What is Baptism?

Through Baptism we become sons and daughters of God and are brought into that most mysterious communion with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It marks our soul for life and eternity.

‘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, 1213

How can I have my child baptised at St Patrick’s?

Baptism is a Sacrament of faith, and the Church asks for a serious and loving commitment by the parents and godparents of a child to live the life of the Sacraments. Catholics who belong to the parish need to approach the parish priest. Those from other parishes need the permission of their parish priest before arranging Baptism at St Patrick’s. If you are from this parish, please speak to the priest after Mass or contact the parish office.

Baptisms at St Patrick’s are celebrated by appointment with the parish priest for a day that is convenient. Generally, only one child is baptised at each ceremony. Although there is no charge for Baptism, it is customary to make a donation to the church.

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Requesting a baptismal certificate

Should you wish to request a baptismal certificate, please contact our parish office.

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