If you wish to have your child baptised you need to make contact with Canon Pat either after mass or use the information on our contacts page.. If for any reason you wish the baptism to take place in another parish, the permission of Canon Pat should be sought.

Baptisms are celebrated either during Mass on a Sunday morning or outside of mass on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Baptism is a community celebration and each ceremony may involve the Baptism of more than one child. The normal length of a baptism service is 25-40 minutes.

You will be expected to attend a preparation course before the baptism. This consists of 3 sessions led by Canon Pat and Parish Catechists. The sessions usually take place on a Saturday morning between 11am to 12pm every week for 3 weeks. You will receive a book that will help you get the most of out the course and will help you prepare for your child's baptism. We ask you to make a small donation of £5 to cover the cost of the course.

The course will help you to participate actively in the Baptism Ceremony and also allow you to reflect on your own faith and your thoughts for helping your child develop in their Catholic faith. The priest performing a baptism is obliged to make sure that there is a well-founded hope that your child will be brought up in the Catholic faith.

Baptism can only be administered when at least one parent is a Catholic. If the other parent is not a Catholic, they are under no obligation to assist in the Catholic upbringing of the child, though of course it can be a great help if they do!

You will be required to choose at least one godparent to assist in the Catholic upbringing of the child, but can have two if you wish. The godparent should normally be 16 or over and a practising Catholic who has been confirmed. Baptised Christians of other Churches can be witnesses in addition to the Catholic godparent.

Baptisms are recorded in a register kept in the parish Church, and you will be issued with a certificate which is a copy of this entry. You or your child can obtain a copy of this certificate at any subsequent time, but only by contacting the Church where the baptism took place: there is no central register of baptisms.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean when my child is baptised?

By asking for Baptism for your child, you are asking for more than a simple 'naming ceremony'. You are asking that your child be received into the family faith life of God's people — the Church. And in being part of the family life of God we are called to live in ways that reflect the Gospel of God's Son, Jesus Christ. How will your child learn about the love of God and how to live a life of faith day by day? At your baby's baptism, you will promise to do all within your power to bring your child up in the Christian faith. In the early years, you will be your child's teacher and guide. What your child learns and experiences in your home, in your presence, will be the ways in which he or she will learn about what it means to be a Christian and truly human. By sharing your beliefs, your values and your priorities, you will pass on your faith to your child.

How do I choose my child's Godparents?

Godparents must be firm believers, able and ready to help your child on the road of Christian life

The choice of Godparents for your baby is important. The role of the Godparent dates back to the earliest days of the Church when the fledgling Christian community welcomed mostly adults into Baptism. Such adults would not have had any Christian relatives and so a Godparent was the one who walked beside the newly baptised Christian as a source of encouragement and support. Today, a Godparent's role is to assist and support the parents of an infant in their role of nurturing the faith and development of the child. That's why, at your baby's Baptism, the Godparents will be asked if they are willing to help you in your duty as Christian parents. They will then stand with you as together you renew your own Baptismal vows and profess your faith. What is the right kind of person for this role in your child's life?

It is usual to have two Godparents and these should be over 16 years of age and be Roman Catholics who have been Confirmed and received Holy Communion. Parents or guardians cannot be Godparents to their child. Often in a family there is an important friend or relation who is an obvious choice as Godparent except that they are not a Catholic and therefore would not be able to make the undertakings asked of Godparents at Baptism. In such
instances it is worth considering asking that person to take part in some way in the Baptism celebration; talk to Canon Pat about what options are possible.

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