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ARRANGING FOR BAPTISM

Baptisms can be arranged by contacting Fr Ben directly.  Baptisms are performed immediately following a 9.30am Sunday Mass of your choice.

In the meantime, it is recommended you read the article below which defines the ceremony and gives you opportunity to reflect on the meaning of baptism.


If you prefer you can print this printable booklet version.  Click the link below to view, or right-click and select 'Save As' or 'Save Link As' to download the entire booklet:

The Baptism of My Child Booklet
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The Baptism of My Child

We believe Lord that in the sacrament of Baptism You reach out and touch our child in a special way, as Jesus touched the children who came to Him in the Gospel. We believe that through Baptism You call our child to share in the very life of Jesus, Your Son, and the life of the Holy Spirit.  Our child will be a member of your family in the Church.

We realise, Lord, the great trust you have placed in us. We realise the responsibility we have of bringing up our child in the faith. We look to you for all the help and patience and strength we will need to be faithful to this responsibility. We look to the support of our families, our friends and the community of the Church.

May our child be healthy in body and mind, and grow strong in faith and love. May your light shine through us, so as to shine brightly in the life of our child.

The Church Celebrates New Life in Baptism

Parenthood is a privilege. The mother and father feel the joy and wonder of sharing in the creative love of God. As Christians welcome the gift of life, they believe that their Father in heaven wishes to share His life with their child, a life to enjoy forever in heaven.

When Jesus lived on earth, parents brought little children to him. He put his arms around them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing. In the Sacrament of Baptism Christ still shows his love for little children, takes them to himself, blesses them and gives them a new life which he won for us by his death and resurrection.

Baptism is a Sacrament of the Church. Through the sign of water - a symbol of cleansing, a symbol of life - we are taken up into the very events by which Jesus Christ has saved us, the mystery of His Death and Resurrection. With Christ we go down, as it were, into the tomb we die with Him to the power of sin - so that when we come up out of the water we rise with Him to a new life. For this reason, total immersion (rather than just pouring water' over the head) brings out the full significance of Baptism.

But, however it is done, the important thing is that it is Christ who is working and present through the Sacrament, giving life and love to the child who is washed with water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Through Baptism therefore, we share in the life of Jesus, the Risen Lord. In HIM we become sons and daughters of God the Father, and the Holy Spirit lives within us.

In this way we are taken up into God's family, and called to live out this relationship in the family of the Church. In welcoming a new member, the whole Christian community rejoices and celebrates God's gift of new life. Later on this life will be strengthened through the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of Confirmation.

It will be expressed most fully through the Eucharist, which is the reason why it is appropriate to celebrate Baptism within the Sunday Mass.

A Time For Thinking

Just as the miracle of birth helps us think about the meaning, wonder and purpose of life, so too the miracle of rebirth in Christ through Baptism should challenge parents to think about their own faith and their commitment to the Church.

In the baptismal ceremony you are asked to re-affirm your faith in God, in Christ, in the Church. You speak the faith of the Church into which your child is being baptised. In the beginning of the ceremony your responsibility is spelt out in these terms:

"You have asked to have your children baptised. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training them in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring them up to keep God's commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbour. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?"

Will you be able to answer this question positively and sincerely?

How will you carry it out in practice?

Perhaps you could ask yourself now why you want your child to be baptised.

Tick the reasons you think are relevant:

  • It's the right thing to do
  • We want our child to be a child of God
  • Because we were baptised ourselves
  • We want our child to have a Christian way of life
  • Our parents want us to have the child baptised
  • We want our child to be able to go to a Catholic school
  • We want to have a celebration with a family and friends
  • We don't want our child to die without baptism and miss out on heaven
  • We want our child to be brought up in the Church
  • We want our child to have something to look back on

Here are some further questions you might like to think about and discuss together.  Tick the response you think is appropriate in your case (in some cases husband and wife might have different answers).

This is not a test.  It is simply meant to help you think through your own convictions.  The right answer is what you sincerely believe.

  • God will take into his care infants who die without Baptism
  • Belief in God is extremely important for a meaningful life
  • Children should be left to choose their own religion when they get older
  • Parents are the most important factor in their child's growth in faith
  • In asking for Baptism we are accepting the responsibility of bringing our child up in the practice of faith
  • We think that it is important that we and our children attend Sunday Mass
  • In some circumstances Baptism can be delayed
  • I think it is important to have God-parents (Why?)
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