Baptism

Baptism is the point of entry into the Christian family and is celebrated either by full immersion or by pouring water over the head – doing so in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

It is normal practice for parents to seek Baptism for their child soon after birth, their own faith in the God revealed by Jesus Christ encouraging them to want the same way of life for their family.   Parents should contact the parish at their earliest convenience.  A time of preparation is necessary.

An adult seeking Baptism would be asked to join a programme generally known as RCIA – the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.  Such programmes are held in parishes (or in a group of parishes) over 8 – 10 months, climaxing at Easter which is the ideal time for this Sacrament.

Please contact the Parish Office or talk with Parish Priest after Mass for further information.

“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit,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, Paragraph 1213