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VOCATIONS & RELIGIOUS LIFE

(ORDINATION - HOLY ORDERS)

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR ALL SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMMES

All enquiries related to the sacramental programmes of the parish: Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation & Marriage should be directed to the parish office T: 020 8672 2179 or E: tootingbec@rcaos.org.uk as the guidelines from the government and diocese are updated regularly during this period. 

Our biblical foundation for the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination is the Last Supper. Jesus appointed the twelve apostles as the first priests as he celebrated the Last Supper of the first Mass with his friends. He empowered them with the Holy Spirit to do the same. Holy Orders is the Sacrament through which a man is made into a deacon, a priest or a bishop. We believe that the apostles were ordained as bishops as well as priests by Jesus, and so able to ordain other men to the diaconate, the priesthood, and the bishopric. A deacon is ordained to be a servant to God’s people, the Church. A priest is ordained to celebrate the Eucharist and forgive sins, the Sacraments, reconciliation and anointing of the sick. A bishop is ordained to ordain other deacons, priests, and bishops. Every bishop is also a priest and a deacon. Every priest is a deacon. All three ministries are as servants and teachers of God’s people. The Pope, the Bishop of Rome, calls himself, ‘The Servant of the Servants of God’
If you would like to discuss the possibility of your journey towards having a vocation, please do contact the parish office initially to arrange a meeting with one of the priests.

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark Charity Number: 1173050

St Anselm's Church, Tooting Bec  |  tootingbec@rcaos.org.uk  |  Tel: 020 8672 2179

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