Baptism

‘and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.’ 1 Peter 3:21

If you are an adult and are seeking baptism, speak to Fr Stephen and you will be invited to take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

For children, baptism is the first step of an amazing journey with God. A lifetime of discovering more about love, faith, and hope begins - a wonderful moment to celebrate. It is a sacrament, a physical sign (pouring on us of water), given us by Jesus, with the words by which God gives us His grace (His power):

I baptise you, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.

At a baptism the parents make solemn promises to bring the child up as a Catholic, supported by the god-parents and the parish community. The parents are the ‘first and best teachers of their child in the ways of faith’ and with the partnership with a Catholic school your child can grow to be a disciple of Jesus.

 

Who can be a god-parent?

A godparent must be a believing Catholic, who is over 16 years of age and has been baptised, confirmed and received their First Holy Communion. A godparent goes to mass each week. He or she is committed to helping you during the time of baptism preparation and someone who will help you be the first teachers of your child in the ways of faith, to share that faith with your child as they grow to adulthood.  He or she must pray for your child often and be people who will be well known to him or her as they grow up. They must also be able to come to the Rite of Welcome Mass.

Do they have to be a Catholic?

To be a godparent you will be a Catholic who goes to mass weekly.

If you wish you can ask someone to be a Christian Witness. They do not have to be Catholics, but should be people of the Gospel and committed to their Christian faith. They make the same promises as godparents and have the same responsibilities. They will be made very welcome at the Baptism service.

How many godparents can I have?

The Church speaks of having two godparents. You do not have to have a godfather and a godmother however, you may do so if you wish. Alternatively, you may have one godparent and one Christian witness.  Two names will be recorded in the Baptismal Registers.

Baptisms at Our Lady’s

Please make contact with Fr Stephen at one of the masses or ring the Parish Office. You will be invited to a Preparation meeting followed one Sunday morning by the Mass of Welcome when the first part of the Baptism Service will be conducted. There will be a second preparation session. The two preparation sessions led by a wonderful team of catechists (helpers) who will help you understand more deeply the meaning of baptism.  It is good if the god-parents can take part in the Rite of Welcome at Sunday mass and the preparation sessions.

Baptisms usually take place after the 11am Mass at 12.30pm  or if you would like a baptism can take place at any of the Sunday masses.