Along with the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Eucharist, Baptism is one of our three sacraments of initiation. It is through these sacraments of initiation that we become full members of the Church.
What is Baptism, what does the Church Teach?
The word ‘Baptism’ comes from a Greek word that means to ‘plunge’ or ‘immerse’. To ’plunge’ someone in water represents the person dying, being buried and resurrecting with Christ as a ‘new creature’. (C.C.C. # 1214).
To arrange for Baptism for your child, please speak to the Parish Priest or Deacon.
Parents will need to attend a series of 2 evenings of Baptismal Preparation instruction, and attendance at both sessions is required. The Registration Form for Baptism can be download here.
If you do not live in the parish you will need a letter of permission from your Parish Priest.
There are no Baptisms during Advent and Lent
Choosing a name for your child is very personal and this choice is usually made by the time the baptism is being arranged, but please bear in mind that it is usual for a child to have a Saint’s name as part of his or her Christian identity.
Who Can Be A Sponsor?
The sponsors in Baptism have traditionally been called godparents. The minimum requirement is one sponsor, but usually, when infants are baptised, they have two, one of each gender. You may have as many as four, although it is normal Catholic practice for a child to have one Godfather and one Godmother. At least one godparent must be a practising Catholic. The other must be a baptised, practising Christian.
Order of Service
If you wish to have a guide to use to assist you in putting together an order of service for your child’s Baptism a template can be downloaded here or may be requested from the parish office.
There is no charge for Baptism in the Catholic Church. However, it is customary to make an offering, (Gift-aid envelopes are available for UK tax-payers). Cheques should be made out to “Our Lady & St Vincent Church”.
Should you have any queries about the baptism service, please contact the parish office for further information.
Baptism of older children
If you are seeking baptism for a child over the age of 7 years of age please arrange to see the parish priest. Children of this age are normally put on the First Holy Communion Programme and have preparation for baptism during this period.
Adults Requesting Baptism
If you are an adult who is seeking more information on your own Baptism or on how to become a member of the Catholic Church, please check out The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) . There you will find more information about this programme.
If your question or situation does not fit neatly into these answers, please don’t worry. Please contact the parish office or make arrangements to speak to the Parish Priest or Deacon. Tel: 01707 654359 or Email us.