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. The next step is to attend the Baptismal Preparation Meeting. This meeting is held on the last Thursday of every month at the St Thomas Aquinas Church meeting room, Sycamore Avenue from 8pm until 9pm. This course is for parents and guardians only, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate babies or young children. Everything will be explained to you at this meeting. Once you have attended this meeting you will be given a form. Once the form has been signed and at least one parent can provide us with a copy of their own their Baptism Certificate you may proceed to book your baptism date with our parish secretary in the Parish Office at 1, Sycamore Avenue, 10.00am-3.00pm Monday –Wednesday & Friday. Telephone (01908) 372315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also need to see copies of the Baptism and Confirmation Certificates of the Godparents you have chosen. 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). Baptisms take place at 1pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church on the second Sunday of the month and at 1pm at All Saints Church on the fourth Sunday of the month. The Rite of Welcome takes place on the First Sunday on the month during the morning Mass at All Saints Church and alternates between the 9:00am and 11:00am Mass.
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. Thursday evenings, 8pm-9pm in the meeting room at St Thomas Aquinas.