Baptism

UPDATE

as of 29/6/2021

We have now completed the Baptism preparation course for June and these families have been given dates for Baptism of their children over the month of July.

Parents of new-borns and those seeking Baptism may now register for the next preparation course in July. In anticipation of the lifting of restrictions in July, we will accommodate as many families as is possible for the preparation course. The hope is that when restrictions are lifted we will be able to assign multiple families to each Baptism service in August.

The registration form is at the bottom of this page. Please read all text on the Baptism form very carefully.

Please find the course details and requirements below.

For urgent Baptism in extreme circumstances (such as illness, danger of death, etc.) kindly contact any of the priests in our parish directly.

Parents should contact the parish in the first instance to arrange to attend a pre-Baptism preparation as required by Canon Law (851).

Parent’s seeking to baptise their children aged 6 and under must complete a two-session preparation course, which is held on two consecutive Sundays every alternate month. The course will be held in the Parish centre.

Upon completion of the course, a date is set for the Baptism. Dates are assigned in order of registration.

Godparents should be practising Catholics, who have reached the age of 16, and have been Confirmed and received their First Holy Communion. As parents are trusted to ensure that the Godparents are sufficiently aware of their obligations, Godparents are not required to attend this course, but are welcome to join in (by prior arrangement).

Families seeking Baptism must be registered parishioners – i.e. You would have filled out a Parish Registration form and submitted it to the Parish office. Parish records are to be regularly updated with changes in address, births, deaths, additional family members moving in/out of the household.
All registered families are reminded to sign up for ‘Planned Giving’ envelopes / issue standing orders for their weekly offering to the Church. 

Next course:

September 2021

Both sessions must be attended by both parents. If only one parent is Catholic, the Catholic parent must attend.

Those who miss part of or a full session may have to attend the next available course in it’s entirety.

Families must pre-register using the webform below.

If you need any clarification, please email Lionel at: hounslowcat@rcdow.org.uk

Registrations for the next Baptism preparation courses are now OPEN.
Please CLICK or SCAN the QR code below for the online registration form.
Baptism Course Registration Form

Baptism Course – Registration Form

The limit for the number of families is 20 (twenty) per course. The first 20 families will be allotted seats at the current course, the next 20 will be assigned the next course and so on. The frequency of the courses may change depending on the number of families that register for Baptism.
Families must be registered parishioners.
If you have moved to a different address since registration, kindly update your registration with your new address. Also update details of all family members (including the baby) by sending an email to the parish coordinator.
You may register for the course now as long as you update your records soon after.
The below guidelines have been provided to help you plan for your child’s Baptism.

Guidelines on the Celebration of Baptism being followed have been published by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW).

  • At this time, baptisms in the church will be for individual families only. Multiple family baptisms are suspended until further notice.
  • In view of this limitation and considering the number of families awaiting Baptism, we will celebrate 5 Baptisms  a week on Tuesdays (2), Fridays (2) & Saturdays (1) until further notice.
  • The maximum number of people attending a child’s Baptism is 30 (thirty).
  • The child to be baptised should be held by the parents only.
  • Other members of the family, including godparents and grandparents will be socially distanced in household groups (or bubbles) in the church.
  • Wearing of face-covering (covering the nose & mouth) is compulsory inside the church for all attendants aged 12 and over during the celebration of Baptism. Only those with a medical exemption document are excused.

– (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales).