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The Sacraments

Through the sacraments we are infused with God’s grace. They nourish and strengthen us as they express and build our faith.

A sacrament is a saving act of Jesus Christ, ministered through His Church.

Picture of dove with an olive branch representing Gods Grace

This means that in the celebration of every sacrament it is Jesus Christ who is present and makes the first move in leading us to salvation.

The purpose of the sacraments is to make us holy (that is, to make us whole), to build up the body of Christ and ultimately, to give worship to God. Through words, signs and actions, they teach us, in a tangible way, the ever-loving mercy of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Seven Sacraments

There are seven sacraments of the Church: Baptism, Reconciliation (Confession), Holy Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders and the Sacrament of the Sick (formerly called Extreme Unction).

Receiving the Sacraments

Some sacraments we can receive more than once, to give us continued support in our daily lives. Primarily these sacraments are Reconciliation and Holy Communion. In addition, the Sacrament of the Sick, which was previously reserved for those about to die, can now be celebrated whenever there is a serious need for God’s blessing in our illness.

The sacraments are therefore essential parts of Catholic life, offering God’s support at those important times in our lives.

More Information

Further information on each Sacrament can be found here

Alternatively, please feel free to contact the Parish Priest by phone or using our Contact form.

St Mary's Catholic Church

Address: St Mary's Catholic Church Compton
ST13 5NH
United Kingdom

Phone Number: 01538 382385

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Weekly Mass Times

Day Type Time
Mon Mass 10:00 am
Tue Mass 10:00 am
Wed -
Thu Mass 10:00 am
Fri Mass at School (during term times)
Sat Confessions 10 - 10:30 am
Vigil Mass 6:00 pm
Sun Mass 10:00 am
Rosary and Benediction   4:00 pm

Particular Mass times may vary, so be sure to check out the What's On guide for updates.

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