St Mary & St John Bosco

the Parish of St Mary and St John Bosco, Leicester.

Making the arrangements to have your baby Baptised

Having your baby baptised at St Mary and St John Bosco Parish is quite a simple process. You need to contact our Parish Priest and ask him to make the necessary arrangements. If for any reason you wish the baptism to take place elsewhere, you should seek permission from your Parish Priest.

Baptisms usually take place on Sundays, either in the afternoon, late morning after the last Mass, or during a Mass itself. It is possible to baptise several babies in one ceremony and usually a Baptism service lasts for about 30 minutes.

Parents will be expected to attend a preparation course before the baptism, commonly three sessions. This is partly to enable you to participate actively in the Baptism service, but also because baptism has always been seen by the Church as being connected with personal faith and repentance. Babies cannot repent or have faith themselves, but from earliest days the Church has baptised them in the expectation that their parents will nurture the gift of faith as they nurture the physical and mental life of their children. The priest or deacon performing the baptism is therefore obliged to make sure that there is a well-founded hope that your child will be brought up in the Catholic faith. At St Mary's and St John Bosco we usually run four Baptism courses each year.

Baptism can only be administered when at least one parent is a Catholic. If the other parent is not a Catholic, they are under no obligation to assist in the Catholic upbringing of the child, though of course it can be a great help if they do.

You will be required to choose at least one godparent to assist in the Catholic upbringing of the child but can have two if you wish. The godparent should normally be 16 or over and a practising Catholic who has made their first Holy Communion and been Confirmed. Baptised Christians of other Churches can be witnesses in addition to the Catholic godparent. If you cannot find a suitable godparent yourself, our Parish Priest can nominate someone. If the godparent cannot attend the baptism, they can act by proxy.

Baptisms are recorded in a register kept at the Church and you will be issued with a certificate which is a copy of this entry. You or your child can obtain a copy of this certificate at any subsequent time but only by contacting the Church where the baptism took place as there is no central register of baptisms.

Children over the age of seven will undergo preparation for baptism differently, through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children. Contact the Parish Priest for information.

Baptism cannot be repeated, and baptism carried out in other Christian Churches is normally recognised as valid by the Catholic Church.

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