It is a great blessing from God that so many people come to faith and are baptised and confirmed each year at St Benet’s as adults.
If you are an adult or a teenager and want to be baptised and/or confirmed, you must undertake a course of preparation called catechesis. This takes place over several months in order to give you a thorough grounding in knowledge of the Christian faith.
Our catechesis course starts at the beginning of the “academic” year in September. It runs through to the Easter Vigil, which takes place on the Saturday night before Easter Day, and is when our adult baptisms take place.
This course of study is also available for anyone who wants to refresh their knowledge of the Christian faith or who wishes publicly to re-affirm their baptismal faith.
Our candidates for baptism and confirmation will meet this year once a week from 7th October until 25th November in order to attend the Alpha course run at our neighbouring parish St Luke’s, Osney Crescent. This course provides an introduction to the Christian faith. After Christmas, we then run our own further curse of catechesis at St Benet’s in which we build on what was learned at Alpha. We explore a range of different ideas, such as further areas of Christian doctrine, the scriptures, the sacraments, Christian history, the demands of the Christian life, making a rule of life, and exploring different ways of praying and rooting ourselves in the presence of God.
Our parish confirmation usually takes place some time after our Easter Bapstisms. Those who have been baptized are then confirmed and receive their first communion.