Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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." (CCC 1213)
“In Baptism we are drawn into a community of faith. We become part of the pilgrim people of God … But Baptism of itself, is only a beginning, a point of departure, for it is wholly directed towards the fullness of Life in Christ”. (John Paul I, Westminster, 1982.)
Infant baptisms are a joint celebration in the Parish with up to four families having children baptised on the same day at a ceremony at 1.00pm. Baptisms take place on Sundays throughout the year.
A preparation course is held on Wednesdays from 6.30 to 7.30 pm, to which parents of children being baptised that month are expected to attend, along with the Godparents. Each family is visited at home the week before the ceremony to ensure that the ceremony becomes a family celebration.
On the last Sunday of the month at the 9.30am Family Mass, the babies baptised in that month will be invited onto the Sanctuary to be presented to the community.
For initial bookings & further information contact the Parish Priest on 020 8648 3800 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org