Dear Parents or Guardians
It is great news that you want your child to join our church family through baptism. You have decided to give your child the chance of growing up as a follower of Jesus Christ. We want to help you to carry out your decision by giving you our wholehearted support.
In having your child baptised, you are accepting the responsibility of bringing him or her up in the practice of the faith. "Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?" You will be asked this direct question at the beginning of the baptism ceremony. It is a reminder that baptism is not to be undertaken lightly: it is not a naming ceremony or something merely "done" at the beginning of a life. You are committing your child to a whole way of life. The Catholic faith is a whole system and way of life. You should want your child to know, love and serve God - to have a positive a fruitful relationship with our heavenly Father.
The parish will do all it can to help and support your commitment: through children's Sunday liturgy groups, sacramental preparation classes and so forth. There are also a number of Catholic schools within the local area. Baptism is the gateway to the other gifts God freely wishes to share with us (Reconciliation, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Matrimony, Holy Orders and the Sacrament of the Sick).
We require all our couples to attend one of Baptism courses before we will baptise the child.
Our next course is on Tuesday 14th November from 7.30pm-9.00pm. The course is held in the Narthex.
Once you have attended one of the courses, you will be able to arrange a date with Deacon Klaus or Deacon Jon. We have group Baptisms which take place on a Sunday afternoon.
If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Sr Yvonne 01908 671342