Fr Allen and a team of parishioners regularly visit the sick and housebound.
It is generally possible to arrange Holy Communion to be taken weekly to those who are prevented from coming to Mass at church, because of illness or immobility.
Fr Allen will also visit those who wish to make their Confession or receive the Sacrament of the Sick.
In the Sacrament of Penance – also known as Reconciliation or Confession – we are able to confess our sins and failings and once more encounter the healing and encouraging love and mercy of God. Heartened by God’s forgiveness of our sins we are helped to turn from them and turn back to the life for which we have been created and for which we have been redeemed by Christ’s saving death and resurrection.
Regular times for the celebration of the Sacrament are
Saturday 9.30 to 10am and 5.15 to 5.45pm.
You are also warmly invited to contact Fr Allen to arrange another time,
if these times are not convenient to you.
When they experience serious illness Catholics are able to be assisted by their reception of the sacrament for the sick, the anointing of the sick. This sacrament is a ministering of God’s healing and encourages faith and hope in his saving love. In our infirmity God offers himself again and again as our rock, our security: in him we take fresh heart.
In the Sacrament of the Sick, prayers for the sick person are accompanied by the priest laying hands on the sick person, and anointing him or her with the Oil of the Sick, blessed by the bishop at the Chrism Mass in Holy Week.
In the past, this sacrament was usually administered at the end of someone's life - this is why it acquired the unofficial name by which many people still call it, 'The Last Rites'. This is not a good name for the sacrament because, although it still has its place during the final hours, it is nowadays used much more widely - possibly before a serious operation, or if an unwelcome diagnosis has been made, or for those who are seriously weakened by illness, but not in imminent and immediate danger of death.
If you or a relative or friend feel that you would benefit from receiving this sacrament, then please do ask one of the priests who will do all he can to assist you.
Roman Catholic Chaplains are available at all of the local hospitals. Their details can be downloaded here (PDF).
Patients, and relatives of patients, are urged to make sure that they are registered as Roman Catholic on admission to hospital and that they ask to see the Chaplain.
Data protection legislation means that unless this is done your details will not be passed to the Chaplain.
If you wish to be visited by Fr Allen as well as the hospital chaplain then do please make contact with him to request a visit.