Baptism

“Baptism proclaims our dignity as human beings – that we are children of God.”

Baptism is the way we become Christian, and is the entry into the Church. In Baptism, we are given the gift of Faith, and become members of God’s Royal Family.

Most baptisms are of infants. The church teaches that baptism should take place as soon as is practical after the birth of the child. This is because it is important that the child receives the grace of Jesus without unnecessary delay.

Parents are the first educators of their children. Believing the faith, they are called to teach their children that same faith, and to give them the graces and love of God in their lives.

Whilst the Church envisages that infant baptism is given as soon as possible, it is appropriate for children up to around the age of nine (9) or so years of age. For older children, their baptism should take place in the context of Confirmation and first Holy Communion. If you are considering baptism for an older child, one of our Priests would normally meet with you in order to develop a customised plan to suit the specific situation of your child.

In our Parish, baptisms are usually held on Sunday mornings.

A monthly baptism preparation session is held, which you are required to attend prior to the baptism of your child.

To book a baptism, or for further information, please contact the Parish Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact the Parish Office. Our Parish Secretary will advise you of availability and can provide you with further information. Please note that we require full information prior to accepting your booking. It is not possible for us to make a tentative booking.

Parishes are geographical regions, and the parishioners are those who live within the geographical area. If you live in another parish, then the Parish Priest of that parish has pastoral care for your family. However, there may be a very good reason why you wish to have your child baptised outside your home parish. This can take place, provided that we have the written permission of your own priest prior to us accepting your booking.

Generally speaking no. If you are wishing to have your child baptised, it should be because of a desire to give them the faith, not to get them into a particular school.

Please contact the Parish office and make an appointment to see the Parish Priest.

A Godparent must be a Catholic who is over 16 years of age, has completed the Sacraments of Initiation (ie. Confirmation and first Holy Communion) and practises their faith.

A Christian Witness is a role very similar to that of Godparent. A Christian Witness is a non Catholic who has received Christian baptism.

The minimum requirement is one Godparent. Usually there are a total of two Godparents / Christian Witnesses.

Generally speaking, we do not offer private baptisms as our priest’s schedules preclude this. We usually limit baptisms to three children. If you are expecting a particularly large number of guests, please do let us know.

There is no fee as such, however our Parish receives no external income at all, and is reliant on your generous support. A donation is customary.