Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life,
the gateway to life in the Spirit,
and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.
Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God;
we become members of Christ,
are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission:
‘Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.’
Catechism of the Catholic Church, §1213
The newly-restored church features a beautiful and private baptistry in the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadeloupe. Baptisms at St Patrick’s are celebrated by appointment with the parish priest for a day that is convenient. Generally only one child is baptised at each ceremony.
By having their children baptised, parents make a serious commitment to bring their children up as Catholics and need to be attending Mass before any date can be set. Although there is no charge for baptism it is customary to make a donation to the Church.
Please note: If you are not a member of St Patrick’s parish (parish is commonly defined as the place where you live or where you go to Mass on Sunday) you will need to approach your parish priest and ask him for permission to have your child baptized in another parish from your own.