© The parish of St Mary and St Paul
Parish of St Mary and St Paul
The Sacrament of Baptism is the first of the three sacraments of initiation. It is also the first of the seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church and welcomes the baptized into the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ on earth. Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door, which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.
Baptism is the sacrament through which we become part of the family of God. St Mary’s parish welcomes those who wish to be baptised.
Baptism Information for St Mary’s and St Paul’s
To register your child for baptism please contact Fr Oliver for further information and an application form.
Baptisms are usually held on Sundays at 12.00 and the service lasts for about 40minutes.
You will be required to nominate at least one Godparent who must be present to assist in the Catholic upbringing of the child, but you can have up to two Godparents. The Godparent(s) must be 16 years or older and a practising Catholic who has been Confirmed and made their first Holy Communion. Baptised Christians of other churches can be witnesses, but only in addition to the Catholic Godparent. If you cannot find a suitable Godparent yourself, the parish Priest can nominate someone. If the Godparent cannot attend the Baptism, they can act by proxy.
Baptisms are registered and records are kept at the church. You or your child can obtain a copy of this certificate at any subsequent time by contacting the parish Priest. This would normally be used in the event of preparing for marriage.