Contact: Fr Tim, Fr Neil or Fran Wickes

Baptism Programme

Prior to an infant's baptism, the parents (or expectant parents) attend a programme of five sessions led by the priests and catechists from the parish. Programmes are offered twice a year in the Autumn and Spring. Baptisms take place after the completion of all the sessions, usually at 3.30pm on a Sunday.

For children of catechetical age, seven years and above, an individual programme of preparation can be arranged.

First Reconciliation and Holy Communion

Children in Year 3 and above are considered ready to receive Holy Communion. The preparation for families begins in November, with the children’s lessons starting in January. Reconciliation is received during Holy Week and First Holy Communion in June. The programme includes meetings for parents/carers to enable them to give further support to their children.


The Bishop comes by invitation from the parish typically about every three years to confirm candidates - who are usually of secondary school age. Those who wish to be confirmed attend a preparation programme in the preceding months.


Normally couples intending to marry should give at least six months notice. We run a parish-based three session programme, led by the priest and married couples; and recommend attendance at an external course as well.


The Sacrament of reconciliation is usually available on weekdays from noon to the beginning of Mass at 1pm. On Saturdays from 11am to 11.55am and 6pm to 6.25pm.

Anointing of the Sick

We offer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick on an individual basis as required, please speak to one of our priests. There is also a parish Anointing service every year.

Holy Orders

Men interested in learning more about life as a priest, please contact the Vocations Promotor for Derbyshire, Fr Neil Peoples, email tel: 01332 346126


Funerals are usually arranged through local undertakers in conjunction with the priest.

Contact: The priests
Tel. 01332 346126

Children/Young People


We run a Messy Church Breakfast Club approximately one Saturday a month at St Mary’s Parish Centre. Children are invited to bring their parents/carers along for crafts, songs, games, Bible stories, prayer time and plenty of croissants and waffles! £1 per child. See programme for 2017 below.

Family & children’s events 2017 @ St Mary’s Parish Centre, Darley Lane, Derby

Date Time Event
Sat 7th Jan 20172pm-3pmChristingle Service (at Holy Family Church, Allestree)
Sat 4th Feb9am-11amMessy Church Breakfast Club
Sat 4th March9am-11amMessy Church Breakfast Club
Fri 14th April10am-noonGood Friday Stations of the Cross crafts
Sat 6th May9am-11amMessy Church Breakfast Club
Sat 3rd June9am-11amMessy Church Breakfast Club
Sat 1st July9am-11amMessy Church Breakfast Club
Weds, Thurs, Fri 2nd, 3rd, 4th August10am-2pmHoliday Club (booking essential)

Messy Church Breakfast Club is for children and parents: Crafts, games, music, Bible stories and plenty of waffles and croissants! A relaxing morning of faith and fun. £1 per child (parent/carer to stay with their children please). No need to book.

For more information contact Fran Wickes
Tel. 07951 143648

Children’s Liturgy

At the 9am Mass we have a team of catechists who lead the children in their own liturgy of the Word before re-joining the main congregation after the prayers of intercession.

Derby Deanery Youth Worker