What is Baptism?
Baptism is the foundational sacrament that unites us with Jesus and the Church.
We become members of the Body of Christ, sisters and brothers of our redeemer, and children of God. We are freed from sin, snatched from death, and destined from then on for a life in the joy of the redeemed.
(Taken from the YouCat)
Jesus himself was baptised in the river Jordan by his cousin, the aptly named John the Baptist, and the Gospel says:
"...And when Jesus was baptised, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
What better way to become a member of the Catholic church than to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Who is it for?
Any person who is not yet baptised, no matter how old, can be baptised in the Catholic church. In many cases it is parents wanting to bring their children for baptism making a commitment to bring up their child in the Catholic faith. Parents will be asked to take part in some preparation for their child's baptism. If you are an adult that wants to be baptised then you will be invited to take part in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) course. It's simply a course to help you develop and understand the Catholic faith more to help you on your journey with the Lord.
What happens during a baptism?
There are 3 main aspects to a baptism: firstly the profession of faith through the baptismal promises (said by parents if it is a young child), secondly, anointing the head with oil, and thirdly, the blessing with water in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is a beautiful service which we encourage you to celebrate with family and friends. You, or your child, will also require one or two Godparents. These are people who will help guide you or your child in faith and so should be practising Catholics who can be a positive role model in their words, thoughts and actions.
If you want to be baptised, or to have your child baptised, then please do see one of our priests after Mass who will be able to give you a form to fill and return to the Parish Office and Maggie can confirm details and book you in. It is always a delight to welcome another member into the family of the church.