Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford St. Barnabas, Woodford

SACRAMENTS

The Sacraments are visible means of receiving God's Grace.

Baptism (also known as Christening) - Through this Sacrament, God “has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His Beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13).

Baptism is done on Sunday either at the 9:30 am Sung Mass or at the 12:00 noon Mass. To arrange a Baptism contact Father William. 

Reconciliation (also known as Confession or Penance) - Our Lord Jesus Christ instituted this sacrament as the proper form of receiving the forgiveness of our sins when he first appeared to the apostles after his Resurrection. He breathed on them and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained” (John 20:22-23).

Confession is on Saturday at 6:30 pm or by appointment.

Confirmation - In this Sacrament, the Holy Spirit comes in awesome power to strengthen us as followers of Christ by increasing and deepening the graces we received in Baptism.

The Holy Eucharist (also known as the Mass) - In the Holy Communion, we consume the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ without which "you shall not have life in you"  (John 6:53).

Anointing of the Sick - This Sacrament has the power to heal and fortify our souls. It can renew our faith, bringing peace and courage to overcome the spiritual challenges of illness, injury, and the frailty of old age.

Under normal circumstances, outside Covid-19 restrictions, Fr William visits the sick at home, care homes, and hospitals. Kindly inform him of someone in need of this Sacrament. Anointing is done at the 9:30 am Mass on Thursday, Friday and Saturday right after the Communion.

 Matrimony - This Sacrament brings grace that fortifies and preserves the bond between husband and wife. Through this grace they help each other, as well as their children, to attain holiness.

Contact Father William in order to book a reading of the Banns of Marriage and/or Weddings.

Holy Orders - This Sacrament is the continuation of Christ's priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles. Through the bishops, priests, and deacons, our Lord provides us with His Word and Sacraments.