When baptism for a child is requested, arrangements are made for the parents to visit the parish priest. The purpose of this visit is to strengthen parish community links with them and to help to further their knowledge of the faith.
During the course of this visit the parents share with the priest their reasons for requesting baptism and they are helped to understand the responsibilities as well as the blessings which this choice brings. The priest leads the parents through the order of the service in the Baptism Book and prepares them for active participation. The meeting closes with prayer and the family is reminded to contact the parish priest and confirm the time and the date of the baptism with him.
First Confession and First Communion
Before receiving their First Holy Communion, the children of our parish receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Preparation for this takes place in the Autumn Term and then a space of two or three months is given before the children begin to prepare for First Holy Communion. All the sessions are held in the Parish Centre.
The format of preparation used for both sacraments is the same and they are led by the same team of catechists who share a rota for delivering the programmes. Each session begins with an input to the whole group presented by the leader and this is followed up with individual work and activities in small groups, each group having its own catechist to support it. The whole group gather together at the end for closure and the parents are encouraged to join the children for prayer before they leave.