Services and Events


Courses are run by parents in a relaxed and informal setting with input from the Priest.

Preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism
The next course over two Saturday mornings, for both parents, will be held in the St Richard Reynolds Centre on Saturdays 8 and 15 October at 10.30am (attendance at both sessions is required). If you are expecting a baby or wish to have a baby baptised in the near future you must have been on the course before the baptism can be booked.

To book a place on the course please contact the parish office on 01392 274724.

Up to date we have worked with the parents of 55 children who have been Baptised or are awaiting Baptism. The group can vary in size, faith experience and nationality and we often have two or more children with their parents.

Our session, lasting an hour, and follow this outline:

1) Brainstorming
Why are they choosing to have their child baptised? What are their expectations? What is their understanding of baptism? This seems to vary according to their 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 their partner or with each other in the group and their findings are then discussed generally. We give some input into the biblical and historical reasons for using the symbols especially.

3) A look at the actual ceremony
Finally we work through a printed booklet of the ceremony that they are able to take home with them. This gives more detail and we encourage them to go through the book on their own so that they are more familiar with the sacrament before the actual baptism.

Time for any questions and Father Jonathan 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: