In asking to have your child Baptised you are entering into a sacred partnership with Christ and His Church. 

This partnership is sealed by a number of solemn promises that you are asked to make  on the day of your child's Baptism. 

It is worth reviewing them now:

- You are accepting the responsibility of bringing your child up in the practice of the faith.

Can you do this?

- It will be your duty to bring your child up to keep God's commandments.

Can you do this?

These promises may seem easy to make on paper but they may not be so in reality:

  • You and/or your spouse may not be a practising Catholic, that is, you  may not be coming to Holy Mass  on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation

  • You may need to reflect on what these very solemn promises, made before God, mean before you can commit to them wholeheartedly.

You may need to start coming to Mass regularly. You will be welcomed warmly.

The Church is here, however, to help you in your request to have your child baptised. 

We invite you to consider carefully the request you are about to make.

It is a serious undertaking. We will support you and encourage you in your faith 


The Church your child will be Baptised into is a community of people who know

they belong to Christ.

We want you and your child to know this truth and to live it with a firm faith.

Speak to the Parish Priest after Sunday Mass about having your child Baptised.

Godparents what they are and who can be one

In infant baptism, a godparent, together with the parents, presents a child for baptism and helps the baptised person to lead a life of faithful Christian discipleship. 

In adult baptism, the godparent assists the baptised in Christian initiation. 

There may be one godfather, or one godmother, or one of each.

To become a godparent, a person:

  • must be designated by the one to be baptised, by the parents/guardian, or in their absence, by the minister of baptism;

  • must be able to carry out the obligations of being a godparent and intend to do so;

  • must be at least 16 years old, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the parish priest grants an exception for a just cause;

  • must be a Catholic who has received the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist;

  • must lead a life of faith (i.e. practise their faith) in keeping with the duties of being a godparent;

  • must not have canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;

  • can not be the father or mother of the one to be baptised.

from The Code of Canon Law, 1983, Canons 872, 873 & 874

Baptism and Catholic Schools

Baptism in the Catholic Church does not guarantee admission into the parish school or any other  Catholic school  - other factors are involved in admissions criteria.