Within weeks of Jesus’ Resurrection, the apostles were preaching the Gospel to people by the thousands, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Since then, Baptism has been the ordinary means of becoming a member of the Church. Think of the long line of people before you—parents, grandparents, and spiritual ancestors—who were welcomed into the Church at Baptism.
Baptism is a sacrament of initiation, cleansing, strengthening, and welcoming. Baptism welcomes us into the community of Christian believers. It offers us a new life in which we become the adopted children of God, followers of Christ, and temples in which the Holy Spirit dwells. Baptism leaves a permanent spiritual mark on our soul that makes us holy and opens us to salvation and eternal life with God.
Like any sacrament, Baptism makes visible an invisible reality. In other words, we use physical signs and rituals to express our experience of God and his grace in our lives.
If you have a baby for Baptism, congratulations!
If you live in our parish:
At least one parent must be attending Mass each week in the Parish.
You may have up to two Godparents per child, (one male and one female). Both will need to have received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism AND the Sacrament of Confirmation. Both need to practice their faith and attend Mass regularly. (Please see the section on the Sacrament of Confirmation which explains its crucial importance). At the moment due to current restrictions numbers at Baptisms are limited to six persons including the child to be Baptised, parents and Godparents.
For those who live outside our parish boundaries, we will happily baptise your baby if you attend Mass in Bletchley every weekend. If not, please contact your own parish priest.
Any child over the age of seven years will need to join our First Holy Communion programme, (see below) and will receive the Sacrament of Baptism during their formation.
If you are an Adult seeking Baptism or Confirmation, please attend the Journey in Faith course, which is a course of instruction for those who want to learn more about the Catholic faith, perhaps with an aim of joining. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.
To arrange a Baptism please contact the parish office.