Preparation for Baptism
BAPTISM PREPARATION IN THE THAMES ISIS PASTORAL AREA
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
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
Baptism Preparation Form for
your child, which is available from your