Baptism – sessions postponed until the end of current health crisis



The decision has been made to cancel all sacramental programme meetings for the time being. It is not seen as an essential gathering at this time. To reduce the risk to participants there will be no more instruction on the Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage prep and RCIA. All these programmes will be resumed when the current health crisis has abated. 13/3/2020

Courses are held according to need but usually about 3 or 4 times per year, for parents and for those anticipating the birth of their child.  If you have attended a baptism course in the last three years, you may arrange your baby’s baptism without attending a course but you do need to contact us so that we can give you a signed baptism application form.  If it has been longer than three years, we ask you to attend a one-off refresher course. These are arranged as necessary.  To arrange a baptism, in all cases, you should submit a completed baptism application form, which has been signed by me, Robert Hitchcock.  I can be contacted at

Baptism Preparation Course

Our next course will be held on Sunday 8th March 2020, Session One from 3pm – 4:30pm AND Sunday 15th March 2020, Session Two from the slightly later time of 3:30 – 4:30pm. 

The course is made up of two sessions on two Sunday afternoons.
The second session is followed by the 5pm Mass for the Rite of First Anointing. At the second session of the course you will receive a Sacramental Passport for your child for you to store all future sacramental certificates, for which we ask a donation of £3.

All enquiries about preparation for sacraments should be addressed to

You will be given a baptism application form at the course. After completion of the course, you will need to contact one of the parish clergy to arrange the actual baptism. You should return the application form fully completed at least a week before the baptism so that the certificate can be prepared. 

You can access the Baptism Book to prepare for the service, choosing the readings (if outside Mass) and practising bidding prayers, by clicking on the blue link below.

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