The majority of baptisms performed in the parish are of children; parents come forward and request that the priest baptises the baby into the faith which they hold so dear. Baptism is the first sacrament and the beginning of a life with Christ, it is only right and proper that this happens as soon as possible after birth. The rite of baptism is usually performed by Fr Lee or Deacon Des on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon, and the parents are encouraged to invite friends and family to this solemn and joyous occasion.
When arranging a baptism approach Fr. Lee or Deacon Des or contact the parish office as soon as possible after birth, or indeed before it, so that all the practicalities can be dealt with. Parents are also asked to take part in a baptism preparation course that will help them to joyfully participate in the rite of baptism and the Christian education of their children.
Holy 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 sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission:
“Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church para. 1213
The Sacrament of Baptism is the means our Lord Jesus Christ instituted to free us from original sin and make us children of God, He commanded his disciples to take His message of good news to all people,
“baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” Matt 28:19.