Baptisms - Adults and Infants
Congratulations on the addition to your family.
We look forward to welcoming your child into the family of God.
We look forward to your child being united with Jesus in love.
This is a love which has won the victory over death.
If you do not already do so, bring your child along to Mass. There is Mass on Saturday at 5.30 pm and on Sundays at 9 and 11.45 am,
We like to have a meeting or two and look over the faith into which the child is to be baptised and the commitment to that faith. Then we like to present the baptismal candle at the end of one of the Sunday Masses and present the child to the community at Mass. This can be done over the course of a few weeks.
You may wish to think at this stage about godparents who will help you to pass on the gift of faith. This would be especially important if you yourself are not Catholic. We would like your child to have the best possible chance of coming to know and love our Lord Jesus Christ and so a lot of thought should be given to the choice of godparent.
A godparent is someone with whom you get on well and who will really care about the welfare of your child. A godparent is someone who already possess the gift of faith, and who will encourage your child to grow up loving God and neighbour.
A godparent, therefore will be someone who practises their faith, who has received the sacraments of baptism, holy communion and confirmation, and leads a good life.
A godparent should be at least 16 years of age.
A godparent should not be the mother or father of the child.
One godparent suffices but if there are two then it should be a godmother and a godfather, and not two godmothers or two godfathers.
Someone who is not a practising Catholic can stand as a witness, rather than take on the task of a godparent.
Don’t delay then in coming along and give thanks to God for the gift of a new life and introduce your child to the family of God.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Hail, Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy, Mary, Mother of God
pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death.