& Religious Education:


Parents need to see one of the priests and then attend the Baptismal Preparation Course before their child’s Baptism can be booked. Be aware that this process generally requires approximately 6 weeks.

Emergency Baptism:

Anyone may baptise in the case of danger of death. Water should be poured three times onto the forehead of the individual as these words are spoken:

I baptise you in the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

The baptism must be registered at the local Parish as soon as possible after the event.

Baptism Certificates:

If you need a copy of a baptism certificate for yourself or your child, and you know or believe that the person for whom you want the certificate was baptised at the Sacred Heart Church, St. Ives, or (up to January 2007) at St. Francis Church, Papworth, please write to the Parish Office specifying the full name, date of birth, and approximate date of baptism (month and year) of the individual for whom you need the certificate, and enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope. We will send you back an authenticated copy of the certificate.

First Holy Communion:

Classes start in September each year and registration is notified in the Parish Newsletter. Preparation takes place on Sunday mornings. First Holy Communion takes place in May. Children should be in School Year 3 (7 years or older at the start of the class).


Classes start in September. Registration is notified in the Parish Newsletter. Preparation takes place on Sunday mornings. Sacrament of Confirmation is administered between Easter and July. Candidates should be 13 years of age or older when they begin their preparation.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:

This Sacrament is administered every Saturday from 4.15 to 4.45pm before the Evening Mass or at any time on request.


If you are planning to get married at the Sacred Heart Parish, please call the Parish Office and make an appointment to see the Parish Priest. You need to give at least six months’ notice so that marriage preparation and paperwork can be completed. You will also need to attend a Marriage Preparation Course.

Sacrament of the Sick:

If any member of the Parish is elderly, sick at home, or due to enter hospital in the near future they may receive the Sacrament of the Sick. Please contact the Parish Office to arrange a suitable time and date.

If a person who is elderly or sick wishes to receive Holy Communion at home on a regular basis, again, please contact the Parish Office where arrangements can easily be made.

If you, a relative or friend is going into hospital, please do let the appropriate chaplain know.  

Death and Dying:

If a person is dying the priest should be called for to hear the person’s confession and to administer the Sacrament of the Sick. It may also be appropriate for him to give the person Holy Viaticum (Communion as food for the journey).

The priest will also provide support to the relatives as well as to the dying person. If there is no reply from the Parish Office please contact one of the other local parishes.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word:

This takes place during 11am Mass on Sunday during  school term-time only

All those who work with children and young people in this Parish have been police checked and trained in accordance with the National Child Protection Guidelines of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

For fuller details, please see our Parish Safeguarding Statement and Parish Safeguarding notice.

RCIA (Journey in Faith):

This course, for adults who wish to become Catholics, begins usually in September and runs until the following Easter when Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion are received.