No doubt you want the best for your child in every way:
• Physically – and the local doctor is there to help.
• Educationally – the local schools are here to help
• Spiritually – and St. Joseph's is here to help you and your family
What is Baptism?
Baptism is the act by which a person is joined to the Christian family (the Church), once they have openly declared their trust in Jesus Christ and their desire to follow Him.
• A personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ
• And a commitment to be involved in the life, fellowship and worship of the local church.
What about children?
If your child is not yet old enough for a personal commitment to Jesus Christ, the Church accepts him/her for baptism on the understanding that he/she will receive a Christian upbringing within the family of the Church.
This means that, as your child grows up, he/she will be taught to:
• Read and understand the bible
• Practice the Christian faith.
This teaching should be carried out by you, in your own home, as well as by the local church.
What is required of the parents?
During the Baptism Service you will be asked to declare:
• Your own commitment to Jesus Christ and your desire to follow Him.
• That you are willing to bring your child up as a Christian within the family of the Church
• That you are prepared to give your child the help and encouragement that he/she needs by your prayers, by your teaching and by your example.
What about preparation?
The promises that you will make during the Baptism Service are very definite and demanding. For this reason we would welcome the opportunity to discuss baptism with you more fully.
At St. Joseph the Worker we would ask to visit the parents three times, for a maximum of one hour each time, in your own home.
As well as getting to know each other, this gives an opportunity to:
• Look at baptism with you
• Help you think about how you plan to fulfil the promises you will be making.
What about church?
Baptism involves your child becoming a part of the Christian family and a commitment by you to bring him/her up within that family.
Because of this we strongly encourage you to form a regular pattern of worshipping with the family on a Sunday.
What about the baptism service?
Since baptism involves joining the family of the Church, the baptism takes place during our normal worship on a Sunday morning, when the other members of the church family are present to welcome a new member. We would be delighted to fix a date for the baptism after the preparation visits.
What if I don't feel I am ready to make a commitment?
If you do not feel ready to make this commitment on behalf of your child, we will of course understand. Many people see Baptism (or ‘Christening’) as some kind of ‘naming ceremony’. The Church provides for this too, and we would be happy to arrange a Service of Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child during which we dedicate him/her to God.
At this service there is no commitment required by the parents other than to promise to love and care for their child. This ceremony of thanksgiving often takes place in preparation for or instead of baptism.
How do I enquire about baptism?
Come along to St. Joseph's on any Sunday for the Parish Mass at 10.00 a.m. and afterwards introduce yourself to one of the clergy. We would then ask you to fill in a Baptism Enquiry Form and arrange to visit you at your home in order to get to know each other.
Children at St. Josephs?
Children are an important part of the church family and we warmly welcome them. On Sunday’s they have their own activities at 10.00 a.m. (Lighthouse Groups’) which begins in church and after a short time in church, the children go to various groups around the building for their own activities and worship and rejoin the adults for the last part of the service, so we can all worship together as a family.