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The Sacraments of Initiation: Sacrament of Baptism

The risen Lord Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Baptism when he authorized his apostles: ‘Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them all the commands I gave you.’ (Matthew 28:19-20)
Since Apostolic times, when it was common for whole households to be converted all at once, it has been customary to baptise babies and infants. In recent times it has been the practice to baptise at a later age. Irrespective of the age at which a person is baptised, he or she is reborn and becomes a member of the Church, the Body of Christ. Our life of faith begins at baptism and it does not matter how elementary our faith may be. Each newly baptised person is consecrated to God and anointed, with the Oil of Chrism, as prophet, priest and king. The Holy Spirit marks the soul with the ‘seal of the Lord’ and the Holy Trinity gives sanctifying grace. Through the cleansing waters of baptism all sins, original and personal, are washed away.

The minister of baptism, generally a priest, bishop or deacon, when pouring water three times over the child’s or adult’s head says: ‘Name’......I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’
When baptism has been conferred in infancy the reception of the Holy Eucharist and Confirmation are delayed until more appropriate stages in a person’s development, and following suitable periods of catechesis.

For Child Baptism: Before having their child baptised parents are requested to attend a Baptism Preparation Course. These are held in one of the three parishes (St Barnabas, St Augustine’s or St Patrick’s) at regular times throughout the year. For Adult Baptism: Before baptism can be conferred, adults are requested to attend the Rite of Christian Initiation RCIA, this is a journey of Christian formation and will normally take several months starting in September with Baptism and Confirmation conferred at the Easter Vigil Mass. More information about RCIA can be obtained by contacting the Cathedral Office or one of the priests. Contact Further information about baptism can be obtained from the Cathedral Office: Tel: 0115 9539839 email:

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