St. Monica's Coatbridge

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Baptism
Both parents should attend the baptism course which is usually held every six or seven weeks. The course consists of two evenings, one week apart. After completing the course both parents can then meet with Fr. Vincent to have a discussion and to arrange a date for the baptism. If you have attended the course before then there is no need to do it again, simply contact Fr. Vincent to arrange an interview.
Baptisms usually take place after the 12 noon Mass on Sundays.
For anyone who wishes to become a Roman Catholic who is either not baptised or was baptised in another christian denomination, we have a programme in the parish to give people the opportunity to learn about the Catholic faith and to join the Church. This programme, called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), starts in autumn and runs till May. If you are interested then please contact Sr. Kathleen or Fr. Vincent.
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Reconciliation
A priest is available for confession on Saturday morning after the 10 am Mass and before the vigil Mass from 5 pm to 5:25 pm. You can request the sacrament at any time out with the above times by contacting the priest.
A penitential service takes place during Advent and Lent.
First Confessions for primary 3 children take place in the Spring.
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Eucharist
For Mass times see Services.
First Holy Communions take place in May. Parents who wish their child to receive the sacrament should contact Fr. Vincent in October to arrange a time for an interview.
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Confirmation
Confirmations take place every 2 years with the children of primary 6 and primary 7 receiving the sacrament.
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Marriage
Please see the separate page for everything concerning weddings by clicking on the link at the top of this page.
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Holy Orders
This is the sacrament by which men are ordained to the diaconate, priesthood and episcopacy. If you are interested in becoming a deacon or priest or in religious life please contact Fr. Vincent or Sr. Kathleen.
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Sacrament of the Sick
If anyone is seriously sick, relatives and friends should contact the priest to arrange for him to come and administer the sacrament.
If a person is admitted to hospital and is seriously ill then they or their relatives should inform the hospital staff that they are Catholic and that the hospital chaplain should be informed.
Please inform Fr. Vincent as well.