Congratulations! You have just given birth or are awaiting the
birth of your child. You have shared with God in the task of introducing
the gift of a child into our world.
You now wish to have your child baptised and welcomed into our parish
community. Through this event, your child will become a part of God’s
family in a special way by sharing in the life of our parish community through
your presence and involvement in our life as a people.
The community wishes to share with you an understanding of what your role as
Christian parents involves so that you may take an active part in your child’s
baptism. Through a programme of preparation we hope to increase your
understanding of what the church means when speaking of parents as the first
teachers of their child in the ways of faith.
We invite you to experience the warmth of welcome at our parish Masses on a
weekend. The Mass times at St Aidan’s is 10.00am every Sunday and at St
Bernadette’s Church is every Sunday at 11.30am. Please take care in deciding
who will be godparents at the ceremony. It helps enormously if they firmly
believe in what they are being asked to undertake, please let Fr John have the
name of your Godparent who must be a regular attender at Mass on a weekend.
We take this opportunity to join with your family and friends in rejoicing at
the birth of your child and look forward to playing an active part in welcoming
your child into the life of our Christian community.
Please fill in the form below or contact us for further advice.
What should I keep in mind when choosing Godparents?
The Catholic Church provides detailed guideline that are very clear. "To
be admitted to undertake the office of sponsor, a person must:" (Canon
"be appointed by the candidate for baptism, or by the parents or whoever
stands in their place, or failing these, by the parish priest or the minister;
to be appointed the person must be suitable for this role and have the
intention of fulfilling it;" (Canon 874.1.1)
"be not less than sixteen years of age, unless a different age has been
stipulated by the diocesan Bishop, or unless the parish priest or the minister
considers that there is a just reason for an exception to be made;" (Canon
"be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has made their First Communion,
and who lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken;"
(Canon 874.1.3) ie a practising Catholic who attends weekly Mass.
"not be either the father or the mother of the person to be
baptised." (Canon 874.1.5)
"A baptised person who is not a Catholic may be admitted only in company
with a Catholic sponsor, and then simply as a witness to the baptism."
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Review Date: March 2021