Arranging the baptism of your child at St. Mary of the Angels is simple: just speak to the parish priest after one of the Sunday Masses.
If this is your first child, you will be expected to have a preparation session. At present this is done by the parish priest paying you a visit at home. You should ensure that the Catholic parent is at home for this, or both parents if you are both Catholics. The attendance of a non-Catholic parent is not essential but is welcome.
If you live in our parish and are having your baby baptised elsewhere, you will probably be asked to provide a letter of permission, which may include mention of a home visit for preparation. If you require this, please provide full details of your child’s name and date of birth, and your own names and full address. Ask the parish priest concerned if he will accept a letter of permission by email, and if so, provide us with the parish email address.
If you have previously had a baby baptised and attended preparation sessions, you do not need to repeat them, and it will be simply a question of arranging the date and giving details of the child’s name, your own details and names of godparents.
We expect you to attend Mass regularly with your child(ren), as baptism includes a solemn promise to do your best to bring your child up as a Catholic. We realise this can often be difficult, but even though your children may not yet understand what is going in Mass, it is an absolute foundation for their spiritual life which cannot be replaced by anything else.
We are very tolerant of crying children during Mass at St. Mary of the Angels. If the crying is persistent or obviously disturbing to those around, you are recommended to take them to the entrance of the Church until they have calmed down.
Currently we normally perform baptisms during the 12.30 Sunday Mass once a month, but for exceptional reasons can celebrate them on other occasions.
We also welcome older children for baptism: depending on their age they may themselves need some preparation.
Godparents must be practising Catholics over the age of 16. The minimum requirement is one godparent, who can be of either sex. A Christian of another Church can act as a witness, which is similar to a godparent but not exactly the same. You can choose as many godparents as you wish, but we are unable to register more than three in the baptism register and on your child’s certificate.