Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Getting your baby baptised...
At least one parent must be catholic, as it is a condition of baptism that you promise to bring the baby up in the catholic faith. For a similar reason, at least one Godparent must be a catholic. Normally parents choose 2 to 4 Godparents.
Baptisms are usually held every Sunday after mass at 10.30 am. The celebrant is usually Deacon Paul Stacy. There is a maximum of 3 families per baptism session, so that your baby will most likely be baptised with 2 other families.
Prior to the baptism date, at least one parent must attend a Baptism Information Evening with Deacon Paul. This is a one-off session that explains the sacrament, and provides an opportunity to ask questions and find out what happens on the day. It is also the time to choose a baptism certificate and candle. Baptism Information Evenings usually held fortnightly on a Wednesday at 7pm, in the pastoral centre. Sessions usually run for 30mins.
There is no charge for baptisms, however a donation to the church is customary and very much appreciated.
If you would like to get your baby baptised, please call the pastoral office between 9am and 1pm Monday to Thursday, to make the necessary bookings.