they are the primary educators of their children the Church assigns
to parents the fundamental place in their child’s education
in the faith and this basic understanding is reflected in the
Church’s documents on catechesis and family life:
"The right and duty of parents to give education is essential….
it is original and primary…. it is irreplaceable and inalienable,
and incapable of being entirely delegated or usurped by others." (John
Paul II Familiaris Consortio).
This teaching of the Church corresponds to the promises a couple
makes in the Rite of Marriage and also during the Baptism of
their children: to accept children from God and to raise those
children in the Catholic faith. At Baptism the parish community
promises to assist parents in this role especially through liturgical
celebrations and a programme of systematic catechesis. Families
and parish complement one another; together they form a partnership
in the responsibility for forming children in the four pillars
of the Catholic faith: Creed, Sacraments, Christian life and
Prayer. The teaching Church is the guarantor of the soundness
of Catholic doctrine -- the revealed truth that comes from Jesus
Christ. Parents are obligated to fulfil their duties, as are
priests and bishops as pastors, and all must cooperate in this
single endeavour to educate in Christ's name. Accordingly, the
parish has put in place programmes of catechesis for children
who attend non-Catholic schools.
The parish team wish to encourage the parents of these children
to enrol them in these classes which support parents in their
responsibility of educating in Christ’s name.
N.B. From September 2007 children at non Catholic schools
must have attended these classes for at least one year before
enrolling on the First Communion Programme. During the preparation
year of First Communion they must continue to participate
in these classes.
If you would like to enrol your child or require further
information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact
the Parish Office.