For more information about any of our preparation courses, please contact the parish office.


Baptism marks the beginning of our life of faith in relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.

The baptisms of infants and children are held St Bede’s on designated Sundays, usually on the first Sunday of the month at 12.30pm. There are no baptisms during Lent.

First-time parents are required to attend a baptism preparation course.

First Holy Communion

A First Holy Communion programme is offered every year with enrolement in the autumn. Please check the newsletter or enquire at the parish office for more information.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Our parish Journey in Faith course for adults wishing to be baptised and/or confirmed runs from September to Easter and is advertised in advance in our parish newsletter and website.

It is not all about learning and remembering everything that has ever been taught by the Catholic Church. Becoming a Catholic is also about building a deeper relationship with God.  As part of the process, there is a period of time to learn about prayer and getting ready to become a Catholic.

Only when someone is ready and after they have spent some time reflecting on what Catholics believe does the ceremony of Baptism and Reception into the Catholic Church takes place.  This is a day of great joy for those who become Catholic but also for the community as we welcome another member.


People born into Catholic families are usually baptised as babies. This is when the family and friends promise to bring up the baby as a Roman Catholic Christian. When a baptised person is old enough to make their own decisions, they can be confirmed. This takes place in our cathedral in Portsmouth by our bishop.

The confirmation programme for teenagers is run annually across North West Hampshire.


Couples wishing to marry in the Catholic Church here or elsewhere should notify our parish office at least six months before the proposed marriage. This is to give sufficient time for the pre-nuptial enquiries.

Couples are required to attend a marriage preparation course.