St mary's church, kells

Catholic Lancaster diocese, whitehaven, Cumbria


Baptism

Some things to consider when you wish to have your child Baptised.

By Baptism we become members of the Church.  We are welcomed and claimed for Christ.  We are appointed to be a People characterised by Worship, Truth and Service.

At the beginning of the service the priest says the following "You have asked to have your child Baptised, in doing so you are accepting the responsibility of bringing your child up in the ways of the faith by loving God and your neighbour.  Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?"  Those words underline the importance of the service and the sacrament.  It is a commitment to practising the faith for you and your baby.

To arrange a Baptism at St Mary's, you should obtain an Application for Baptism form.  You can obtain the Application Form by attending Mass, and there speaking with Fr Ed.  Mass times are on the Parish Bulletin.  To have a child Baptised at St Mary's Church, at least one parent must be a Catholic.  The Catholic parent or parents should ideally live in the Parish and be registered members of the Parish, regularly attending Mass at St Mary's.  A Catholic parent or parents living outside the Parish will need to be already registered as parishioners and be attending Mass in the Parish regularly at weekends.  Parents who live outside the Parish and who do not worship regularly here will be directed to the Parish in which they live.

Parents will be asked to complete the Application for Baptism form and attend some preparation.  Godparents must be carefully chosen.  It is usual to have a Godmother and a Godfather and they themselves should be practicing Catholics.  Someone who is a Baptised member of another Christian denomination may be a Christian Witness for the Baptism, as long as there is one Catholic Godparent who regularly attends Mass.  Someone who is not a Baptised Christian cannot be a Godparent or Christian Witness.

We will discuss a date for the Baptism once the Application Form has been returned.  A date for the Baptism cannot be arranged until the form has been completed and returned.  There is a fee of £25 for a Baptism - this is a contribution to the maintenance and mission of St Mary's Church and Parish.

Below are some practical points/reminders to bear in mind before you book a Baptism:

  • Please give a minimum of six weeks notice.
  • One of the parents must be a Catholic!
  • Only Catholics can be Godparents - people of other Christian faiths are welcome, but they will be entered in the register as witnesses.
  • If your prospective Godparent is not Baptised, Christened, then he or she cannot stand as a Godparent.
  • Only two Godparents are necessary.
  • There will be a short preparation/training course, which will help you understand the importance of the Sacrament, and what happens in the service.
  • We do not take bookings over the 'phone, if you contact us it will be to make an appointment to see the priest.