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Preparation for Baptism


The Catholic Church believes that: “We who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death. So through our baptism we were buried with him into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, so we also should walk in newness of life."
                                                St Paul’s Letter to the Romans 6: 3 – 4

Baptism is a beginning, not an end in itself. It is the beginning of a life-long commitment to, and friendship with, Jesus Christ in His Body, the Church.
This grafting into the Church, the Body of Christ, is completed in Confirmation, and receiving Jesus in communion in the Eucharist (Mass).

We cannot follow Jesus on our own or in isolation from other Catholic Christians. We need communion with Him, and each other, by gathering round Him in the Eucharist every Sunday so that we can then take His love to those outside the Church who need it so much.
This is what is at the heart of living as a practicing Catholic.
If you are parents wanting to have your child Baptised, please contact one of the Clergy in the Pastoral Area to arrange an initial meeting with him.

Before the Baptism takes place, you will be asked to attend a group Baptism preparation session led by Lay Catechists, which takes place at Our Lady & St Edmund’s Church, Abingdon.

If you are an adult who seeks Baptism, or an adult who is already Baptised in another Christian Communion, and desires full communion with the Catholic Church, please speak to one of the Clergy in the Pastoral Area.



Prior to baptism you will need to complete a
Baptism Preparation Form for your child, which is available from your Parish Priest.