The Sacrament of Baptism is not only the first of the three sacraments of initiation, but also the first of the seven sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church, welcoming the baptised into the church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ on earth. Baptism forms the basis of the whole of Christian life, is the gateway to life in the Spirit, the door giving access to the other sacraments, and it confers upon those who receive it freedom from sin and rebirth as adopted Children of God; through it we become members of God’s family and Christ’s Body, the Church, sharing in her mission.
The Parish of the Sacred Heart welcomes those who wish to be baptised.
If you would like your child to be baptised at the Sacred Heart please contact the priest or deacon in the first instance, either by telephoning or e-mailing the parish office, so as to make an appointment. Please note that at least 4 weeks notice is needed, and that no setting of dates should be made without prior agreement with the clergy.
You will be required to nominate up to two Godparents, one of whom must be a practicing and Confirmed Catholic aged 16 years or older, to assist in the upbringing of the child in the faith. A baptised Christian from another denomination can also act as a witness.
After a date has been arranged, you will then be invited to join in a short programme of preparation over two or three sessions, including watching a DVD. During these sessions you will have the opportunity to ask any questions or tell us of any concerns you may have. The Celebrant will call to see you at home a few days before the baptism. Baptisms outside Mass are normally celebrated at 12:15 on Sundays.
An adult wishing to be baptised should likewise contact the priest or deacon and make an appointment. You will then be invited to join an RCIA programme to prepare for Baptism, or, if you have already been baptised in a non-Catholic church, for Reception into full communion with the Catholic Church.