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Index Sacraments Baptism Preparation Programme (Children)

Baptism Preparation Course (Children)

The baptism preparation course takes place three to four times a year and is intended to help parents to:

* reflect on their own faith and Christian commitment,

* become more confident in their ability to explain that faith to their children,

* receive the support of a group of parents in similar circumstances,

* deepen their understanding of the meaning of Baptism.

Parents will need to attend an interview with the Parish Priest to determine their eligibility. Once this has happned the meetings will be over two weeks, on Wednesdays and Fridays from 7.30 p.m. until about 9.00 p.m. The meetings include personal testimony of members of the parish, who have come to faith in Christ by a variety of routes, and also a period of discussion within the group.

Parents wishing to have their children baptised will need to provide a copy of catholicity, e.g. Baptism Certificate, Confirmation Certificate, First Holy Communion Certificate and/or Catholic Marriage Certificate at the registration evening.

The next Registration Evening and Interview with the Parish Priest for the Children's Course (ages 7 years and above) will be:

Saturday 29th September 2018 at 11.00 a.m.
in the Blue Roon, entrance via the Car Park in Friary Road.

The next Registration Evening and Interview with the Parish Priest for the Infant's Course up to 6 years old will be:

Monday 8th October 2018
in the Presbytery, entrance via Friary Road.


Wednesday 10th October 2018
in the Presbytery, entrance via Friary Road.

Please remember: Both Parents MUST attend and will neeed to bring proof of catholicity, i.e. Baptism Certificate, First Holy Communion Certificate, Catholic Marriage Certificate, and/or Confirmation Certificate.
An interview with Fr. Blaise is neccessary before beginning the classes.

Alternatively, please see the parish newsletter (The Angelus), contact the parish office (020 7639 0947) or the parish priest.

Please note that from time to time, depending on demand, we also run short courses for children aged 7 - 16 who have not yet been baptised. For those aged 16+, the R.C.I.A is more appropriate


Prerequisites for Sponsors of Baptism (Canon 874)

...The Sponsor must:

a) have completed their 16th year of age , unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the priest has granted an exception for a just cause.

b) be a catholic who had been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of The Eucharist and leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on.

c) not be the father or mother of the one to be baptised.

§  A baptised person who belongs to a non-catholic ecclesial community is not to articipate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness of the baptism

Baptism Certificate Request

If you require a copy of a baptism certificate, you will need to fill out a request form. These can be obtain from the Parish Secretary or from the sacristy. Alternativley you can download it from the link below and post through the letter box of the Presbytery in Friary Road. You can collect from the sacristy or if you wish for it to be mailed to you, please enclose a Stamped, Self Addressed Envelope with the request.

Please note:
There is a £10.00 administration fee for each copy of a Baptism Certificate.

Baptism Certificate Request Form (pdf)


The Sacramental Symbols of Baptism.

Blessing and Invocation; The priest or deacon blesses the water using the sign of the cross. He invokes the Spirit of God to come onto the water and consecrate it. This makes it Holy so that the person being baptised will be; "born again of Water and the Spirit".

Profession of Faith; Baptism brings someone into the community of Christian People. We faithfully profess that we follow Christ by proclaiming the ancient Creed of the Church.

Baptism; The central and most important part of Baptism; Water. There is a threefold pouring over the person to be baptised in the name of the Holy Trinity; The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The newly bapised in now purified, saved, delivered from evil, set free and belongs to God.

Anoiting; Oil is used to sweeten,to strenghen and to render supple. The Church uses consecrated oil for this same purpose in Baptism. The oil is consecrated each year by the Bishop at the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday. The sign of the Cross is traced on the forehead of the newly baptised. They are now consecrated to the Lord.

White Garment; Being transformed through baptism, the White Garment is a sign of newness of life and being 'Clothed in Christ'.

Lighted Candle; During Baptisms, the Pschal Candle burns near the baptismal font. A symbols of the presence of the Risen Lord. A small candle is used to take a flame from the Paschal Candle and entrusted to the newly baptised person, through their godparents. As a community we pray the the flame of faith may be kept alive until the Lord comes again to call this and all children of light to join him and all the saints in his heavenly kingdom.


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