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CATHOLIC CHURCH OF MARY
MOTHER OF GOD, PONDERS END (WESTMINSTER DIOCESE)

Sacrament of Baptism

“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."” (CCC 1213)

Infant Baptism

Infant baptisms are always by appointment. Parents are expected to attend a Preparation Course and a one-to-one meeting with the Parish Priest before the children are baptised.

We run several courses each year. Each course comprises three evenings. They take place on three consecutives Thursday from 7pm to 8pm.

Baptism Celebrations

They take place on a Saturday afternoon starting at 2.30pm. The choice of the date is left to the parents. However, due to the amount of baptism requests we receive, parents should register for the course at least 2 months before their preferred Baptism date to avoid delay.

Baptism Preparation Courses
The next preparation course: See the Contact persons below.
Christian Initiation of Children who have reached Catechetical Age
The Parish runs a separate preparation for children who have reached catechetical age. It starts in November and lasts until Easter Sunday.

If your child is aged 7 and above, please contact the Catechetical Co-ordinator directly to discuss their preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism.

Contacts:
Parish Priest:
Fr John Shewring
Tel: 0208 804 2149
Email: john_shewring@mary-mother-of-god.org

Catechetical Co-ordinator:
Muriel Akahi
Tel: 0208 443 4069
Email: muriel.akahi@mary-mother-of-god.org