When we are baptised, we become a member of God’s family — the family of the Church — hence we are called the children of God. Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation, the others being Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Thus, the three Sacraments stand together, and part of your commitment is to present your child for the other two Sacraments at the appropriate time.
An excellent, and the most perfect way, to prepare for your child’s Baptism is to attend Mass each Sunday as a family. Yes, we can feel conscious if they cry or are disruptive, but please try not find this as a reason to stay away - people will understand. If it has been a while since you last attended Mass, please do not be afraid.
Members of our parish preparation team will meet with you before the date of your child’s Baptism. You will receive further information about the Baptism Rite and it’s significance — please take time to read through this, and think about the journey you are embarking upon.
Parents wishing to have a child baptised should attend a pre-baptism talk about the significance of the Sacrament of Baptism, the responsibilities undertaken by parents and godparents, and the details of the ceremony. These talks are usually held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.45pm in St Dunstan's Church after evening Mass, notice of each talk is given in the Sunday Bulletin. To book a place on the next course, please contact the Parish office. Parents are asked to bring proof of their own Baptism in the Catholic Church to this meeting.
Adults who wish to be Baptised should speak to Fr Philip.