For Catholics, “The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” Through the words of Consecration spoken by the Priest, Catholics believe that our Lord Jesus becomes truly present in the Eucharistic or Holy Communion. The Bread and Wine become Christ’s Body and Blood. Why do we believe this? Because Jesus tells us in John 6:55: “… my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink,”

The Mass is the most important prayer for Catholics, within the parish there are usually14 opportunities to go to mass and receive Jesus in Holy Communion (8 in the parish church and 6 at Nazareth House, off the London Road).

One of a priest’s most important duties is to pray for his people, and this takes place at its most profound and special of times when a Parish Priest says Mass for his people, and for their intentions. Fr Mark is very happy to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for your intention. This could be for a wedding anniversary, the anniversary of a loved one’s death, a special birthday celebration, or a Mass of thanksgiving. Please contact the parish office, between 9am and 1pm Monday to Friday, to book a mass and to hand in your mass offering.