“Baptism is the introduction of a person into the Church community. Through the waters of Baptism your child enters into the life of God – Father, Son and Spirit. Your child is dedicated to God and all that is good.”
If you wish to have your baby or child baptised, please attend weekend Masses and introduce yourself to the priests afterwards. Father will provide you with an application form. The date requested for your child’s baptism (four weeks notice is helpful) will be confirmed once your form has been received and you will be contacted regarding a preparation session.
A Baptism preparation session is usually (but not always) arranged for Monday evenings at 6pm for about an hour. It will be necessary to arrange for a babysitter as it is not a suitable session to have children or a baby present. Please include the Godparents in this session if it is at all feasible.
At least one godparent must be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the Eucharist, and who lives a life worthy of the role that he or she is about to undertake. The other godparent or witness needs to be at least a baptised Christian. As long as one godparent is Catholic, it is permissible for a non-Catholic to act as witness to your child’s baptism. It is not possible for an unbaptised person to act as godparent or witness. It is possible to have just one godparent.
Baptisms are celebrated every Sunday, except during Lent. The ceremony commences at the conclusion of the 9.30am Mass on Sundays – and usually takes about an hour – depending on the number of children being Baptised at the time.
Please provide a candle. If a hand decorated candle is required, ask the office for a contact.
The child / person to be baptised needs to be dressed in white.
Please kindly provide a donation (stole fees) for the priest in an envelope. This can be handed to him at the preparation session or at the Baptism. You can also use the the DONATE NOW tab at the top of the page for a BPOINT Secure Payment Service (choose Baptism from drop down list).
A Baptism certificate will be provided. Please keep this in a safe place, as it is needed for enrolment to Catholic schools and for future Sacraments – First Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage and Holy Orders.
A register is kept of all Baptisms in the parish and a copy of the Baptism register can be obtained by contacting the office if needed.