Parish Life


Preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism

We are delighted that you are considering having your child baptised. We share your joy!

We are here to support you as your baby is welcomed into the family and the life of the Church. 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.” We hope to support Godparents as well as they agree to help you in your responsibility as Christian parents.

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, holy oils, a white garment, baptismal candle etc. It is also a wonderful chance for parents and children to meet each other, fostering a sense of belonging.

Please see Parish News for details of the next preparation course. To book your place please contact the Parish Office on 01392 274724 or by email Check the latest edition of Parish News available on this website for more details.

Welcomed into the Family of God

Baptism is the sacrament by which we become part of God’s family. The parish is the local expression of this reality and so the sacrament is celebrated at the 10.45am Mass on Sunday mornings enabling us to celebrate as a community of faith. We look forward to welcoming your child into our parish family.

The preparation session follows this general outline:

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 the sacrament baptism? Answers to these questions can often vary according to national tradition and faith and family experience.

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: The sign of the cross, water, holy oils, a white garment, and a baptismal candle. 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.

The Rite of Baptism
We use a copy of the rite which you are able to take home with you. This gives more detail and we encourage you to read the book at home so that you are more familiar with the sacrament before the baptism.

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

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: