Through the gift of the sacrament of baptism Jesus shares his life with us. He makes us members of his Body, and enables us to die to sin and rise to new life in him. The sacrament of Baptism is celebrated as a response to the Lord’s invitation, made to each human being, become his disciple, to live as a witness to the gospel, sharing in the life of the Church.
- Adults who are considering whether they wish to make such a commitment are helped to reach their decision through taking part in meetings of the parish Journeys in Faith group. This group shares in prayer and reflection on the scriptures and the teaching of the Church. The experience provides those ‘journeying in faith’ with an opportunity, sometimes their first, of sharing in the life of the Church in the parish. For more information, please click here.
- Infants, aged 3 and under, are baptised on the basis of the faith of their parents. It is the parents who in a solemn moment of the baptism ceremony take on the responsibility of bringing their children living our Catholic faith. For more information on the role of parents and the support offered to parents by the parish, please click here.
- Children of an older age are prepared for baptism in a way which respects their ability actively to participate in the ceremony of baptism, in ways suited to the age and circumstances of the particular child. Children aged 6 or 7+ will be prepared at the same time for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.