If you have attended a Baptism Preparation course you are welcome to contact Shirley Bailey, the Parish Administrator to book a baptism date. Have ready the date you attended the Baptism Preparation Class as Shirley will ask you for it. Shirley has a list of the parents who have attended the Baptism Preparation Classes and she will check your name against the date to ensure the validity of the request.
We are sorry we have had to do this but due to the practice of some parents booking the Baptism before they have attended the Preparation Class, we have no alternative.
The Baptism Preparation Course and how to book onto it is described here:
A contribution of £50 (ideally gift aided) is suggested from parents for a Baptism. This sum goes towards the running costs of the church and the support of the parish priest. However, a smaller contribution can be made or no contribution made, depending on family circumstances. Please make your offering using the contactless machine on the left as you enter the church.
In the interests of safety and comfort in the church, please limit your guests to a maximum of 20 per candidate for baptism. All baptisms are livestreamed.
Unless there are exceptional and pressing pastoral reasons, Baptisms take place at Ss Mary and Joseph Church on the morning of the first Saturday of the month, at 11am, for up to four candidates, except for the season of Lent, July, August and December. Baptism during Sunday Mass at the 12pm Mass is possible with the agreement of the Parish Priest.
Please ensure that you and the godparents arrive at least 15 minutes before the ceremony, which will start on time at 11am. This enables everyone to settle and is respectful of those who arrive on time. If you are late then you will miss the opportunity for your child to be baptised on this occasion, which would be unfortunate. If you are running a little late, then please call Fr Brian on 01442 391 759, as a matter of courtesy, so a short delay to the start time (up to 10 minutes allowed) can be explained to the other parents.
We look forward to welcoming your child into the family of God!