Baptism

Lancaster Cathedral: Baptistry
Baptism is the first sacrament someone receives when they join the Church.  It is sometimes known as a gateway.  It is the first of three sacraments of initiation, the other two are the Sacraments of the Eucharist (Holy Communion) and Confirmation. 

Baptism is sometimes called a gift
Although freely given you need to think about how you will get ready to receive this wonderful gift (sacrament).  If you are interested in receiving the Sacrament of Baptism for you or your child then we would be pleased to hear from you.


For adults this will involve a time of preparation in which you will meet and discuss what you need to know with the priest, this will depend on your personal circumstances.

Parents preparing for their child's baptism  
For parents, making the decision to have your child baptised this means thinking about how you and your family will help your child now and in the future to understand what it means to be a part of God's family.

For Further Details
If you are interested then please speak with one of the priests after Mass or contact the office on 01524 384820. 

Following a short meeting with one of the priests you will be given details of the next parish Baptism session which you will need to attend. 

At that meeting or just aftwards you will be able to fix a date for the baptism.

Catechism of the Catholic Church
This is a book which explains Church teaching.  The Catechism says that:
1213 Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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."
Further information 
1. A short video on the Sacrament of Baptism from That Catholic Show Click video link to open Water Water everywhere.  

This American resource is a lighthearted introduction to the symbols used in Baptism, it also contains links to Bible stories that help us understand Baptism and further ideas from the Catechism.