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Westminster Cathedral

The Sacramental Life


Preparing for Sacraments

The reception of a sacrament is a most important moment in the life of a member of the Church community, and careful preparation should be made. The Cathedral offers a time of preparation for those who are to receive sacraments, to enable them to enter more fully into these great mysteries of our faith.


If you would like your child baptised, and you live in the Cathedral parish, please see one of the Cathedral Chaplains. Parents are usually asked to attend a short preparation course.

First Holy Communion

The course for children in the Cathedral parish aged between 7 and 10 begins in September every year. Details of how to apply are announced at Masses, and available in the Cathedral parish newsletter in the early summer.


For those aged 15-16 years. The  course begins in January. Applications open in the autumn each year: please see the notice board in the Cathedral, or the parish newsletter, for details.


Cathedral parishioners who would like to be married in the Cathedral must give six months' notice, to allow the necessary preparations to be made. Please see one of the Cathedral Chaplains for more information.

Confession (Sacrament of Reconciliation)

Available daily in the Cathedral. Please click here for more details.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Each year, the Cathedral runs a course from September to May for adults who have not been baptised and would like to be, as well as for Christians of other denominations who would like to be received into the Catholic Church, and Catholics who have not been Confirmed. The course is known as the RCIA (which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). More information is available from Clergy House Reception on 020 7798 9055 or chreception@rcdow.org.uk

Visiting the sick (including Anointing)

If you, or anyone you know, needs a visit from a priest, Holy Communion or Anointing, please speak with one of the Chaplains or contact Clergy House Reception. In an emergency when someone is gravely ill or has died and a priest is required outside reception opening hours please call 07340 288 978

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Exposition takes place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from Monday to Friday after the 1.05pm Mass (approx. 1.45pm) till 4.45pm.