“Baptism” is one of the seven sacraments of the Church; it is seen as the entry into the life of faith and membership of the Body of Christ.

Words may be confusing: some churches / denominations speak of “christening”, some of “baptism”.  In the Catholic Church we properly use the word “baptism”.  But to make it clear, just as someone is married during a “wedding” service, so a person is baptised in a “christening” service.

The Church asks that the sacrament of Baptism is celebrated:

  • either at a public Mass on a Sunday (the “ordinary” form of Baptism)
  • or at a common celebration on a Sunday afternoon (the “extraordinary” form)

Parents will be invited to attend and complete a Baptism Preparation Course before booking a date on which the Baptism is celebrated.  Preparation courses generally take place several times a year, depending on the number of enquiries.

Please note that in this parish Baptisms are not celebrated at all during the season of Lent.

For more information please download this Thinking about Baptism for your child

To apply for a baptism please complete this download and complete this form – Application for Infant Baptism

Please ask each of your godparents to fill in one of these forms – Godparent or CW Application 2016

Please see the Parish Events page of this website to sign up to the next Baptism Course.