Sacraments – Baptism
BAPTISM PREPARATION COURSE
By baptism we are plunged into the eternal love of God and grace is poured into our being so that we can grow in friendship with God. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we come to know Jesus Christ as the Son of the Father. We become adopted sons and daughters of God. At the same time, we are born into the life of the Church and our relationship with God grows and is nurtured within the caring embrace of the Church.
On the day of their child’s baptism parents publically accept the responsibility of training their child in the practice of the faith. Parents are to be the first and best teachers of the faith by what they say and do. They are to keep the light of faith burning in their child’s life. Therefore, it is important that parents are practising their faith and have a good understanding of the responsibilities involved. This is also important for any parent who is not a Catholic. Our baptism programme attempts to help parents reflect on their faith and if they are ready to accept these sacred responsibilities.
If you are thinking about the sacrament of baptism for your child you will need to complete the following stages:
(i) Please contact (01277 265235) the parish secretary, Mo Ruston, and she will arrange for you to have an initial meeting with Fr Martin. It is important that both parents attend this meeting.
Please note that at least one parent must be a Catholic and you must be resident in Brentwood Cathedral parish. Dates for baptism will only be arranged after the preparation course has been completed.
(ii) You will need to be practising your Catholic faith, that is, above all, by attending Sunday Mass where we are fed by God’s living word and by His body and blood. If you have drifted away from the practice of your faith you must be willing to rebuild your relationship with Christ and the community of faith here at Brentwood Cathedral. We will give you all the help and support we can to help you with this.
(iii) The parish secretary, Mo Ruston, will book you on to a preparation course and you will need to attend all of the five sessions which aim to help you participate more fully in the faith, worship and life of the community.
It is important that both parents attend each session. If you miss a session, you will have to attend that session at a later date.
The dates and times for the sessions in 2019 are:
To cover the cost of the preparation course, there is a charge of £30. Please bring this with you to the First Session.
By attending Sunday Mass and attending the five sessions of the Baptism Preparation programme, you will have been given the time to reflect on the meaning of baptism, whether this is what you really want for your child and if you are prepared to “train your child in the practice of the Faith.”
It will also indicate to us that you are serious about your faith and your commitment to the parish community. Sometimes the baptism of an infant should be delayed if a well founded hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic religion is in doubt.
If following this time of preparation and reflection, you decide that you do wish to have your child baptised, one of the Cathedral clergy will meet with you in order to discuss the details of the baptism itself.