Services and Events

Baptism

Preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism

We expect parents of children who are to be baptised to attend a weekend preparation session. This involves conversations about the significance of the sacrament, the roles of parents and Godparents as well as an outline of the ceremony and the symbols which are used; water, oil, white garments, candles etc. It is also a wonderful chance for parents and children to meet each other, fostering a sense of belonging.

For details of the next meeting, please contact the Parish Office on 01392 274724, by email exeter-heavitree@prcdtr.org.uk or check the latest edition of Parish News available on this website.

To book yourselves a place, please contact the Parish Office.

We support a great number of families who are celebrating the baptism of their child. Not all parents are Catholic and we seek to help you and your wife or husband to understand what baptism is all about so that when the priest asks at the beginning of the rite “Do you understand what you are undertaking?”, you will be able to answer with confidence, “We do.”

The preparation session follows this general outline:

1) Brainstorming
Why are you choosing to have your child baptised? What are your expectations? What are the expectations of the Church? What is your understanding of baptism? Answers to these questions can often  vary according to national tradition and faith experience.

2) Prepared questions:
1. What do you see as a reason for having your child baptised?
2. What do you think is the role of the parents and Godparents?
3. The Sacrament of Baptism has 5 symbols: Water, oil, a white robe or cloth, a candle and the sign of the cross. Why do you think they are used and what do you think each one means as part of the sacrament? These are discussed with your partner or with each other in the group and your findings are then discussed generally. There is input about the biblical and historical reasons for the use of the symbols.

3) Looking at the Rite of Baptism
We work with a printed copy of the ceremony which you are able to take home with you. This gives more detail and we encourage you to go through the book on your own so that you are more familiar with the sacrament before the actual baptism.

There is a time for questions and the Parish Priest joins us to arrange a date for the baptism.

We all enjoy these sessions, it’s a very rich experience to meet so many parents and share a little of their faith journey.



Ann Wright

Blessed Sacrament Church, 29 Fore Street, Heavitree, Exeter EX1 2QJ
Telephone: 01392 274724 Email: exeter-heavitree@prcdtr.org.uk