Parents and Godparents, this light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly. This child of yours has been enlightened by Christ to live always as a child of the Light (taken from the Rite of Baptism).
The church wants to rejoice with you at the arrival of your new child, who is created in the image and likeness of God. Baptism is an opportunity for your family and the Parish family to give thanks to God and to celebrate the gift of faith which you seek to give to your child.
Baptisms ordinarily take place here at St. Mary’s either during the 10:00am Sunday Mass or following on from this Mass. Should you choose to have your child baptised following Mass, your child will be welcomed into the Parish Family during Sunday Mass on one of the weekends preceding the Baptism day.
As parents you have the great privilege – and responsibility – to help your child grow in the knowledge and love of God. During the Baptism, parents and godparents make promises on their own behalf and for the child. In preparation for this important moment and to help you to commit to this step, the Parish organises a Baptism Preparation Course which you are obliged to attend. These courses are also open to godparents, should they wish to attend. These courses usually take place on Saturday mornings and last around 90 minutes.
Things to bear in mind
What happens now?
Please come along to Mass and make yourself known to Fr. Christopher.