The Parish of St Dunstan’s and St Jude’s
The parish is part of the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham - Registered Charity No 234216 (11.1)
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The education of our children is of enormous importance. The Catholic schools in this parish, exist to teach our children the Catholic Faith and its values as well as giving them the a good academic foundation. Catholic children should be sent to a Catholic school. We are very proud of our schools, we built them, and we own them.
Children are prepared for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation by their parents and the parish. The schools, listed below, play an essential part in this process.
Parish Catechists are lay people who are trained as teachers of the Catholic faith. There are two catechists in the parish, Nuala Bielby and Pat Thorpe. Their main role at present is to prepare for the sacraments those parish children who attend non-Catholic schools.
Parents wishing to have their children attend classes to prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation should first make an appointment to see the Parish Priest. It is expected that children wishing to receive the sacraments regularly attend Mass with their parent(s). Classes for Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation are usually held on a weekday evening for one hour between 4 and 6 p.m. The course lasts about 16 weeks and normally begins after February half-term.
First Holy Communion for parish children at non-Catholic schools is usually the second week of July (several weeks later than for the children at parish schools). Confirmation for children at non-Catholic schools will be at the same time as for those attending the parish schools.
Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
For information on safeguarding see link