Christian Formation and Education



Corpus Christi Pre-School

Term-time in the Parish Centre Hall. 
For children of pre-school age. 
Whilst there are close links with the School, progression to St Patrick’s is not automatic. 

Contact:  Anne Brown : 07949-187273 



Saint Patrick’s Primary School


Provides a Catholic Christian environment for the education of primary school age children. 

Headteacher:  Mrs Olivia Paton: 01708-745655 



Catholic Secondary Schools


From this parish most of our young people go on to one of the local Catholic Secondary Schools: 

All Saints’ Comprehensive Technology College 
Terling Road, off Wood Lane, Dagenham, Essex RM8 1JT 
020-8270 4242 

Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School 
(girls only) 
77 Queens Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4HD 

The Campion School 
(boys only, Sixth Form: mixed) 
Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch, Essex RM11 3BX 

Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School 
70 St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, Essex RM14 2QR 
01708-222660 or 228590 



Children’s Liturgy of the Word


This usually takes place in the Parish Centre Hall during the Sunday Mass at 11.30 am. Due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Children's Liturgy cannot take place at the moment.
It is for children who are at school but have not yet received First Holy Communion. 
Together with a group of catechists they follow a simplified version of the Liturgy of the Word

and usually there is some sort of activity - drama, music, drawing, storytelling, etc. 


Co-ordinating Catechist:  Catherine Burnett: 07980-808317


Preparation for First Holy Communion (children) 


Any child who attends Mass at Corpus Christi may begin preparation for First Holy Communion (they need to be in Year 3 - the school year in which they will be 8 years old). 

Enrolment for the Preparation Programme for First Holy Communion this year (2021) is complete and the programme has now begun.


If you have a child in Year 2 (or older) and you would like them to receive their First Holy Communion in 2022 - information will be available towards the end of the summer term (June or July 2021) and will be published in the parish newsletter - this is available at Mass each week.


Programme Coordinator:  Maria Green



Preparation for Confirmation (young adults) 


This Sacrament is usually celebrated annually; this year, because of the pandemic, arrangements will be different to the norm.

Quite a few parishes are not celebrating Confirmation this year - mainly because the usual preparation programmes could not be organised due to the current restrictions on meetings.


If you are in Year 11 at the moment, come to Mass at this church, and would like to be Confirmed, please contact Father Philip to let him know you are interested. Either send an email (this would be the best option) or phone the Parish Office as soon as possible. You will need to give us an email or home address so we can send you details when they are finalised. The absolute deadline for doing this is Sunday 25 July.

Due to First Communion Masses, re-arranged marriages and a back-log of baptisms there are no suitable or free dates until the autumn term.


The Confirmation Mass will be held on the weekend of 20/21 November (National Youth Sunday) - so you need to keep this weekend clear. Depending on the number of candidates and any remaining pandemic restrictions the Confirmation Mass will be held on either the Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning during the Mass at 11.30 am (which is when it would take place in ‘normal times’).

Contact:  Father Philip or John: 01708-749050



Christian Initiation of Adults 

An annual programme of meetings for adults who are seeking to know more about our way of life and, perhaps, to commit themselves by being baptised or (for those already baptised in another tradition) received into full communion with the Catholic Church. Information about the next programme will be outlined in the newsletter when it becomes clear what form the preparation can take. 
Based upon the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (an ancient process of initiation that was restored in the Catholic Church in the 1970s), over a period of months there are ritual “moments” which mark the stages of the journey. 
The highpoint is the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. 

Contact:  Father Philip or John: 01708-749050