A Baptism is one of the most joyous events in the life of a community, a church, a family. We at St. Patrick’s are delighted to help you arrange, prepare for and celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism. Whether it is the birth of a child or the induction of an adult, you will find within our doors a faith-filled community that eagerly anticipates your communion with the Catholic Church.
To request a baptism, please click on the link at the right side of this page to open, print or download the application form.
In the paragraphs below we will try to answer some of the most often asked questions regarding baptism.
What is Baptism?
The sacrament of Baptism is the first of the sacraments of initiation. It is by Baptism that we become members of Christ’s body, the Church, and enjoy the promise of salvation he made to us, by dying for us on the Cross and rising to new life. In Baptism we begin a new life in Jesus Christ. By bringing our children to the Church for Baptism, we are making a very clear statement about our life, our faith and its practice. Baptism is the beginning of a life long journey of faith, and so it is important to begin this journey well.
When does Baptism take place?
Baptisms at St. Patrick’s take place twice each week on a Monday and Wednesday evening at 6pm. Baptisms may be booked in the parish office from Monday to Thursday 10am to 2pm or by email.
Parents and godparents of children to be baptised must attend a short preparation session.
Who can be Godparents?
At least one godparent is required. There may be two, but they must be one man and one woman.
For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parents’ help is important. So too is the role of the godfather and godmother, who must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptised – child or adult – on the road of Christian life.
A godparent is to be a witness, an inspiration, a rock-solid example of what it means to be a Catholic Christian in today’s world. That means that the person must be a Catholic not only in name but by the life they lead each and every day.
To be a Godparent the person must be:
- At least sixteen years of age;
- A Catholic who has received the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation;
- Registered and active members of their parish;
- Living in conformity with Catholic morals and in good standing with the Catholic Church;
- Someone other than the mother or father of the person to be Baptised.
Before asking someone to take on the role of a sponsor, please make every effort to ensure they fulfill the requirements of the Church.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a programme for adults seeking full communion in the Catholic Church. It is the road map for the spiritual journey. If you are an adult Catholic in need of the sacraments or a non-Catholic interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, please make contact with the Parish Office so that the priests and people of St. Patrick’s can support you in your journey.
Prayer for Parents
When you were born, our hearts were so full of happiness,
that there was no room in us for words.
When you were growing, our hearts were so full of care for you
that we spoke soothingly and sometimes sharply.
Fearful for your safety
but always in the deepest places of our hearts, we spoke lovingly.
Today, as we watch you moving forward with your friends,
we marvel at all you have done and become.
Our spirits sing praise to God for the gift that is you.
And though our hearts have stretched to love others,
yet there is still a place within us that is yours,
and only yours, always.
For the light you have shone on us,
for the life you have called us to,
for the special gift of God,
you are now and will ever be… thank you. Amen.