Baptism is the first sacrament of Christian Initiation

In baptism, we are made one with Christ and a member of the Church.  We are claimed by Christ when we are marked with the sign of the cross and joined to Christ as we are baptised with water – in the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

We are anointed with oil, clothed in our baptismal garment and given our baptismal candle.  All these actions are signs that we have committed ourselves to the life-long journey of putting on Christ and making the mind of Christ our own.

As we take our places as new members of the Catholic Church, we know that the community, its liturgy and prayer, and the mission of God it pursues, will sustain us on this journey.

The sacrament of baptism is received only once. Since Vatican II, the Catholic Church recognises the validity of baptism in the other Christian churches which baptise with water using the Trinitarian formula.

To receive a copy of your baptism certificate, please contact the Parish where the baptism took place.