The Alpha course which has been running very successfully for many years all over the world in churches, halls and homes is designed primarily for people who wish to explore the Christian faith, the person of Jesus and the place of the church in today’s world. Some may be church goers, others simply interested, all of whom wish to explore their own belief and their own faith.
What was involved?
The course was free and based around small groups of about 6-8 people. Each evening began with a meal and a chance to get to know each other. This was followed by an interesting and informative talk and concluded with a discussion in small groups. This presented the opportunity to ask questions and to explore issues relevant to life and faith.
SACRAMENT OF INITIATION AT EASTER VIGIL
Roman Catholic Parish of St James and St William of York Reading
ADULT BAPTISM: Abram Graham
INFANT BAPTISM: 6 children on Easter Sunday at 1pm.
RECEPTION: John Whiting (joining the Catholic Church)
ADULT Emma Webb, Sarah Webb, Denise Cafazzo,
CONFIRMATIONS: Anjanie Mackenzie & Gabrielle Stewart
This year's vigil on Saturday 26 March 2016, commenced at 8.00pm and celebrated our faith in the resurrection, the central belief of our faith – the greatest of all our yearly celebrations.
CHRISM MASS at St John’s Cathedral Portsmouth on Tuesday 22nd March 2016. Traditionally held on the Tuesday of Holy Week the Chrism Mass of the Oils is celebrated by the Bishop and all of our diocesan priests. Our parish had the honour of helping with the Mass by reading, bringing up the oils and the gifts. 10 parishioners accompanied Fr John and enjoyed representing our parish at this special Mass.
St James Church, Forbury Road, hosted the Alpha course last year for a group of interested Catholics form various parishes. The course ran Fridays, starting on 19th September, 7.30pm – 9.30pm for 10 weeks.
ALPHA COURSE - SEPT 2014
VIGIL OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION - March 2016
BAPTISM BY FULL IMMERSION
One of the great signs of growth and change in todays Church is the ever-growing number of baptismal pools being built in Catholic churches. In the early church it was all adult baptisms. Today fewer parents are baptising their children, we are moving towards an increasing number of adult baptisms. Baptism by immersion offers the symbolic action of dying to the old ways and rising to the new life of Christ: