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.
Fr John 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 leave their name and telephone number with the Parish office. Fr John will contact you talk about the significance of the Sacrament of Baptism, the responsibilities undertaken by parents and godparents, and the details of the ceremony. Adults who wish to be Baptised should speak to Fr John.
The parish catechists deliver sacramental preparation primarily for children who may wish to Baptised and they are 8 or over, or do not attend Catholic schools or for those who have missed preparation in a Catholic school.
Parents wishing to have their children attend classes to prepare for the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation should first make themselves known at Sunday Masses to the Parish Clergy. It is expected that children wishing to receive the sacraments regularly attend Mass with their parent(s).
For more information, please contact Nuala Bielby on 0121 689 2917 or Pat Thorpe on 0121 449 4002.