Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation, and in believing Catholic families it is a gift to give to a new member of the family, to open up Christian life to them and bring them into the family of the Church. Please come along to mass and introduce yourselves and your new child, and we will find a form and ask you to get some basic details down on paper. Christine, one of our catechists, will arrange a time with you for a preparation session, at her home or yours, and when a date is fixed we will also arrange a short practice near to the day so that you are confident about what you will be doing and saying. Baptisms are sometimes celebrated during mass, but more usually at about 12.30pm on Sundays. Of course some people are not baptised as infants, so you may be coming along as an enquirer seeking baptism as a child, teenager or adult. More preparation is needed and a real commitment and practice of faith is expected before we can ask permission from the diocese to baptise you. Adults follow the RCIA course for at least 6 months and are usually baptised at Easter. In a real emergency anyone can baptise, but in other less urgent but exceptional circumstances the preparation can be varied. Please do contact Fr David with all your enquiries.