include e.g. eulogies, poems and music.

Tel: 020 8850 1666
Email: eltham@rcaos.org.uk

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Find a hospital chaplain?

If you are going in to hospital, do contact your parish priest so that you can receive the Sacrament of the Sick at home first.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich

Fr Josephat Ezeanolue: Our Lady of Grace - 0208 858 0401

Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup

Parish priest: St Lawrence of Canterbury - 0208 300 2480

Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough

Parish priest: St Michael and All Angels - 01689 851776

University Hospital, Lewisham

Parish priest: St Saviour and SS John Baptist and Evangelist - 0208 852 2490

 

For Care Home chaplains, contact the local parish in the area in which the Home is located.

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If your question hasn’t been answered, contact the Parish Office.

 

Mass
Times

  • Saturday Vigil 6pm

  • Sunday Children's Mass 9:30am

  • Sunday Sung Mass 11:30am

  • Sunday Evening 6.30pm