Congratulations on the birth of your baby. Your baby’s baptism is a time for celebration and joy. Naturally you want the best for your baby. The first thing you do after your baby is born is to start loving your baby. You kiss him/her, you hug him/her, you feed him/her. Usually, you hardly think about what you are doing. You simply love your baby. And as you do so, you help your baby to grow into a mature, loving adult – as one of the family.
Our heavenly Father shows his love for us in the same way as you show your love for your baby – by signs and gestures. And the ceremony of baptism is full of them. You and God love in the same way – by signs and gestures. Baptism is one of the most precious gifts that you can give to your baby so prepare for it with prayer and thanksgiving in your heart.
Choose your baby’s Godparents with care. They must be confirmed and practice the faith. Ideally they should be living near enough to get to know your child. They will be undertaking to share with you the responsibility of handing on the faith to your child. A distant relative in America would not be the best choice!
May the Lord guide you as you prepare for this Sacrament.
To arrange a baptism:
Call into the sacristy and the sacristan will book the date for you. You will receive an application form. Complete the application form and return it along with a photocopy of your child’s birth certificate. These forms must be handed in at least one week before the date of baptism.
(The sacristy is open each morning Mon – Fri from 9.00am – 10.45am and Sunday until 1.00pm)
(There is a letter box on the door at the top right hand side of the church.
You will need the following for the Baptism
- A Baptismal Candle for the ceremony.
- A White Garment (shawl or Christening robe) to be put on during the ceremony.
Baptisms are at 4.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.
Please be in the Church at least 10 minutes before the time.
A Baptismal Certificate will be given after the Baptism. (Please keep it safe as it will be needed for beginning school.)