The Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism, the gateway to the Sacraments is necessary for salvation. Parents are encouraged to take care that their children are baptised. For a child to be baptised the church expects that there is a well founded hope that the child will be brought up in the church (Catholic Faith). Non-Catholic parent/partner can play a positive role in the Catholic upbringing. The Catholic parent(s) will be expected to show a copy of their baptismal certificate.
Children should be baptised in the proper parish church of their parents, unless there is a just reason. The parish community will support any special issues such as disability. Please make issues known to the priest or parish team.
Older teenagers and adults will differ from that of infants and young children in that they will be part of a programme of adequate catechesis that may involve other programmes or special arrangement.
Practical points for Baptism Preparation
Let people share in your joy at pregnancy.
Baptisms are held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 12.30pm following the 11.15am Mass.
Contact parish office to make an appointment to meet with one of the priests after the birth to complete the necessary forms and to join the next parish Baptism class.
Parish Baptism Preparation classes are held on the last two Wednesdays of the month in the lower new hall (unless otherwise stated) at 8pm and lasts about one hour. Parents and Godparents are encouraged to attend. The clergy and a lay team lead the preparation classes.
Seek commitment of Godparents in assisting you. Catholic Godparents over 16 and practising Catholics.
We would recommend you include a Saint name for your child.
Be aware of the support in the parish that there is for young toddlers and pre-school children.